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 26, 2014

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Leader of the Year
HIGH SCHOOL
Leader of the Year
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Recent Award Winning Students

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

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.”  

 

Arran Gross
Belvidere High School

Arran Gross - Belvidere HS

Arran Gross
Belvidere
High School

Arran has been a leader in the Belvidere High School Student Council for four years, serving as its Executive President for the past two years. He is also involved in the Jazz Band and Marching Band, having been Drum Major for the past two seasons. He was a co-founder of the Science Club, charter member of the Leo Club, as well as participating in Extended Learners and Theatre Arts. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, and a four year member of the school's Golf Team.

In the words of Student Council Executive Treasurer Daniel Krych, "Arran has always been the student going the extra mile in life. Despite his busy schedule he has always been able to lend a helping hand, getting to know every person in our high school. By attending School Board meetings, having meetings with the principal, and using his time to help others, he has changed our school for the better. He always puts others ahead of himself, all he wants for the student body is to have a better high school experience."

In the words of Advisor Joan O'Neill, "Arran is a confident, sophisticated young man. What sets him apart from the typical student is his work ethic and dedication to school and community. He is not content with mediocrity, he strives for perfection. His personal dedication, commitment, and passion have brought the student government to the next level."


Brady Hudik
Bordentown Regional Middle School

Brady Hudik - Bordentown Regional MS

Brady Hudik
Bordentown Regional
Middle School

Brady has been a leader in the Bordentown Regional Middle School Student Council for all three years, serving as dance committee chaiperson in seventh grade and currently as president in eighth grade. He has been involved in the school play and chorus, as well as the school soccer and basketball teams. At his school he also organized a "Movie Night" fundraiser for homeless children and coordinated a teacher-student basketball game. At the school Pep Rallies, he motivated his fellow students as the school mascot.

In the words of a fellow Student Council member, "Brady does an amazing job of bringing the student body together. He works hard to accomplish any tasks that are put upon his shoulders, he is a great example to all, and treats everyone in the school fairly. You never see him slack off or stop trying, he keeps working until everything is right."

In the words of Advisor Patty Ridolfi, "Brady is a positive role model and listens with a kind heart to every person he meets in the hall or outside of school. He has been influential in promoting and attaining an excellent working relationshop with school administrators and staff members through his pleasant demeanor and professionalism. He is well respected by peers and adults alike."

 

Erin Lauer
Phillipsburg High School

Erin Lauer - Phillipsburg HS

Erin Lauer
Phillipsburg High School

Erin has been a leader in the Phillipsburg High School Student Council for four years, and currently serves as its President. She is also a member of the school Lacrosse Team, S.A.D.D., National Honor Society, People to People Student Ambassadors, and many other activities. Also active in her community, she has been coordinating chair for NORWESCAP Food Drives, Read Across America, and National Youth Service Day. Erin has also served NJASC as a Junior Counselor at the annual Leadership Training Conference (LTC) for the past five years.

In the words of Student Council Vice President Dara Kate Barto, "Erin has taught me more about leadership this past year than I have learned in all my years with Student Council. She has taught me the importance of patience, tolerance, and passion as she ceaselessy performs private acts of kindness and compassion which have inspired and shown me what it means to be a true leader."

In the words of Principal Greg Troxell, "Erin is an outstanding student who is highly courteous, consciuous, and sincere. I have personally witnessed her keenly observe, take risks, and show courage to support positions on issues that may go against the norm. Her teachers and classmates have noticed her outstanding demeanor, and hold her in the highest regard."


Sidharth Ghoshal
Hillsborough Middle School

Siddarth Ghoshal - Hillsborough Middle School

Sidharth Ghoshal
Hillsborough Middle School

Sid has been a leader in the Hillsborough Middle School Student Council for the past two years, first as treasurer and then becoming president. He has been active in many school activities such as Debate Club, Jazz Band, Robotics, Club, and One Person Makes a Difference. He has served as a leader not only in Student Council, but in Boy Scouts and at the National Youth Leadership Conference. He has participated in several community activities including fundraising for orphanages in India, pure water in Haiti, and projects to stop trichloroethylene poisoning.

In the words of Student Council member Thomas Klein, "Sid is a role model for all that serve on the Student Council. He is always the kid who will take notes for you when you are sick, or pick up your books when you drop your things. He holds the admiration of the student body at HMS as a whole, and my everlasting respect."

In the words of Principal Dr. Joseph Trybulski, "Sid is an outstanding role model and student leader. He is a formidable advocate for the inclusion of student voice in the leadership of public schools. He is a mature and responsible leader with a sincere drive to promote the positive ideals of student government."