Annandale, NJ
March 2018 E-Newsletter
Upcoming Events

The following is a list of important upcoming events:
  • March 3-4 - Winter Musical
  • March 3-4 - PTSA's SAT Bootcamp, 9am-1pm both days, cafeteria B
  • March 5 - Booster Club Meeting, 7pm in faculty dining room
  • March 7 - NHEF's College Financial Planning Seminar, 7pm in theater
  • March 8 - National Latin Exam
  • March 8 - Science League, 2:25pm in room 201
  • March 8 - National Honor Society's Trivia Bowl, 7pm in theater
  • March 9 - Lions Leadership Academy for Spring Athletes and Coaches
  • March 10 - Junior Prom, 6pm at Razberry's
  • March 12 - PTSA Meeting, 7pm in cafe B
  • March 13 - Music Association meeting, 7pm in choir room
  • March 14 - Math SAT Prep, 3-5pm in room 154
  • March 15 - Principal's Parent Advisory Committee meeting, 9am in district office
  • March 15 - Community Health & Wellness Education Series, 7pm in NHHS theater
  • March 17 - Spring Sports photos in boys gym
  • March 20 - National Spanish Exam
  • March 21 - Math League, 2:25pm in cafeterias
  • March 21 - Math SAT Prep, 3-5pm in room 154
  • March 22 - Prism Concert, 8pm, main gym
  • March 23 - Girl Up Club's Talent Show, 7pm in theater
  • March 24-25 - PTSA's ACT Bootcamp, 9am-1pm both days, cafeteria B
  • March 28 - Math SAT Prep, 3-5pm in room 154
  • March 29 - 3rd Marking Period Ends
  • March 30-April 6 - School Closed, Spring Recess
  • March 30-April 8 - No Homework Days

Click here for 2017-2018 District Calendar
Click here for 2018-2019 District Calendar
Click here for NHHS School Events Calendar
February Students of the Month
Glen Farbanish
Class of 2018

Senior Glen Farbanish has enjoyed many of his classes at North, but his favorites are AP BC Calculus and AP Computer Science A. These two classes are his favorite because of the challenges they provide, the way the material is taught, and Mr. Sorg’s sense of humor.  Glen is involved in Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, National Honor Society, Winter Track and Field, Spring Track and Field, Latin Club, and Chess Club. He currently holds the titles of Senatus member in Latin Club and Vice President in Chess Club. Over his high school years, Glen has assisted in coaching Union Township recreation soccer and basketball teams. He also referees soccer games in the fall and spring and has assisted in his church’s religious prep program. Glen’s favorite memories at North Hunterdon are the Lions team championship win against Phillipsburg, participating in track and field, and hanging with friends. Next year, he plans to attend Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, or Stevens Institute of Technology to major in mathematics and computer science.
Lulu Ricketts
Class of 2018

Lulu Ricketts has enjoyed the past four years at North Hunterdon. Lulu is involved in National Math Honor Society, where she is a math peer tutor for other students. She is also involved in National Science Honor Society and Interact Club, where she has many volunteer opportunities to help others. Lulu’s favorite classes at North have been AP Computer Science A with Mr. Sorg and AP Biology with Mrs. Flynn. AP Bio is a challenging course, but Mrs. Flynn made the course an extremely likable experience, which led to Lulu's heightened interest in genetics and bioinformatics. Mr. Sorg’s AP Comp Sci A has become one of her favorite classes and is the reason she has chosen to major in computer science next year. Lulu’s top choices for school are UCLA, Duke University, and UC Berkeley. Her favorite memories at North were participating in Spike for a Cure because it was a great way to raise money and promote awareness for breast cancer. She also enjoyed taking classes with her favorite teachers and making great friends over the past four years. Outside of North, Lulu has participated in many other activities. She has played the piano for about 8 years and the Chinese flute for about a year, where she participates in an orchestra. She played club volleyball for two years at Core Volleyball Club. Lulu currently works at the Clinton Station Diner for almost two years now as a waitress. For volunteer work, she has been a teacher’s assistant at Murray Hill Chinese School in Warren every weekend for the past two years and as an English teacher in Taiwan for underprivileged children for a month. Lulu took a 2-week class at Rutgers University this past summer where she conducted bioinformatics research in a lab. At the end of those two weeks, she analyzed and published 5 unique DNA sequences onto the National Center for Biotechnology Information database.  
February Athletes of the Month
Alexander Braun
Class of 2018

