Meet Your State Officers

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

Your 2014 & 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.

Please feel free to share any ideas, questions, or concerns with me at

2014 - Grace Manno
Burlington Township HS

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

Hello, New Jersey! My name is Grace Manno and I could not be happier to serve as your President for 2014. Ever since I first attended a NJASC conference in 2011, it has been a dream of mine to serve as a state officer. I was inspired by the work of the NJASC, and now I am honored to serve for this year! Since fourth grade I have exhibited true passion for student leadership, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my passion for leadership with other student leaders in New Jersey.

As a sophomore at Burlington Township High School, I thrive on being involved in many activities and interacting with as many people as I can. You can find me dancing, singing, and acting in musicals, plays, or at my dance studio. I love to serve my community by being involved in our local food pantry, Rotary Club, church, Relay for Life event, and our elementary school.

After five years as a student council member, learning valuable skills at LTC, and having witnessed all the good that this organization can do, I feel that I am ready for the exciting challenge of becoming a state officer. I am eager to share my passion, experiences, and enthusiasm with other student leaders throughout New Jersey. For me, this organization has sparked the possibilities of what a truly amazing student leader could do. It is very important to me that every student leader has the opportunity to grow and blossom through the NJASC. I would like to give special thanks to everyone who has supported me and shaped who I am today. I look forward to an amazing year with the 2014 state board and all of the student leaders across our great Garden State!
Feel free to contact me at with questions, concerns, or anything you would like to share!        


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.

Please feel free to contact me anytime at

2014 - Jamillia Bell
Rancocas Valley Regional HS

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.” – Peter Drucker

What’s up New Jersey!? I’m Jamillia Bell and let me begin by expressing my gratitude for being elected Vice President of the NJASC for 2014! It really is such a tremendous honor and huge privilege. I am currently a junior at Rancocas Valley Regional High School and am active in my own school’s Student Council. Student Council has been a part of my life since sixth grade and cliché as it sounds it has changed me. It’s opened the doors for me to become more involved, meet new people, and have great opportunities to give back to my school and community. After attending LTC just last year, I left with a great sense of knowledge and a great deal of memories. Right then from that experience I knew I wanted to be a part of this fabulous organization. So, what bigger and better way to join then to become a State Officer? I hope to aspire and share my enthusiasm of leadership with other future student leaders across the whole state.

Aside from Student Council I’m involved with other clubs and sports. I volunteer for Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, am apart of Varsity Club, Homecoming Committee, Filipino Club, and L.O.U.D. club. You can also point me out on my varsity cheer squad cheering for the football players and basketball teams. I’m all about volunteer work so I’m always walking for a cure, donating clothes and helping at Masonic homes and local food shelters.

Again, enough words cannot express how excited I am to serve as your 2014 NJASC Vice President. Helping within my own school is fun but give me an opportunity to reach out on a broader scale and I’ll be the first to volunteer! I am anxious to see the many accomplishments and friendships the 2014 NJASC Executive Board will make this year! I have no doubt in mind this year will start and finish with success. Special thanks to my loving family, advisors Mrs. Rosenthal and Mrs. Symczyk, Rancocas Valley Student Council, my cheer squad and coaches, and all of you who continue to show support and will do the same for the rest of the Executive Board as the year continues! I hope to make the great impact LTC and NJASC has done for me for someone else!

Any questions, ideas or concerns? Don’t be afraid to ask or share them! Contact me anytime at


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!

Feel free to contact me anytime at

2014 - Jenna Panek
Donovan Catholic HS

"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent." - Douglas MacArthur

Hi everyone! My name is Jenna Panek and I cannot begin to express how excited and honored I am to be your 2014 NJASC Secretary! I am currently a junior at Monsignor Donovan High School in Toms River. Ever since I attended the NJASC Winter Convention in 2012, it has been a goal of mine to serve as a state officer. I always laugh when reflecting on when my passion for student council truly became evident, considering that being elected the President of my elementary school’s student council in the fifth grade seemed to be the biggest deal at the time. Since that moment, I have not only grown as a leader, but also as an individual. Throughout middle school and high school, I have had the opportunity to lead by example and create endless opportunities for my fellow classmates, and through the NJASC, I hope to continue to do so. I look forward to sharing my passion for student council and leadership with the rest of New Jersey this year.

A true passion of mine has always been community involvement, both inside and outside of school. I love entering my school with a smile on my face simply by seeing the halls decked in Donovan blue and people’s efforts. Aside from student council, I participate in Habitat for Humanity, Operation Smile, Spanish Club, Project Go, Jersey G.O.E.S, Academic Challenge, History Bowl, Academic Decathlon, and I am a member of the National Honor Society. I also tutor at the grade school and travel to the local Head Start to mentor preschool students once a week. In addition, I am a member of the varsity cheerleading squad and the swim team. Outside of school, I am actively involved in my church, local soup kitchen, babysitting, lifeguarding, and I volunteer in the Emergency Room at the local hospital. My passion and enthusiasm to make a difference each day has greatly shaped who I am as a person and contributed to the leadership qualities I have obtained.

