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Volume II, June 2014 Citizen of the Month: Olivia Ryan Olivia Ryan, GRHS Senior and GSA president, has been awarded the citizen of the month award for the month of March. She was instrumental in organizing this year’s annual day of silence. In addition to her work for the GSA, Olivia is also on the Relay for Life council. See page 13 for in-depth coverage.

Devil’s Player of the month: Matt Roy GRHS Senior Matt Roy has achieved this prestigious award from the New Jersey Devils for his outstanding playing and leadership as captain of the Glen Rock Hockey team. He is the Player of the Month for the month of January. See page 16 for in-depth coverage.

A Salute To Our Officers

Lilia Wood

As our five senior class officers head off to college, they leave behind a new set of standards for the underclassmen to follow. “I want my grade to be remembered as the grade that started new traditions. We were the first to have the sophomore semi-formal dance in the APR and started Cupid’s Café, just to list a few,” Vice President, Emily Paddon, said. “We have always been successful in what we do.” One of the first things the Class of 2014 started is

the annual school coffee house, Cupid’s Café, a February fundraising event. “Cupid’s Café has raised so much money for our class and I will miss organizing events like this that the whole school enjoys,” she said. During the summer before their sophomore year, the officers had a meeting at Alex Dragona’s house, and they were brainstorming ideas for the upcoming school year. They soon realized that no school events took place between the winter holidays and prom season.

“Valentine’s Day seemed like the right time for an event, and we all love music,” Treasurer of the class, Susanna Treacy, said. “It all came together right then and there.” Cupid’s Café is a ‘performance coffee house’ at which all students are encouraged to perform at or come and watch the entertainers. It is not only a fun night that brings different groups of friends together, but the Class of 2014 fundraises a lot of money. They have raised over $3,000 from the three coffee houses they held.

Superlatives Revealed Find out who your classmates voted for! Best Dressed, Most Likely to Sleep Through an Earthquake, Best Smile, Best Hair, and more on pages 12-14

I want my grade to be remembered as the grade that started new traditions.

Susanna Treacy, Mikaela Waller, Alex Dragona, Emily Paddon, and Emily Brennan at Cupid’s Cafe

Valedictorian: Kelly Streaser

“Cupid’s Cafe is more than just a fundraiser; it is a bonding experience for us, and for a wide variety of groups of people at the school. The first show’s great success was shocking to us,” Treacy said.

of Valentine’s Day, and it is one of the most loved and popular coffee houses of the year. Although the originators are graduating, the tradition of Cupid’s Café will live on at GRHS. “We talked about which officers we wanted to carry on this amazing fundraiser. We all agreed the Class of 2016 was the best choice,” she said. “They have been impressive and successful with hallways and fundraisers from freshman year, which reminds us of how we were, always motivated.” Decking the halls The current seniors also have the best reputation for their award-winning homecoming hallways.

cers would immediately start to casually suggest ideas for the next year’s theme after the previous homecoming was over. These correspondences are as informal as texting each other themes when they come to mind and having a few meetings during the summer. “Once we get the ball rolling it isn’t too hard to come up with a narrowed down list. We then move forward and make a poll in our grade’s Facebook group to allow the entire class to have a say on what they’d liked,” Recording Secretary, Mikaela Waller, said. “We then narrow it down again to the top three themes, have the grade vote electronically again and start brainstorming ideas for sections of the hallway immediately.”

Over the past years, the offi-

It is always held the week


2014 Academic Awards




Salutatorian: Jasmine Pak

American History: Emily Brennan

Environmental Science: Lara Jones

Physical Education: Christian Vila

Eighteen and Inked

Art: Isabella Liberti

Finance/Investment: Jared Zahn

Physics: Christian Vila

In the past years, there have been a few GRHS seniors who have made the bold decision to get tattoos. Read all about them, and see some pictures on page 8

Biology: Courtney Schmitt

Health: Molly Cunningham

Psychology: Melissa Rosen

Buisiness Education: Matthew Cosgriff

Instrumental Music: John Piermatteo

Calculus: Evan Brooke

Journalism: Kelly Streaser

Social Studies: Daniel Fleiss

Chemistry: Kevin Mao

Latin: Gabrielle Ranieri

Spanish: Karl Weisfopf

Choral Music: Olivia Ryan

Literature: Emily Paddon

Theatre: Alexander Cheung

Science: Melissa Rosen Fusce non rutrum erat

Digital Art and Design: Sophie Maliniak Mathematics: Christian Vila

Principal’s Award: Erica Melz, Courtney

English: Karl Weiskopf

Music: Peter Schertz

Schmitt, Kelly Streaser


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Chia Later Courtney Schmitt

On any given day at Glen Rock High School, one may walk through the halls filled with students and teachers alike moving hectically from class to class. One teacher stands out, always cheerful, high-fiving the students and asking them about their day as he too navigates his way through the halls. Admired for his cheerful disposition and overall intelligence, Mr. Chia has been a friend to many. I first met Mr. Chia as a Junior when I took Sculpture. Although he was a Physics teacher, he was often in the art room working on projects of his own, or helping students (like myself) who were artistically challenged.

I had heard about how awesome he was to have as a teacher, and the following year in AP Physics I found out for myself why so many looked up to him.

Mr. Chia has been teaching for four years at Glen Rock, his first teaching job. When he first arrived at the high school, the new science wing was being built and he recalls being excited to start this new chapter of his life in our close knit community. “My impression of Glen Rock High School was a fresh start and a new beginning,” Chia said. Mr. Chia was first exposed to teaching as a college student who tutored others for a bit of extra money. Many of his students gave posi-

tive feedback, saying how much easier it was to understand the concept with the help of a knowledgeable teacher. “I had the opportunity to have really great high school teachers and they opened up a lot of doors for me,” Chia said. Since coming in as a new teacher, Mr. Chia has learned a lot these past four years, especially when it comes to finding a balance in his teaching. He always strives to leave an impression on kids and help them realize their potential.

difference in their life and they come back and they tell you,” said Chia, reflecting on his favorite part of teaching. And, according to his students and co-workers, he has surpassed this expectation. His fellow co-workers in the physics and science department hold him in very high regard. They recognize him as a person

“When you become a teacher you meet like a lot of kids and you eventually teach hundreds of them but eventually you see some of the kids that whether you know it or not you’ve made a

Signing Off I’ll be perfectly honest. I did not want to take Journalism this year. During the summer I got a call from guidance saying that my schedule wasn’t fitting together and that in order to fulfil my requirements I had to take journalism. Reluctantly I agreed. However, I did not anticipate that I would enjoy this class so much. I’ve always leaned more towards the sciences and maths. English, and especially writing, were just classes I had to take.

namic of a newspaper and how collaborative and engaging you had to be to create a successful article.

me to do better. I know that going forward; I will have a solid background in writing, which will prove to be useful in any field I go into. So I encourage any underclassmen who have doubts about this class to really consider it. Take it from a person who never pictured themselves in a Journalism class, and ended up loving it. The beauty about this paper is the people involved. They are what make it so special.

the Journalism family. I want to thank Mr. Toncic as well as the rest of the staff for being so welcoming my first year on the staff. I wish you the best of luck as you continue on in journalism and in the rest of your educational endeavors.

My favorite memory was writing my feature article. I had to do an in depth investigation of the technology in our school and I really learned, not just how Pce luv to write an article, but Courtney Schmitt how to pace myself to meet deadlines, how to network and gain connections to reach out to those who can provide valuable information, and how to convey my ideas to You have a ton of freeothers, all of which are dom to take The Glen Journalism opened truly valuable skills. Echo and shape it in a whole new door your vision. WhethI learned a lot in into the humanities er it be as a photogthis class and really for me. I saw that rapher, a fashion or gained confidence in The Glen Echo prosports editor, a staff vided me a creative my writing skills as writer, or even startoutlet. Even though I the year progressed, ing a new segment, I was reporting facts, I thanks to Mr. Toncic promise you that you learned about the dy- who always pushed will find a home in

who really knows how to connect well with students and notices how his presence has really impacted the whole department. “Mr. Chia has given me a lot of tools that I didn’t know about coming into the field,” said Ms. Resnick, a fellow Physics teacher. “It really made me open up a little bit more to my own students and

feel more comfortable sharing a little bit more about my life.” Anyone who has met Mr. Chia knows that this is one of his greatest traits, his ability to connect with his students. He is not just a mentor but a friend to many, and his easygoing, confident attitude has become contagious.

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A Salute to Our Officers Their class is also known for getting everyone involved. The officers emphasize that if everyone can show up for a little bit and contribute, they can make an amazing hallway.

“I think my favorite was John’s Boy Juniors. There was a lot of input from the entire class on several options, but

has a lot of school spirit and wanted to win [the best hallway award], knowing how real that possibility was if we all worked together.” The seniors also personalized their hallway by incorporating everyone’s baby picture and hanging it on each senior’s locker.

Waller’s advice for underclassmen who want a successful hallway is to get everyone involved and to communicate with the people who are creative, but never ruling anyone out.

ly amazing. We miss having Ms. Pritchard at all of our meetings, but luckily we will still be able to finish this year in one piece,” Corresponding Secretary, Emily Brennan, said.

“There are some people who you would never know their talent, but who blew us away this year,” she said.

Mrs. Comarato is described by students as “the absolute best teacher ever.” And when not teaching or grading papers, she is constantly working to make sure the seniors have the best high school experience possible.

My favorite experience as a class officer has been working on the homecoming hallways, especially senior year. Counting on each other

the bottom line was honoring someone who was a major part of everyone’s time in Glen Rock,” Class Adviser, Mrs. Comarato, said. “Plus, the pizza was delicious!” The Class of 2014’s senior homecoming theme was “Scare Without a Care Seniors,” which was a spin-off of the Disney movies, Monsters Inc. and Monster’s University. The usual stress on the class officers was alleviated because of the huge student involvement. “I felt such a strong class bond that I had not yet felt prior to this event. It was a pleasure working with so many talented people and spending time creating a hallway that really meant a lot to me and them,” Waller said. The night the seniors decorated their hallway was not intimidating, but rather inviting for all of the seniors to come. There were many materials to get creative with and the officers encouraged their peers to use their imaginations. “Our grade is very talented and easy going, so when us as [class officers] were not rigid and allowed people to come up with their own idea of what would look good, the results were great,” Waller said. “Our grade also

The Class of 2014 won best hallway both junior and senior year. “My favorite experience as a class officer has been working on the homecoming hallways, especially senior year,” Paddon explained. “So people came out to help that I wouldn’t have expected and it was amazing transformation. The theme was perfect and nostalgic and I couldn’t have thought of anything else that would have made it better.”