Alexander Braun has been on the Varsity Basketball Team for the past two years. Xander is a hard worker both on and off the court. He always comes to practice and games with lots of energy to play hard. Xander’s strongest skills are his jumping ability and his strength underneath to rebound and box out. He considers himself a forward/role player who has the capability and responsibility of scoring. Xander has played basketball for the past ten years and has played for United Basketball, an AAU club team for the last four years. Despite his athletic abilities, Xander excels in music. He has played the violin for 13 years and has performed at Carnegie Hall three times. People are always surprised by this because they never expect him to be an excellent violin player. Xander is a member of the National Science Honor Society and Interact Club. He plans to play basketball on at least a club team in college. Xander will be attending Rutgers University to study Biomedical Engineering.
Rebecca Xu
Class of 2018

Senior Saber Fencer, Rebecca Xu is the Captain of the Saber Squad. Rebecca fences varsity A-Strip for Sabre. She finished the season with 39 victories and has gone undefeated against four schools. Rebecca has been an excellent leader for the underclassmen by helping her squad with footwork and blade work. Her teammates look up to her for guidance whether it is related to fencing or not. Rebecca’s strongest skills in fencing are her beat attacks and her favorite parry with distance riposte. She started fencing as a freshman and began playing competitively around the beginning of her junior year. In the off-season, Rebecca fences at Medeo. She plans on fencing in college, even if it is only on a club team. At the moment, she is planning to attend the Rutgers School of Engineering, but is waiting on a few more decisions before she makes her final choice. Rebecca plans on majoring in either Biomedical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Outside of fencing, she is involved with the Red Cross Club, National Honor Society, and Latin Club.
February Department Students
of the Month
English : Cal Harris '20 and Veronica Murphy '20

Fine Arts : ​ Jeroen Maldrie '18 and Kathleen Jordan '21

Mathematics : Luis Quiroz '19 and Francesca Setaro '18

Music : Emily Decker '18 and Jonathan Murry '19

PE/Health: Marc Harris '18 and Isabella Paul '18

Practical Arts : Alexander Dietz '20 and Emma Anderson '20

Science : Sophia Callari '18 and Christina Vogel '20

Social Studies : Benjamin Weiss '21 and Steven Ruggiero' 18

World Language : Amanda Chisholm '19 and Georgiana Sopkovic '19
February Good Citizens of the Month
English : Justin McLaughlin '20 and Megan Haggerty '20

Fine Arts : Giancarlo Truppi '20 and Dominique Grande '18

Mathematics : Rachel Miller '21 and Luke Wain '18

Music : Heather Kunz '18 and Shady Barsoom '18

PE/Health : Hannah Mitchell '19 and Michael Donahue '18

Practical Arts : Ishaan Dey '21 and Emma Munro '21

Science : Elizabeth Cocchiola '20 and Thomas Westra '18

Social Studies : Michael Bradley '20 and Christina Nelson '18

World Language : Michelle Lin '20 and Andrew Medeiros '21
Health Office News
March is National Sleep Awareness Month. Please click on the link below to read information regarding Blue Light and how it affects
restful sleep.

College Financial Planning Workshop
A FREE College Financial Planning workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 pm in the theater, sponsored by North Hunterdon Education Foundation. This workshop is intended for parents of students in all grades.

Please RSVP to so they can prepare adequate handout materials.

