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Jessica Abdmessih

Jessica Abdmessih

West Deptford, NJ - St. Anthony Orthodox Church

School / Community Involvement
– Church Youth Group
– Volunteer at Camden Neighborhood Center
– Key Club
– Dance Student Teacher
– Field Hockey



Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– Principal’s List
– Student of the Month
– World Language Honors Society
– National Honors Society
– National Art Honors Society

Career Goal: Veterinarian
GPA: 4.0
College: Rutgers University

“Jessica is an exceptional student who has made the Honor Roll or Principal’s List many times throughout her high school career. Not an easy task considering the challenging course load of Honors and Advanced Placement classes she has taken. In addition to her fine academic achievements, Jessica has been active in several extracurricular activities. She is an athlete on the Field Hockey team and a member of the dance team. Jessica is a devoted volunteer for several community and school charitable events and is also active in her church youth group. ” Terry McAndrew, Social Studies Teacher
Taiwo Asebiomo

Taiwo Asebiomo

Newark, NJ - Four Square Gospel Church

School / Community Involvement
– Chess Club
– Young Engineers
– Soccer
– Track and Field
– Yearbook Club

Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– Soccer
– Honor Roll

Career Goal: Medical Doctor
GPA: 3.1
College: Montclair State University

“Taiwo has demonstrated a love for learning, good enough to have a successful educational career in college and beyond. Taiwo is personable, humble, respectful and well respected by his peers. He conducts himself responsibly well at all times. He is very dependable and is never distracted in his march towards a glorious and successful medical career that he wants to pursue in the future.” Lawerence C. Amajor- Senior Pastor
Rhonda Bennett

Rhonda Bennett

Roselle, NJ - Second Baptist Church

School / Community Involvement
– Student Council
– TALON
– Feeding the Homeless
– Annual Hallelujah Party
– Open Mic Night



Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– National Honor Society
– TALON


Career Goal: Early Childhood Educator
GPA: 3.2
College: TBD

“Rhonda is a focused, responsible, well disciplined, well adjusted and hard working young lady. She demonstrates a high level of commitment to service and leadership oriented responsibilities entrusted to her care at all times. Rhonda has served as a role model to the youth of our church in numerous ministries. Regarding community service and school activities, Rhonda has extended herself beyond the scope of peers her age. She has been inducted into the National Honor Societies of both Junior and Senior High School levels. ” Rev. James Moore, Sr., Senior Pastor
Surina Chock

Surina Chock

Lyndhurst, NJ - Most Holy Name Church

School / Community Involvement
– Dance Group Leader
– Band
– Altar Server
–Habitat for Humanity Volunteer
– Mini Med/ Pre-Med Honor Program


Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– Top 10% of class
– National Honor Society
– Youth Ministry Recognition



Career Goal: Doctor (Pediatrician)
GPA: 4.2
College: Fairleigh Dickinson University

“ Surina is a serious and conscientious student. I always noted that Surina had an intellectual curiosity that was not seen in many high-school students. Surina asked tremendous questions and was excellent at problem solving when answering higher-level critical thinking questions. Her rigorous schedule features a wide variety of AP and Honors courses. Her dedication in the classroom is equally matched with her desire to help others. Surina shows concern for others in the classroom and in the wider community. This important trait will help her accomplish her goal of studying medicine and being able to help others.” Ed Tessalone, History Teacher
Danielle Crowley

Danielle Crowley

Cherry Hill, NJ - Bethel Baptist Church

School / Community Involvement
– Tennis
– LoveLight Homeless Ministry
– Campus Ministries Apprenticeship
– Fellowship Christian Athletes - Haddon Township Branch
– Violin/Orchestra

Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– Award of Merit in PTA Art Reflections
– Excellence in English
– Most Outstanding Latin Student
– Regent Founders Scholarship

Career Goal: Mental Health Counselor
GPA: 4.0
College: Regent University

“Danielle always exhibited maturity and responsibility by coming to class well prepared, actively participating in class and never missing any class activities or lectures. She is a very reliable and dependable young lady suggesting to me that she loves being a student and is a good role model for others.Danielle has talked with me about her desire to apply her gifts and talents towards a career in Christian Counseling to serve others and be used by God to help bring love and healing to struggling people” Daniel Hitchcock, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. of Psychology.
Michaela Fallstick

