Annandale, NJ
May 2018 E-Newsletter
Upcoming Events

The following is a list of important upcoming events:
  • May 4 - Mr. North event, 7:00pm, Theater
  • May 4 - 8th Grade Move Up Dance, 7:00pm in Cafeteria B
  • May 5 - SAT @ North, 7:30am
  • May 6 - Special Olympics, 11:00am, Singley Field
  • May 7 - 18, AP Exams, see schedule below
  • May 8 - Music Association Meeting, 7:00pm, Choir Room 131
  • May 10 - Spring Concert I, 7:00pm, Theater
  • May 11 - Relay for Life, 5:00pm-10:00pm, Theater/Singley Field
  • May 14 - PTSA Meeting, 7:00pm, Cafe B
  • May 17 - Spring Concert II, 7:00pm, Theater
  • May 18 - Key Club Tricky Tray, 6:30pm, Cafeteria B
  • May 21 and 22 - NJSLA-S-Science Testing
  • May 22 - National Honor Society Spring Induction, 7:00pm, Theater
  • May 23 - Music Dept. Senior Music Awards Banquet, 6:30pm, Cafeteria
  • May 24 - Blood Drive, 7:30am - 3:30pm, main gym
  • May 24 - World Language Awards, 6:30pm, Theater
  • May 28 - School Closed - Memorial Day
  • May 30 - Chariot Races, 2:30pm

Click here for 2017-2018 District Calendar
Click here for 2018-2019 District Calendar
Click here for NHHS School Events Calendar
April Students of the Month
Jacob Fink
Class of 2018

Senior Jacob Fink has enjoyed many classes at North Hunterdon, but his favorite was Chemistry. Jacob enjoyed Chemistry because it was a subject he was always interested in. This made the class easy and fun to learn the content. Chemistry was also his first honors class in high school. The class laid the foundation Jacob built upon to become a student with a rigorous course-load. Jacob is also a member of National Honor Society and the lacrosse team, where he earned his varsity letter junior year. During the summer, Jacob is a camp counselor at Winnewald. He has been attending this camp since he was five years old. Jacob was awarded the teamwork award for his excellent teamwork with the other co-counselor and will be head counselor this summer. Jacob’s favorite memories at North were on the lacrosse team. One memory that sticks out above the others was watching the North vs. Central game during the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex Tournament, and storming the field when the Lions won. Next year he will attend the University of Maryland to study Material Sciences and Engineering with a possible minor in Computer Science.
Natalie Fitzpatrick
Class of 2018

Natalie Fitzpatrick’s favorite memories from NHHS are her friends. The people at North are one of a kind. She has always had a friendly face in all her classes and there is a great sense of community in the Class of 2018. Natalie’s favorite time of year has always been the spring because of lacrosse.  She has many great memories with the team. Natalie joined Teen PEP her junior year and absolutely loved it. The people in it were great and teaching the freshmen was a lot of fun. She will never forget the outreaches they did. Natalie is a four-year varsity lacrosse player and is the captain of the team with Noelle Decowski. She has been playing lacrosse for 10 years now and still loves it so much. Natalie is also involved in National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Science Honor Society, and Relay for Life. Two of her favorite classes were Pre-Calculus with Mr. Cierech and Calc AB with Mr. Halldorson. Both teachers made math really fun and interesting, which helped her enjoy the topic. AP Physics C has also been a blast this year. Not only are there great classmates and a great teacher, Mr. Quinn, but the whole class creates an environment where people want and love to learn. Outside of North, Natalie has a part time job as a busser at Circa in High Bridge. She volunteers as an assistant coach for Mohawks Lacrosse for 7 th and 8 th graders, the Clinton Presbyterian Church, and The Relief Bus. Next year, Natalie will be attending Steven’s Institute of Technology to major in Biomedical Engineering.
April Athletes of the Month
Emma Mikitiuk
Class of 2018

