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Montville High 'Stars' Shine Bright in Second Marking Period

Ben Gaudiosi, Kayla Lewis, Isaac Minkoff, Anthony Pizzi and Deanna Passaretti recognized in ShopRite program.

From left, Isaac Minkoff (Leadership), Kayla Lewis (Athletics), Anthony Pizzi (Arts), Deanna Passaretti (Community Service), Ben Gaudiosi (Academics) and Kenneth Nadzak, Assistant Principal. (Photo: Susan Marinello)
From left, Isaac Minkoff (Leadership), Kayla Lewis (Athletics), Anthony Pizzi (Arts), Deanna Passaretti (Community Service), Ben Gaudiosi (Academics) and Kenneth Nadzak, Assistant Principal. (Photo: Susan Marinello)

Written By Susan Marinello

Montville Township High School Assistant Principal Kenneth Nadzak presented the 2013-14 second marking period ShopRite STARS to the Montville Township Board of Education on Tuesday.

The five students were nominated by faculty members and selected by an administrative committee. Several of the students were nominated in multiple categories.

“Each displays tremendous talent, determination and work ethic,” Nadzak said. “And each is an incredible asset to our school and district. Without a doubt, they truly represent Montville’s best.”

In the field of academics, Ben Gaudiosi was honored. Gaudiosi is a member of the National Honor Society and forensics team. He is enrolled in three AP classes.

Nominated by several teachers, Gaudiosi has been described as “proactive, engaged, and always willing to add insight when leading class discussion…in short, the model student,” Nadzak noted.

Kayla Lewis won in the field of athletics, and was also nominated in the field of leadership. A four-year starter on the varsity field hockey team, Lewis was named captain this year, and was selected for first team all-conference. The well-rounded athlete is also involved in DECA and is the president of the French Honors Society.

Isaac Minkoff was recognized for leadership. Minkoff regularly visits local health care centers with a therapy dog, and is active in PALS [Peers As Listeners] and forensics.

“Isaac was also nominated in the field of the arts for his work with the drama club, 2013 award at the Shakespearean Theatre, and submission of a short film to Sundance,” explained Nadzak. “While also maintaining an outstanding GPA.”

Anthony Pizzi was selected in the field of the arts. As co-president of Montville High's School of Rock, Pizzi has become an expert in the auditorium’s technical systems.

“He has assisted the school on several occasions, and over countless hours, troubleshooting and correcting technical issues in the auditorium,” Nadzak said of Pizzi’s contribution. “Anthony’s assistance with these stage issues is directly tied to the success of our fine arts performances.”

“I feel really good about it,” Pizzi later said of the award. “I really worked hard. I love music. I hope what I do affects the next generation coming into the high school.”

The Community Service Award was presented to Deanna Passaretti. The Key Club president has raised more than $7,000 since taking office. Recipients of the funds raised have included $1,400 to UNICEF and $900 to Sloan Kettering.

“Deanna led the charge on the Thanksgiving Food Drive which collected the most food in Montville’s history,” Nadzak said. “She also delivered 149 gifts to children as part of Operation Christmas Child, and, when she isn’t preoccupied with those important programs, assists with the Montville Women’s Club, Marching Band, and PTC [Parent Teacher Committee].”

The ShopRite STARS program is sponsored by Parsippany ShopRite. MTHS has been involved with the program for more than 10 years. The program is designed to recognize the most consistently active and engaged students in a school population. Students are chosen each marking period throughout the school year. Seniors are most often nominated for outstanding performance in their field over time. Montville’s ShopRite STARS have their photos displayed on a plaque in the school and also at the Parsippany ShopRite. ShopRite donates $1,000 to the MTHS Project Graduation.

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