Unlike the other grades, the senior class only has one class adviser, Mrs. Comarato. At the end of their junior year, Ms. Pritchard, their former co-advisor, left the high school for another job opportunity. “The hardest part about Ms. Pritchard leaving was the great balance we had as advisors,” Mrs. Comarato said. “We worked so well together, and it was a check and balance partnership.” The class officers soon realized how much Ms. Pritchard had done, and they took on more responsibility. “Luckily we still have Com, who has done so much this year and is absolute-

“She has done so much for our class, and has always been there to keep us on track—all while being the incredibly funny, amazing person that she is,” Brennan said. “And it has taken me four years, but I think I am finally beginning to master the Com shuffle.” Mrs. Comarato’s advice for the underclassmen advisers is to stay organized and depend on people to get things done. “I was never let down by anyone and the effort to include as many students as possible is a big plus,” she said. There is definitely pressure being a class officer. The officers represent their entire grade, and they have to make decisions that affect everyone. Brennan explained that during their freshman year, they were determined not to make their hallway a joke. They were the Fiesta Freshman and spent a few hundred dollars at Party City. Needless to say, it did not go as planned, especially when they put out free bowls of tortilla chips.

(continued from page 1) many perks that the adviser and officers will miss. “The thing I will miss the most is seeing each of the seniors on a daily basis. We shared a lot of life lessons and laughter,” Mrs. Comarato said. “The thing I will miss the least is the panic feeling of not completing something in time. Somehow, we always did!” The Class President, Alex Dragona, will miss planning the events for his grade and joining to work as a team towards a mutual goal. “I have loved being able to be a part of this team for the past three years,” Brennan said. “We have accomplished so much, and we have all grown closer as a result.” The friendship of these five is definitely a reason that their grade is very successful. We go together whenever we have to buy things for the class, make things for the homecoming hallway, or look at the venue for prom,” Paddon explained, “and we always have a good time doing it. Everyone brings something different to the group.” Dragona said, “I believe our council is the best there is. We all get along swimmingly, and we are able to share our criticism ideas without hurting each other’s feelings which is a great quality as a council and as friends. I have shared lots of laugh[s] with them, and I wouldn’t change my council for anything.” The Class of 2014 officers,

“But now I realize that our class kind of speaks for itself, and everything we do is just behind-thescenes stuff. Although we put a lot of work into this year’s hallway, it definitely could not have come out the way it did if we did not have so many people show up to help,” Brennan said. “And that’s pretty much true of everything we do. We could not have accomplished anything if not for the support of the rest of our class.” Mrs. Comarato said, “The Class of 2014 has always represented the school in a positive manner on and off campus. They had a true understanding of presenting themselves at their best for all occasions.” A Lasting Legacy Although there is a lot of pressure while representing a class, there are also

who are all graduating in a few days, leave big shoes to fill for the underclassmen class officers, but they leave them helpful advice to carry on their legacy. “Fundraise as much as you can, always strive to be the best, believe that you are the best, don’t be afraid to bend the rules or change the status quo, but respect your upperclassmen councils,” the president of the senior class said.


Masai Warriors Ricardo Pereira The Masai people have been living and traveling throughout Africa to look for a place to stay, near water. They are currently living in Kenya and Tanzania, where, last Summer, Ms. Linda Hartman, Media Center Specialist, went to visit them. Ms. Hartman has had similar adventures like this, early last year visting the Terracotta Warriors in China. Amazed by her experience with the Masai people, Mrs. Hartman decided to launch a project to show GRHS the Masai people. She hoped the project would be something similar to the Terrcotta Warriors from last year. This project was worked on during Ms.Emond’s Sculpture II classes. Mrs. Hartman showed these classes her pictures on her trip and her thoughts of these people. She saw a boy, who couldn’t have been older than ten, herding cattle to a water source. She was amazed by their responsibilities. She was also particularly surprised by her welcoming dance, which she had recorded. She brought in a book of the Masai and wooden sculptures that the Masai people had made. To create the projects, students got on laptops and looked for pictures that they would try to make into sculptures. After having chosen a picture, Ms. Emond demonstrated to her class how to make certain body parts. The details, that would characterize each warrior, were added after the sculptures were in the kiln, which hardened the clay. “I am happy the way these sculptures came out,” said Ms.Emond, regarding the result of the warriors. “They all look so different and unique.” The warriors are currently being displayed in the Media Center, where last year’s Terracotta Warriors were.


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Au Revoir, Seniors F. Timothy Mountain place giving advice to those who have exThis year, in accor- perienced a year of dance with GRHS life more than I have. tradition, I was des- A lot of the things I ignated to write the have to say are cliché “farewell article” to and overused, but the our graduating class only reason that they of seniors: Some- are so unoriginal is thing that you prob- because they’re very, ably have already very true. In any case, deduced, consider- here are some scating the premise that tered remarks that you are reading the I’ve compiled. (If you product of that des- know me, you know ignation right now. that I very frequently deal with things You’ll find that this that are scattered, piece is prepared messy, or unorgasimilarly to a gradu- nized in any sense.) ation speech, which may vex you because You’re probably goI’m a year younger ing to travel to a lot than most of you se- of different places niors, and I have no in your life, or, oth-

erwise, you should. My first piece of advice is that you go somewhere. Go everywhere. Take every single opportunity to leave wherever you are and go somewhere else. (Be sure to return at some point, but be equally certain to exist in a variety of locations.) This is a tip that is well-utilized by everybody: Whether you’re adventurous, a homebody, or somewhere intermediate those two. If you’re adventurous, then moving around and roaming and travelling should be

intrinsic to your nature. Inversely, if you prefer the comfort of your “home sweet home,” just create a new home: Home is where the heart is, and your heart stays with you at all times. On your travels, do your best to learn as much as you can. Ignorance may be bliss, but not nearly as blissful as are understanding, cognizance, and knowledge. One of the most significant benefits of life is that in each second that you’re living, you’re learning. Also, keep in mind that the amount that you dis-

cover and ascertain in your day-to-day life is catalyzed depending on the amount of locales in which you exist: The more places you go, the more things you will learn.

that effect. I curiously flipped open to an arbitrary page, and read the small black font. All it said was: “Put the cap back on the toothpaste bottle.” This was one of the many epiphanous moments of my life, and I stood there, shocked at how simple the secret to enduring happiness was.

In scientia vis is the brilliant motto of our school, which can be translated to “Power in knowledge.” This is something that I recommend you strive to comply with. Happiness is often most simply proA few years ago, I cured as a result of a unearthed a small combination of inbook in my base- substantial things. ment, entitled “100 What I recommend Little Things You to you is that you Can Do to Be Happier,” or something to Continued on page 6

Acknowledging Sportsmanship Kaitlin Stansel

Merriam Webster defines sportsmanship as a “fair play, respect for opponents, and polite behavior by someone who is competing in a sport or other competition,” however Courtney Schmitt defines sportsmanship as “Recognizing that both teams are competing for the same thing and we each deserve a fair shot at winning so we must respect each other regardless of whatever comes our way.” On Wednesday, May 28th, two Glen Rock High schools seniors were awarded with the honor of achieving the NJIC Athletics Sportsmanship award. Courtney Schmitt and Matt Roy have worked tirelessly in their varsity sports to attain this distinction. “Their coaches said they were terrific role models and exemplify sportsmanship,” said Mr. Violante, Glen Rock High

My inspiration for playing this sport was that it was in my family. School’s athletic director. Schmitt has been playing volleyball for both the high school and a separate club team since eighth grade. Additionally, Schmitt played lacrosse from second grade until her sophomore year at Glen Rock. This year, she returned to the girl’s lacrosse team to record stats. This season as captain, she piloted Glen Rock’s varsity volleyball team to the third round of states. “Being a captain is an interesting experience because it gave me a new perspective to the sport I love. I

was no longer responsible for just myself but also had my team to think about. If a teammate needed advice, support, or if there were differences to be resolved, the captains were often involved and that made us have to adapt,” said Schmitt. “I realized that we are all striving towards a goal collectively and being a leader is having others see their potential so we can achieve it as a team.” Matt Roy has been playing hockey for Glen Rock and club teams ever since the age of four and been burgeoning ever since. Roy plays golf recreationally, as well. “My inspiration for playing this sport was that it was in my family. My grandfather played goalie at Merrimack College, and my father played for St. Joseph Regional,” said Roy, captain of the hockey team. “My father and grandfather have always supported me playing, along with the rest of my family.” In order to receive the

award, students must “exhibit outstanding sportsmanship during their participation [in their sport’s season],” Violante said. Every year each school in Glen Rock’s conference elects a senior boy and girl athlete to be bestowed this privilege. Last year, Glen Rock students David Ott (’13) and Emily Rogan (’13) were recognized, and in 2012, Brendan Dowling (’12) and Jackie Wostbrock (’12) were acknowledged from Glen Rock. “I would like [the committee] to know how honored I am for nominating me,” said Schmitt on receiving the decoration. “I was really surprised actually when Mr. Violante told me I was representing Glen Rock but very thankful.” Roy expressed similar gratitude and appreciation for the award. “I think my leadership qualities and just a love for the game earned me this reward. I think because I was a leader on the team, I had to always be calm and composed, and loving the game for so long has taught me to have respect for the game,” said Roy. “Respecting the game and the team you are opposing has always been preached to me by my parents and coaches and I think having that respect has been a great factor.”

Thank You Bob Head Custodian Bob Paradiso is retiring this year after 27 years at Glen Rock High School. His work was appreciated by all Glen Rock students, and he will be sorely missed.

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Common Relief What am I supposed to write about for my common app essay? What if I don’t get into a ‘good’ school? What do I even want to do with my life?

It was awful because it felt like you were applying for the rest of your life.

Kelly Streaser Thoughts like these rush through the heads of seniors all over the country in the fall. They remain there for most of the year, until the person decides on his/ her post high school plans. Everyone always talks about how senior year is a breeze, and how you don’t have to worry about anything, especially after the first semester is over. But ,on the other hand, there is also a lot of anxiety causing work that needs to get done before graduation. It all starts before senior year even officially begins. The common application (an online universal appli-


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cation that many colleges accept) goes up in August. Everyone you talk to wants to know where you are going to apply. School then starts, and all you hear about are early action deadlines and essay topics. Then, once you’ve sent in all of your applications (and updated everything on Naviance) you have to play the waiting game,

which is almost as bad as doing the actual applications. For some, the anxiety really continues until May 1st, the deadline for college decisions. “It was awful because it felt like you were applying for the rest of your life,” said Caroline Busch (Pepperdine University Class of 2018). It seems that most of senior

year is spent worrying about college, rather than enjoying the last year in the halls of Glen Rock High School. Now that it is the end of the year, and I know where I am going to college, (the University of Delaware—GO BLUE HENS) I feel like I can finally catch my breath. As my high school career comes to a close, I’m beginning to really appreciate the

time I have left here, and all the time I have spent here. While I will miss Glen Rock, I am very excited to go out into the real world this fall. Growing up in a Glen Rock, there is pressure for most people to go on to college after high school. There is also a lot of pressure to take lots of AP classes and do a million extracurric-

ular activities so that you can go to ‘the best’ college. Personally, I have never really been one to judge a college based on its name or how hard it is to get into. I feel that the right college for any person is where they feel most at home, and where the will be able to get the education that they want. I would rather be happy at a school that nobody has really heard of than miserable at a respected school. Every person is different, and a lot goes into finding the perfect match. Even the most decisive people can go through periods of changing their minds. Esther Kim (Williams College Class of 2018) said, “In the end, I was considering colleges that I wasn’t even thinking about applying to at first.”