Michaela Fallstick

Clayton, NJ - Clayton Baptist Church

School / Community Involvement
– Food Bank at Clayton Baptist Church
– School Theater
– Short Term Mission Trip
– Church Choir & Hand-bells
– Pre-school Lunch Aide

Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– Principal’s List
– 2nd place in Photography
– 2nd place in Expository writing
– American Christian Honor Society Inductee

Career Goal: Special Ed. Teacher, Early Childhood Education
GPA: 3.4
College: UNDECIDED

“Michaela is a a young lady of integrity, self-discipline, diligence and responsibility. She can offer creative ideas to a discussion leading the way with a God-honoring spirit. She is one of the few young people that are willing to walk by faith and not to compromise her testimony for Christ. She has a tender heart for the Lord and is not ashamed of her love for him” Deborah M. Hibbard H.S. Teacher
Katherine Johnston

Katherine Johnston

Hamilton, NJ - Pennington AG Church

School / Community Involvement
– Marching Band
– Pit Orchestra -School and Community
– Church Youth Group
– Varsity Tennis & Lacrosse
– DECA


Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– U.S. Marines Semper Fidelis Award for music excellence
– Academic Award
– Tennis MVP for season
– Rotary Student of the month
– John Philip Sousa Award

Career Goal: Marketing
GPA: 3.18
College: Rider University


“Katherine has always shown a very high level of enthusiasm and always wants to help out those around her. As Drum Major of our 80 unit, Katherine leads by example. She is focused and responsible and always strives to improve, both herself and those around her. I believe that her outstanding leadership and her ability to work with both large and small groups of students have greatly helped our marching unit grow and improve.She takes great pride in helping the unit and her enthusiasm is contagious, inspiring the students around her.” Jarret M. Susswein- Assistant Band Director.
Musu Massaquoi

Musu Massaquoi

Bronx, NY - Wakefield Grace United Methodist Church

School / Community Involvement
– Student Government
– Sunday School Teacher
– President of the UMC Young Adults
– Multicultural Group / School Band
– Youth to Youth
– Church Secretary


Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– Principal’s List
– High Honor Roll
– Student of the Month
– Perfect Attendance
–Mission U annual conference certificate.

Career Goal: Business Administration
GPA: 3.0
College: Undecided


“ Musu has displayed the utmost maturity in all of her decision making processes. I was always impressed by how she assists multiple students, both inside my class and out, with tremendous compassion and integrity. Not only was Musu an “A” student in my class, but she made certain her fellow classmates never fell behind when the teacher was occupied with other situations. She is the true definition of a leader and her leadership qualities are contagious. “Branko Djurkinjak - Math Teacher.
Anthony Musto

Anthony Musto

Staten Island, NY - St. Joseph St. Thomas

School / Community Involvement
– FOSI
– Marching Band
– TCM
– Flag Football ref.
– Trading Card Game Club


Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– Brass Leader
– Mellophone Leader
– 4th grade CCD Teacher
–Making TCM



Career Goal: Architecture
GPA:3.7
College: TBD

“Anthony is a bright, articulate, and inquisitive young man who is both a fine student and exemplary role model. Naturally Inquisitive, he does not allow himself to slip by with what would still be good grades with no effort. Rather, he applies himself in all his courses and strives to excel. Anthony brings this quiet faith to the many ways he volunteers here in school and in the community. He exemplifies this deep faith in his teaching religious instruction as part of our Teaching the Christian Message Program.” Edmund J, Whalen, S.T.D.- Principal
Minasdine Rene

Minasdine Rene

Stamford, CT - Ansonia Gospel Assembly

School / Community Involvement
– Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field
– Ansonia’s Youth Association Violin Instructor
– Stamford Public Education Foundation Mentor
– Advancement Club
– BuildOn (Community Service Organization)


Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– National Honor Society
– Tri-M Music National Honor Society
– Stamford Public Education Foundation
– Stamford High School Pride Award
– BuildOn Summer Service Corps

Career Goal: Physician Assistant
GPA: 3.8
College: St. John’s University

“Mina is involved in track, various clubs, and music and with all of this she still maintains a strong GPA. Coming from Haiti, after the earthquake moved Mina to make the most of her education and opportunities in America. She has grown tremendously in the time I have known her and I am excited to see what the future holds for Mina. Mina is full of energy and she brings that energy to everything she does, which makes her an active participant in the classroom, extracurricular activities, clubs, and sports. She truly is a “bright light” and has a great deal to offer.” Gina M. Figliuzzi, Stamford High Teacher