Top February Tweets from Dr. Greg Cottrell@nhprincipal
Two elimination rounds and the Cheerleaders made it to finals. Here’s our “lucky 13” team in the nation! North Hunterdon!
45 members of our local law enforcement community came to NHHS today for an "open house". Building tours were conducted by our student ambassadors. It was a great show of support by all of our local agencies. #northrocks
North Unified Sports Basketball team took on Voorhees today. As Coach Ruscher points out, in this game it is the number of smiles that matter more than the score. #northANDvoorheesStudentsRock
Meet the cast, crew and orchestra of Thoroughly Modern Millie presented the North Hunterdon Theater Organization!!
Click on the link below to follow Dr. Cottrell on Twitter:
Winter Sports Season
Please click here for highlights on the winter sports season.

Congratulations to the Wrestling team for winning the NJSIAA District 15 Championship! Andrew Gapas, Michael Wilson, Tucker Kirchberger, and William Hughes took home the Gold! Andrew Gapas also had his 100th win of his career!

Congratulations to the Girls Swim Team for an outstanding undefeated regular season, winning the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Championship, the NJSIAA Quarterfinal Round and for breaking 11 school records!

Congratulations to Emily Nugent for winning first place in the 3,200m Run at the NJSIAA N2G4 Sectional. The Distance Medley Relay team of Ellie DiMarcello, Angela Kearsley, Gabby Beneducci, and Chloe Gonzalez placed first at the Eastern State Championships.

The Cheerleaders competed in the UCA National HS Cheerleading Competition, Division I, and placed 13th in the Nation!

Gavin Richards placed 1st in the 3,200m Run at the NJSIAA N2G4 Sectionals for Boys Winter Track.

Congratulations to all of our athletes!
Mind of the Athlete
On Friday, March 9, 2018, all North Hunterdon High School Spring Athletic teams will have the opportunity to attend a presentation through the Lions Athletic Leadership Academy. We are fortunate to have Jarrod Spencer, Psy.D. visit our school and speak to our athletes on the following topic: “Healthier Relationships”: Curriculum Part 3 – Year Seven: Interpersonal tensions can often be a significant stress for athletes and even hinder performance. This program educates students on both warning signs of unhealthy relationships and ways to cultivate healthier ones by Dr. Jarrod Spencer, Psy.D for all Spring athletes on Friday, March 9th, 2018 from 8:44 AM – 12:25 PM in the theatre.
Girl Up Talent Show
Please come out for North Hunterdon High School's First Ever North's Got Talent Show!
Friday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the theatre.

All money raised will support Girl Up, which helps to provide education and healthcare for girls around the world where they do not have these basic needs met! We know that North Hunterdon students have talent and we would love to showcase it!  

$5.00 admission by donation for students and $10.00 for parents.

Thank you for your support!
Girl Scout Gold Award
Anneliese Molzen of Troop 80580, in Bethlehem Township, NJ celebrated on Saturday, February 3rd with family and friends, the attainment of the Girl Scouts of America Gold Award. Annelise is a Junior at North Hunterdon High School where she is a member of the Golden Lions Marching Band, a Sabre Fencer with the Girls Fencing Team, and a Lacrosse Player. She is currently working on her black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Anneliese has been in Girls Scouts since first grade. 

Her project was at Comeback Farm in Asbury and Valley Crest Farm and Preserve in Lebanon, NJ where she raised and managed bee hives. Valley Crest donates 70% of their fruits and vegetables to local food pantries. 43,000 pounds of peaches, apples and vegetables were donated in 2017. It is appropriate that Anneliese’s project is entitled “Pollination equals less starvation”. The educational portion of her project consisted of holding multiple workshops at Valley Crest. She presented to 70 or more people with multiple workshops. She also presented two workshops to over 200+ kids at her alma mater, Thomas B Conley Elementary School for their Earth Day program. Tapping further into the younger crowd, she also taught 18 energetic Jugtown Mountain preschoolers where she herself attended as a preschooler. She has seen much monetary and community support from the unwavering Bethlehem Township Environmental Commission. She included multiple articles in the Bethlehem Township newsletters as well.