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Survivors of the College Search Raquel Lesser

GRHS alumni came back to their hometown at the end of May to share how they got through the stressful, but rewarding college search. Glen Rock Guidence Counselor ,Mr. Brodhead, gathered ten alumni to speak with the sophomores and juniors. Each guest speaker had different stories, career paths, and advice for the future college students. For example, one student thought it was best for him to take a one year gap (before attending college) to work on a farm in Hawaii. The first alumni to speak was James Bermudez (‘09). He is a recent graduate from William Paterson University, NJ and currently teaches World History and US History II at the high school level. He explained that he went to a less expensive university, but it was for his benefit. A cousin of his went to college for the same major, but to a more prestigious university. Currently, Bermu-

dez is employed, but his cousin is not and has a lot of loans to pay back. “Do what you want to do with yourself,” said Bermudez. Another graduate, Julie Irwin (’09), was a very hardworking student at GRHS, and she got into all twelve schools that she had applied to. Irwin had no preference to each college, as she liked them all equally. One day, she came home from school and her parents told her that they sent her tuition check to Loyola University, Maryland. Irwin did not know how to feel. She liked each school evenly, but Loyola was her safety school. Many parents in Glen Rock asked Julie, “Why are you going to a ‘dumb’ school like Loyola?” Her parents chose Loyola because it gave her the best financial packet, and they knew their daughter would thrive at any university. Looking back at her parent’s decision, she

described it as the best decision that could have been made. Irwin could not be happier that her parents made that choice. Loyola was the perfect college for her. She took challenging courses, made many friends, and graduated at the top of the class. She is now a graduate from Loyola, and she is currently getting her Master’s Degree there for no cost. Recent graduate from GRHS David Ott (’13) attends Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, and he was not positive he was going to like it. Ott visited all of the schools he got into with his father in one weekend, and this college was the last. Once they got to the tour at Carnegie Mellon, David was tired, and it was raining outside. Jumping to conclusion, Ott knew he did not want to attend this college. His parents, guidance counselor, and others thought it was the best college for him, so he agreed to attend Carnegie Mellon.

Mr. Broadhead, orchestrator of the event Photo Credit: Trevor LaVine After finishing his freshman year, Ott said, “Easily the best decision I ever made.” Brendan Dowling (‘12) spoke about his experience at Trinity College in Connecticut. Dowling is on their football team and loves the non- strict practice schedule. He can even study abroad next year during his spring semester, because the training is mostly in the fall.

The last speaker, Freddy Pulzello (‘12) knew he wanted to play football and attend a small school. He was torn between Gettysburg College and Franklin Marshall College.




“I tried to picture what school I could see myself at without playing a sport,” Pulzello said.

Even though all of the GRHS Alumni have different stories, ambitions, and advice, they all have one thing in common: They made it through the college search process, and they each love the university they chose for themselves.

Ultimately, he chose Gettysburg College, and he knows he made

“Just stay calm through the whole process,” Dowling said.


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Over and Out

Kelly Streaser

High school is just about over. It seems like just yesterday, I was at freshman orientation, and Mr. Purciello was telling us all how the next four years of our lives would go by incredibly fast. And now here I am, about to graduate and move onto bigger and better things. However, I will always remember my time here at Glen Rock High School and my time with There will be many ‘firsts’ the school newspaper. in the near future, but there will always be a The past three years I’ve place in my heart for Glen spent on The Glen Echo Rock and all the people Staff have definitely who have helped make been interesting. A lot of my time here so special. changes have taken place since I first signed up To all juniors, I’ll give you for Journalism. We have the same advice that I stepped into the twenty got last year; don’t spend first century by taking the your senior year countpaper online. We’ve even ing down the days unwon awards for our awe- til graduation. Instead, some journalistic skills. just cherish the time you And though we’ve come so far, I will always remember my first year with The Glen Echo. Mr. Milsovic was the man, and we all had a great time the final year of having only a printed edition. I will never forget the evil gray eye that haunted our first period classroom that year.

have left here, because soon it’ll be over. To all other underclassmen, have fun when you can, but don’t forget to take school seriously, because it will make things much easier for you later on.

If you like to write, and you think that you might have a future in journalism, try it! You may be the next Senior year has gone by great writer of the school. so quickly it doesn’t even seem real. It’s so strange So, I guess this is it. Goodto think that I’ve been bye to Glen Rock High to my last homecoming School ,and goodbye to pep rally, sung in my last The Glen Echo. Thanks choir concert, played in for the good times, my last volleyball game, it’s been a crazy ride. and many other ‘lasts.’


(continued from pg. 4) figure all of those lit- rice pudding. (Espetle things that make cially the last one.) you happy. It doesn’t matter what they are. This last piece of adMake a list, and do vice that I have is your best to associ- this, something that ate yourself as well is way too simple to as you can with the be ignored: Be hapelements of that list. py. Seek the joy of Here is a small part being alive. Happiof my list, to get you ness is not somestarted: tall glasses thing that spawns of water with at least outside of your body three ice cubes, the and then travels insmell of Christmas wards. You create trees, those tiny lit- happiness inside tle umbrella-tooth- of yourself, picks that they put in which then is exdrinks, old fashioned pelled outwardly. neon signs, Roman numerals, the smell Good luck, class of paper — especial- of 2014. The rest ly of books printed of Glen Rock High from 1970-1989, vac- School can only hope uuming hard surfaces to do a decent job of (not rugs), and when filling the void that they put cherries and you will leave bebrown sugar on your hind on June 19th.

Let Me Take a Selfie Teachers and Students of Glen Rock High School discuss the infamous self-taken photos.

stand that the ‘selfie’ is popular of all ages.

“I don’t get why anyone else would have any reaction, because Lee Maitner they’re still normal people,” Mike The self-taken photo Rodgers (’15) said. method, otherwise known as the ‘selfie,’ When asked what has taken Glen Rock a ‘selfie’ is, math by storm. Students teacher Mr. Corare often surprised by was more than to know that teachers willing to share his have their own opin- own interpretation. ions about putting their phones in the air “A ‘selfie’ is a photo making duck faces. that someone takes of themselves, and “I think it’s fun- only themselves,” ny,” a Glen Rock se- Corby explained. nior student said. During a converAlthough to most sation between it seems strange for Mr. Corby and Mr. teachers to capture Toncic, a dispute moments in this way, brewed when I tried some students under- to claim that a ‘self-

ie’ could have more On the toilet than one person in it. In their beds “No, it’s a selfie – one person, one’s In class self. More peo- When someone or ple is a… group- something funny is ie,” Toncic quipped. nearby But some teachers are On rollercoasters completely unaware of this social fad. Mr. On weekends Badr, for instance, When hanging out only uses the ‘selfie’ with friends When waking up So, as you snap on and take pictures in absurd situations, ask yourself, “Does when creating contact my teacher take pictures for his phone. pictures like this?’

More people is a... groupie.

Perhaps it would be strange to see adults taking photos of themselves in the same places as students:

June 10, 2014

Imagination Springs to Life Yeheun Son

Seven student playwrights took their first steps toward Broadway, writing and producing their own plays over the past two months, culminating in live performances.

I saw all of the energy, emotion, and passion in these stories begin with the playwright.

Over the course of two months, playwriting workshops took place in the drama room (D108) after school every Wednesday. This prowrote plays of their own. gram began in March and was led by Miss McKinley, GRHS teacher and The- “The whole process was atre Company director. very helpful. We learned everything from format to Sponsored by the The- how to form an engaging atre Company Residen- story. I have really learned cy Program with Kean a lot from this experi- Photo Credit: Yeheun Son University, the workshop ence,” said David Merkle.   The handcrafted posters posted around the school had two professional playwrights, John Wooten and Claire Drobot, who taught the process of playwriting and provided some advice to students.  “I am always trying new things and the workshop definitely gives me a unique opportunity to show off what I have created,” said David Merkle, a GRHS junior who has participated in the workshop two years in a row. For an hour and a half every week, student playwrights gathered together, learned about the playwriting process, and

Many students who were interested in writing plays had the opportunity to develop their skills and ideas to a deeper level. But this workshop is more than just writing practice. The scripts were then read by 15 GRHS actors who graciously volunteered to be a part of their friends’ works. Harrison Gale (’16) was an actor who participated in two plays, Summer Boots for Fine Gentleman by David Merkle and an untitled play by Andrew Peiser.

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Environmental Classes Held at Arboretum Sondra Nieradka There are significant changes in store for the Environmental classes at Glen Rock High School in the upcoming years. An Environmental Education Center is in the works for the Thielke Arboretum. Mr. Veilbig and Mrs. Carol Thielke are leading the endeavor. Enough money was raised to start the project. As of right now it is expected to be ready for use in two years if all goes according to plan. The facility will serve as a research classroom for students in the fall and spring. Field tools, microscopes, and other collection supplies will

be some of the materials that students will use to tie their classroom curriculum to the outdoors. Mrs. McDermott says the education center “is where environmental science classes should be taught.” Environmental classes will be able to take advantage of the new location and immerse themselves in nature by studying plants and invasive species that are found at the arboretum. Administration is looking into providing bussing, but the fine tuning will come into play later. The education center will also be available to anyone in the community.

called for student playwrights to share their stories Gale said that she was really happy to be a part of the workshop because she really wanted to be involved in helping bring her peers’ plays to life. “The purpose of these rehearsals was more to allow the playwrights to hear their plays read aloud, so their plays were presented the way they imagined them,” said Harrison Gale. David Merkle agreed, saying that, during rehearsal, he got new ideas and insight into what

he should add more of and what he should take out in the play. By dedicating their time to help out their peers, actors also realized how much goes into writing a play. Harrison Gale said, “Each of them has spent so much of their time and effort to create such incredible pieces that it is kind of humbling from the perspective of an actor. I saw that all of the energy, emotion, and passion in these stories begin with the playwright.” In playwright David Merkle’s words, “The rehearsals were really a treat.” After almost two months of the writing process and three weeks of rehearsals with actors, the workshop successfully tied up its loose ends.

