Advisor & Administrator of the Year
These awards recognize outstanding educators for their support of Student Council both at the local and state level. One administrator and advisor receive this award annually.
Nominees are carefully reviewed and award winners are decided upon by the State Officers at their September executive meeting. Advisor of the Year award winners become New Jersey nominees for the regional and national Warren E. Shull Advisor of the Year awards, presented by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) at their annual National Conference.
Applications for this award are available in December, the deadline for submission is in June, and plaques are presented at the Fall Business Meeting in October.
Award Application Forms
Click on one of the links below to access the Advisor of the Year and Administrator of the Year award application forms. Please mail your completed form with all accompanying materials to Executive Director Lou Miller at the address indicated on the form by June 30, 2018
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Recent Award Recipients
Click on a link below to view recent Advisor and Administrator of the Year award winners...
Administrator of the Year -
John P. Stevens High School
Gail Pawlikowski has been an educator for 32 years, the past twelve at John P. Stevens High School as Principal.
In the words of Student Council President Kyle Gordon, "The single characteristic that stands out most from my time working together is her passion. One of my fondest memories was making it to the State Sectional Championship for Volleyball; the morning of the game Ms. Pawlikowski spent ten minutes with me learning the chants we do on the bench so she could teach them to our fan section. When our Athletic Director asked for another bus to take fans to the game, Ms. Pawlikowski immediately volunteered to chaperone and enthusiastically led our fan section that evening."
In the words of Student Council Advisor Jordan Baer, "Mrs. Pawlikowski works tirelessly and endlessly to make every day at J.P. Stevens a great day. Her ability to connect with and inspire not only students, but faculty members as well is a special trait and attribute that she possesses. She helps foster student leadership and helps students grow into stronger leaders while promoting compassion and humility within our school and its programs."
We congratulate Vincent DalliCardillo and the Shore Regional High School community on his achievement of this award. It is clear that "Mr. D" is a strong positive influence on the students of Shore Regional as well as the Student Activity programs he takes pride in working closely with.
Advisor of the Year - Joe Fasanella
Holy Cross Academy (retired)
Joe Fasanella served as Student Council Advisor at Holy Cross High School for over 35 years before retiring from teaching several years ago. He also served NJASC as an Executive Director from 1995 to 2005. Fas was a National Leadership Conference (NLC) staff member for many years, and he has been involved with the NJASC Leadership Training Conference (LTC) as a Senior Counselor since 1981. Fas continues today as the LTC Conference Director and also remains involved with NJASC as its Business Office Manager. He still substitute teaches from time to time at Holy Cross.
In the words of NJASC Executive Director Lou Miller, "Joe Fasanella has positively impacted an uncountable number of students at Holy Cross High School as Student Council Advisor and throughout our state as a Senior Counselor at LTC and an Executive Director of NJASC, all while serving as an outstanding role model not only for those students but for many adults dedicated to advising them. Fas, then and now, would give the shirt off his own back for you without asking any questions or for anything in return. I have been honored to personally know and work with Joe Fasanella over the years, and more importantly to call him a friend."
We congratulate Joe Fasanella, who has served the student leaders of New Jersey with distinction for over four decades!
Administrator of the Year -
Brooklawn Middle School
William "Bill" Cleary has been at Brooklawn Middle School for 19 years as an Assistant Principal and 8 years prior to that as an Assistant Principal at Parsippany Hills High School. He has been an administrator for nearly 40 years overall.
In the words of Student Council President Kelsey Mogan, "Mr. Cleary makes the students his number one priority, and is always there when a student is in need. He can often be found at athletic events where he is constantly cheering on and encouraging our athletes. He supports all the clubs and takes pride in the talent students display in plays and concerts." She adds, "This man is a true inspiration to every student he encounters, and spreads positivity and care to all those around him."
In the words of Student Council Co-Advisor Alison Franz, "It is clear by his interaction with students and staff that he is not there simply because of his role in the building, but because he believes in the program and the tremendous benefits it offers to school and community."
We congratulate Bill Cleary and the Brooklawn Middle School community on his achievement of this award. The established excellence for student leadership at Brooklawn, including that of several past NJASC State Officers, is a direct and tangible result of his guidance, support, and encouragement.
Advisor of the Year - Nicole Silvis
Warren Hills Middle School
Nicole Silvis has been the Student Council Advisor at Warren Hills Middle School for the past 14 years, and is also a Senior Counselor at the NJASC Leadership Training Conference (LTC).
In the words of Student Council President Carlee Fisco, "A leader builds you up; they lay down the foundation and help you put it together brick by brick. Then at the end they watch as you add windows, a door, andfinally a roof. They helped start it, but you finished it by yourself. Mrs. Silvis is that kind of a leader."
