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 early May, the deadline for submission is in early September, and plaques are presented at the Fall Business Meeting in October.
Recent Award Winners
Click on a link below to view recent Advisor and Administrator of the Year award winners...
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.
Administrator of the Year -
Shore Regional High School
Vincent DalliCardillo has been an educator for 16 years, the past four at Shore Regional High School as a Vice Principal.
In the words of Student Council Presid Teresa Campbell, "Mr. D plays a role in our school which binds us together. He is always eager to help, and always looking to improve our school. When he sees a student that is stressed or isolated, he goes out of his way to specifically approach them and engage them in a conversation...his passion, support, and willingness to work with the student body fulfills the needs of the school and ensures that there is an uplifting environment to work in every day."
In the words of Student Council Advisor Allison Cronk, "Mr. DalliCardillo, or Mr. D. as he is known to the students, has been an integral part of helping Shore Regional 's Student Council grow as an organization over the past three years that I have served as advisor. Mr. DalliCardillo has worked tirelessly to support our events and initiatives by listening to student concerns, working with us on new ideas, advocating for us with the Board of Education and administrative team to bring our plans to fruition."
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 - Jim Nolan
Holy Cross High School
Jim Nolan has been a Student Council Advisor at Holy Cross High School for the past 31 years. He also served NJASC as an Executive Director from 2001-2005, and remains as a Senior Counselor at the NJASC Leadership Training Conference (LTC).
In the words of Student Council President Colleen Aydelotte, "Mr. Nolan is very dedicated to the Student Council and the school. He makes everything we do worth while and helps us to achieve our goals." Recording Secretary Brianna Shontz adds, "Mr.Nolan is a dedicated moderator who contributes his time and energy to ensure Holy Cross' Student Council excels in its leadership role."
In the words of NJASC Executive Director Lou Miller, "Jim Nolan 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...their experience with Jim Nolan was, and still is, reflective of the fact that he 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 Jim Nolan over the years, and more importantly to call him a friend."
We congratulate Jim Nolan, 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 2013 NASC National Conference.
Administrator of the Year -
Shawnee High School
Matthew Campbell has been at Shawnee High School for 11 years, the past five serving at its Principal.
In the words of Student Council President Alexis Martin, "Mr. Campbell is an amazing administrator in so many ways...he doesn't lose focus on what is most important - the education and growth of each and every student...he makes me feel like my voice is heard and that my opinion does matter." She adds, "Efficient is defined as doing things right and effective means to do the right things. Mr. Campbell is both."
In the words of Student Council Advisor Richard Bozarth, "He has an open door policy in which he will listen to students' ideas and approve many of them...these positive experiences would not have been possible without a supportive administrator like Mr. Campbell...by making himself available in many ways he shows the students he truly cares about them."
We congratulate Matthew Campbell and the Shawnee High School community on his achievement of this award. The established excellence for student leadership at Shawnee, including that of several past NJASC State Officers, is a direct and tangible result of his guidance, support, and encouragement.
Advisor of the Year - Matt Purdue
Ocean City High School
Matt Purdue has been the Student Council Advisor at Ocean City High School for the past 9 years.
In the words of Student Council President Morgan Perry, "Mr. Purdue has gone above and beyond the expected criteria of a Student Council advisor...I have witnessed his acts of leadership and service, leading by example in everything he pursues...he is not a doer nor is he a teller, instead he allows us to learn by doing and has fostered our self-confidence that we are able to do anything we set our minds to."
In the words of Principal Matthew Jamison, "In my time working with Mr. Purdue, I have come to know him as an energetic teacher and inspiring leader...in Cross Country, Track & Field, and Student Council he has advised and led a multitude of young individuals to success...he maintains a philosophy of hard work and dedication, sharing with students a drive to succeed...under his leadership they [Student Council] have been an Honor School, awarded Standards of Excellence, organized a very successful Region 2 Conference...our council is in touch with the students and make a constant effort to raise school spirit and create a sense of community within thr school."
We congratulate Matt, 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 2012 NASC National Conference.
