Meet Your State Officers
For 90 years, the students of New Jersey have elected their fellow student leaders to serve on the NJASC Executive Board...
Your 2016 NJASC State Officers
Click on any link below to learn more about your 2016 NJASC State Officers, who will be serving the student leaders of New Jersey in the coming year.
2016 - Sanjana Duggirala
Mercer County Technical Schools Health Sciences Academy
“You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things” - Mother Teresa
Hey, New Jersey! I am Sanjana Duggirala and I am incredibly honored to be your 2016 NJASC President. Leadership is a burning passion of mine that I want to share with the rest of the State. NJASC has given so much to me over the past few years, enhancing my leadership abilities through both LTC and LTC Advanced, and I am beyond thrilled to work alongside my fellow State Officers to continue this chain reaction of excellence.
I am currently a junior at the Mercer County Technical Schools Health Science Academy, where I participate in a multitude of activities. Apart from Student Council, I am an active member of my school’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapter, in which I serve as class President. Outside of school, I serve as a mentor to underprivileged students and participate in community cleanup and outreach activities. Such volunteering activities give me immense satisfaction and have helped me to understand that in order to make a change in the world, I must put others first.
I am excited to work with the aspiring leaders of the Garden State to build a better future and inspire them to push their limits and enhance their leadership potential! A huge thanks goes out to my family, friends, the HSA Student Council, and my advisor, Ms. Hendrickson, to whose dedication and support I owe this opportunity. New Jersey, the 2016 State Officers look forward to working with you to make this NJASC’s best year yet!
2016 - Beau Bruneau
Holy Cross Academy
"We will either find a way, or make one." - Hannibal
What's up Jersey? My name is Beau Bruneau, and I am ecstatic to serve as Vice President of the 2016 Executive Board. Student Council has always been a passion of mine, and serving on the Executive Board has been my dream since 2014, when my first session of LTC inspired me to become more involved in my school and in the NJASC. After going to LTC Advanced in 2015, I knew that I could make my dream a reality, and decided to run. I am truly honored to be elected as your Vice President.
At my school, Holy Cross Academy, I serve as Junior Class President and an active member of the National Honor Society. I am on the varsity Wrestling, Cross Country, and Golf teams. Also, I held a marketing internship down the shore this past summer. My biggest role is Race Director for "Run For Your Cause 5k", a charity race that I created and organized to benefit the American Cancer Society, which raised almost $2,000 in its first year alone.
I'd like to thank my school, peers, and family for supporting me in my endeavors and pushing me to be my best. I hope to use the tools and resources of the NJASC to reach a lot of people and make an impact. Also, I'd like to represent our state among other states, encourage the sharing of ideas to and from my school, and develop relationships with other youth leaders. I am looking forward to a great year ahead and working with the other great leaders of the board.
2016 - Jessica Lail
Kingsway Regional HS
“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” – John Maxwell
Hello, New Jersey! My name is Jessica Lail, and I am both honored and proud to be serving as the NJASC Secretary of 2016. Throughout my high school career, I have been especially passionate about Student Council and everything it has to offer. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the positive impact that Student Council has on our schools and our community. After first attending LTC last summer, I aspired to be a State Officer to represent the state of New Jersey and my fellow student leaders.
I am currently a junior at Kingsway Regional High School. I enjoy being an active member of my school and my community. I am a member of Kingsway’s varsity volleyball, basketball, and track teams. Along with Student Council, I am involved in a variety of clubs such as Circle of Friends, World Wildlife Fund, National Honor Society, Pets Are Worth Saving, Interact, and Student Ambassador. In my community, I volunteer as a Sunday school teacher and help out with a local youth cheerleading program. I also play club volleyball and beach volleyball. Through my involvement in these activities, I have learned the value of team work, hard work, and dedication, and I am excited to share my enthusiasm for student leadership with the state of New Jersey.
I have high hopes for another successful year for the NJASC full of accomplishments and growth. Thank you to the Kingsway Student Council, my advisors, my friends, and my family for helping me reach my goal of becoming a member of the 2016 state board. I am looking forward to working with the student leaders of New Jersey to help expand student leadership across the state and achieve great things.