Honored guests included Senator Michael Doherty, Assemblyman Erik Peterson, Bethlehem Township Honorable Mayor Paul Muir, Mark Canright from Comeback Farm, Linda Tesauro, Valley Crest Farm & Preserve, Executive Director, Eric Sween, Bethlehem Twp. Environmental Commission Chairman.

Anneliese’s hours totaled 186. If you were to include the supportive man hours provided by her advisor, mentor, volunteers, sister scouts and peers, the project saw well over 500 hours of cumulative commitment. 

Congratulations, Anneliese!
Congratulations, Michael DelSantro
Congratulations to Michael DelSantro '18, for setting three-point records on the North Hunterdon Boys Basketball team for his career.

179 Career 3-point shots made.

 72 made 3-point shots this season.

 55 Consecutive games with a made 3-point shot.
Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Congratulations to David Lazar '18 for being awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award.

This award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and country.
Senior Night - Fencing
NHHS Boys Fencing Team recognized seniors present this year at their last Home Meet on February 8 th . From left to right: Coach John Reid, Steven Franklin, James Dixon, Peter Duttweiler, Kevin Garvey, Lawrence Luo (Team Captain) and Assistant Coach Tim McKinnon.
Junior Prom
This year's Junior Prom will take place on Saturday, March 10th from 6:00 - 10:00 pm, at Razberry's. Razberry's is located at 834 NJ-12, in Flemington. Have fun Juniors!
Winter Musical
North Hunterdon Theatre Organization welcomes you to the Jazz Age with the Tony Award-winning Thoroughly Modern Millie ! Come join us for a night of bright, bold, musical comedy featuring flappers, feathers, and fringe, set in the roaring '20s! 

Students and staff have worked tirelessly to put on this excellent production. Actors have been rehearsing scenes, songs, and dances taught by Mrs. Mary Meo (Director), Mr. Charles Hopta (Vocal Director), Mrs. Katie Cudworth (Vocal Director, Producer), and Mrs. Kerrie Decker (Choreographer). Pit orchestra members have been learning and perfecting music taught by Mr. Vincent Angeline (Conductor). Stage and Tech Crew members have been building sets and mastering stage technology with Mr. Aaron Willsey (Set Designer), Mr. Kevin Byrne (Stage Crew Director) and Mrs. Ann Semanchik (Lighting and Sound Director). Costumes and Make-Up are managed by Ms. Regina Cavo and Ms. Mary Piazza. When all these elements combine, they make an incredible musical!
Performances are Saturday, March 3rd at 2:00pm and 7:00 pm, and Sunday, March 4th at 2:00 pm, in the North Hunterdon High School Theatre. Tickets are $10 for senior citizens and students, and $15 for adults. All seating is reserved, and handicapped seating is available. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door an hour before the show starts. If you purchase your tickets online, please print them and bring them with you to the show.

Please click here for tickets:

“Everything today is thoroughly modern” when you're with Millie and company! Please email  with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

~NHTO Staff
J oin us for the 16 th  Annual PRISM Concert!
Thursday, March 22 at 8:00 PM
NHHS Main Gym
Experience the amazing talents of our NHHS music students! Enjoy performances by small student ensembles and soloists as well as favorite pieces by NHHS choirs and bands. With professional lighting and visual effects, Prism is a sensory treat for both audience and performers alike.
This spectacular event is sponsored by the NHMA along with Alpha Moving and Storage, Hunterdon Family Eye Care, Loew Orthodontics, and Pediatric Dental Assoc. of Clinton.
Admission: $12 adults and $7 students/Senior Citizens. 
  • To order tickets online, please CLICK HERE. (Tickets will also be sold at the door on March 22th from 7:00-7:45pm)
  • For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Relay for Life - 2018
The American Cancer Society is committed to saving lives from cancer. But we can't do it without you. Your donations help fight all types of cancer, for all types of people, in all types of communities around the globe. Each person who joins Relay For Life can take pride in knowing that they are working towards creating a world free from the pain and suffering of this disease.
Your donations to Relay For Life help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, critical patient care services, education and prevention initiatives, and so much more. Please consider joining North Hunterdon High School's Relay For Life event on:

