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For over 80 years, the students of New Jersey have elected their fellow student leaders to serve on the NJASC Executive Board...

Your 2015 NJASC State Officers


Click on any link below to learn more about your 2015 NJASC State Officers, who will be serving the student leaders of New Jersey in the coming year.


2015 - Nina Trach
South Brunswick HS

"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." -John C. Maxwell

Hello Garden State! I'm Nina Trach, and I am thrilled and honored to be your 2015 NJASC President. It has been a dream of mine to become a state officer for the past three years, ever since I first attended LTC in 2012. I left the conference with the drive to become a state officer, and a passion for problem solving and public speaking. The NJASC has exposed me to skilled leaders who inspire me every day to challenge myself as a leader.

As a sophomore at South Brunswick High School, I am constantly looking to get more involved in my school and community. I am currently an active member of my Student Council and the Student Senate. In addition to Student Council, I play for my school's varsity volleyball and swim teams and I also play club volleyball on the court and on the beach. Sports play a large role in my life, having provided me with a strong sense of teamwork and the skills of a peer leader. I also volunteer at my local swim club and church.

I am so excited to be able to share my passion, dedication, and enthusiasm with the NJASC. This year I would like to help everyone see that the possibilities created by student leaders are endless and I can't wait for the NJASC to help even more student leaders grow in 2015. I would like to send a sincere thank you to everyone who hashelped me to become the leader and person that I am today. I am looking forward to a great year of achievements with the energetic 2015 state board and all of our fellow student leaders across New Jersey.


2015 - Erin Contiliano
Phillipsburg HS

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Hey, Jersey! My name is Erin Contiliano and I am beyond humbled to have been elected Vice President of the 2015 State Office Board. Ever since my first conference in 2009, I have aspired to become more involved with Student Council on the school, state, and national levels. NJASC has made a huge impact on my life since that conference in 2009, from Middle Level Representative in 2011 and LTC Junior Counselor since 2012, I am thrilled to give back and serve the organization that I have held close to my heart for the past six years.  By joining the 2015 State Office Board, I hope to inspire others, just as I have been continuously inspired throughout the years.

Aside from Student Council, I keep active on Phillipsburg (Go Liners!) High School’s Varsity Field Hockey and Lacrosse teams, and with National Honor Society, Environmental Club, and my church’s Youth Group. I have a passion for volunteering and always make time for local community service, especially soup kitchens. Many leadership qualities I have attained can be credited to the lessons on the field, as a teammate, and by serving the community. I am passionately involved with multiple charity organizations such as Relay for Life, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Ronald McDonald House.

Once again, I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to serve on the 2015 State Office Board and look forward to providing student leaders across the Garden State with opportunities to blossom and grow as leaders. I would like to thank friends, advisors, PHS StuCo, and family for supporting me and making this dream come true.


2015 - Matthew Girardi
Columbia HS

"A Leader Is a Dealer in Hope." - Napoleon Bonaparte

Hello New Jersey! My name is Matthew Girardi, and I am truly honored to be your Secretary for 2015. I am currently a Junior at Columbia High School in Maplewood NJ, where I serve on a variety of the school's activities. I serve on CHS's Mock Trial team, JSA, Italian Club, Hall of Fame committee, and of course, Student Council. Outside of school I take part in a number of activities, from my church, as an acolyte, and to Boy Scouts , where I am currently working on Eagle Scout, and serve as my Troop's Senior Patrol Leader.

Being able to represent my school and my fellow students is wonderful and I never could have dreamed that I could be where I am today. I am looking forward to meeting a number of amazing people, and meeting all of you throughout the year! With my experience, I am ready and excited to take on a variety of challenges faced throughout the upcoming year. It is my greatest hope and ambition that we can all work together. Part of my reason for even running was to show aspiring leaders that anything can be done if you set your mind to it and don't give up. Persistence and determination are the greatest traits of a leader. To end, I have to thank all of Columbia High School, especially my Student Council advisors Ms. Ryan and Ms. Edelman for giving me the opportunity and support I needed to run for state office, as well as the courage to take on such a task. I look forward to a bright future ahead for our communities, our schools, and our state together as one big family!