Senior Emma Mikitiuk is a born leader who hates to lose and thrives on competition. Emma runs the 100 meter high hurdles, does the long jump and the triple jump. Her best for hurdles was 15.3 seconds, best for long jump is 17’3”, and best for triple jump is 36’8”. Last spring, Emma qualified for the Meet of Champions in New Jersey in two different events, the high hurdles and the triple jump. She also ran on the Shuttle Hurdle team that qualified for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in 2017 with her teammates Kelly Mahaney, Jill Paciga, and Megan Stenberg. This year, Emma has led the Shuttle Hurdle team to the qualifying mark for Outdoor Nationals again. They will be competing in North Carolina in June. This team also won the Skyland Conference Relay Championship for the same event. Emma started with the Hunterdon Lions Track Club in 4 th grade until high school where she joined the team at North. The Track Club is an important part of North’s track team because it has dedicated volunteers that really care about the future of the track program. They sacrifice their time to be at practices and coach the kids. In the fall, Emma plays volleyball for North Hunterdon. She is an outside hitter and this past year was the team captain. Next year, Emma will attend the University of Pittsburh where she will major in Marketing.
Justin Johnson
Class of 2018

Senior Justin Johnson has been playing baseball competitively for the past ten years. Justin got his start in the sport by playing Little League. He is a big component of the team’s offense as the leadoff hitter. At defense, Justin plays the position of shortstop. He is one of three captains on this year’s team. The team is currently the seventh seed in the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex County Tournament. Right now, winning this tournament is the team’s biggest priority. After that, their biggest goal is to win a state championship. Justin also plays on the Whitehouse Post 159 baseball team during the summer. He is a member of the Student Ambassadors Club and Interact Club. Justin will be attending Lafayette College next year to play baseball and major in Economics.
April Department Students
of the Month
English :  Brian Weller '18 and Sky Gonzalez '18

Fine Arts : ​ Glen Farbanish '18 and Katherine Approvato '19

Mathematics : Luke Worobey '19 and Rush Ehrhart '20

Music : Francesca Tangreti '18 and Shady Barsoom '18

PE/Health: Ryan Apgar '20 and Kenny Hoffman '20

Practical Arts : Kadie Davis '18 and Alex Thatcher '18

Science : Emily Willigan '19 and Paeton Horsch '20    

Social Studies :  Meghan Klisch '18 and Hannah Perfetti '21

World Language : Dylan Snyder '19 and Megan Clements '19
April Good Citizens of the Month
English : David Andreas '18 and Catriona Ferguson '18 

Fine Arts : Braedon Monticello '19 and Molly Shea '20

Mathematics :   Colin McLaughlin '18 and Carol Mei Sujet '21

Music : Kayla Boyle '18 and Lawrence Luo '18

PE/Health : Fiona Letko '20 and Chloe Pocceschi '20

Practical Arts : Toni Castellani '19 and Andrew Schlack '19

Science :  Kelly Mahaney '18 and Jared Klimas '20

Social Studies : Sky Gonzalez '18 and Lauren Humphrey '20

World Language : Michael Kane '19 and Emma D’Alesandro '21
Advanced Placement Exams
AP Test Schedule: Week 1

  • May 7, 2018: Chemistry 8:00 am; Psychology 12:00 pm

  • May 8, 2018: Spanish Language and Culture, 8:00 am

  • May 9, 2018: English Literature and Composition, 8:00 am

  • May 10, 2018: US Government and Politics, 8:00 am; Environmental Science, 12:00 pm

  • May 11, 2018: US History, 8:00 am; Computer Science Principles, 12:00 pm
  • Studio Art portfolios due
AP Test Schedule: Week 2

  • May 14, 2018: Biology, 8:00 am, Music Theory, 8:00 am; Physics C: Mechanics, 12:00 pm

  • May 15, 2018: Calculus AB, 8:00 am, Calculus BC, 8:00 am; French Language and Culture, 12:00 pm, Computer Science A, 12:00 pm

  • May 16, 2018: English Language and Composition, 8:00 am; Macroeconomics, 12:00 pm

  • May 17, 2018: World History, 8:00 am; Statistics, 12:00 pm

  • May 18, 2018: Human Geography, 8:00 am, Microeconomics, 8:00 am; Latin, 12:00 pm
Top April Tweets from Dr. Greg Cottrell @nhprincipal
Mr. Cierech's Honors Precalculus students were throwing footballs to model projectile motion vectors using parametric equations. This was a display of both mental and physical athleticism. #northmathrocks
Take Your Child to Work Day was a big success at NHHS thanks to some help from our student ambassadors. #northrocks
NHHS students took home a 3rd place win and viewers choice award at the Congressional Art Competition this weekend. Congressman Leonard Lance was there to congratulate them.
Today's fun fact is that the stairwells of NHHS have great acoustics. The boys show choir was using one today to practice for their upcoming show. #northmusicrocks
Click on the link below to follow Dr. Cottrell on Twitter:
Spring Concerts
Spring Concert I - Thursday, May 10th, 7:00pm, NHHS Theatre
This concert will include performances by Concert Band, Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Wind Ensemble

Spring Concert II - Thursday, May 17th, 7:00pm, NHHS Theatre
This concert will include performances by Chamber Choir, Freshman Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Show Choir, and String Orchestra

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Health Office News
May  is  Skin Cancer Awareness Month . With more than 3.3 million people diagnosed annually,  skin cancer  is the most common form of  cancer  in the United States. Fortunately,  skin cancer  is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer  and highly treatable when detected early.