When: Friday, May 11, 2018

Where: Singley Field

Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Sign up today (Click Here) to join a team or create one

Questions? Email: or

Community Health and Wellness Series
Thursday, March 15, 2018 – 7:00-8:30pm, North Hunterdon High School Theater

Technology Dependence & Its Impact on Substance Abuse, Anxiety, Depression & Suicide
Presented by John Kriger of Kriger Consulting

This lively cutting edge program provides information on the potential negative impact of technology on the developing brain and behavior. Discover how texting, social networking, gaming and electronic interactions can contribute to decreased social skills, bullying, violence in the home and school, and the potential for substance abuse. Discover how continuous use, and some specific behaviors can potentially increase the risk of suicide. Learn steps to take to immediately decrease acting out, improve family life balance, enhance social interactions and decrease the potential for high-risk behaviors.
Booster Club
The Booster Club celebrated Dave the Rave’s 72nd birthday on February 20th. Fans sang “Happy Birthday” to Dave during half-time and cupcakes were given to the fans in the stands.

Donations from the Booster Club and proceeds from the HALF-COURT basket Dave made will be donated to the Hunterdon County Special Olympics in Dave the Rave’s honor. Thanks to everyone for celebrating Dave’s birthday!

The Booster Club is seeking volunteers to help with our three spirit wear events for the 2018-2019 school year. Please email if you are interested in volunteering.

Our next meeting is Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:00pm in the faculty dining room. All are welcome!

A Huge Thank You to all of the Parents and Students who help to make the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast on February 9th a huge success! The teachers were very grateful and felt well loved!
Five-Below Spring Fundraiser for PTSA! Present  this flyer  (on phone or hard copy) at Five-Below March 24th-31st and PTSA will receive a portion of your purchase amount! 
You’re invited to take a Yoga break on Tuesdays from 6:15 - 7:15pm! Open to Parents, Students & the Community. Mixed-Level Yoga class with instructor Lisa Perry in NHHS Room 234. $5 per participant. Bring a mat/blanket and towel. Drop-ins welcome, or to reserve a spot e-mail .  Proceeds support PTSA events. Click  here  for more information.

PTSA is hosting SAT Bootcamp on March 3rd-4th, which will review the SAT. The Bootcamp will cost $175 and be run by Catalyst Prep at Voorhees High School.  ACT Bootcamp on March 24th-25th,  which will review the  ACT.   The Bootcamp will cost $175 and be run by Catalyst Prep at North Hunterdon High School. For more information for both Bootcamps.and to sign up click  here .   

PROJECT GRADUATION– Tuesday, June 12 - June 13, at FunPlex in Mount Laurel, NJ.   This drug and alcohol free celebration has been a tradition at NHHS for many years. It provides a fun and safe environment for the graduates to celebrate with their friends and classmates. The event takes place in the evening after graduation and the students enjoy endless food and activities all night long.  All flyers, forms and permission slips and volunteer sign ups will be available on the PTSA website and also sent via email. Parent volunteers are needed to organize and chaperone these events. Please contact the PTSA at  to volunteer.   Local businesses wishing to sponsor & make a financial donation to Project Graduation so that our graduating seniors have a safe graduation night, please email:

Shop  shop all year long and raise money for PTSA at the same time.  It’s simple and easy through Amazon Smile. Click  here  for more information on how to join. 3x your impact! From March 12-31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first  purchase! Go to  and Amazon donates to 27784 North Hunterdon High Sch PTA.

Remember that PTSA exists to raise money for every class. “We are working together for your student, all 4 years!”

Upcoming PTSA events
Senior Banquet will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2018 at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse. More information coming soon.