2015 - Alexei Sepe
Parsippany Hills HS

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan

How’s it going, Garden State! I am Alexei Sepe, and I am humbled to be your 2015 NJASC State Treasurer! Currently a sophomore at Parsippany Hills High School (Go Vikings!), I have always dreamed of becoming a State Officer – a piece of this organization’s backbone. The NJASC has been an integral part of my life, coming to the conferences since 2010, attending LTC in 2011 and 2014, and becoming an Administrative Assistant (AA) to the State the past year. I have learned so much from all the amazing people in this association, and I am ready to apply those skills to State Office.

I have been active in student council, and student government since elementary school. Being in the marching band, newspaper club, French club, and chamber choir, I always keep busy, doing all the things that I love. Not to mention, I play the violin, French horn, mellophone, and sing, so music is definitely apart of my life. I am on the school’s tennis team, as well as the school student council as an Executive member. Community service is another passion of mine, volunteering in my church and as a counselor at a local recreational camp during the summer.

With my extensive background, I am prepared to take on any challenges I face as Treasurer, and as a State Office. A product of this organization, my enthusiasm, passion, and strength will hopefully empower all the aspiring leaders of the NJASC. It is important that the students unlock their potential with the tools the NJASC offers. Lastly, I would like to thank all those who helped me to be where I am today. It’s going to be a wonderful year with the 2015 State Board, New Jersey!


2015 - Riyan Kabir
Kinnelon HS

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

Hey, New Jersey! My name is Riyan Kabir and I am excited to be your 2015 Executive Member of Special Projects. I was introduced to the NJASC organization through my middle school, and after attending LTC, I was inspired to become a State Officer. I am so privileged to represent student leaders in the Garden State and hope to work with the 2015 Executive Board to make a positive difference statewide.

I am currently a sophomore at Kinnelon High School. Within my school, I am an active member of multiple clubs like the Newspaper and Peer Leadership, and I am a sophomore class representative. In my community, I enjoy volunteering with elderly at a local hospital and as a swim instructor for children at the YMCA. My experiences over the years have instilled me with a great sense of devotion and passion to everything I do and excitement to make a difference. The opportunities in my school and my community allowed me to grow into a proactive leader and representative for the students of NJ.

I am thrilled to work as a member of the Executive Board. I want to thank my school, KHS, my Student Council advisor, my family, and my friends for being an inspiration to me and supporting me to make a change. I am looking forward to a great year serving you and working with some incredible leaders.


2015 - Francesca Rodrigo
Edison HS

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they doNelson Mandela

Hello, New Jersey! My name is Francesca Rodrigo and it's an honor to be elected your 2015 Executive Member of Publications. Being a part of student council has inspired me to become a state officer and make a difference not only in my school but my county and state as well. I couldn't be more privileged to represent the state of New Jersey and I look forward to working with the rest of the board to accomplish great things.

I am currently a junior at Edison High School which is located in Middlesex County. I participate in multiple clubs and activities such as, ATAC (Assertive Teens Against Cancer), SADD, National Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society, Safety Ambassadors and Rotary Club. Being a part of these clubs allowed me to participate in events such as the 25th Annual Embrace Kids Foundation Walk along with a myriad of school events. I am blessed to go to a school that is so diverse and filled with so many opportunities. These opportunities help me to work well with others and enable me to become the growing leader I am today.

A special thanks go out to my family, friends and school for making all this possible. I would like to thank the student council of EHS for their endless support. I would also like to thank my advisor, Ms. Hanas, for encouraging me every step of the way. I know I have big shoes to fill considering the success and influence of the 2014 state officers; however, I look forward to contributing to the voice of the students of NJASC.