Click here for more information and tips on preventing skin cancer.
New Jersey Youth and Government Conference
On April 13-15, 2018, six students from North Hunterdon High School attended the 80th Annual New Jersey Youth and Government Conference. The conference was attended by over 500 students from 26 schools throughout the state. North was awarded Outstanding Delegation and Ella Fasciano, '19, was chosen as one of 25 students from the entire conference to attend the prestigious Conference on National Affairs this summer in North Carolina. Ella Fasciano, Matt Reich '21, Nick Hoyer '21, and Veronica Romanek '19, served as members of the mock Legislative Branch. Each skillfully defended their Bills in committee. Mark Monaco,'19, was a member of the Executive Response Committee. He helped to formulate a coordinated plan to deal with the fictional "Purple Flu". Amanda Fischer, '20, was a member of the courts serving as both a justice and an advocate.

Pictured from left to right: Ella Fasciano, Veronica Romanek, Amanda Fischer, Mark Monaco, Niklas Hoyer and Matthew Reich
Relay for Life - May 11, 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 or to donate

Questions? Email: or

Special Olympics Track and Field Event
North Hunterdon High School will be hosting this year's Special Olympics Track and Field event on Sunday, May 6 (rain date: Tuesday, May 8). This year promises a great season of memorable experiences and ever-lasting friendships. Please
mark your calendars for this fun event!
Senior Prom 2018

The 2018 Senior Prom will take place on Friday, June 1st at The Imperia in Somerset, NJ.The theme for this year is "Frozen Flames". The evening will include dinner and dancing from 5:00pm-10:00pm. Tickets for the dance are $90 per person. Tickets must be purchased online through the school’s ThunderTix system. The system will remain open for ticket purchase until Sunday, May 13th. Click here for the principal's letter, and details for the evening. To purchase tickets, please click here.  
Detective Hash Receives Award
School Resource Officer, Det. Thomas Hash, was recently honored by Hunterdon Drug Awareness Program and received the Frank P. Masterson Jr. Award. This award is aimed at highlighting people helping the addiction community, who show great leadership, and more importantly, a strong sense of caring and commitment to the clients HDAP serves.

Pictured at left along with Det. Hash is Mrs. Tara Kraatz, North Hunterdon HS Student Assistance Counselor.

Pictured below is Det. Hash accepting a NJ State Senate and General Assembly Resolution from State Assemblyman, Erik Peterson.

Congratulations, Det. Hash!
Mr. North Event
Mr. North will take place on Friday, May 4th at 7pm in the theater. This very popular event is a fundraiser and collaborative effort between the Student Council and the Senior Class. Tickets are available now for $10 in advance/$15 at the door. See a Mr. North contestant or download an order form from the NHHS website by clicking HERE.
Seating is limited and all proceeds support Project Graduation and Grow a Row (the Student Council State Charity). Click on the link below to find out more about this state charity.

Enthusiastic Reader Award Winners
Congratulations to Angelina Dyson, '20 and Kateryna Voznyuk '19 for winning the Hunterdon County Librarian's Association Enthusiastic Reader Award. Each year the library association presents the awards to students in recognition of their enthusiasm for reading and sharing books, reading independently on a voluntary basis, how they use books and their use of school and public libraries, as nominated by their teachers and librarians. They will be honored at a ceremony this month at the HC Library in Flemington, NJ.

Congratulations, Angelina and Kateryna!
Jeans for Troops
The Patriotic Youth Club will sponsor Jeans for Troops Day again this year! By donating to this cause, participating North faculty and staff can wear jeans to school on May 24th. Proceeds will go to the GI Go Fund. Our goal is to surpass 500$!!!

