ALJ High School Announces May Awards

CLARK – Arthur L. Johnson High School announced its Student of the Month, Teacher of the Month and Crusader Award winners for May last week.

Theresa Renna

Senior Theresa Renna was honored as the Student of the Month. A member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society, Renna attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine and the Congressional Student Leadership Conference on Medicine.

A scholar-athlete, Renna is a four-time gold letter winner in soccer and track. Outside of school, Renna is involved with the Catholic Youth Organization and worked as a Camp Invention counselor and babysitter. After graduation, Renna will study biology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. She is the daughter of Debra and Peter Renna.


Mary Jane Yawylak

Mary Jane Yawylak is the school’s Teacher of the Month. A Seton Hall University graduate, Yawylak grew up in Garwood. She began her teaching career at Johnson as an aide in the TMR Program. After spending three years as a teacher in the Neurologically Impaired Program at Dayton High School in Springfield, Yawylak returned to her alma mater, Brearley High School in Kenilworth.

With the closing of Brearley in 1994, Yawylak transferred to Johnson, where she teaches in the Resource Room and serves as and in-class resource. She has served as a class advisor, cheerleading advisor, assistant track coach and an intramural coach with handicapped students.

Brittany Pereira

Senior Brittany Pereira won the Crusader Award. A member of the National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Pereira is also part of the Concert Choir and Drama Club. She is also a peer mediator, Color Guard captain and member of the American Sign Language Club.

Outside of school, Pereira is a supervisor at SSA Food Associations. After graduation, Pereira will attend Fordham University. She is the daughter of Monica and Antonio Pereira.

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