I cannot wait to see what this year brings! I am looking forward to an incredible year full of many accomplishments and the creation of lifelong friendships. Huge thanks goes to Monsignor Donovan High School, my advisors, the student council, my family, and most importantly, all of you for your continued support. I am so excited for this year to come! Once again, it is a great honor to represent all of you as the 2014 NJASC Secretary. Thank you again for this incredible opportunity!

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at


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!

Want to talk? Go ahead and e-mail me at

2014 - Brandon Palazzo
Williamstown HS

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Hello New Jersey! My name is Brandon Palazzo and I am honored to be your 2014 NJASC Treasurer! I am currently a sophomore at Williamstown High School where I am a very active member of both my student council and class senate. I also serve as a student member of my district’s Board of Education. Outside of school I am very involved with the Boy Scouts of America, where I have been a member of Troop 234, since 2009. I presently serve as the assistant senior patrol leader, and have also served as the troop quartermaster, troop scribe (secretary), as well as a patrol leader.  I have spent the past two summers working as a counselor in training and a merit badge counselor at Roosevelt Scout Reservation in Elmer, New Jersey. I am also a member and executive vice-president of Venture Crew 357, where I have also served as secretary.

If I am not working at school or busy with scouts, the best place to find me is outside! On average, I camp about 40 nights a year.  In the past five years I have hiked almost 200 miles, and expect to log at least 100 more miles this year. I also enjoy hunting, fishing and exploring the great outdoors!

I would like to thank NJASC members for entrusting me with this incredible opportunity to serve as your 2014 Treasurer! Thank you, as well, to everyone who has supported me on this journey, my family, scout leaders, teachers, Williamstown High School student council, Mr. and Mrs. LaPalomento (class advisors) and especially my student council advisor, Mrs. Arcolesse!  I look forward to all of the great things that the 2014 NJASC state board will accomplish as well as working with many of the dedicated student leaders from across this great state!!

Feel free to contact me at any time at


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.

Do you have any questions, ideas or concerns? Feel free to contact me anytime at

2014 - Paco Abiad
West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South

"The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves." - Ray Kroc

Hey, New Jersey! My name is Paco Abiad, and it is an honor and a blessing to be your 2014 Executive Member of Special Projects. Being a State Officer has been one of my dreams ever since I attended LTC in 2010. I have been actively involved in Student Council since the 7th grade. Opportunities such as LTC have taught me so much about myself and other student leaders through New Jersey. Through various positions, I have matured into a devoted, outgoing, and cheerful leader. I can't wait to apply my skills and knowledge as a State Officer!

Within my school, I am the Student Council President, serving as the head of an amazing school organization. I also play the violin in my school's orchestra, and am a captain of my school track team. Music has always been a passion for me and I simply love to play. The same goes for my sprinting and pole vaulting. The feelings of pride and exhilaration from both activities are like no other. In all my school activities, I try to be a leader and a role model for my peers, setting high standards for myself so that others will follow.

I'm so excited to begin this year! But before that, I wish to thank WW-P High School South, my Student Council advisor, friends, family, and all of you for your support. I look forward to serving you this year!

You're welcome to contact me at any time at


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.

Don’t be shy to contact me with any questions, ideas or concerns at

2014 - Mariela Jimenez
Holy Cross HS

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - John F. Kennedy

İHola New Jersey! My name is Mariela Jiménez and words cannot describe how thrilled and privileged I feel to be your 2014 Executive Member  of Publications. After attending LTC this past summer  I was inspired so much and I knew that I had to be a part of it somehow in the future. This is a dream that has become reality for me and I could not be more excited!

I am a junior at Holy Cross High School in Burlington County. I have been part of student government since grade school, and am currently an Ambassador of the class of 2015 at my high school. I am also, involved in the Special Olympics, Spanish, Campus Ministry, NHS, and Key clubs at my school. I am on the Field Hockey, Swim and Lacrosse teams too! Outside of school, as a Girl Scout of South and Central NJ, I am part  of an organization called GEMS (Girls Enjoying Membership in Scouting) and serve as secretary for this group.  All of these activities have taught me responsibility and time management. Also, how to be a team player and to make sure everyone's voice is heard!

