New Jersey Department of Education

Recognition Ceremony May 16, 2018

The State Board of Education on May 16, 2018, honored students, student groups and an educator from around the state at the annual recognition ceremony at the Mercer County Technical Schools Arthur R. Sypek Center in Ewing Township. The students, who were accompanied by the executive county superintendent, school and school district officials, family, and friends, were recognized for their leadership qualities, academic success, and volunteerism both at school and within their communities. The educator was recognized for outstanding professional achievements.

Students, student groups and the educator who received honors are:

Student Recognition

Atlantic County – Nidhi Patel, Atlantic County Institute of Technology

Bergen County – Peruvian Hearts Project, Parkway Elementary School. Student representiatives: Emilya Akdemir, Daniel Nashed, Ayush Patel, Ellary Ricchiuti and Kyle Teto

Cumberland County – Eat Green App Developers, Veterans Memorial Intermediate School. Student representatives:  Nishi Gupta, Hannah Tamagni and Lia Whitesell

Essex County – Irica Grigsby, Orange Preparatory Academy

Gloucester County – Rileigh Leighton, Williamstown Middle School

Hudson County – Jaida Felder, Jersey City Global Charter School

Middlesex County – Hispanic American Heritage Club, Perth Amboy High School. Student representatives:  Camila Abreu, Arileidy Bueno, Sharon Castillo, Frendy De Leon, Christopher Ferreira, Kisairi Holguin, Jennifer Marrero, Jesus Ovalles, Charely Paulino, Jose Pereyra, Edeli Ramirez, Crismary Rodriguez, Elida Rodriguez, Anibelka Sanchez, Rosayris Suriel and Ana Toribio

Monmouth County – AVID Electric 8, Red Bank Middle School. Student representatives: Lizbeth Benitez, Princess Brooks, Kayre Gonzalez, Brilliza Jimenez, Jessica Marin, Taniaya Morris, Nyree Portee and Joanna Valdetano

Ocean County – Ava Bullis, Manchester Township Middle School

Somerset County – Ilse Fleischer, Ridge High School

Union County – Kayla Egberts, Westfield Senior High School


Special Awards

U.S. Senate Youth Delegate – Taiwo Odunowo, Orange High School

U.S. Senate Youth Delegate – Jasman Singh, Hightstown High School

Milken Educator – Toni-Ann Palmisano, Secaucus Middle School

Photo of students

Student Recognition

Atlantic County Institute of TechnologPhoto of Nidhi Patel, y
Atlantic County
Nidhi Patel
Atlantic County Institute of Technology

Peruvian Hearts Project
Bergen County
Peruvian Hearts Project
Parkway Elementary School
Paramus School District

Photo of Eat Green Developers
Cumberland County
Eat Green Developers
Veterans Memorial Intermediate School
Vineland School District

Photo of Irica Grigsby
Essex County
Irica Grigsby
Orange Preparatory Academy
Orange School District

Photo of Rileigh Leighton
Gloucester County
Rileigh Leighton
Williamstown Middle School
Monroe Township School District

Photo of Jaida Felder
Hudson County
Jaida Felder
Jersey City Global Charter School

Photo of Hispanic American Heritage Club
Middlesex County
Hispanic American Heritage Club
Perth Amboy High School

Photo of AVID Elective 8
Monmouth County
AVID Elective 8
Red Bank Middle School

Photo of Ava Bullis
Ocean County
Ava Bullis
Manchester Township Middle School
Manchester Township School District

Photo of Ilse Fleischer
Somerset County
Ilse Fleischer
Ridge High School
Bernards Township School District

Photo of Kayla Egberts
Union County
Kayla Egberts
Westfield Senior High School
Westfield School District

Special Awards

Photo of Taiwo Odunowo, Orange High School
U.S. Senate Youth Program
Taiwo Odunowo, Orange High School
Jasman Singh, Highstown High School

Photo of Toni-Ann Palmisano
Milken Educator
Toni-Ann Palmisano
Secaucus Middle School

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