8th Grade Move-Up Dance - May 4 at 7:00pm in cafeteria B for all sending districts.
Mr. North Event- Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:00pm in theater

You’re invited to come join us at the March 12th PTSA meeting. We welcome you and would love to meet you, come be a part of making this event a great night for our Freshman! 

Become a part of PTSA  and help our students have the best year ever! Next Meeting is Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 7pm in Café B.  All are welcome to attend!
Support your North Students! Check out our  Online Store  to purchase the 2017/18 NHHS Calendar, Kid Stuff Books, and other PTSA items. Use Code: North2017  

Follow us on  Instagram  and like us on  Facebook ! The PTSA offers scholarships to graduating Seniors of PTSA members. Please see the Guidance website under local scholarships for an application.
Music Association
Winter Musical ( Thoroughly Modern Millie)  March 3 & 4. NHMA sales of concessions, candy grams and flowers will benefit the programs and scholarships of the music association.     

Clinton St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Sunday, March 11.  Our Golden Lions Marching Band will represent NHHS in this annual parade at 3:00 p.m.

Prism Concert - Thursday, March 22. The NHMA proudly presents our music department’s 16 th Annual Prism Concert at 8:00 p.m. The performances are enhanced by professional lighting funded by the NHMA and sponsored in part by Alpha Moving and Storage, Hunterdon Eye Care, Loew Orthodontics and Pediatric Assoc. of Clinton, Dr. Mary Jo McGuire.   For online ticket purchases, visit . Tickets are also available at the door that evening.
NHMA officer and committee positions are available for next year. 

Find out more at our next NHMA meeting:   Tuesday, March 13 at 7 PM (choir room, Rm 131) .
March Offerings through the CCRC   

Intended for parents of students in ALL grades.
Wednesday, March 7th in the NHHS Theater  

The aim of this seminar is that all attendees leave with a better understanding of  College Financial Planning.  KJM Financial will lead this discussion. We’ll discuss the FAFSA form and all the other information you need to understand in order to maximize the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive! Even if your family is not eligible for need-based aid, we will cover the best strategies on how to pay for college in the most cost-efficient manner—without it putting a strain on the rest of your finances.

***Please RSVP to  so that we are can prepare handout materials.

MARCH 27TH *** time to be announced
This Q&A session with Jennifer Nuechterlein of Achieve College Consulting aims to enhance parents' understanding of what junior year students need to focus on in the six months prior to applying to college.
Ms. Nuechterlein has over a decade of college counseling experience. As a college consultant, she has worked with thousands of students on their college plans, helping them realize their potential while navigating the process. Jen, a Hunterdon County resident, has visited 250 college campuses and is an active member and board member of professional and national organizations devoted to college counseling. 

3rd Annual “Spring It On” Fundraising Event – Beneduce Winery  
SAVE the DATE !!!!

Friday– April 20th, 2017 6:00pm-10:00pm  
Catered   appetizers   and   buffet   dinner.  
Cash   bar   sold   and   staffed   by Beneduce Vineyards Pittstown,   NJ  
Ticket information coming soon:

Bus trip to Kutztown University

The NHEF is proud to sponsor the Guidance Department's college trip to Kutztown University!
On Wednesday, March 28th, the Guidance Department will be taking a group of juniors and seniors on a college visit to Kutztown University. This trip is for any junior who would like to experience a college visit. The trip will include an information session, campus tour, and a free lunch in the dining hall. Contact Ms. Slowinski in Guidance regarding space for the trip.

Teen Wellness E-books
The NHEF has also approved a grant from for the Library for a collection of 118 e-book titles in "Camron's Collection; a collection of teen mental health and wellness e-books. The aim of the books is to increase awareness about teen mental health and wellness, to engender empathy for those struggling with mental health issues, and to provide a resource for students, teachers, and other professional staff. We hope that the addition of these titles can help students and professionals at North as they are faced with such important issues.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
North Hunterdon High School
1445 State Route 31, Annandale, NJ 08801
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