I have never met a more well-rounded and motivated group as the rest of my fellow State Officers. I hope that we are able to inspire others as well as the State Officers before us! We truly do have big shoes to fill! LTC was such a great experience for me, one that I will NEVER forget.  I am so excited to be apart of it  this year and cannot wait to motivate the people attending as I was last summer. We are a great bunch this year, and I cannot wait for what 2014 has in store for us!

A HUGE thank you goes out to my advisor, Mr. Nolan, my family , friends and all of my fellow Lancers! Your support means the world to me and I promise I won't  let you down. Also, thank you to everyone involved with LTC this past summer, the impact that experience  had on my life is something I will always treasure. Now everyone strap in! 2014 is gonna be an awesome ride!

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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.

I’m looking forward to serving you and bringing new ideas to the 2015 Executive Board :). You can reach me at

2014 - Anthony Raspatello
Hamilton HS West

“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” - John C. Maxwell

Hey, New Jersey! My name is Anthony Raspatello and I am your 2014 Executive Member of State Charity. It truly is my honor and privilege to serve on the NJASC Executive Board. I am a junior at Hamilton High School West and have served as the President of my class for the past three years. It has been a wonderful experience along with my other leadership positions, but I am so excited to embark on this new journey with the 2014 NJASC Executive Board.

In my school I am a part of various clubs and organizations, including Key Club, the Debate Team, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Math Club, DECA, Peer Leadership and many more. I also played football during my first two years of high school and was a member of the stage crew for the school’s production last year. Being a member of various clubs around my school has greatly influenced the leader I am today.

Student Government has always been nearest to my heart because it truly embodies what leadership is all about. I attended LTC this past year; the fun learning experience, relationships that were built, and all around good time resonated with me and inspired my desire to become a member of the NJASC Executive Board.

My life experiences have shaped me into the person and leader I am today and as cliché as it may sound, I have realized that anyone can accomplish anything that they set their mind to. Now that I have accomplished my dream of becoming a State Officer I will put forth hard work and dedication to make the Student Councils around New Jersey proud. I am now carving a new path in my life and I know that the walk will be a journey to remember!

Feel free to contact me at


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!

Feel free to contact me at

2014 - Russell Bauer
Seneca HS

“Leadership consists of picking good men and helping them do their best.” - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

Hello New Jersey, I’m Russell Bauer, your new NJASC State Board of Education Representative! I would like to personally thank all of you who made this possible for me. I can remember sitting in the same auditorium four years ago being elected for Middle Level Representative and let me tell you what an honor it is to return to the Executive Board of the NJASC! The NJASC has been a part of my life since 2009 when I attended my first Fall Business Meeting at TCNJ. I remember saying to myself “I want to be up there one day on that board.” Now I am back for my 2nd term as a State Officer!

Outside of student council, I am an active observer in my local EMT squad. I am an Eagle Scout, who continues to give back to my community more and more every day. I am also on our school’s Varsity Affirmative Debate Team in the South Jersey Debate League. I run track for Seneca but mainly high jump. It is through different clubs where you learn who you truly are as a person, and as a team member. I am firmly a believer of the whole person concept; that one must exceed at every aspect of life, not just academics but character development as well.

For the past four years I have been awaiting this great comeback to the Executive Board of the NJASC. I have large shoes to fill and will work hard to fill them. NJASC has molded me in ways that I could not have imagined. Now it is my turn to give back more to the NJASC than it has given to me. I am ready New Jersey. I gladly take responsibility for the position of State Board of Education and all duties that come with this position. Its time to make this year the best year possible, and the only way to do that is with your help New Jersey!

If at anytime you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at


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.

If you have any questions, concerns,or anything else, feel free to contact me at

2014 - Radhika Shah
Melvin H. Kreps MS

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Hey, New Jersey! My name is Radhika Shah, and I am very excited to be your 2014 Middle Level Representative.  I am currently a 7th grader at Melvin H. Kreps Middle School, where I currently serve as the secretary of the Student Council. I have been involved in the Student Council for the past 5 years. Ever since I attended LTC last summer it has been a dream of mine to become a state officer.

Other than student council, my greatest passion is Indian classical dancing. I have been dancing since I was three years old. I swim and I will be playing lacrosse for the first time this year. Along with that, other sports I have played are tennis, soccer and basketball, and I am a first degree black belt in Taekwondo. You can also find me  on stage singing, dancing and acting in my school’s musical.

I am looking forward to the upcoming year, and all the wonderful  memories that  are to come. I especially look forward to stepping up and fulfilling my position as Middle Level Representative. I would like to give a special thanks to my advisors Mrs. Dziuba, Mrs. Stryker, and Ms. Rozycki. I would also like to thank my family, friends, and my Kreps family for encouraging and supporting me throughout this journey. Congratulations to my fellow 2014 executive board members. I look forward to an amazing year!

Feel free to contact me at with any questions, concerns, or anything else!