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 NJASC State Officers


Click on any link below to learn more about your 2014 NJASC State Officers, who will be serving the student leaders of New Jersey in the coming year.


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!
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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!

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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!

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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!!

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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!

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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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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!

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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


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!

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