Common Relief cont. from pg 5

She also added, “Just choosing colleges I was going to apply to and narrowing that list down was really hard; every day I would change my mind.” It’s an amazing feeling when you finally do make your decision. It’s a mixture of excitement for the future, disbelief from the realization that you’ll soon be leaving home, and relief that the decision process is finally over.

“I am so happy that [the process] is over,because I have a lot On Wednesday, May more free time,” Caro14th, 2014, the stu- line Busch explained. dent-playwrights’ plays were read by 15 actors on stage in the cafeteria with a lasting feeling of accomplishment.

Photo Credit: Yeheun Son


The playwrights sit in a circle, reading their self written plays

Though it might have been stressful at the time, applying for college was a good experience in learning how to get every

thing done and see a project through to the end. It’s one of the first steps into the real world, outside the bubble of Glen Rock. So, all in all, applying for college was… interesting. It was daunting to begin, but once you work on it for a while, you start to get the hang of it. It was a lot of work, but in the end it was worth it. It created a lot of worry, but now I see that you can’t worry, you just have to do your best, trust your abilities, and know that if you do these things, you have a great chance of ending up in the place that is right for you. Having to do college applications is not the end of the world; it’s the ticket into a new one.


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Eighteen and Inked Erica Melz

over the past two years.

With the advent of such hit shows as Miami Ink, America’s Worst Tattoos, Ink Masters, LA Ink, New York Ink, and Tattoo Nightmares, a wave of interest in the taboo tattoo has skyrocketed in popular culture over the last few years.

The first recipients of tattoos were Nile and Kenya Slater, who each got one at a ‘tattoo party.’

Five students Rock High who are now have gotten

Nile got a cross on his arm with a proverb that says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). at Glen When asked if there School, were any complications, seniors, he responded with the tattoos succinct: “Nah, son.”

Nile Slater’s tattoo.

Kenya Slater’s tattoo, an infinity sign with the word Ohana Kenya, his sister, was the next person in the senior class to get a tattoo, ironically at the same ‘tattoo party’ where Nile got his. A quote on the inside of her wrist now reads, I am me / I will

the symbol “big sister” on the back of her neck to match her sister’s tattoo, symbolizing the close bond between these two sisters. Matt Neumann was the next senior at GRHS to get a tattoo.

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward,” he said. “When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it meant it’s going to launch you into something great. only be me / your hate So just focus and keep makes me stronger. aiming.” His tattoo is of a small arrow on the Later on, she got anoth- inside of his forearm. er tattoo on her ribcage. This tattoo is an infinity Rachel O’Connor is sign with the word Oha- the most recent senna (Hawaiian for ‘fami- ior to get a tattoo. ly’) written in part of the symbol. This reminds “I decided that I wanted Kenya of her family, a tattoo two months ago. and she knows that they I always wanted one, but are always by her side. I decided to get it two months ago,” she said. “I got this tattoo on my ribcage because it Rachel has a Celtic is close to my heart,” Knot on the left side of she said. “And I will her left foot. “I got it on always have my fam- my foot because it’s easy ily close to my heart.” to cover up if I need to, but I can also see it.” The next person to get her tattoo was senior She received this tattoo Madison Politi. Her at Silk City Tattoos in sister, Lauren, had got- Hawthorne, NJ. “This ten a tattoo on the back tattoo means a lot to me; of her neck a few years it represents my heritprior. Lauren’s tattoo age and reminds me is that of the Chinese of my nanny,” she said. symbol for “little sister,” so she always has The pain, unbearable Maddie close to her. for some, was not too bad for her. “It was When Maddie was just uncomfortable,” old enough, she got she said, “but it was

Maddie Politi’s “big sister” tattoo

short so it didn’t hurt that badly, probably a seven [out of a ten].” Both of Rachel’s parents know about her tattoo and approve of it. “It’s the three stages of life: maiden, mother, and crone. It also represents the Holy Trinity,” she explained. As of now, Rachel doesn’t want any additional tattoos.

Rachel O’Connor’s Celtic tattoo

College Social Media Etiquette Anna Lis For those of you who are younger than 12th graders, one day the time will come that you will join your chosen college’s Facebook group. Such a thing as “______ Class of _____” is lurking on the future internet filled with thoughts of your future classmates. The purpose of these groups is to get to know everyone and maybe even find that special someone you want to live with. As you can imagine, a place for hundreds of 18 year olds who are trying to make a great impression is a bit of a disaster. Coming from a girl who considers herself relatively normal, here are some of my dos and don’ts. 1. Do not say you love Chipotle or Netflix. For everyone one who posts about this there are twenty others who are waiting to comment and share their love for it as well. 2. Do not say that you like to study and have a good time. This is unoriginal and, well, if you got into a college you probably do like to study. 3. Please do not tell me about all the Indie and EDM music you like. This should be self-explanatory.

Kenya Slater’s first tattoo, which she received at a tattoo party with her brother

4. Never EVER post a meme. Please understand that only middle school students find these funny. 5. Do not ask for people to follow you on Instagram or Twitter so we can like or favorite your posts. That is weird. Just do not do it.

Matt Neumann’s arrow tattoo

6. Actually, upon closer inspection, probably just do not post at all.

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Ms. Camp stacks up 41 years of teaching Lilia Wood

if you demonstrate your knowledge and you show growth, you will succeed.”

Few people can say that they have walked the Glen Rock High School hallways for over four decades, but physical education teacher Ms. Camp can. She has shared her passion for teaching in the Glen Rock School District for 41 years. As her retirement date approaches, we take time to reflect on her many years of dedication to her students. Yet Ms. Camp didn’t always want to be a physical education teacher. Originally, she was studying to become a doctor, only to realize it was going to take too much time and studying. Even though women did not have many athletic opportunities, as a young girl, she loved to play sports. “So then I thought, wouldn’t it be great to become a physical education teacher and be able to take my love of athletics and sports into my profession?” Ms. Camp said. “So that’s what I did.” After graduating from the University of Dayton, she taught for six months in Ohio. Once she got married, though, she moved to New Jersey and needed to find a job. In 1971, she was hired by the Glen Rock School District and has not left since. Ms. Camp has been working here for 41 years, only taking three years off for maternity leave. Since 1971, gym class has become more modern and less strict. The classes used to be split up by gender. The girls had one side of the gym, and the boys had the other. The girls also had a slightly less rigorous curriculum. Everyone, including the teachers, had to wear a gym uniform, and the students had to shower before proceeding to their next class. “As a teacher, I wasn’t allowed to walk out in the hallway in shorts or pants; I had to put my suit and dress back on, my nylons, and my heels. I had to dress up to go in the hallway to get lunch.” Ms. Camp takes her job very seriously; some students feel her class is harder than their academic classes. She eval-

of presidency to Ms. Cindy Lota , a fourth grade teacher at Byrd School.

Ms. Camp also teaches her students more unconventional sports, rather than playing soccer, basketball, or football. In her class, she teaches pickle ball, cup stacking, and archery to show students different ways to get active.

Ms. Camp did not know that she would want to retire this year until one day when it just hit her. “They always say when you’re ready to retire, there is a little light that goes on and one day it went on, big time. I was standing in the gym with one of my eighth grade classes and I just thought ‘I don’t want to do this next year; I just don’t want to stay here and do this next year.’ So, I guess that was my light bulb moment.”

She also gives written tests in physical education about the objectives, rules, and history of the unconventional sports.

I’m going to miss everything. Just Glen Rock, the school system in general, the faculty, and all of the students. uates her students in various ways to make sure they get a deserving grade. “Every subject should be an easy A, and we know that is not true. So, in my class, if you do your best, if you study, if you do projects, if you test well,

“I’m the only PE teacher who does it, I have no idea why. I can look at you and tell you how you are performing and I could guess, but I may not be guessing right,” Ms. Camp said. “You may know all of the rules in your head, and you can explain it at the drop of a hat. But, maybe you’re a little intimidated with the game itself or who’s on your team, so you’re kind of holding back.” “So I may say ‘oh that kind of looks like a C,’ but [in] your brain you’re an A. So I need to see that, plus we’re trying to educate the whole child, the whole physically active child, not just the sport’s side, but

Ms. Camp plans of focusing on the artistic side of her life. She is a quilter and has a studio in her house.

also your knowledge side.” Besides teaching Health and Physical Education, Ms. Camp also has coached many sports. First, she coached varsity field hockey. “The field is now missing where we used to play, and they filled it in with dirt. It was where the new parking lot by the sports lobby is,” Ms. Camp said. “The hill down there used to be the field hockey field. Yes, we played downhill.” She also coached and assisted varsity basketball and track. Teaching in the school district for 41 years, Ms. Camp guesses that she has taught over a thousand students. She even taught second generations of families, including her own grandson last year. For the past four years, Ms. Camp has been the president of the Glen Rock Education Association (GREA). As such, she is the supervisor of teachers, custodians, secretaries, and health aides – excluding teacher’s assistants. “We have to negotiate our contract and our salaries. We have to pay our bills, so we have to deal with the IRS. We have to make sure the contract is always being followed by us and by our administration. I

have to be able to lead effectively and get along with the Board of Education and the Superintendent.” She started as the building rep for the high school, and then she became the vice president of the middle/ high school. Middle school teacher Mrs. McBride, who is the ex- president, went on to be a county officer, and nobody had wanted to fill in her position. Ms. Camp became president. The president has to be able to communicate with all faculty members, and she has to compromise with everyone’s opinions. “It’s sometimes difficult to tell the teachers that they need to change their behavior and tell them they shouldn’t have done that. It’s not easy to do that, but we work through it. We settle it.” Teachers are often not satisfied with the outcomes, but she reminds them of their roles and the importance of being a good role model for other faculty members and students. There are some serious consequences if the faculty members do not follow what they are supposed to do. “I took this job because I knew I could handle it.” At the end of May, Ms. Camp passef her position

“That’s the artistic side of me and I love to do that, so I’m definitely going to spend a lot of time with the artsy side of me. I’m going to stay in the Glen Rock area. I’m not familiar with other areas, but I will become familiar with those areas. Then I will make a decision.” Reflecting on the last 41 years, Ms. Camp will cherish every moment working with the students in Glen Rock. “At the beginning of this week, I got an email from a student who graduated in 1989. She was thanking me for getting her through a bullying situation. She said you probably won’t remember, and she kind of explained it and I vaguely remember it. But it was 25 years later and she said it was 25 years too late in coming,

I believe in making a difference for a student, and I’m going to miss that. but thank you thank you thank you,” Ms. Camp said. “So it’s experiences like that that truly are precious.” Glen Rock High School wishes Ms. Camp the best on her retirement. We will always remember her for her passion for her job, her worth ethic, and how much fun a little game of cup stacking can bring.


