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 2017 NJASC State Officers


Click on any link below to learn more about your 2017 NJASC State Officers, who will be serving the student leaders of New Jersey in the coming year.


2017 - Cole Mitchell
Phillipsburg High School

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Emerson

Hey, New Jersey! I am Cole Mitchell and I am honored to be your 2017 NJASC President. Leadership is a burning passion of mine that I am looking forward to sharing with the rest of the state. The NJASC has been a part of my life since I was in middle school from being a Middle Level Representative to being a Junior Counselor at LTC. As a result, I have grown a love and passion for the NJASC. I am extremely excited to work alongside my fellow State Officers to continue to take NJASC to the next level!

I am currently a junior at Phillipsburg High School. I participate in the student council where I have held the positions of Recording Secretary and currently the Vice President. I have also been inducted into the National Honor Society. In both student council and National Honor Society, I participate and run charity events where I have had the opportunity to meet and interact with great people of my community. Away from my academic life, I also participate in soccer and lacrosse at the varsity level.

It is an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to be your President. I am excited to take on my role and work with the leaders of New Jersey to take student council and leadership to new heights. I would like to thank my advisors, friends, family, and everyone that has supported me. My fellow 2017 State Officers and I are looking forward to a great year of working with you and your school to make 2017 the best year yet!

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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!

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2017 - Claire Donahue
Morris County School of Technology

Biography and quote coming soon!

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.

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2017 - Makayla Stokes
Bayonne High School

“The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.” - James Buchanan

What’s up New Jersey? My name is Makayla Stokes and I am proud to be your new NJASC Secretary for the year of 2017! I am honored to continue the legacy of state officers from Bayonne. Throughout my seven years of student council, I have held multiple leadership positions and I am now serving as my school’s publicity chair.

I am a junior at Bayonne High School and I am currently involved in student council, class council, and both of the varsity cheerleading teams. Outside of school, I coach a grammar school cheerleading team and support the ALS Association and Relay for Life. Through these activities I have learned the importance of working with a team to accomplish a common goal. After attending my first NJASC conference in the seventh grade, then attending LTC as a freshman, I knew being on the state board was something I had to do!

I greatly appreciate this opportunity to serve as your secretary. I have high hopes for another successful year of the NJASC. I wouldn’t be in this position without the endless support from my school, advisors, friends and family and for them I am eternally grateful. I can’t wait to work with my fellow officers to make 2017 unforgettable!

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2016 - Jessica Lail
Kingsway Regional High School

“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. 

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2017 - Khalid Alzubi
Parsippany High School

Biography and quote coming soon!

2016 - Cindy Lin
Pemberton Township High School

"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.

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2017 - Emily Brown
Warren Hills Regional High School

"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." - Warren G. Bennis

Hey, New Jersey! I am Emily Brown and I am so honored to be your 2017 Executive Member of Special Projects. Student council and being an inspiring leader are my biggest passions. When I went to my first NJASC conference I was so inspired by other state officers and other amazing leaders, I knew it was a dream of mine to run and be able to inspire the other leaders of our state. I am so excited to be able to do just that alongside my fellow state officers this year!

I am currently a junior at Warren Hills Regional High School.I love to be an active member not only in my school but also in my community. Along with Student Council I participate in Best Buddies, Junior Executive, Deca and Healthy Options. Outside of school I am a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Franklin Township Fire Department. I have also been a dancer since the age of 4 and am currently a member of The Starmaker School's dance company. Being a part of so many activities is so rewarding and a great learning experience.

I would like to thank my advisors, my student council, my friends and my family for all the support in this opportunity. It would not have been possible without you! I can't wait to see what this year brings for the executive board, the NJASC and all of the amazing leaders that are a part of it. Together we will make this year the best yet!

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2016 - Vanessa Livingstone
Palmyra High School

“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!

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2017 - Sofia Harty
Kinnelon High School

"Where there is no vision, the people perish." - Proverbs 29:18

Hey, New Jersey! I am Sofia Harty and I am honored to serve as an Executive Member of Publications for 2017. My love for representing and influence from past officers motivated me to become State Officer. Being a leader is a recurring trend in my life. My leadership is not only evident in involvement in student council, and NJASC, but in other activities where I'm involved.. I am currently a sophomore at Kinnelon High School and I am very privileged to be involved in other organizations and clubs such as: Varsity Club, Turkeys 4U, Girl Scouts, High School and club swim team, being President of my class, and an active member in my church.

