Principal's Corner

April 2017 Update

As we have entered the final stretch of the school year the students and staff are still working and maintaining excellence both inside and outside of the classroom. This was highlighted by our “Premier Delegation” at the Youth and Government Awards, Foxy Awards nominations from the Montclair State University Theatre Awards, Panasonic Challenge Finalists, NJ Business Idea Competition Award of Fairleigh Dickinson University-semi-finalist, and the medal winners for the National Latin Exam.

Our students will be taking 828 AP exams in 28 different subject areas throughout the first two weeks in May. This is a credit to the tremendous work that our teachers have done to prepare our students for these college level examinations.

Student Accomplishments

Congratulations to the two highest ranked students at CHS:

     Grace Chen - Valedictorian, and Thomas Whitehead - Salutatorian

Congratulations to our two National Merit Finalists: Grace Chen and Mallory Vollbrecht

Emma Rothman was selected to represent CHS at the Union County Unsung Hero/Heroine celebration due to her tremendous dedication to help others.

On Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Princeton University, three CHS students were awarded with NJATJ's (NJ Association of Teachers of Japanese) Japanese Language Study Award. The ceremony was attended by Dr. David Greer, Coordinator of World Languages at NJDOE and Mr. Horiki from the Consulate of Japan. The CHS students were: Aiden Charles, Emma Freeman, and Michael Vicencio.

Girls Swim Relay placed at Meet of Champions: Emily Wilson, Lauren Byrne, Isabella DeSimone, Margaret O’Donnell, Marina Nunziato.

Congratulations to our track athletes, Christina Barlik 39' 10.75" shot put new school record, Trey Pascual Pole Vault Sectional Champion, Mark Lynch and Trey Pascual Group 3 State Champions in the combined Pole Vault.

Congratulations Rickey Poszyler 3rd place Union County Bowling Tournament.

Cranford Youth and Government Awards:

     CHS won the prestigious award of "Premier Delegation" complete with a plaque for us to display.

     The following students won awards/commendations:

     Colin Budries- Bill Passes; Paul DeBole- Outstanding Legislation; Gabe Beckford- Senate Clerk and CONA alternate      delegate; Kevin Swartz - Senate President; Cam Hay - Premier Delegate/Courts; Pierson Dodd - Best Brief.

At the NJ Business Idea Competition award ceremony at the Rothman Center for Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University: Thomas Armstrong was selected as a Central NJ semi-finalist for his business idea and written plan.

Thomas Dineen represented the Cranford Robotics team on Cranford Channel 35 with a demonstration in the studio. The clip begins with Mrs. Hayeck's Science Expo where sophomore Andrew Lahrheim is demonstrating his bottle flipping robot. The clip quickly transitions to an extensive studio recorded interview and demonstration featuring Thomas Dineen. The action begins at approx 17:45: Link to Talk of the Town This Robotics team won 1 st place for their oral presentation at the state competition.

The following students received final nominations for Foxy Awards at the 9th Annual Montclair State University’s Theater Night on Monday, May 15:

     Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Comedy:
     Kelsey Kilpatrick for Game of Tiaras
     Niamh O’Donovan for Noises Off

     Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy:
     Simeon Granada for Game of Tiaras
     Brendan Scalea for Noises Off

     Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy:
     Natalie Pastrof for Game of Tiaras

In addition, Cranford High School received nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design (Noises Off), Outstanding Achievement in Stage Combat (Game of Tiaras) , Outstanding Achievement in Stage Crew (Noises Off ), Outstanding Achievement by an Acting Ensemble of a Comedy (Game of Tiaras) , and two nominations for Outstanding Production of a Comedy ( Game of Tiaras and Noises Off )

10 students received medals for their efforts on the 2017 National Latin Exam:

     Latin 1:
     Bryan Cordeiro - Outstanding Achievement Certificate
     Andrew LaBrutto - Achievement Certificate

     Latin 2:
     Victoria Lima - Maxima Cum Laude
     Megan Robertson - Magna Cum Laude
     Rebecca Gathercole - Cum Laude
     Isabella Rossi - Cum laude

     Latin 3:
     Julia Saginario - Maxima Cum Laude
     Nicholas Noce - Magna Cum Laude

     AP Latin Literature:
     Adam Czyrsznic - Cum Laude
     Mallory Vollbrecht - Cum Laude

Two Latin 4 students received medals for their efforts on the National Roman Civilization Exam:

     Katherine Stochel - 11th grade - Silver Medal
     Emily Wilson - 11th grade - Bronze Medal

On April 20 Mrs. Sherman’s students presented a fabulous Prologue Production of Poetry Palooza 2017. The students who participated were Nora Sullivan, Tim Romero, Max Bacall, Hannah Jacobson, Elizabeth Molfetto, Kate Anderson, Lily Rebelo, Sofia Martinez, Catherine Hoffman, Michael Nigro, Isabella Stoto, Karina Vizzoni, Mia Garofalo, Rose Michetti, Niamh O’Donovan, and Burke Jaeger.

A representative from Autism Speaks came to speak to some of Mrs. Williams’ students Ryan Fay, Brian McAuliffe, Jessica Gaeta, Dominick Vito and Antonio Paul for supporting Autism Awareness Month. Their T-shirt fundraiser raised $745!

The Cranford Athletic Department would like to congratulate the following seniors on being selected to represent Cranford High School as the 2017 Scholar Athletes: The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Award is presented to Christopher Scorese who will continue his wrestling at Columbia University. The Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete Award recipients are Isabella DeSimone who will continue her swimming career at Niagara University and Thomas DiGiovanni who will continue his wrestling career at University of Pennsylvania.

Congratulations to the newly inducted Computer Honors Society members:

     Trevor Aschmies
     Tommy Delmour
     Sean O’Beirne
     Mikos Panagakos
     Peter Pashalides
     Benjamin Ravelo
     Rachel Rothchild
     Marisa Sigas
     Lorenzo Venturino

Taylor Grant and Frank Silvestrini, students from Mr. Vito’s Holocaust/Genocide class presented an overview of Elie Wiesel’s life at the Holocaust Remembrance night on April 26th. The Cranford High School Academy Dancers performed an original dance entitled “Take a Chance,” choreographed by Ms. Emily Donohue and the dancers. Catherine Hoffman played Clair de Lune during the candle lighting ceremony, and the CHS academy dancers' costumes were designed by Victoria Dalli.

Staff Accomplishments

Mr. David Marconi received a final nomination for a Foxy Award at the 9th Annual Montclair State University’s Theater Night on Monday, May 15, for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Direction for the CHS Production of Game of Tiaras.

Ms. Katherine Romanchik was the guest speaker at the Holocaust Remembrance event on April 26th. Her presentation, “The Silence Was Deafening: Visiting Holocaust Sites,” highlighted infamous European Holocaust sites that she visited as part of a group sponsored by the NJ Commission on Holocaust Education. She shared her thoughts and reflections, concluding that in order to honor the dead, we cannot remain silent or indifferent to the Nazi atrocities that occurred before and during World War II. Ms. Judith Podbelski provided closing remarks. She acknowledged Elie Wiesel and the late Dr. Paul Winkler of the NJ Holocaust Commission as being true heroes and leaders in educating our students and, indeed, personifying Holocaust education on the national and state levels, respectively.

Sophomore, Class of 2019


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Freshman, Class of 2020


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