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Senior Advice to Freshmen: Alex Dragona- “Respect your elders. Don’t freak out about college.” Emily Eichorn- “You have so many opportunities, take advantage of them.” Moran Ricciardelli- “Everything counts, don’t mess up. Stay away from cafeteria food.” Jillian Rontondaro - “Don’t wait until senior year to start caring about your grades!!!” Olivia Ryan- “Just do you, homie.” Kelly Streaser- “Take work seriously, but don’t forget to take breaks and have fun. Also, take the classes you want, not the ones that ‘look good’.”

Favorite memories with Friends: Alex Dragona-“Being the loudest class at our junior year pep rally, going super saiyan on a table in the cafeteria!!!” Emily Eichorn-“Smashburger lunches.” Morgan Ricciardelli-“Sutera’s 8th period gym class.” Kelly Streaser-“I will always remember chanting no school, no rules’ during Hurricane Sandy.”

Favorite GRHS memories: Alex Dragona- “Winning the best homecoming hallway junior year and doing the ‘I BELIEVE’ chant at the pep rally.”

The thing I’ll miss the most about being in GR:

Morgan Ricciardelli- “When Mr. Feldman fell off his chair.”

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Sed euismod semper enim Morgan Ricciardelli- “The Rock.” LOREM ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. In congue dui quis dolor convallis porttitor. Vestibulum et urna nec erat euismod tincidunt. Etiam quis ipsum metus. Sed at blandit sapien. Nunc porttitor elit nec tortor hendrerit adipiscing. Vivamus commodo sagittis augue, at ornare tellus condimentum sit amet. Sed sit amet nunc neque, vitae accumsan lectus. Maecenas tempor facilisis tempus. Sed sem dolor, rutrum nec pretium vel, pellentesque quis orci. In hac habitasse platea dictumst.

Nunc in massa turpis. Donec lacinia suscipit felis non ultricies. Pellentesque. Fusce consequat metus facilisis dolor mattis ultrices. Cras at tincidunt dolor. Praesent id suscipit ipsum. Aliquam vitae congue sem, in molestie sapien. Quisque pharetra interdum dolor a interdum. Maecenas tristique vehicula massa, sagittis tempor neque sagittis eu. Integer malesuada,

porttitor. Vestibulum et urna nec erat euismod tincidunt. Etiam quis ipsum metus. Sed at blandit sapien. Nunc porttitor elit nec tortor hendrerit adipiscing. Vivamus commodo sagittis augue, at ornare tellus condimentum sit amet. Sed sit amet nunc neque, vitae accumsan lectus. Maecenas tempor facilisis tempus. Sed sem dolor, rutrum nec pretium vel, pellentesque quis orci. In hac habitasse platea dictumst. Nunc in massa turpis. Donec lacinia suscipit felis non ultricies. Pellentesque. Fusce consequat metus facilisis dolor mattis ultrices. Cras at tincidunt dolor. Praesent id suscipit ipsum. Aliquam vitae congue

Kelly Streaser- “I will miss being able to know at least one person, if not all of them, anywhere you go in Glen Rock.”

Olivia Ryan- “The Drowsy Chaperone and everything about it, omg.” Sed sit amet nunc neque, accumsan lectus tempor facilisis In hac habitasse facilisis ipsum tellus. sem, in molestie sapien. Quisque pharetra interdum dolor a interdum. Maecenas tristique vehicula massa, sagittis tempor neque sagittis eu. Integer malesuada, libero in rhoncus semper, arcu

arcu feugiat neque, ut porttitor massa nunc nec nulla. Duis eget tempor turpis. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae; Ut pulvinar vitae diam iaculis consectetur. Duis tristique purus vestibulum cursus mattis. Mauris euismod, enim et aliquam tincidunt, nulla nulla dictum erat, in tristique felis mi id enim. Nunc nibh tortor, ullamcorper sed lorem vitae, ultricies congue lorem. Etiam laoreet risus consequat, dignissim sapien ac, ultricies turpis. Integer vitae dui et enim vestibulum imperdiet sed vel lacus. Duis neque quam, dapibus non pulvinar at, feugiat quis mi. Praesent et iaculis magna. Maecenas ultrices mauris orci, auctor rhoncus nibh aliquam ut. Phase-

llus in rutrum arcu, in accumsan erat. Maecenas commodo iaculis ligula sit amet ornare. Sed mattis tempor tortor, non imperdiet leo lobortis vitae. Pellentesque lacus odio, tristique a quam in, malesuada ultricies diam. Praesent commodo elit non magna eleifend lacinia. Integer placerat eget lorem vel gravida. Fusce posuere faucibus dignissim. Curabitur aliquam vel neque et commodo. Cras convallis porttitor elit at fringilla.

Kelly Streaser- “All the seniors huddling up in the courtyard before the homecoming pep rally.” Christian Villa-“Basketball team’s historic Jamboree run upsetting 10 seed Cresskill and 7 seed Dwight Morrow.”

Senior, Jake Vielbig learns to do a hand stand on a sunny day in the court yard.

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Best Dressed Girls

Best Smile


1. Caroline Busch

1. John Crawford

2. Janice Leibman

2. Brad Passarelli

3. Reagan Pinto

3. Jared Zahn

Best Dancer




1. Maddie Politti/ Alex Beilman 2. Krystina Rypkema

1. Brendan McGuire

1. Kenya Slater

1. Jake Vielbig

2. Chris Kusant

2. Antonia Nuzzolo

2. Baptiste Grebonval

3. Julia Wood/ Lila Milgrom

3. Zach Lucca

3. Mary McDonough/ 3. Matt Newmann Sondra Nieradka


Funniest Girls 1. Antonia Nuzzolo 2. Jillian Rotondaro/ Taryn Dwyer 3. Emily Brennan

1. Zach Lucca/ Danny Hahn 2. Patt Duff

3. Erik Grinn

Most Ridiculously Good Looking

Nicest Eyes Girls





Most Outgoing Girls


1. Taryn Dwyer

1. Joey Cinquegrana

1. Taryn Dwyer

1. Jake Pellegrino

1. Antonia Nuzzolo

1. Jonnie Fink

2. Margaret Rae

2. Dan Dooner

2. Sondra Nieradka

3. Thomas Grubb

3. Caroline Busch

2. Erica Melz/ Rebecca Jacobs

2. Zach Lucca

3. Jillian Rotondaro/ Maddie Politti

2. Ryan Pulford/ Sean Kennedy 3. Jared Zahn

Best Laugh Girls


3. Matt Mulcahy

Biggest Flirt




1. Rachel O’Connor

1. Nile Slater

1. Erica Melz

1. Dan Dooner

2. Hannah Frankel

2. Erik Grinn

2. Robyn Alport

2. Baptiste Grebonval

3. Luke Descalzi/ Matt Szawaluk

3. Lauren Goodyear

3. Max Auerbach

Most likely to be in the Olympics Girls


1. Alex Beilman

1. Dan Dooner/ Kevin Mao

2. Kelly Streaser

2.Nile Slater

3. Fiona McDonald

3. Ethan Klein

Most Likely to Sleep Through an Earthquake Girls


Most Artistic Girls


Most Likely to Save the Planet Girls

1. Isabella Liberti

1. Sean Kennedy

2. Sophie Maliniak

2. Sawyer Geffert

1. Kate Harrison

1. Billy Kaselow

3. Jenna Zhu

3. Carmine Marra

2. Lara Jones

2. Josh D’Amato

3. Christina McCrae

3. Dan Perry

Most Likely to be President Girls 1. Melissa Rosen

1. Mary McDonough

1. Kohji Kusama

2. Courtney Schmitt

2. Janey Pulzello

2. Ethan Klein

3. Lauren Miller

3. Jessica Bell

3. Danny Hahn


1. Dan Fleiss 2. Karl Weiskopf 3. Matt Cosgriff

Most School Spirited Girls


1. Kelli Caporoso

1.Alex Dragona

2. Susanna Treacy

2. Joe Frissora

3. Robyn Alport

3. Jonnie Fink


Best Couple That Never Was 1. Lauren Goodyear and Jake Vielbig 2. Sam Castro and Jake Pellegrino 3. Danielle Moloney and Joe Frissoa/ Kevin Mao and Jasmine Pak

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Most Likely to be Late to Graduation Girls

Most Likely to Win Jeopardy




1. Emily Brennan

1. Mena Hiras

1. Elise Doubet

1. Aidan Burgoyne

1. Yalana Zheng

1. Joe Frissora

2. Mikeala Waller

2. Karl Weiskopf

2. Lindsay Boyer

2. Mike Bernechea

2. Gabby Ranieri

3. Izzy Liberti

3. Peter Schertz

3. Mailen Aportela

3. Kohji Kusama

2. Dan Fliess/ Alex Cheung 3. Ben Gincley

Most Likely to Debate a Teacher Girls

Most Changed Since Freshman Year Girls



1. Melissa Rosen

1. Jon Spielman

2. Kenya Slater

2. Chris Boscetti

3. Gabby Ranieri

3. Kohji Kusama

Most Likely to Win an Oscar Girls Boys

Most Likely to be a Hazard to Pedestrians Girls Boys

1. Antonia Nuzzolo

1. Andrew Markey

1. Olivia Ryan

1. Jake Vielbig

2. Anna Lis

2. Mike Buckel

2. Lauren Goodyear

2. Jonnie Fink

1. Anna Lis/ Susanna Treacy 2. Nadia Fazal

3. Jenna Zhu

3. Bradley Passarelli

3. Emily Paddon

3. Sawyer Novak

3. Julianna Lesso


1. Susanna Treacy

1. Jake Vielbig

2. Janey Pulzello

2. Mike Bernechea

3. Sam Castro

3. Aidan Capello



1. Sarah and Rachel Gross 1. Jeff Ross and AJ Rinbrand 2. Diana Editoiu and 2.Dan Dooner and Reagan Pinto Jake Rollins 3. Gabby Fioravante and 3. Evan Brooke and Alexis Wagner Karl Weiskopf