In the words of Principal Lee Turkowski, "Nicole embodies the high expectations she has for the Student Council and shows them what it means to make a difference; whether it is her passion for students to learn, her 'lead-by-example' mentality, or her dedication to spirit in our school, Nicole Silvis exemplifies what it means to be a role model and how hard work can truly make a difference."
We congratulate Nicole Silvis, who will be our state nominee for the NASC Warren E. Shull Middle School Advisor of the Year award, which will be presented at the 2017 NASC National Conference.
Administrator of the Year -
Warren Hills Regional Middle School
Patricia Hetrick has been at Warren Hills Regional Middle School for 19 years, the past five serving as its' Principal.
In the words of Student Council member Nirvani Mangru, "she is a truly genuine and caring administrator, personable, friendly, supportive and knows most of the students by name...she makes herself accessible through an open door policy and makes each student feel comfortable no matter what the situation is...she fostered a partnership between school and home through a special agreement - 'The Compact' - which outlines how the parents, staff, and students share responsibility for improved academic achievement."
In the words of Student Council Advisor Nicole Silvis, "since she took over as Principal, the complete climate and morale of all students and staff has significantly improved...she sets the tone for our days and encourages us all day long when she is walking the halls, visiting classrooms and striking up conversations in the cafeteria...she recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of staff and students, is always willing to listen to the ideas of staff and students, and leads by example to make our building a positive place to be, where everyone feels like they belong."
We congratulate Patricia Hetrick and the Warren Hills Regional Middle School community on her achievement of this award. It is clear to see that the tradition of excellence now established for student leadership at Warren Hills is a direct and tangible result of her guidance, support, and encouragement.
Advisor of the Year - Pamela Scott
Community Middle School
Pamela Scott has been the Student Council Advisor at Community Middle School for the past 6 years.
In the words of Student Council President Dillanie Sumanthiran, "she is the quintessence of responsibility, commitment, and ability to empower others with spirit and courage...she taught us how to collaborate as the team we were and communicate with the entire student body in a sophisticated yet simple way in which everyone could understand...not only did she encourage us to pursue our larger goals, she galvanized the idea that even the smallest things we did make a difference...she has definitely made an impact in our school, because she has put her heart and soul into everything she has done for our school and council."
In the words of Principal Dr. Shauna Carter, "she embodies cooperative interaction and uses this skill to foster unity in our community...she also redesigned how students and advisors communicate with each other by infusing technology into the Student Council experience...perhaps her most impactful contribution is the bridge she built between the school and our PTSA, a relationship that did not exist when she first took on the role of advisor...as a result of Mrs. Scott's warm personality, strong organizational skills and passion for community service, the PTSA is now an integral part of life in our school."
We congratulate Pamela, who will be our state nominee for the NASC Warren E. Shull High School Advisor of the Year award, which will be presented at the 2016 NASC National Conference in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Administrator of the Year - Dr. Denis Mulroony
Parsippany High School
Dr. Denis Mulroony has been a student, teacher, and for the past two years Principal at Parsippany High School. He was also an elementary school Principal in the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District prior to returning to PHS as its Principal.
In the words of Student Council Executive Secretary Ally Schlosser, "some of Dr. Mulroony's best traits are his attention to detail and his willingness to accept all ideas within reason, no matter what they may be. Happiness and helping others are something he teaches student leaders and encourages them to take part in on a daily basis. He inspires natural leaders to challenge themselves and encourages more timis students to break out of their shells and get involved."
In the words of Student Council Advisors Nicole Colello and Melissa Van Wingerden, "Dr. Mulroony made it his priority to increase school spirit and climate, and in a very short amount of time he made this dream a reality. He knows every student by name, attends practically every game, concert, play, and activity, supports new ideas while reviving the old. He lets students know that he truly cares about them, and brings out the best in both students and staff."
We congratulate Denis Mulroony and the Parsippany High School community on the achievement of this award. It is clear to see that the spirit and positive school climate at PHS is a direct and tangible result of the guidance, support, and encouragement of their Principal.
Advisor of the Year - Brandy Moncada
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South
Brandy Moncada has been the Student Council Advisor at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South for the past 10 years.
In the words of Student Council President Paco Abiad, "Mrs. Moncada is the epitome of spirit, commitment, and service to others. Her organization and energy permeate throughout our entire Student Council and our student body. She has established a precedent of excellence, producing two State Officers in that time. She has given me advice on how to turn failures into successes, how to prioritize my activities, and also reminds us to take a break from work sometimes."
In the words of Principal Dennis Lepold, "Mrs. Moncada leads the students and staff with her school spirit, supports her students in their ideas for activities and events, and provides opportunities for the council to perform service to others. She has worked closely with the school administration to advocate for her students. Every facet of the council is important to her because she realizes the actions of the council can have a positive impact on teachers and students. I believe that success is when you are able to encourage others to follow your path; Mrs. Moncada and her council's positive influence and contributions to our school and community are an example of this."