When I am not at a club meeting or engaging in an organization I am most likely in the pool. My close friends and family are very familiar with my most spoken sentence, which is: “ I can’t, I have swim”. Swimming is the reason why chlorine is my perfume, I wake up at the crack of dawn during summer vacation, and why I constantly have aching sore muscles… but I love it, and it shapes me to the person I am today, teaching me responsibility, drive and passion. On the rare occasion where I say, “ I can, I don’t have swim”, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, exploring nature and different leisure pursuits, and going on long walks with my dog, Pickles.

I am very eager to be apart of the State Board this year! I look forward to working with my fellow officers, and making an impact on other students’ lives. Special thanks goes out to my advisor, Mrs. Sappio, for being along my side throughout the whole process, My best friends teammates and my family for their unconditional love and support. Let's make 2017 a great year for the student councils of New Jersey!

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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!

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2017 - Kaelyn Baucum
Franklin High School

“Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It's about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others' success, and then standing back and letting them shine.” - Chris Hadfield

Hey, New Jersey! My name is Kaelyn Baucum and I am delighted to officially be your 2017 Executive Member for State Charity. Though there are many different layers of me, I have a limited amount of space so I’ll stick to the most important things about me. I am, if nothing else devoted to fairness, equality and especially equity. I value everyone’s opinions, thought and ideas and whole heartily believe everyone should be able to contribute. I also am very ambitious, persistent and a go-getter. I let nothing stand in my way. Lastly I am very compassionate and empathetic. I am always willing to be the team's cheerleader, encouraging everyone to always do their best, while also always ready to lend a ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. I am currently a junior at Franklin High School where I participated in many different things. I am the Vice President of Student Government, Secretary of my Class Council, member of STFL, Girl Circle, and Varsity Swimmer etc. Outside of school I am apart of a high school level sorority called, EA Xinos, which is centered mainly on community service.

Leadership has always played a humongous part of my life and a role I naturally gravitate towards. It was freshman year of high school attending the Winter Convention, when I set my sights on becoming a member of the NJASC Student Council. From the all the chanting, campaigning, and the speeches I knew that this would be the right fit for me. I than set my plan in motion on how I would achieve this enormous goal. Just like I set a goal and accomplished it, I have every intention of completing any goals we set out together, as I am honored to be serving you!

Though my excitement and eagerness is completely unfathomable, my passion, drive and commitment to being elected and having the chance to work alongside amazing and ambitious leaders is as clear as day. I would like to thank all my family, friends, Student Government members and my advisor for all their help and putting up with my countless slogan ideas! Together I believe we will continue to improve the NJASC and Student Leadership across the board with, heard voices, seen visions, and everlasting forward momentum!

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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! 

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2017 - Karan Chauhan
Parsippany Hills High School

Biography and quote coming soon!

2016 - Ava-Kathleen Rybicki
Williamstown HS

“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.

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2017 - Emma Valle
Stewartsville Middle School

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” - Walt Disney

Hello, New Jersey! My name is Emma Valle and I am overjoyed and honored to be the 2017 Middle Level Representative. My involvement in student leadership began in fifth grade when I was elected to the Student Leadership Alliance, or SLA. I really enjoyed being involved in the fundraising, planning, and team building aspects of the program. From the day I made SLA until now, I have loved working with my school’s Student Council. When the opportunity to get involved with Student Council at the state level was presented, I was immediately interested. Now, as a member of the 2017 NJASC, I am prepared to learn about my new role and the many ways that I can contribute to achieving the goals set forth by the Executive Board.

Apart from Student Council, I love acting and have played the roles of Sally Brown in Charlie Brown and the Peanut Gang, a fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Perdita in 101 Dalmations, and now Rafiki in the Lion King. I have also been an All Star Cheerleader since I was four years old, which has given me the opportunity to perform and compete at locations all around the United States. I also participate in Yearbook Club and National Junior Honor Society, as well as take vocal lessons. One of my favorite activities in my free time is to sketch Disney characters or anything that comes to mind.

I am very grateful to my Student Council Advisors, Mrs. Boyer and Mrs. Gengaro, my school Student Council, and my friends and family for all of the support they have given me to help me achieve my goal of being a part of the NJASC Executive Board. I am so excited to start serving in my new role and to see what new experiences the upcoming year holds.

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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.

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