Sparta seniors receive scholarships

43 recipients at Perona Farms gala

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  • Tony Pompelio and Schoolmates Award of Courage - Emily Kosker, Detective Sergeant Keith Hannam (presenter of award) Photos by Kada Cernak

  • Sparta Woman's Club Scholarship - Katharine Campion, Mary Warner, Bayleigh Takacs

  • Sparta Kiwaniss Club Scholarships - Frank Bennett, Kaylynn Pierce, Alexandra Poret, Alexander Hofgesang, Ryan Ryersen, Matthew Guerra, Jeff Matt

  • Laura Ammaturo (PSTO Chairperson for Academic Awards Dinner), Kristen Davis (PSTO President)

  • The James B. Nye Scholarship - Aliya Wolfe-Nye, Erin Walse, Ilse Wolfe, Ellis Wolfe-Nye

  • Sussex Bank Scholarship - Victoria Montesano, Keri Marino

  • Sparta Ambulance Herb Orel Scholarship - John McChesney, Julianna Riehl, Katharine Campion, Kayla Edwards, Nadir Hassan, Allyson Wright

  • Greg Holowach Memorial Scholarship - Daniel Baker, Lorna Holowach, April VanNieuwland, Hailey Mead

  • Smile Award-Knight Family Scholarship - Bayleigh Takacs, Mr. and Mrs. Knight, Sophia Sandgran, Andrew Lowery

  • Pass it Along Scholarship - Victoria Montesano, Daniel Baker, Gianluca Bivona, Jamie Rennie, Madelyn McEllen, Dan Leary

  • Distinguished Student Award - Hailey Mead, Gil Gibbs

  • Brian M. Laddey Memorial Scholarship - Paige Smith, Renata Mizak

  • PSTO Scholarships - Kristen Davis, Sophia Sandgran, Eric Castorina, Melanie Cardoso-Lozano

  • WISPER Senior Scholarship - Hannah Fagersten, Dr. Giovanni Cusmano

by Rose Sgarlato

— Sparta High School held its annual Senior Scholarship Dinner for the Class of 2018 on June 13 at Perona Farms. A total of 43 seniors received scholarships from a varierty of individual, corporate and non-profit sponsors.

Special guests attending the event included local dignitaries, members and staff from the Board of Education as well as Principal Janet Ferraro and Vice Principals Steven Schels and Rory Fitzgerald.

Director of Guidance Kacey Konwiser Dalton, who was also one of the organizers of the Senior Scholarship Dinner, said that each student was chosen for different reasons.

"We have been holding the scholarship dinner for the fourteen years that I have been at Sparta High School," she said. "They are mainly the local Sparta organization scholarships and the primary winners have strong academic as well as community service qualifications. It is a great time for us to come together with our families and celebrate their children's educational and community accomplishments."

There is also an opportunity for students to apply once through a common application, Dalton said, which qualifies them for a variety of awards.

"Our Senior Scholarship Awards Dinner was a wonderful way for us to celebrate the hard work, service and dedication of our seniors," Principal Ferraro said. "Mrs. Dalton and the guidance department did an outstanding job of highlighting all of the students who received scholarships this school year."

The Scholarship Recipients Class of 2018:

Daniel Baker

Audrey Biss

Gianluca Bivona

James Bliss

Katharine Campion

Melanie Cardoso-Lozano

Eric Castorina

Emerson Chin

Benjamin Dottinger

Kayla Edwards

Tatiana Esteva-Ingram

Hannah Fagersten

Robert Gennat

Connor Gormley

Jolie Graupe

Matthew Guerra

Christopher Hakkenberg

Nadir Hassan

Alexander Hofgesang

Brendan Huff

Elise Kerim

Emily Kosker

Madelyn McEllen

Hailey Mead

Victoria Montesano

Lucille Mure

Cambray O’Brien

Robert Pegollo

Kaylynn Pierce

Alexandra Poret

Jamie Rennie

Julianna Riehl

Terence Rippon

Ryan Ryersen

Sophia Sandgran

Brian Schoch

Benjamin Schultz

Paige Smith

Steven Sullivan

Bayleigh Takacs

Quinlan Van Es

April VanNieuwland

Erin Walsh

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