Hillcrest Academy North Holds Student Awards Night

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SCOTCH PLAINS—On Thursday, June 11, Hillcrest Academy North, an alternative high school located on Plainfield Avenue in Scotch Plains, held its first annual Student Awards Dinner at Westlake School to honor the outstanding achievement of their students.  Both schools are a part the Union County Educational Services Commission (UCESC).

UCESC Superintendent William N. Presutti, Principal John A. Marquet and the Hillcrest North teaching staff gave out various awards citing outstanding academic achievement, exceptional leadership and inspired participation in community service. The evening’s keynote speaker Josephine Hernandez, President of the State Board of Education spoke eloquently about the exact value of education and stressed how earning a high school diploma and continuing on to a post secondary program can open up thousands of opportunities not otherwise open to our students.

In attendance were students, parents and UCESC staff who were treated to a dinner made exclusively by the students who attend the UCESC Culinary Arts program led by Food Service Teacher Sergio Calafiore. This is just one of many community service/vocational programs offered at the schools within the commission that serves the needs of school districts in the Union County area.

Principal’s Student of the Year Award – Aisha Thomas
Student of the Year Awards for Outstanding Academic Achievement:
English – Aisha Thomas
Mathematics – Tamira Prichett
Science – Aisha Thomas and Dominique Kemper
Social Studies – Lanaysia Limehouse
Technology – Emanuel Aguilar
World Languages – Marili Reyes


Student Council President and Valedictorian Aisha Thomas received the Principal’s Student of the Year Award, is pictured with Principal John Marquet and Student Council Vice President Gianfranco Alzate. (Photo courtesy of Hillcrest Academy North)


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