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 23, 2016

  MIDDLE LEVEL
Leader of the Year
HIGH SCHOOL
Leader of the Year
Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format
Form Posted September 2016 Form Posted September 2016
Microsoft Word (.docx) format
Form Posted September 2016 Form Posted September 2016

Recent Award Winning Students

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

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.”

 

Jessie Sharr
Belvidere High School

Brady Hudik - Bordentown Regional MS

Jessie Sharr
Belvidere High School

Jessie has been a leader in her school for the past four years, serving as Executive Secretary as a Junior and now Executive President as a Senior. She is also involved in many other school activities including Leo Club, NHS, Spanish NHS, Green Dot, H.O.P.E. Club, Building Connections and Travel Club. She is also an accomplished athlete, earning 12 varsity letters and captaining the school Soccer, Basketball, and Softball teams.

In the words of a fellow Student Council member, “Jessie is the embodiment of a leader, holds our Student Government together and is always willing to sacrifice her extra time for the benefit of everyone else. Even with three Varsity sports, community service and family time, she manages to devote endless hours to Student Government...as a natural leader, she is trustworthy, loyal, and respectful; making her approachable to even the shyest freshman.”

In the words of her advisor, “Jessie's level of commitment is amazing...her personal dedication has elevated the ethics of Belvidere High School Student Government. She is a strong role model and a brilliant leader. Jessie is a student of immaculate character...her spirit and enthusiasm have helped to make many of our activities and projects successful. She is motivated, self-disciplined, and passionate.”


Ananya Ramachandran
Melvin H. Kreps Middle School

Brady Hudik - Bordentown Regional MS

Ananya Ramachandran
Melvin H. Kreps Middle School

Ananya has been a leader in her Student Council for the past three years, serving on its Executive Board as Public Relations chair, Spirit Days chair, and Community Service chair. She is also involved in many other activities including MathCounts, Band, Kreps Cougar Chronicle, Red Ink Magazine, Peer Leaders, and the school Musical. Ananya also serves as Vice President of the Gay-Straight Alliance. She has also found time to volunteer at a Trenton soup kitchen and take part in a local Walk-a-thon.

In the words of a fellow Student Council member, “The qualities that make Ananya an effective leader are evident in the way she strives to achieve her goals...her thoughts and time go to making sure everyone is clear on what is going on and that all ideas are heard.”

In the words of her advisor, “Ananya has been a strong member of our executive board for the past two years. She has a unique way of getting everyone excited for any activity that we do. She is the first one to jump in and help out no matter who is running the activity or event. It is a pleasure to watch her in action.”

 

Ian Moritz
South Brunswick High School

Arran Gross - Belvidere HS

Ian Moritz
South Brunswick High School

Ian has been a leader in his school for the past four years, serving as Freshman class President, Sophomore class President, and now as Student Body President.  He is also involved in many other school activities including Mock Trail, NHS, and Peer Leaders.  He has also excelled athletically as a three year varsity letter winner in both Volleyball and Swimming.

In the words of a fellow Student Council member, “he possesses all of the qualities of a leader; dedication, motivation, respect, energy, positivity, confidence, and responsibility…has taken ownership of many projects on behalf of our Student Council…and radiates optimism from his confident walk to friendly face, infecting others with smiles and energy.”

In the words of his advisor, “Ian is a truly exceptional young man who has grown to be an exceptional officer...a born leader that you could immediately see was destined to be part of Student Council in the way he spoke to peers to make everyone feel included…in all of my years as an advisor I have never seen an officer with such creative ideas and high goals.”


Dillon Sumanthiran
Community Middle School

Brady Hudik - Bordentown Regional MS

Dillon Sumanthiran
Community Middle School

Dillon has been a leader in his Student Council for the past three years, now serving as its’ President.  He is also involved in many other school activities including the Band, Yearbook.  He also somehow finds the time to be the school mascot, and lead anchor for the morning school television show.

In the words of a fellow Student Council member, “I have always been awestruck at the nobility and kindness that he exemplifies everyday…his wisdom extends beyond his years and has been the driving force of leadership in our school...changing our school for the better in multiple ways.”

In the words of his advisor, “Dillon is a self-directed individual with fresh and innovative ideas…his high academic achievements mirror the pride he exudes with each undertaking he chooses. Dillon stands head and shoulders above his classmates as a mature student, effective communicator, and a natural dynamic leader.”