We congratulate Brandy Moncada, who will be our state nominee for the NASC Warren E. Shull High School Advisor of the Year award to be presented at the 2015 NASC National Conference.
Administrator of the Year -
Stewartsville Middle School
Stephanie Snyder has been an educator for 13 years, the past four at Stewartsville Middle School as their Principal.
In the words of Student Council President Cole Mitchell, "Mrs. Snyder has an enregizing presence in our school. She is extremely visible, often seen inside classrooms joining in on class discussions and out in the hallways talking with students. Throughout the years Mrs. Snyder has been very supportive and actively involved in all Student Council and extracurricular activities. She is a team player and not afraid to work side by side with students and faculty for important and worthy causes."
In the words of Student Council Advisor Bonnie Boyer, "Every year she lets the Student Council know how important they are in generating a positive atmosphere within our school through their leadership and various activities they initiate. She encourages the Student Council to have open communication with her throughout the year and is always willing to listen to new ideas and suggestions. When there are obstacles she encourages problem solving and is honest in her approach; she has earned the respect of the students by her words and actions."
We congratulate Stephanie Snyder and the Stewartsville Middle School community on her achievement of this award. It is clear that the quality and level of active participation by Stewartsville student leaders at both the local and state level - including two State Officers during her tenure - is a direct result of outstanding support from their school administration.
Advisor of the Year - Christine Nelson
Mount Olive High School
Christine Nelson has been a Student Council Advisor at Mount Olive High School for the past 7 years. She also served one term on the NJASC Advisory Council and as a Senior Counselor at the annual NJASC Leadership Training Conference (LTC) for 8 years.
In the words of Student Council President Michael Jeska, "Mrs. Nelson's commitment extends beyond the threshold of meetings and activities. I have seen first hand how much she truly cares about us and every student, teacher, administrator, and random guest that walks into her office. Her devotion and organization coupled with a caring personality is an inspiration."
In the words of Principal Kevin Stansberry, "Mrs. Nelson is an absolute asset to our total school climate and culture. She is highly motivated and has dedicated a great deal of time as a major contributor to student achievement for our school community. A role model by word and deed, she is incredibly spirited, genuinely enthusiastic, and believes that hard work itself is its own reward and excellence - not mediocrity - is the only goal worth having."
We congratulate Christine Nelson, who will be our state nominee for the NASC Warren E. Shull High School Advisor of the Year award to be presented at the 2014 NASC National Conference.
Past Advisor of the Year Honorees:
A list of past state Advisors of the Year is provided below, since this award was first presented in 1990.
|2017-2018||Joe Fasanella - Holy Cross Academy (retired)|
|2016-2017||Nicole Silvis - Warren Hills Middle School|
|2015-2016||Pamela Scott - Community Middle School|
|2014-2015||Brandy Moncada - West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South|
|2013-2014||Christine Nelson - Mount Olive High School|
|2012-2013||Jim Nolan - Holy Cross High School|
|2011-2012||Matt Purdue - Ocean City High School|
|2010-2011||Bonnie Boyer - Stewartsville Middle School|
|2009-2010||Lauren Van Hook - South Brunswick High School|
|2008-2009||Lauren Tunnat - Kingsway Regional High School|
|2007-2008||Marilyn Trotta - Cherokee High School|
|2006-2007||Deborah Wieczezak - Kawameeh Middle School|
|2005-2006||Barbara Meyrick - Buena Regional High School|
|2004-2005||Lou Miller - Brooklawn Middle School
NASC Warren E. Shull National Adviser of the Year, 2010
|2003-2004||Wendy Booth Sitzler - Palmyra High School
NASC Warren E. Shull Region 2 Adviser of the Year, 2011
|2002-2003||Kenney Lutz - Lopatcong Middle School|
|2001-2002||Marion Witterschein - Riverside High School|
|1999-2000||Ann Schmidt - Oakcrest High School|
|1998-1999||Larry Heindrich - North Hunterdon High School
Andy Antista - Hawthorne High School
|1997-1998||Barbara Loftus - Marlboro High School|
Barbara Caruso - Medford Memorial Middle School
|1995-1996||Christine Arzulowicz - Bayonne High School|
|1994-1995||Pam Freund - Mount Olive High School
NASC Warren E. Shull Region 2 Adviser of the Year, 1995
|1993-1994||John Lontos - Newton High School|
|1992-1993||Al Matthews - Ocean City High School|
|1991-1992||Pamela Barr - Sussex County Vocational-Technical High School|
|1990-1991||Bill Nixon - Phillipsburg High School|
|1989-1990||Richard Dolce - High Point Regional High School|