Sparta seniors receive scholarships
43 recipients at Perona Farms gala

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

by Rose Sgarlato
SPARTA — 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