Most Likely to do anything for a retweet

Biggest Gym Class Hero Boys


2. Mike Buckel/ Tim Hahn 3. Matt Szwaluk

Soul Sisters/Best Bromance

Biggest Case of Senioritis Girls

1. Ryan Pulford



1. Kelli Caporoso

1. Tim Hahn

1. Morgan Foley

1. Thomas Grubb

2. Susanna Treacy

2. AJ Rinbrand

2. Rebecca Jacobs

2. Tim Hahn

3. Morgan Riccardelli

3. Brendan McGuire

3. Elise Doubet

3. Jesse Forstot

Best Facial Hair

Most Likely to Text During Class


1. Evan Brooke


2. Billy Kaselow

1. Morgan Riccardelli

1. Jesse Forstot

1. Morgan Foley

1. Mike Bernechea

3. Zach Lucca

2. Mailen Aportella

2. Jeff Kopyta

2. Rebecca Jacobs

2. Jonnie Fink

3. Katie Monohan

3. Max Auerbach

3. Kenya Slater

3. Baptiste Grebonval



Most Likely to Never Return to Glen Rock Girls Boys 1. Florencia Llosas

1. Baptiste Grebonval

2. Janice Leibman/ 2. Kohji Kusama/ Jen McMahon/ Sean Kennedy Antonia Nuzzolo 3. Sam Castro 3. Max Kushnir/ Jon Spielman



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Most Likely to Skip Class

Best Tweeter Girls




1. Morgan Foley

1. Christian Vila

1. Florencia Llosas

1. Nile Slater

2. Lila Milgrom

2. Zach Lucca

2. Janey Pulzello

2. Sawyer Novak

3. Elise Doubet

3. Brad Passarelli

3. Alexis Wagner/ Sam Castro

3. Aidan Burgoyne

TEACHERS Best Dressed

Most Quotable Women




1. Ms. Guevarez

1. Mr. Feldman

1. Mrs. McNicholas

1. Mr. Toncic

2. Mrs. Walter

2. Mr. Pohlman

2. Ms. Bawa

2. Mr. Feldman/ Mr. Silver

3. Ms. Todd

3. Mr. Silver

3. Ms. Cella/Mrs. Walter/ Ms. Todd

3. Mr. Chia


Most Likely to be a Superhero





1. Ms. Todd

1. Mr. Pohlman

1. Mrs. Walter

1. Mr. Kurz

2. Mrs. Walter

2. Mr. McCrary

2. Ms. Mahoney

2. Mr. Chia

3. Ms. Wittenberg

3. Mr. Feldman

3. Mrs. Zimmerman

3. Mr. Milsovic

Most Likely to be a Secret Supervillain Women


Most Likely to be Mistaken for a Student Women


1. Mrs. Walter

1. Mr. Pohlman

1. Ms. Allen

1. Mr. Toncic

2. Ms. Todd

2. Mr. Chia/Mr. Levi

2. Ms. Bawa

2. Mr. Corby

3. Ms. McKinley

3. Mr. Feldman

3. Ms. McKinley

3. Mr. Lyon

Best Friends

Most Influential Women


1. Mr. Pohlman and Mr. Ecochard

1. Mrs. Walter

1. Mr. Silver

2. Ms. Mahoney and Mrs. Comarato

2. Mrs. Comarato

2. Mr. Chia

3. Ms. Grady and Mrs. Astoreca

3. Ms. Mahoney

3. Mr. Feldman/Mr. Sutera/ Mr. Pohlman

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Citizen Ryan Juliana Brancato A good citizen is one who truly cares for the well being of others, and shows it through the actions they take. These qualities are exemplified through Glen Rock High School senior Olivia Ryan. Olivia has been extremely involved in school activities as well as the Glen Rock community in general. She is an avid participant in the GRHS Theater Company, has been in the Women’s and Madrigals choir since her freshman year, is on the choir council, is the co-captain for Relay for Life, the director of the CYO choir, and the president of the Gay Straight Alliance. The GSA was created while Olivia was still in 8th grade. She had found out about it through her brother who was involved in it. “I kind of knew about it because of my brother was a big part of the GSA when it was created. He was one

of the few students who advocated for it,” Olivia said. Once Olivia became a freshman, she immediately joined the club and began to come up with new thoughts and ideas. That same year, she started an assembly program about bullying for the middle school. Members of the GSA would speak in front of the middle school students about their personal experiences with bullying and judgment. It was a way for students to connect and understand what others have been through. Through the GSA, Olivia has done a lot to change the path of students. She organizes the Day of Silence each year which takes a lot of time and effort, and she puts together Ally Week. “As the president of the GSA for the past three years and a member for four, I do a lot to organize events like the Day of Silence and Ally Week,” said Olivia. Ally week is a

week dedicated to the “allies” of the LGBTQ community and it is meant to gain support for civil rights. Olivia was presented with the Citizen of the Month award for the month of

I was upset with how people were saying horrible things to people, so I did something about it. March. March is an important month for the GSA because it is when the Day of Silence takes place. “During the month of March I was doing a lot for the Gay Straight Alliance because of the Day of Silence. It’s the biggest event for the Gay Straight Alli-

ance because it involves the whole school not just a select group of people,” said Olivia It is extremely important to Olivia for everyone to get involved. It is difficult to make a change in something when hardly anyone participates. She believes that actions will pave the way for the future. “I think it’s very important for students to get involved. I hear a lot of people talking about what they hate about the school, and I just think that’s sad because a lot of those people aren’t doing anything to change it. Whereas, I was upset with how people were saying horrible things to people, so I did something about it,” she said. Although Olivia focuses a lot of her time and effort into the GSA, she cares about the school and the town as a whole. Jake Vielbig, also a senior at Glen Rock and a close said, “Olivia’s personality allows

her to embody the role of a leader in the educational facility. She consistently keeps up a good reputation while socializing in a fashion that makes her culturally rel-

Matt Neumann: The Closer Beth Keefe

“Baseball has been my favorite sport since I was five.” Glen Rock High School senior Matt Neumann has been playing baseball and soccer for 13 years and just wrapped up his final season of high school sports on May 21st.

Playing both of these sports have really helped Matt grow as a person and affected a lot of his high school career. “When I had a game later

evant,” Jake said. Olivia is held in high regards by the community around her. She is able to describe herself as determined, ambitious, and “a lover, not a fighter.”

form for the last time was a lot harder for Matt than putting on his soccer uniform. “It was my last high school sport season ever,” he said. “It has also been my favorite sport since I was five, and it could be my last baseball game ever.” After both sports were over, it was a weird feeling for Matt.

Matt has been playing soccer for 13 years but only three during his high school career. Once the season was over, he recalled, “It was pretty sad because throughout the season, the team [became] very close, and it’s upsetting when you realize that you won’t be playing with them ever again.” “Matt is a team player and supports the [soccer] team though everything,” said sophomore John Scialdone. “He was a great guy to play with all season and he will be missed next year.”


“I was done with high school sports forever. High school sports were easily some of the best times of my life. “Besides baseball and soccer, I’m going to miss all of the friends I’ve made and all of the teachers who have guided me. It’s been a great four years here, soccer and baseball [are] just one thing I’m going to miss next year,” said Matt.

that day, it made getting through the day a little easier. Both sports have really helped me grow,” said Matt. “[Baseball] is a mentally difficult game and

it requires a lot of patience,” said Matt.

play. “It’s like I’m controlling the game,” he said.

Matt was the pitcher for the baseball team and enjoys that it keeps him involved in every

“Matt has taught me a lot about pitching, and he has really helped me grow as a player,” said fellow

teammate Mike Szawaluk. Matt has also been playing baseball for 13 years, four of which were with the high school.

At the end of the 2014 school year, Matt will be attending Syracuse University, majoring in Sports Management. “I may possibly play club baseball, but it’s not definite yet,” said Matt.

Putting on his baseball uni-

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Glen Rock Lockdown Josh Stein

On December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, twenty six lives were lost, twenty children and six adults. This unfortunate event frightened school administrators and parents across the nation and school security ghas become a new, rising political issue. In response, Glen Rock High School has taken many initiatives to advance the school’s security. Initiated in December of 2012, Glen Rock has locked all doors, excluding the Hamilton Lobby door, during school hours. The Glen Echo’s initial report of this event can be found on our website. The effects of these changes were very limited. Teachers were told to guard the doors during off-periods with a handheld radio. Then, a bomb scare occurred. On November 5, 2013, Election Day, an unidentified caller called into Hamilton Elementary School and Lodi High School with words that seemed threatening to all persons inside the building. Hamilton School was soon evacuated and the police notified. During the threat, Glen Rock Police Captain Jonathon Miller was on his day off. After receiving the call that the school was being evacuated and police officers were currently on the perimeters, as well as that the preplanned emergency protocol was being put into effect, he responded to the scene along with officers from different jurisdictions. Many police officers and school officials were very worried by the incident, as it “came [at] the heels of the Garden State Plaza and could possibly be a copycat into one of our schools,” stated Captain Miller. During the next few hours, the rest of the district was put into lockdown. The district remained in lockdown from 1:45 pm to the rest of the day. It would be later known that a similar call had been placed to the Lodi School District.

Security is a concern that is taken quite seriously by not only the superintendent but the board as well. “The school administration is very supportive of any changes that come out,” Captain Miller stated. Glen Rock is a unique town because of its communication between the school and police. Unlike many other school districts, Glen Rock’s schools work together to provide the best possible security measures to protect the children of this district. Frequently, throughout the day, Glen Rock police officers patrol each district school, walking the halls and making sure the security measures are working as intended. The plans that have been put in place are created by both the school and the police department of Glen Rock. According to Captain Miller, these plans are “one of the safest plans that I’ve seen if a critical incident may occur, they practice regularly and the practices have extensive police involvement.”

Due to new laws by the state, each school must have a certain amount of fire drills and lock down drills in preparation for an actual emergency. By the State of New Jersey Department of Education, each school is required to perform two emergency drills which are composed of one fire drill and one lock down drill within the first ten days of the school year and at minimum one fire drill and one lock down drill per month.

look at N.J.A.C. 39:4-80.1. This statute states that a $150 fine will be issued to motorists who fail to stop for the school’s crossing guards. Also N.J.A.C. 39:4-36 states the penalties for the violation involved drivers who fails to stop for pedestrians. The New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety’s website states that a 2 point penalty, costing the driver $200, which doesn’t include court appearances that vary upon situation.

In addition, the school is required by the Occupational and Safety Act of 1970, otherwise known as the OSH, to post a written plan to evacuate the current room of presence in each classroom. Furthermore, this law does not override many local protocols set up by the state such as the New Jersey Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Act (PEOSH). According to the state website, “The New Jersey Public Employees’ Occupational Safety and Health Act, State Standards and Procedural Standards provide for the development and enforcement of occupational safety and health regulations for public employeesthroughouttheState.”

Aside from state laws, the Glen Rock School District has taken many initiatives for the safety of our students. Working with the town, the Borough of Glen Rock currently funds crossing guards at multiple intersections throughout the town near highly congested roads where elementary children usually walk home. There is also a police officer at the Hamilton and Harristown intersection, who’s duty it is to direct traffic and to ensure the safety of all students who cross the street.