2015 - Katerina Robles
Nutley HS

“Either I will find a way, or I will make one.” - Philip Sidney

New Jersey! Hello! I am Katerina Robles and it is my honor and privilege to be serving you as the 2015 Executive Member in Charge of State Charity. So here is a little story about me: My passion is to help others, get involved, and challenge myself in the projects I do. It is always important to try to achieve your dreams. There is no one stopping you except yourself, so why hold back? I am a sophomore at Nutley High School and have been class president for the past two years. I’m involved in orchestra, soccer, and a large variety of clubs.

A couple of years ago, I led a clothes drive at my school for less fortunate families in the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia. During the summer, I went with my brother to personally deliver those donations. The smile and excitement on their faces was a moment I will never forget. The feeling of helping others truly is unexplainable and worth all the effort.

The first time I went to the winter convention and saw the candidates from last year campaigning, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. It was a goal difficult to achieve, but with the help and support of my friends, family, and advisor, I was able to succeed.


2015 - Alexis Bailey
Bayonne HS

“I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?” —Benjamin Disraeli

Hey, New Jersey! I am Alexis Bailey and it is an honor and privilege to serve all of you as your 2015 NJASC State Board of Education Representative. Leadership has always been one of the main passions in my life. I cannot wait to use my passion for student leadership to work alongside all of you to make this great state even better.

As a junior at Bayonne High School, I try my best to be as involved as possible in my school and community. I have been a member of Student Council since the 6th grade and served on the Bayonne High School Student Government as Freshman Ambassador, Board of Education Representative, and currently Vice President. In order to grow as a leader and work towards my true potential I attended LTC in 2012 and LTC Advanced in 2013. While attending, I fell in love with the happiest place on earth and knew that I wanted to help other students learn more about leadership. This led me to become a Junior Counselor at LTC this past summer. To further promote leadership I frequently visit my grammar school, Midtown Community School, to help their student council with meetings, events, and fundraisers and volunteer as a Girl Scout Daisy Troop assistant. Lastly, I am a member of my class council and the In and Around BHS Department Editor for The Beacon school newspaper.

I am energized and prepared to serve all of you as the 2015 NJASC State Board of Education Representative, but none of this would be possible without my support system that has been my backbone throughout this entire experience. First and foremost, I would like to thank my family for always pushing me to be my best and encouraging me that I could accomplish anything I set my mind to with hard work. Secondly, I would like to thank my Student Government advisors, Mr. Gurczeski and Ms. Toomey. The two of you often times saw potential in me before I recognized it in myself and never fail to give me the perfect advice right when I need it. Lastly, I would like to thank my StuGa family. You are the first people to cheer for me and support me through anything.

I look forward to diligently recognizing the concerns of all of you as well as your achievements and presenting them in Trenton to the Board of Education each month. My term will be all about what you want to see happen for your schools and student councils. With your help, we can make 2015 a year worth celebrating!


2015 - Diya Patel
Brooklawn MS

“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” -John C. Maxwell

Hey, New Jersey! My name is Diya Patel, and I am thrilled to be your 2015 Middle Level Representative. I am currently a 7th grader at Brooklawn Middle School. I first got involved in student council in 3rd grade so for five years I have been a part of this amazing program. I attended LTC this past summer and watching the amazing 2014 State Officers serve inspired me to run for state office.

Other than Student Council, I love to dance (mostly ballet). When I’m not at the ballet bar I’m either on stage acting in school productions or swimming, and/or singing. When I’m not doing these activities I am a tutor to kids in grades 2-5. During my free time you will also find me sketching or drawing banners; ever since I was little my dream was to be the President of the United States and make a difference. Now being on the state board, it’s like watching my dream come alive one piece at a time.

I am looking forward to having an amazing year ahead of us. I am so excited in starting my duties as your Middle Level Representative. Before I start, there are some people that helped me make this happen so I would like to thank my advisers Mr. Miller, Mrs. Franz, and Mr. Weinstein. Also, a few others that need to be recognized are my family, friends, the executive board at Brooklawn and of course my fellow Knights for encouraging and standing by me.