Zachary Nemeth becomes Eagle Scout
Senior Zachary Nemeth has been in Cub/Boy Scouting since the first grade. This fall, he earned Scouting’s highest rank – Eagle Scout - and was honored April 22nd with an Eagle Court of Honor. In addition to earning merit badges, holding leadership positions, and advancing in rank, Zach earned the Eagle rank by creating a quarter-mile long hiking trail with two creek crossings in the Furnas Section of the Hunterdon County Arboretum. His trail is part of a planned expansion connecting the Furnas Section with the Arboretum and Echo Hill Park.
Hunterdon County Parks Recreation Director, Patrick Eckard, presented Zach with a Certificate of Appreciation at the Court of Honor.  Congressman Leonard Lance and Assemblyman Erik Peterson were among the many community leaders offering praise.
Zach’s late grandfather, Marvin Nemeth, was an Eagle Scout as is his older brother, Jake. Zach, who is on the varsity tennis team, will head to Hawaii and China after graduation, returning in the fall to study Math and Business at the University of Delaware. U Del’s president, Dennis Assanis, and Delaware Governor, John Carney, recognized Zach’s accomplishment with letters and a certificate.

Scholar Athlete Awards
Congratulations to Maggie Swan and Tucker Kirchberger who were recognized as North Hunterdon’s Skyland Conference Scholar-Athletes. Maggie earned varsity letters in Softball and Swimming and will be attending New York University in the fall. Tucker earned a varsity letter in wrestling and will be attending Wesleyan University in the fall. Picture on left: (L-R) Dr. Cottrell, Maggie Swan, Tucker Kirchberger, and Mr. Deutsch.
Congratulations to Sarah Khan and Erik Dehkes who were recognized on April 24th as North Hunterdon’s Hunterdon-Warren County Scholar-Athletes. Sarah earned varsity letter in Volleyball and will be attending Johns Hopkins University in the fall. Erik earned a varsity letter in Football and will be attending Carnegie Mellon University in the fall. Katie Higgins won the Hunterdon-Warren County Most Courageous Award. Katie participated in Unified Soccer, Basketball, Bowling and Track and Field.
Picture on right: Dr. Cottrell, Erik Dehkes, Katie Higgins, Sarah Khan, and Mr. Deutsch

Blood Drive
Our next Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, May 24th from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm in the main gym. The Blood Drive is open to faculty, students, and the community. Please consider donating to this life saving event. You may view the Principal's letter and 16 year-old consent form by clicking on the link below

Tricky Tray
The North Hunterdon and Voorhees Key Clubs are teaming up to present a tricky tray on May 18th in the North Hunterdon main cafe starting at 6:30pm. All of the proceeds will go toward the purchase of IPads for children in our area who are currently going through cancer treatment. 

Summer Sports Camps and Fall Athletic Info
Please click on the link below for information on summer sports camps and for fall athletic sports registrations and required paperwork.
Career Fair
On Wednesday, April 11th, over 60 individuals volunteered to participate and discuss their careers with our sophomore class. Some of the organizations and companies attending were Exxon Mobil, Hunterdon Healthcare, NJ State Police, Clinton Township Police, as well as representatives from the chemical and engineering professionals, human resources, insurance industry and more.
Booster Club
Thank you to all of our Booster Club families for your support throughout the year! As we begin to plan for next year, we are seeking volunteers for the following positions:
Spirit Wear Coordinator
Snack Shack Assistants
Special Events Coordinator

These are just a few opportunities available to support all of our NHHS athletes. The rewarding experience of volunteering plays an important role at all levels of our athletic programs. If interested, please come to our next Booster Club meeting on May 14, 2018 at 7pm in the faculty dining room or email:


Booster Club Team Scholarship
The NHHS Booster Club used Survey Monkey for its scholarship voting. All varsity athletes received an email at the end of their season with voting information through their school email account. One senior athlete from each varsity team will be given a Booster Club Team Scholarship at the Senior Awards Night on June 5, 2018. All varsity athletes vote for the senior on their team that exhibits strong leadership qualities. Senior athletes must be a member of the Booster Club for this scholarship.

Dave the Rave Most Spirited Scholarship
All seniors vote for a senior girl and a senior boy for our “Dave the Rave Most Spirited” scholarship award. These students are great examples of school spirit. ALL seniors are eligible for this award. All seniors will receive an email during the week of May 1 to vote. 

