Student Leaders of the Year

These awards recognize one middle level and high school student leader who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to their school and community.

Nominees are reviewed and awards winners decided upon by the State Officers at their December executive meeting.

Applications for this award are available in early October, the deadline for submission is in late November, and plaques are presented at the Winter Convention in January.

Award Application Forms

Click on one of the links below to access the (Middle Level and High School) Student Leader 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 November 21, 2018

  MIDDLE LEVEL
Leader of the Year
HIGH SCHOOL
Leader of the Year
Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format

Form posted
September 2018

Form posted
September 2018

Recent Award Winning Students

Click on a link below to view recent High School and Middle Level Student Leader of the Year award winners...

Matt Yansick
Palmyra High School

Brady Hudik - Bordentown Regional MS

Matt Yansick
Palmyra High School

Matt has been a leader in his school for the past four years, and currently is serving as Student Council President.  He is also a member of National Honor Society, German Honor Society and Drama Club.  Matt has also excelled for the school Soccer and Tennis teams.

In the words of a fellow Student Council member, “Matt is the driven and kind-hearted person that anyone would want to represent their student body. His skills and inspiring involvement have immensely benefitted our school the past few years, and will continue to even after he graduates.  He earns respect not because of title, but because of his generosity, understanding and determination to help others.”

In the words of his advisor, “While Matt's diligence and work ethic is remarkable, I am most impressed by his initiative and resourcefulness.  He perseveres and will do whatever it takes to make things happen.  His personality and positive attitude shine in everything he partakes in.  I have no doubt that Matt's legacy and the atmosphere he has created in our school will be around well after his graduation.”


Brianna Dannemiller
Liberty Middle School

Brady Hudik - Bordentown Regional MS

Brianna Dannemiller
Liberty Middle School

Brianna has been a leader in her middle school, serving as Student Council Representative in seventh grade and President in eighth grade.  She is also active in Art Club, Newspaper Club, Debate Team and serves as a Peer Helper.

In the words of a fellow Student Council member, “Brianna is a natural leader who is optimistic, bubbly, friendly and always has a smile on her face.  She is not only able to talk the talk, but also to walk the walk. She is able to connect with her peers by using her passion to create an inclusive culture that resonates through the halls.”

In the words of her advisor, “Brianna is a dedicated student, an effective leader, an active participant in student life and most importantly a kind and trustworthy your lady.  She has a sense of clarity unusual for a middle school student, always knowing what needs to be accomplished and working alongside council members to ensure that it is.  She has the ability to adjust her leadership style, displays a well-rounded personality and is a positive role model for others to emulate.”

 

Brynn McCall
Riverside High School

Arran Gross - Belvidere HS

Brynn McCall
Riverside High School

Brynn McCall has been a leader in her school for the past four years, currently is serving for a second year as Student Council President.  She is also President of her school’s National Honor Society chapter while being involved other activities including Interact and World Language Club.  She has also excelled for her school’s Field Hockey and Track & Field teams.

In the words of a fellow Student Council member, “Brynn is undoubtedly the hardest working senior in our class; her drive to be successful shows in all aspects of her life.  She never walks away from a challenge, at school, dance classes, within her family and our community.  She loves to volunteer her time and makes sure she is there for a friend when they need it and never asking for anything in return.”

In the words of her advisor, “Brynn's ability to interact with and lead her peers far exceeds that of any President I have advised; she is the first student to earn this position for two years in our school.  She has learned not only how to get other students involved but how to delegate work within our organization. Her work at our school and in our community speaks volumes of the type of individual she is.”


Megan Eastman
Delaware Township School

Brady Hudik - Bordentown Regional MS

Megan Eastman
Delaware Township School

Magan has been a leader in her Student Council for the past three years, serving as a Representative in sixth grade, Treasurer in seventh grade, and President in eighth grade.  He – or she – is also active Basketball, Softball, Volleyball and Chorus.

In the words of a fellow Student Council member, “Megan is dedicated to others, and our Student Council is growing and evolving under her leadership.  She is responsible and takes care of whatever needs to be done.  She is an overall great leader and exemplary role model, always willing to lend a hand and her time to anyone.”

In the words of her advisor, “Due to Megan's personal diligence, caring and charismatic leadership, our Student Council has been able to reach their goals of the last two years including the Standards of Excellence Award.  At each event, our students easily rally around her.  She will continue to be an exemplary leader as she has set the bar high in dependability, character, respect, likability, emotional control, humility, perspective, leading by example and being authentic.”