2016 - Cindy Lin
Pemberton Township HS
"I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.” - Alexander the Great
Hello New Jersey! I’m Cindy Lin and I am sincerely honored to be your 2016 NJASC Treasurer. As the first representative from Pemberton Township High School, I am proud and ready to bring good fortune into this organization. Student Council has helped to develop my leadership qualities from a school level to a state level, and I hope to go even further beyond that. Being a leader is a huge responsibility, I will challenge myself to become someone greater in order to lead other students in developing their own leadership potentials.
I am currently serving as my school Student Council Treasurer and President of FBLA; a proud member of Honor Society; and have been chosen as next year’s Anime Club Treasurer. I will not forget my passions, joining Anime Club, performing as a dancer, bringing a character to life with cosplay, attending cosplay conventions, and playing the piano. Although I am very busy, giving back to my community and school is a must. I volunteer at the Senior Citizen Center, animal shelter, and New Lisbon Developmental Center.
My own leadership skills are still developing; however, I believe in myself enough to know I will make an excellent treasurer and team player. I bring humor, a unique perspective, and great enthusiasm to
inspire younger leaders of this generation. We are all capable of greatness and power, it is only left to us to truly take that beyond our comfort zone. And thank you, sincerely, to my advisors, friends, and family who believed in me and became my wings to soar this far.
2016 - Vanessa Livingstone
“To add value to others, one must first value others.” - John Maxwell
What’s up, New Jersey! I’m Vanessa Livingstone and I am extremely happy to serve as your 2016 Executive Member of Special Projects. I was inspired to become a State Officer by the way past officers have encouraged others to succeed, and it is my goal to provide that same inspiration to students statewide. I cannot wait to work alongside my fellow officers to make the leadership of New Jersey even stronger!
I am currently a junior at Palmyra High School, where I love to be involved. I’m a two-time captain of the cheerleading team, and a first-time captain of the softball and basketball teams. I am a member of my school’s Interact Club, National Honor Society, and Student Council, where I serve as the Executive Vice President. As a student leader, my goal is to instill my peers with the confidence and tools needed to be successful. As an NJASC State Officer, I hope to encourage other student leaders to break out of their comfort zones and reach their full potential.
I could not be more excited to be a part of this year’s Executive Board. I couldn’t have done it without the support of Palmyra High School’s Student Council. Special thanks go to my advisors, Mrs. Martino and Ms. Gallagher, for their continuous support and effort throughout my candidacy. I would also like to thank Johnny Kay and Giovanni Gravano for introducing me to the magic that is the New Jersey Association of Student Councils! I’m looking forward to making 2016 an amazing year for the student councils of New Jersey!
2016 - Victoria Myers
Rancocas Valley Regional HS
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” - Mother Teresa
Hey, New Jersey! My name is Victoria Myers and it is a privilege to serve as your 2016 Executive Member of Publications. As a class representative in my school’s student council, I’ve been able to voice my opinions and ideas while also serving my school and local community. Thanks to that experience, I was motivated to become an NJASC officer. I’m am so honored to advocate for student leaders and to represent the State of New Jersey. I anticipate a great year of achievement along with my fellow officers.
I am currently a sophomore at Rancocas Valley Regional High School. There, I participate in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Model United Nations (MUN), Youth and Government (YAG), and Fitness Team. I also play field hockey for RV as well as a club team. Through these diverse opportunities, I’ve had the chance to participate in various student government conferences, leadership workshops, days of service, along with physically challenging mud, color, and obstacle course races. I couldn’t be more grateful for the vast amount of clubs and activities my school has to offer. The immense diversity and sense of RV pride encourages all students to get involved in school and discover new interests. These activities have certainly impacted my life significantly.
Lastly, I wouldn’t be where I am today without my incredible friends, family, teachers, and advisors. Thank you all for pushing me to take on new challenges and persevere through my fears and doubts. I hope that I can embody that same encouragement to help make a difference in the lives of others. I am excited to serve and work with the amazing student leaders of New Jersey this year. Let’s make 2016 unforgettable for NJASC!