The New Jersey State department of health has worked with the New Jersey legislature to pass statutes for citizens to comply with school crossing guards. For example, just

New this year is the school security guard posted in the Hamilton lobby who is on duty during the school operating hours and during afternoons for athletes who need to enter the school. The Glen Rock District budget is responsible for paying the salary of these security guards. “[The] Glen Rock school district is in fact respon-

sible for budgeting for the necessary salaries that are associated with the security guards,” Said Glen Rock School Board Business administrator Michael Rinderknecht, “Clearly, unfortunately in today’s world, looking back at things that have occurred in the past, I think it’s fair to say that even if you took a look at next year’s budget it’s got a whole host of security initiatives. Security is a concern that is taken quite seriously by not only the superintendent but the board as well.” The new security guard, introduced during the 20132014 school year, is part of a security initiative created by a combined group of members from both the Glen Rock Police Department and School Administrators. Captain Miller, who is deeply involved in creating the current protocols that keep our school safe, calls this the “first line of defense where the campus is no longer open and everyone has to enter through one door and present a form of identification to the guard.” The Glen Rock Borough is a safe town. If you look at the yearly report produced by the Glen Rock Police Department, you will see that the majority of the crimes is on the charge of theft or traffic. The Glen Rock Police Department is very lucky for not dealing with issues including violent crimes.

According to Captain Miller, “We are also very lucky we don’t have a lot of juvenile related crimes and that our issues are alcohol and narcotics. We aren’t dealing with gangs and theft that many urban areas have to deal with.” In the year of 2012, The Glen Rock Police department reported a total of 18 juvenile related arrests. Out of those 18 juvenile arrests, nine were on account of alcohol, three for narcotics, two sex offenses, and one theft, assault and fraud each. Twelve out of the eighteen juvenile arrests were on the charge of alcohol and narcotics which is equivalent to 66.67% of all juvenile arrests. When a juvenile is arrested, that individual is brought into Police Headquarters on Harding Plaza (Borough Hall), with his/her parents having been notified. Depending on the severity of the charges, either the juvenile has to show up in juvenile court in Hackensack, or the parents must come into headquarters to have a discussion with an officer and the juvenile. One factor that contributes to the low arrest statistical rate may be to the new program introduced in the elementary and middle schools called the Youth Leadership Program. In previous years, students were educated about drugs through the D.A.R.E. program, which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Since then, the police, working very closely with the schools, adapted a new educational program called the Youth Leadership Program. In comparison to D.A.R.E., the Youth Leadership program allows the discussion to be more specifically tailored to better meet the problems of our community. For example, if internet bullying is a big problem in the Glen Rock Elementary Schools, the staff at the Glen Rock Police would later come in and give a lecture and assembly to the school about the harmful effects of internet bullying.

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Going for the gold Lilia Wood

Award was called the Golden Eagle of Merit; the name soon changed into the Golden Eaglet. From 1938 until 1940, the award was called the Curved Bar, and then the honor was called First Class for the next seventeen years. Lastly, from 1980 to the present day, the recognition has been called the Gold Award.

Glen Rock Senior Girl Scouts from three different troops came together to celebrate thirteen years of scouting, memories, and service to our community. Over 150 guests came to commemorate the accomplishment of these Ambassador Girl Scouts in Glen Rock. The ceremony began with eleventh grade Girl Scout Troop 254 leading the color guard into the community hall at St. Catharine’s Church. Proceeding them were the twenty-one twelfth grade Girl Scouts that were being honored. These seniors recited the ‘Girl Scout Promise’ and each lit a candle to pay homage to a different part of the ‘Girl Scout Law.’ The Promise is a pledge that a Girl Scout takes at the beginning of every meeting; it describes how a Girl Scout should act towards others on a regular basis. Nationally, only 6% of Girl Scouts earn the highest achievement, which is the Gold Award. Yet in Glen Rock, just shy of 50% of the girls have earned this prestigious award. A section of this ceremony was dedicated to honor the Gold Award. There were many guest speakers, who spoke about their dedication, commitment, and affect their projects

had on the community. The first speaker was Senator Robert Gordon. He presented each girl a signed letter that shows how each girl’s project changed New Jersey for the better, and how their projects will continue to better the

The award not only speaks well for them, but it speaks well for the community.

cipients that incorporated their last names. They were assigned a specific day in the beginning of June, in which their sign would be hung at the location of their choice. For example, Emily Park’s street’s name is “Park Avenue.” Bergen County Executive, Kathleen Donovan, spoke at the podium

In a recent article from The Record, The Glen Rock District schools have one of the highest graduation rates in Bergen County, with the rate at 99%. The New Jersey average graduation rate is 87.5%. That leaves an 11.5% gap between The Glen Rock Schools graduation rate and the states. Furthermore, Glen Rock has been ranked 218th in the country by Newsweek magazine’s 2013 best public high schools listings. Glen Rock High School rose 70 notches, rising from 288 in 2012 to 218 in 2013. These rankings also took into account the advanced courses at the

Donovan acknowledged the students’ parents, as it sometimes takes support from the whole family to make sure deadlines are kept while pursuing such a big project. Donovan explained that once a girl obtains this award, she is put into an elite group of women. Afterward, a representa-

community in the future. The next presenter was the Glen Rock Mayor, John van Keuren. “The award not only speaks well for them, but it speaks well for the community,” the Mayor said. He dedicated a street sign to each Gold Award re-

next. She was once a Girl Scout, who earned the highest award, which was not yet called the Gold Award yet when she received the commendation. Starting in 1916, the Gold

Glen Rock Lockdown

Money Matters


high school such as advanced, Honors, and AP.

In addition, Glen Rock High School is the 4th best public high school in the state of New Jersey, as ranked by NJ Monthly Magazine. Glen Rock High School currently has a 98% college acceptance rate and the school’s testing scores prove that. The SAT average for Glen Rock High School is 1696 out 2400. The ACT average is 23.1 out of 36 and the average AP score is 3.6 out of a possible 5. The Glen Rock District Per-Pupil cost average for the school year of 2009 was $14,537 in compar-

tive from the Glen Rock Volunteers Ambulance Corps, Mary Jane Surrago, congratulated all of the girls on their accomplishments. She specifically acknowledged two girls.

One of the girls, Colleen Dalton, decided to not receive a Gold Award but rather to become an Emergency Medical Technician with the Glen Rock Ambulance Corps. She went through 250 hours of training, and she has worked every Tuesday for the past year. Diana Editoiu’s Gold Award was entitled “File of Life.” In an emergency, the senior citizens and special needs residents of Glen Rock need to have their medical information accessible for emergency responders. Before her project, there was no information system to help the responders with the patients’ health history. For her project, she created a magnet that contains an information sheet that allows the citizens to write down their personal health information. The magnets were distributed to about 300 Glen Rock residents. The next two speakers were Commander Robert Steinberg, and Command-

er Michael Ennis. Steinberg is part of the Thomas D. Egan Glen Rock V.F.W. Post 850, and Ennis is part of the American Legion Glen Rock Post 145. Both of these guests spoke about the impact of the scouts’ projects on the community. The Yaw Paw Foundation gave each Gold Award recipient a lifetime membership to Girl Scouts. With these memberships, the girls can volunteer to help younger scouts or become leaders themselves. Lastly, Alejandro Martinez, the COO of the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, congratulated not only the Gold Award recipients, but also all of the 21 scouts for keeping their commitment for thirteen years. After the speakers, the girls had a chance to share their favorite memory of scouting with the audience.

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ison to the state average which was $13,833, according to the Asbury Park Press. Glen Rock’s district cost per pupil is 5.1% above the state average. The Glen Rock District Budget itself is well put together. The process starts in September and goes well though November until the Board of Education approves it for the next school year. Many key people in this process include Michael Rinderknecht, Board Business Administrator, the superintendent of the schools, Dr. Paula Valenti, and the Fiscal Management committee and the board at large. “The budget process, just to give you a flavor, typi-

cally starts later September, early October and it goes throughout quite a review process. Not only administratively the board’s Fiscal Management committee gets involved in going through the entire budgetary requests.” Rinderknecht further states, “I think the budget is very closely scrutinized and those items that are set forth in the budget are those that are necessary for the day to day operations of the school district.” As a result, there are no flaws with the budget. Rinderknecht states, “I would say absolutely not, I think if you look back at our budget taking in consideration the past to bud-

get years we had no general fund tax levy increase but yet have been able to be extremely competitive in relation to other school districts, so I think that there are absolutely no flaws with the budget process nor the school district.” Furthermore, The Glen Rock District Budget is responsible for renovating the fields, a year and a half ago. The fields were renovated after huge factors with the football field goals being uneven. The district paid for a 4.5 million dollar renovation including turf football and soccer fields, a new baseball field and the five brand new tennis courts. “Expenses


with revising the high school athletic field’s improvement project was an absolute home run.” Rinderknecht further states.” We have some beautiful fields that accommodate a variety of sports, and I think Glen Rocks facilities are probably one of the top facilities in comparison to other school districts in Bergen county if not the state.” The Glen Rock District Schools are not only one of the safest but also possess one of the most economically sound budgets. Through the cooperation of the Glen Rock Police department, the schools aid in growing and educating of the children in in the town.


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Hometown heroes receive new commendations

Matt Zakowski

Mrs. Walter, a history teacher at Glen Rock High School, assigned her junior Honors US History II classes a research paper earlier this spring. This wasn’t the usual research paper, however.

veteran, either living or deceased, to learn more about. If the veteran selected by the student is deceased, they would contact a family member for information. Additionally, students filled out forms to receive the veteran’s military records by mail.

terview him as a primary source of information.

Walter said, “The purpose of the paper is to teach researching skills, how to properly make an internal citation, and to provide students with papers that are unusual, so they can submit them to If the veteran was still colleges as writing samples.” The students were to find a alive, the student may in-

Mrs. Walter also added, “The town benefits from the paper along with the students because heroes of Glen Rock are exposed, and a public service is done for the community.” A junior at Glen Rock High School who took part in writing the research paper, Zachary Radin, said, “I

think this paper was beneficial to the students because we got to learn a lot about the history of our town that surrounds us everyday.”

they are done reading, the Historical Society will select the best five papers. These students then go to the High School on a Thursday night, when they can read their Once the essays were sub- papers to a public audience. mitted, Mrs. Walter gave the papers to The Glen Rock His- “They told me that this year torical Society, led by Susan was a very strong group of Tryforos, which will read all papers,” Mrs. Walter said. of the submissions. When

Going for the Gold “My favorite memory of Girl Scouting is the annual Father-Daughter Square Dance. It was always fun to dress up and see our dads dress in the full attire of plaid shirts, cow boy hats and boots and get into the dancing, probably even more so than us,” Girl Scout gold award recipient, Julia Wood, said.

“For Susanna, the flower I have chosen is a Freesia. It symbolizes ‘lasting friendship.’ I find this suiting because having been neighbors five houses apart, since [we were] toddlers,

we have been through so much together,” Wood said. “If we could survive our experience at Glen Spey Girl Scout camp back in fifth grade together, we can do anything.”