Administrator of the Year -
West Windsor Plainsboro High School South
Charles Rudnick has been at West Windsor Plainsboro High School South for 19 years, the past seven serving as its' Principal before retiring in June 2010.
In the words of Student Council President Sergio Ingato, "he was one of the most approachable individuals in the whole building with an open door policy for all who came to seek answers, help, or just a friendly ear to listen...when ever our council needed he would bring us in for lunch, let us tell him our 'brilliant' ideas, and no matter how ludicrous they may have sounded he would never laugh at us or shoot them down."
In the words of Student Council Advisor Staycee Milligan, "his support came in more ways that just attending our events...he helped us write our Student Council Constitution, fully supported our candidate for State Office and even funded his trip to the NASC National Conference...he has played many roles in his life - student, teacher, coach, father, assistant principal, and finally principal - he has not forgotten any of the roles he has played so he can put himself into your position, remember what it was like, and as a result treat students, faculty, and staff as he would have wanted to be treated himself."
We congratulate Charles Rudnick and the West Windsor Plainsboro South school community on his achievement of this award. It is clear to see that the tradition of excellence now established for student leadership at West Windsor Plainsboro South is a direct and tangible result of his guidance, support, and encouragement.
Advisor of the Year - Bonnie Boyer
Stewartsville Middle School
Bonnie Boyer has been the Student Council Advisor at Stewartsville Middle School for the past 9 years.
In the words of former NJASC Middle Level Representative and Student Council President Madison Brown, "Mrs. Boyer is the driving force behind our Student Council...she works tirelessly to ensure our success...she always has an open mind for any and all ideas...she is always there with her genuine smile and contagious enthusiasm providing support, encouragement, and patience for the students to be their best and work together."
In the words of Superintendent of Schools Maria Eppolite, "Bonnie [Boyer] is a knowledgeable, conscientious, responsible, caring person who has the professional skills, foresight, and ability to relate to students and adults...she enhances the collective and independent leadership ability of the student body while promoting self-respect, self-awareness, and strength...students who have the good fortune to work in collaboration with Bonnie find themselves in the presence of a true mentor...and begin to emulate the leadership and interpersonal skills so pronounced in Bonnie's interactions with students, colleagues, and parents."
We congratulate Bonnie, 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 2011 NASC Star Leaders National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
Administrator of the Year - Linda Rohrer
Cherokee High School
Linda Rohrer has been at Cherokee High School for 11 years, the past nine serving as Principal.
In the words of Student Council President Tyler Bothel, "she is constantly encouraging our Student Council to strive for excellence while observing and helping in any way she can. Her commitment is shown each and every day from the smallest interactions, and long after the school day is over she can be found giving a speech, cheering on any sports team, or watching Cherokee students strive for excellence at various events."
In the words of Student Council Advisor Staycee Milligan, "Cherokee is a great high school, and it definitely starts at the top as she makes all students and staff feel important. Mrs. Rohrer takes a genuine interest in each student and shows that she cares about them as individuals and members of our school community. She is always willing to listen to Student Council leaders and openly discuss new ideas and suggestions."
We congratulate Linda Rohrer and the Cherokee school community on the achievement of this award. It is clear to see that the tradition of excellence for student leadership at Cherokee is a direct and tangible result of the guidance, support, and encouragement of their Principal.
Advisor of the Year - Lauren Van Hook
South Brunswick High School
Lauren Van Hook has been the Student Council Advisor at South Brunswick High School for the past 6 years.
In the words of Student Council President Zaniah Maynor, "Ms. Van Hook is the prime example of going above and beyond, always being one to ensure her students are achieving their goals and then some. Anyone can notice her strong passion for helping others and being a true inspiration, she has taught me that nothing comes easy without hard work and dedication."
In the words of Principal Tim Matheny, "of all the Student Councils I have worked with over the years, this one has the greatest impact on the culture of the school. The most memorable events are a result of Lauren's incredible organizational skills and the hard work of the Student Council under Lauren's eye. She is also one of the most effective teachers, who designs engaging lesson plans and is skilled at differentiating instruction for her students. She is equally adept at teaching honors students as those who struggle in the classroom, while having a remarkable ability to build a strong rapport with her students."
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.
|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|