Clark School Board Honors 3 ALJ Students

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Pictured from left to right, seated, are ALJ students Jeffrey Corson, Alison Dugan and Joseph Bonaccorso. Standing behind them are Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops (left) and Director of Curriculum Ed Grande. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

Pictured from left to right, seated, are ALJ students Jeffrey Corson, Alison Dugan and Joseph Bonaccorso. Standing behind them are Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops (left) and Director of Curriculum Ed Grande. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

CLARK — The Clark Board of Education honored three Arthur L. Johnson High School students for recent achievements at its “Showcase of Success” on April 9. Senior Joseph Bonaccorso attained a perfect score of 800 on his SAT II United States History assessment, senior Alison Dugan was selected to cheer in the National Football League’s Pro Bowl game, and junior Jeffrey Corson attained a perfect score of 800 on his PSAT Mathematics assessment.

The Showcase of Success was facilitated by Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops and Director of Curriculum Ed Grande, each of whom spoke on behalf of the honored students, extolling their numerous contributions to the school community and highlighting their impressive honors.

Bonaccorso not only achieved the perfect 800 score on his SAT II United States History assessment, in addition he leaves a rich legacy of achievement and accomplishment in both academic and altruistic endeavors. He is a National Advanced Placement Scholar, having achieved four 5’s, the highest possible score, his junior year on Advanced Placement assessments, and one 4 his sophomore year. He also attained a Grade Point Average of 4.657 during his four years at Arthur L. Johnson High School.

In addition to his academic achievements, Bonaccorso founded the K-Kids Club at the Frank K. Hehnly School and the Amnesty International Club during his sophomore year. He will be attending Wharton School of Business’s prestigious four year MBA program. At Wharton,  Bonaccorso will major in Business Management and Finance.

In a four year stint as a member of the Johnson Varsity cheerleading squad, Dugan served as captain of the squad both her junior and senior years. She also cheers for a competitive all-star team, the New Jersey Heat. Dugan’s career to date as a cheerleader culminated with her selection to cheer at the National Football League’s Pro Bowl this past January in Honolulu. While there she qualified to compete in the All American Cheer and Dance Scholarship Invitational and won first place in the cheer and tumble division, taking home a $1,000 scholarship.

A firm believer in giving back to the community, Dugan has been a junior coach for Pop Warner and is currently a volunteer cheerleading coach for New Jersey’s Special Needs Team. Dugan has also set up a food drive for the Food Pantry at St. John the Apostle Church, has volunteered her time at the Center for Hope Hospice Hope Chest, and has participated in many other community service activities.

Over her four year career at Arthur L. Johnson High School, Dugan has achieved a great deal academically. She is a member of the National Honor Society; Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society; and the Spanish Honor Society, where she also serves as secretary. Dugan is a peer leader, peer mediator, member of the Amnesty International Club, and a member of the Crusader Athletic Leadership Council. Over her stellar academic career Dugan has maintained a 4.380 Grade Point Average. This coming September Dugan will attend Penn State University where she will major in nutrition.

Corson was honored for attaining a perfect 800 score on the PSAT. Over his three year career at Arthur L. Johnson High School, he has exhibited an altruistic orientation, serving as a member of the St. Agnes Church CYO where he has participated in a food drive among other activities. Furthermore, Corson is a member of the school’s Puppetry Club where he helps perform for children, promoting the theme of a love for reading to his impressionable audiences.

Knops remarked, “Both Arthur L. Johnson High School and the Clark School District are better off today as a result of the countless contributions soon-to-be-graduating seniors Joseph and Alison have made to our school and township communities. Each has walked into so many lives and left their imprint on the hearts of all they has come into contact with. As a school district we will greatly miss each of them upon their graduation, we certainly look forward to hearing of their future achievements and accomplishments at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania and at Penn State University. We are pleased to have Jeffrey back with us next year and look forward to what will certainly be a senior year marked by continued success and achievements. ”


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