2016 - Kevin Phildor
Hamilton HS West
"The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that's gets the people to do the greatest things" - Ronald Reagan
Hey, New Jersey! My name is Kevin Phildor. I am very proud and excited to say I'm your new 2016 Executive Member for State Charity. To tell you a few things about myself, I'm a nice and helpful person who loves spreading positivity around. I'm a sophomore at Hamilton High School West and a part of several clubs in my school, being president of my class, Student Council, Spanish club, Deca, Talented Tenth, Track & Field etc. Outside of school I'm also involved in activities at my church. I always love helping people in anyway possible. It's always heart warming being able to help someone in their life and aid them through their difficult times.
Some of the outside activities I do at "Haitian Tabernacle Baptist Church " support our own charity. Since the dreadful earthquake that happened in Haiti on January 12, 2010 we organize and send boxes of clothes, items, books, utensils etc. twice a year. We have church members in Haiti who are able to deliver them to people. Each summer we send our pastors and a few church members to Haiti for services and to give more as possible. We even have created a small school in a very poor part of Haiti, "Mirbalais", to give kids the basic education they need where they aren't able to receive it.
When I went to the Winter Convention, I knew this was something I truly wanted to do. Helping schools all around in New Jersey was my goal. While it was a stressful & hard process, it all paid off! With the help of my friends, family, student council and advisor I can't wait to work with the student leaders & make this year one of the greatest!
2016 - Ava-Kathleen Rybicki
“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” - Jack Welch
Greetings, New Jersey! I am Ava-Kathleen Rybicki and I am so excited to be your 2016 NJASC State Board of Education Student Representative. Leadership has always been very important to me throughout all of my years in school, as I have fulfilled various leadership roles including being the current treasurer of Williamstown High School’s Student Council.
As a junior at Williamstown High School, I pride myself on being involved in a variety of student clubs and activities. I hold active membership in Senate, Student Council, Interact, Health Careers Club, National Honor Society, Friends of OTP, and the Varsity Swimming Team. Likewise, I am on the Philadelphia Soul football team’s dance team and absolutely love performing at the halftime shows. Being involved in a variety of activities allows me to meet many new people and learn from their perspectives. Gaining insight from such a broad spectrum of people has opened my horizons and made me a stronger and more understanding leader. I am ecstatic to be in a position to expand my horizons even further. I look forward to not only leading and inspiring others, but learning from the people I meet along this exciting journey.I am extremely grateful to be selected for this amazing opportunity, but I know it would not have been possible without the support of many special people. Thank you to my family, especially my mom, dad, and grandparents, for always believing in me and for giving me the confidence to know that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. Also, thank you to my advisor and my fellow student council officers for your support. The year ahead is going to be the best yet for NJASC as I am confident in my abilities to work alongside the other officers and make great things happen.
2016 - Shruti Nagpal
Melvin H. Kreps MS
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” - Warren G. Bennis
Hello, Jersey! My name is Shruti Nagpal, and it is an honor to serve as your 2016 NJASC Middle Level Representative! I have been involved in student council since I entered my first year at Melvin H. Kreps Middle School, and it has been an amazing experience so far. I currently hold a position of Community Service committee chairperson at my school, and truly enjoy being able to lead and help improve my community and township.
Aside from student council, I am very involved in the sport of soccer. I play on a competitive travel soccer team for my township, and this has made me more passionate towards the game. In addition, I love journalism and writing newspaper articles. I take part in my school’s newspaper club and hold the position as one of the club’s general editors. Finally, if I am not fulfilling any of those activities, you’ll find me reading! My favorite type of books are fantasy novels; they have always seemed to steal my heart.
I am truly excited to fulfill the position of Middle Level Representative for the NJASC this year. I am looking forward to great year filled with so many wonderful experiences, but none of this would have been possible without the help of some amazing people. I would like to thank my family for supporting me in every way possible, always encouraging me to pursue my goals. Also, my advisors Miss. Young and Mrs. Stryker, along with my other fellow student council members, have helped me out so much in the process of becoming your 2016 Middle Level Rep. I would not be where I am today without all of the help and support they have provided me with.