High School Seniors Awarded Student Leadership Scholarship

MONROE – Twenty-five high school seniors statewide earned a $2,000 scholarship awarded by the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association. The Student Leadership Awards are presented as part of a state recognition program. As New Jersey’s top students, this years honorees reach received a $2,000 scholarship and plaque during a May 26 scholarship luncheon at the NJPSA/FEA headquarters in Monroe Township.

Student winners have many accomplishments qualifying them for the honor. Most were National Honor Society members, members of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), involved in community and charity work, and quite a few have founded their own charitable organizations to address needs both in their communities and overseas. This year’s group was truly remarkable.


All secondary school principals in New Jersey were invited to submit the name of a high school senior who demonstrated leadership by participation in co-curricular activities other than athletics. Applicants are required to submit a one-page essay about the importance of student involvement in school activities, as well as a resume and letters of recommendation.

Ashley Walulak, chair of NJPSA’s Student Leadership Committee stated, “Selecting winners from over 150 applicants was indeed a difficult task. Each applicant had impeccable credentials and serves as a role model for all New Jersey students.”

NJPSA is the largest statewide education organization for school administrators in New Jersey, representing more than 7,400 members. NJPSA has taken the lead in providing the highest quality professional development opportunities for members along with its critical government relations activities, legal counsel, negotiations, and recognition programs.

Winners and their schools are:

  • Temitope A. Agabalogun, a senior at Egg Harbor Township High School,
  • Katherine Amigo, a senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North,
  • Eeshan Bhatt, a senior at Piscataway High School,
  • Jessica Collier, a senior at Pitman High School,
  • Marquis Dean Cooper, a senior at Gloucester County Institute of Technology,
  • Stephen D’Alessio, a senior at Glen Rock High School,
  • Michael Christopher Dunn is a senior at Newton High School,
  • Daniel Hollerbach, a senior at Highland Regional High School,
  • Ammaarah Khan, a senior at Edison High School,
  • Sonya Kowalczyk, a senior at Hunterdon Central Regional High School,
  • Matthew Kurtas, a senior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School,
  • Calvin Lai, a senior at Middlesex County Academy,
  • He (David) Li, a senior at South Brunswick High School,
  • Betty Liu, a senior at High Technology High School,
  • Patrick MacLane, a senior at Middletown High School North,
  • Daniel Mohrfeld, a senior at Cherry Hill High School West,
  • Grace Na, a senior at Rutherford High School,
  • Taran Sayal, a senior at East Brunswick High School,
  • Charles Scully, a senior at Mahwah High School,
  • Hadeer Shwket, a senior at Spotswood High School,
  • Thomas Spanarkel, a senior at Toms River High School North,
  • Hannah Strauss, a senior at Pascack Hills High School,
  • Korinne Sulewski, a senior at Seneca High School,
  • Seth Van Embden, a senior at Millville Senior High School,
  • Julie Zucker, a senior at Wayne Hills High School.

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