The Heart of the Lion
A scholarship given to each varsity sport by the NHHS Booster Club to a senior athlete that has shown leadership, growth, sportsmanship and dedication to their sport while playing at NHHS.
This is an application scholarship, if interested in applying, please follow the instructions - click here

The Bernadine Goepfert Memorial Scholarship
This award is initiated by the Booster Club in memory of Bernadine Goepfert. This is an application scholarship and will be awarded to a senior athlete who displays outstanding dedication, character and sportsmanship on and off the field. If interested in applying, please follow the instructions - click here .
The  North Senior Class Banquet  was attended by 265 students, their families, teachers and administrators. This tradition was a night full of memories, anticipation, with laughter and even a few tears.  The Senior Class produced a video that had the audience laughing and smiling throughout the night.
Thank you to the Class of 2021 for making their  Freshman Class Luau  a great success! It was a fun night attended with a high level of enthusiasm! Keep it going! Let's keep those attendance levels high!
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 and families wishing to sponsor & make a financial donation to Project Graduation so that our graduating seniors have a safe graduation night, please email:  or go directly to the PTSA website at  and complete the Sponsor Donation Form! 
PTSA is sponsoring a Senior Prom Jewelry Shopping Event at Beyond Bijoux on Main Street in Clinton,  Thursday, May 3rd from 6pm-9pm .  These are exclusive hours for prom shoppers. Great savings for you and Beyond Bijoux will give a portion of the proceeds to support PTSA! For more information,  click here .
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.

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

Upcoming PTSA events:  

Mr. North: Friday, May 4, 2018  For details click  here . Click  here  for donations.

8th Grade Move-Up Dance: Friday, May 4, 2018  for all sending districts from 7pm until 9:30pm. For details click  here.   Click  here  for donations.

Senior Class Luncheon  will be held on June 7th in Cafeteria B, 12:00pm-12:45pm. 

Become a part of PTSA  and help our students have the best year ever! Next Meeting is Monday, May 14, 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
Thursday, May 10 and May 17 ~ Spring Concerts I & II

Enjoy the final concert performances of NHHS’s instrumental and vocal ensembles. The NHMA will be selling hanging flower baskets at both concerts. Be sure to check them out! Join us in Café A after each concert for the NHMA-sponsored dessert receptions. 

Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 PM ~ Music Department Awards Banquet
Monday, May 27 ~ Flemington Memorial Day Parade
Share the Golden Lions’ final march of the year!

Join us for our next NHMA meeting on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.
We meet at 7 PM in the choir room (Rm 131).

NH Education Foundation
News... Announcing NHEF College Bound: Summer Workshops

Calling all rising Seniors, Juniors, and Parents! Do you want to get a jump on the college process?

The NHEF is launching our College Bound workshop series through our Career and College Resource Center. The workshops are designed to give students and parents the tools to help successfully navigate the College Admissions process.

Program offerings include:

  • college essay workshops 
  • parent sessions on using Naviance, financial planning, and overall college planning 
  • mock interviews to enhance student interview skills 
  • Individual 1 hour college coaching sessions with professionals experienced in the college admissions  
Please watch for the mailing that will be coming to homes of all rising juniors and seniors detailing dates and fees. A number of the programs are free or very low cost when compared to industry standards.

3rd Annual Spring It On!  
Community members, parents, sponsors, and administration came out to laugh, eat, and spend time with friends all while raising funds for the North Hunterdon Education Foundation (NHEF) at our recent event at Beneduce Winery. Guests were entertained by Tom Kennedy, "The Other Mentalist", and after his show, a silent auction was held. With YOUR support, we raised $7,000! THE NHEF would like to thank our principal sponsor, St. Luke’s - Warren Campus and our other very generous sponsors. 

Are you looking for a way to celebrate your senior at graduation? Consider leaving a “legacy of learning” by having your senior’s name proudly displayed on the NHEF’s 2018 graduation banner for $25.00. Click  here   for more information. Due June 8, 2018.
  • Your graduate’s name will be displayed on the 2018 Legacy of Learning banner which will be prominently displayed at the graduation ceremony on June 12, 2018.  
  • Your $25 donation for the Legacy banner will be accepted until June 8, 2018
  • You can make your payment by PayPal or by printing a registration form and mailing a check. 

The 5th Annual “Running of the Lions” will take place on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at the new Lions Park, adjacent to the high school. This is NHEF’s biggest fundraiser of the year, so start training for this great 5K NOW!
North Hunterdon High School
1445 State Route 31, Annandale, NJ 08801
(908) 713-4199