Lisa Smick, the ex-service unit manager of Glen Rock, collected congratulatory letters addressed to the Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and gave each girl a keepsake book. There were over 20 letters, including those from the past three presidents.

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their community service. The last part of the event was the bridging ceremony. There is also a plaque at the The girls bridged from AmGlen Rock Borough Hall, bassador Scouts to adults. with the names engraved of all the Gold Award re- “If these girls are the fucipients since the 100th ture of our country, I anniversary year of the think we are in pretty Girl Scouts, two years ago. good shape,” Smick said.

On the day of the ceremony, June 1st, flags were flown at the Capital building in Washington, DC for nine of the Gold Award recipients. They will soon receive these flags in the mail as a gift for

The 21 Ambassador Girl Scouts got assigned another scout in their troop and presented a flower that represented their friend.

Devilishly Good Meaghan Murray Winning an award for his high school hockey performance is nothing new for Senior Matt Roy, but when he was awarded by the New Jersey Devils, the honor took on a whole new meaning.

The New Jersey Devils January player of the month has been honoring high school hockey players for 22 seasons. Roy was given this award for his high level of play he exhibited in the month of January. “I think they select six players in December, January, February… that just excel,” says Roy. “It’s a cool honor.” The winners are based on nominations received from members of the media who cover the state’s hockey games.

Winners and a guest receive tickets to a Devils’ game, dinner, compliments of the team, and a plaque presented by a Devil’s player.

says. “He does what every coach hopes for: he practices like he plays. The energy and speed you see in games is how he practices.”

Roy was voted captain of the Glen Rock High School hockey team this year, along with Matthew Jorgensen and Michael Buckel.

Matt Roy is a senior at Glen Rock High School who is known for his hockey skills. Roy was four years old when he started playing hockey, and it was his father and grandfather who pushed him to play. He plays not only for the high school team, but also for the Avalanche, a team which plays out of the Ice House in Hackensack, New Jersey. Roy says that it was a great way to meet new people and make friends.

Roy has many role models in both hockey and life.

During the 2013-14 season, the Glen Rock High School hockey team won the league cup, yet failed to win the state championship. “We wanted one goal and that was state championship, and we came up short so it’s a little bittersweet,” he says.

Roy has played hockey for 14 years and appreciates the bond that is formed between players and coaches. “I think its building chemistry with the guys,” he says. “It’s like they’re your family out there. It’s great to be a part of that locker room.” For many people, sticking with something for 14 years, is a difficult task. For Roy, hock-

ey came pretty easily.

same songs on his iPod.

“It’s just a real energetic game. It’s a real mental game, too. You gotta use your head out there, and I think when the game is moving that fast, it’s fun [to] play at a high level and make the right plays,” says Roy.

Mr. Sergio Fernandez, the Varsity Hockey coach at Glen Rock High School, spoke highly of Matt’s actions during practice. “Matt goes all out,” Coach Fernandez

When it comes to games, Roy, like any player, goes through an extensive warm-up to prepare. For Roy, when he gets to the rink, he takes a shower to wake up, followed by a little running warm-up, followed by getting dressed, left to right, while listening to the

“I’d say Bobby Clark [is a role model] [be] cause he’s just relentless. He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve seen out there, and Claude Giroux is kind of the same way. They get out there and they’re clutch players, they score when they need to score,” Roy says. “And my dad [is also a role model] because he basically taught me how to play.”

This fall, Roy will attend Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee for music. According to Mr. Fernandez, Roy is a very talented musician. He will not play hockey for his university because he prefers to focus on his music. According to many people, Matt Roy is an extremely talented country musician. “I’m thinking about trying to help out with club teams they have down there, coaching and helping out with clinics and stuff like that,” says Roy.

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Senior Legacies Robyn Alport: (Salve Regina University) To Annie Burke and Blythe Owen I leave you the Glen Rock Rec Cheerleading program. Be great coaches… and GOOD LUCK! Katie Monahan: (Saint Joseph’s University) To Karolina Callahan and Emily Kuiken, I leave you guys the tennis team and hope you have an amazing senior year. Stay sassy xoxo.

Alex Dragona: (University of Delaware) To Charlie Campbell and Andy Peiser and Sam HR keep the snowmen alive! To Stevie Schwartz keep on killing it at track and lead the D-Squad the way that I would. Brady Miller and Matt Wang… Just keep doing you. Brandon Rosario I pass down the legacy of best looking Hispanic in the school to you. Tucker and Friends please keep your group and your place going for as long as possible. And of course Mike Rodgers and Corey Hillman, the seniors of the junior grade, you guys are the funniest, coolest juniors I know and it’s your job to make your grade memorable. You will never be better than us but just try.

Matthew Jorgensen: (Marist College) To Peter Tatigian, I depart by leaving you the Arch Bishop, command of the C.B.C. The Chancellor hopes you lead with wisdom and grace as I once did. Finish what we started and get Glen Rock Hockey a State Championship. To James Antolino, stay beautiful. To Corey Hillman Alexis Wagner: (Ramapo College of New Jerand Michael Rodgers, I leave you nothing, be sey) To my main squeeze, Scott Ryan McCarwell. thy, I want to leave all of the Teen Angst. And Morgan Foley: (College of Charleston) To Lee none for Sabrina, bye! Maitner, McGara Dewan, and Lauren Jones; Chris Boschetti: I leave my computer club I leave you the GR Bball Gurlz… keep the presidency to Jeremy Winter, a junior; but Teen Club tradition alive, make sure J.Gaffs only if he finds out where the secret is hidstays away from Rosey, and protect our league den and drinks 12 liters of hot soda in thirty title! To the underclassmen: VIVA LA HIGH- minutes. Jeremy, please be unfunny and also SCHOOL stop saying unfunny memes, junior. There is Michael Buckel: (Montclair State University) Dear countrymen, lend me your ears. I hereby declare Arch Bishop Peter James Tatigian to be the next leader of the CBC and to carry on the traditions and responsibility of this very prestigious organization. After the great seasons of Glen Rock Hockey, he has proved himself worthy of leading the boys safety to victory.

gold left in the chest cavity of Duck Tales. I want you to be the one who loots my grave when I die in fourty years due to destructive American indulgence. Please write good bathroom graffiti about me and not bad bathroom graffiti; I love you. James O’Neill: (Ramapo College of New Jersey) Don’t touch my stuff! I leave it all to my ghost!

do at Friendly’s. Learn from our mistakes. Always close the trunk before you drive and don’t leave the emergency brake on if you’re on the highway. Jel stay inside the car. Lordes <3 Reagan Pinto: (The College of New Jersey) Maddy, I leave you the honorary title of Kim next year on the soccer team. I expect you not to take this title lightly, and to be the best Kim that you can be! Good luck next year to you and the rest of my soccer girls; use the siren that you were unfortunately born with, but please don’t deafen the rest of the team. Stay classy, don’t do anything Kim wouldn’t do! You know you love me, xoxo, Reagan. Lauren Miller: (Lehigh University) To Chris, Maddie, Dylan, Tim, Quinn, Kyle, I leave to you TIGR. I trust that each and every one of you will take care of the club and make it even better. You are a great group and I am so proud of all of you! Mark Hwang: (University of Michigan) 1. “Mr. PeePee” 2. “YOLO!” Lauren Goodyear: (Penn State) Cressida Adler, I leave you Queen of Drama. To all the other underclassmen ladies, I’ll miss you so much and know that you’ll do amazing things next year. Mark, Kyle, Pat, Nick, and Darby, Keep BYL chillin- and don’t forget to lock all the doors!

Christian Vila: (University of Virginia) Dyl Pickles: Sorry I’m leaving, have fun with the old folks. Brady, Johnny and Lange: It has Emily Eichorn: (Fairfield University) To Son- Matthew Mulcahy: (Syracuse University) I been decided that you will inherit the farm. light- Always remember It’s A Beautiful Life leave to the D-Squad HMDM. Boys keep the Take good care of it. Basketball Team: To win we live. To My Cheer Girls- Savor every mo- idea alive and do your best to bring the new games, don’t shoot and take charges. Win my ment, you don’t realize what you’ve got until boys there on our runs. Remember what it award with honor. Last but not least, Kaitlyn: it’s too late. stands for and be open to all who want to join. Toughen up a little bit. Keep practicing Madden, you’ll beat me one day. John Crawford: (Fordham University) To Courtney Schmitt: (Johns Hopkins) To my the gold team: keep your collars popped and volleyball girls, I leave you Gru. May gold Susanna Treacy: (Parson’s) I leave the class flying. medal swag live in your hearts forever. To my of 2016 the rights to run Cupid’s Café- may brother, I leave you the responsibility of find- your class continue our tradition; we have Kelly Streaser: (University of Delaware) I always been impressed with your creative ing your own lunch money. Good luck with leave Annie Burke, Kristen Goodyear and student council. Ryan Vandervalk, I leave Kate Kelly my sockpuppets, love you girlies! the rest of high school- work hard and enjoy you the distance team, you are an awesome every moment! Also I leave the Glen Echo and InDesign to leader. Kelsey Bergamini and Molly Smith, I Trevor and Lilia; good luck. Mikaela Waller: (The University of South leave you the girls track team. Owen Davitt, Carolina) To my vball girlies, if I’ve learned I leave you coach P; don’t give up on her as a Olivia Ryan: (Elon University) The legacy of Queen of the Altos I lovingly give to Melanie anything from this year it’s that June has soft prom date! hands, we love Ruby Tuesday’s, you can’t have Lota. You are a superstar. To the Madrigal Sondra Nieradka: (The College of New Jersey) a boyfriend, get used to hearing “Killeen!”, and Women’s choirs, I love you. Keep doing Kuiks and Karolina, I leave you both my your job. To the Theatre Company, specifical- and most importantly, UP & OVER. I’ll miss sassy spirit on the courts. Bring it to every ly the junior laydeez (and junior boys… and playing with you girls more than you know, match and you can’t go wrong. I’ve had the but watch over Brandon and Ashley, and be Bennie), keep being slaves to theatre, you’re best time spending the last three years in all fabulous and I love you. Don’t stop. Gabby sure to slay a lot with harpoons while I’m gone…! Love you craziez, good luck next year. tennis with you two...have an amazing senior Piela, you know what to do. Jay Farrell, you year ladies!! are now Queen of the Sky. Victoria, my love, I know you’ll kill it. keep being fabulous. I love you, make me Claire Oh: (Boston College) Carotay, Cait, proud. Any finally, to the GSA, protect the Emma Idiot, Jel, Blade of Grass, and Kelsey- I gay box and all the love it holds. I love you so leave the tennis courts, my Santa snuggie, my much, keep talking about feelings and every- candy thing, Birch beer (Tori?), and Orlanthing. Rock on.


June 10, 2014

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