 

Jaclyn Alburtus
Bayonne High School

Arran Gross - Belvidere HS

Jaclyn Alburtus
Bayonne
High School

Jaclyn has been a leader in the Bayonne High School Student Council for four years, a Class Council member for all four years and currently serving as Vice President. She is also a cheerleading captain, Vice President of the Italian Club and an active member of the Science League and American Math Competition. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and World Language Honor Society. As a Junior, Jaclyn was recognized with the Rotary Youth Leadership Award and was also a Hudson County finalist for the Academic Bowl.

In the words of Student Council President Alexis Bailey, "Jaclyn always puts others before herself; she always has encouraging words for Student Government members and encourages them to take ownership of their work and use their own distinct voice. When carrying out events, Jaclyn is the first person to tell everyone to remain calm if we face a road block in our plans; she is often the glue that holds our board together. Her most important quality is her ability to lead others from the background. Jaclyn never has the loudest voice, but her encouragement is always felt as she allows others to grow their leadership and voice on their own. I know I would not be the leader I am today without Jaclyn's support over the last four years.

In the words of Advisor Keri Toomey, "I have watched in amazement at how well she balances her academic and leadership responsibilities. Jaclyn has the natural gift of a born leader who wants to bring everyone in and make each individual feel part of something bigger than him or her; in a school with over 2500 students this is no easy feat. Students such as Jaclyn that have the passion and drive are a necessity to motivating the next generation."


 

Sneha Rangu
Mercer County Technical Schools Health Science Academy

Erin Lauer - Phillipsburg HS

Sneha Rangu
Mercer County Technical Schools - Health Sciences Academy

Sneha has been a leader in her Student Council for the past four years, serving as Student Council President for three years and Secretary for one.  She has been inducted into the National Honor Society, participated as a Student Ambassador in Model UN, and served as State Historian and Secretary of New Jersey HOSA.  She has also been a student of the month while being on the all-state Tennis Team for four years.

In the words of Student Council President Pricilla Bisono, “Sneha exemplifies exceptional leadership skills, has participated in endless amounts of activities, and has been able to guide other students.  She never fails to fulfill her role in anything that captures her interest; her dedication and diligence are recognized by friends and instructors.”

In the words of advisor Rachel Hendrickson, “Sneha puts her heart and soul into every activity to which she commits herself.  While she was President for three straight years, she came to me at the beginning of this year to inform me that she felt another student should have a chance to take on this role.  She is a role model for peers and treats them with respect; she is poised beyond her years.”


Ronak Ramachandran
Thomas Grover Middle School

Siddarth Ghoshal - Hillsborough Middle School

Ronak Ramachandran
Thomas Grover Middle School

Ronak has been a leader in his Student Council for three years, serving as a Representative in sixth grade, Vice President in seventh grade, and President in eighth grade.  He is also active in MathCounts both at the district and state level, the school chamber and advanced orchestras as well as the school Cross Country and Lego teams.

In the words of fellow Student Council member Vishal Raman, “His eloquent speaking ability and passion to strive for excellence are essential parts of what makes him so effective.  His best quality is the ability to reach out to his fellow students to include them in the conversation and share his ambition of making student government a more productive and cohesive organization.”

In the words of advisors Jamie Micallef and Michael Delasandro, “He consistently stands out because he never stops striving for greatness.  But what makes him unique is that he approaches every job, task, challenge and opportunity with pure kindness.  He can do all this while being one of the nicest, most humble and dependable eighth graders you will ever meet.”

 

Connor Horton
Kinnelon High School

Brady Hudik - Bordentown Regional MS

Connor Horton
Kinnelon High School

Connor has been a leader in his school the past four years, serving as Student Council President both as a Junior and Senior.  He has been inducted into the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and a delegate to both the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference (HOBY) and the NJASC Leadership Training Conference (LTC).  He also served as Freshman and Sophomore Class President, a Student Ambassador, and as an officer in the school choir.

In the words of a fellow Student Council member, “Connor’s exemplification of dependability, diligence and dedication are essential parts of his ability to be a student leader.  However, his most important quality is his ability to share leadership qualities with others.  Connor has had the most profound impression on me since he was able to teach me these qualities; he is a leader that embodies a passion for his school and community.”

In the words of his advisor, “every once in a while you will come across an individual who is unforgettable and one of a kind.  Connor is a special individual who will be missed next fall but has guided my underclass officers to run a successful Student Council in the years to come…he has the passion to make a true difference with his life to enrich the lives of others, and his future university will be fortunate to have him as a student.”