Principal Richard J. Baccarella has proudly announced the Bayonne High School Class of 2012 Circle of Ten. They are as follows, in order of ranking: 1) David Elias, valedictorian; 2) Jeong Eun Yun, salutatorian; 3) Christopher Kennedy; 4) Ava Janina Lichauco; 5) Molly Massarelli; 6) Holly Morcos; 7) Konrad Budny; 8) Kamil Nawrocki; 9) Sandra Eid; and 10) Dannica Javier. These outstanding scholars will be the first to receive their diplomas at the graduation ceremony, to be held on Friday, June 15 at 6 p.m.
DAVID ELIAS, the Class of 2012 valedictorian, will be attending Yale University in the fall with plans to major in biomedical engineering and possibly pursue a medical degree. A QuestBridge finalist and match recipient, Elias received a full ride to attend Yale. In addition, he was also accepted to Princeton University, Stevens Institute of Technology, the Rutgers University honors program, and the NJIT honors program.
Throughout his career at BHS, he participated in the English, history, math, and science honors programs. He has continually earned Principal’s Honors and the first honor roll. Elias is a member of the French Honors Society and is currently serving as president of the National Honors Society chapter at BHS. Additionally, he received the PI Award, the Class of 1940 Award, and the Marietta A. DiCroce History Scholarship.
During his four years at BHS, he was a member of the Science Club, Math League, Science League, and Quiz Bowl team, which placed second in the Hudson County Quiz Bowl Tournament. He also participated in the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics competition, where he served as lead computer aided design (CAD) modeler and advanced to the state qualifiers with his team, No. 3774. Elias and his teammates placed fifth in the Constitution Competition. He was a semifinalist for the New Jersey Scholars Program and was the winner of the local Holocaust Essay Contest.
He was a member of the Christian Club at BHS and has volunteered as numerous churches, including Livingston Gospel Hall. Elias also volunteered at Jersey City Medical Center, providing patients with comfort and care. In his leisure time, he enjoys running, spending time with family and friends, and playing electric guitar. He is the son of Samir and Mervat Elias, and has two younger sisters, Joyce and Sally.
Salutatorian JEONG EUN “JENNY” YUN will attend the prestigious Macaulay Honors College in Brooklyn. She plans to major in English and concentrate on literature and linguistics. Upon graduation she plans to pursue a master’s degree in public relations and attend either law school or medical school for psychiatry. In addition to Macaulay Honors College, Yun was accepted into Northeastern University, St. Peter’s University, New York University, Saint John’s University, Long Island University, and CUNY College.
Throughout high school, Yun was on the Principal’s Honor Roll and first honor roll. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, as well as the Spanish National Honor Society. Yun has been Student of the Month more than once in her high school career and has been recognized as an outstanding student by the “School Counts!” program. Her poem, “From Dusk to Dawn,” has been published by “Creative Communications” in 2011.
In addition to her advanced placement and honors courses, Yun participated in a number of clubs and activities. She has been affiliated with the band since the seventh grade. She played mallet percussion in the marching and concert bands, as well as the wind and percussion ensembles. She has been a homeroom representative for the Student Council since freshman year, and also served as secretary and president of the science club. She was an expert witness and lawyer for the Mock Trial team in her junior and senior years, and an active member of the Academic Challenge team, Math League, Science League, Asian Interest Club, and Environmental club. She participated in various competitions such as the Constitution Competition and National History Day.
Outside of school, Yun volunteered in the 21st Century After School Program and at Jersey City Medical Center as a nurse’s aide. She was a part of the Math Squad, volunteering as a tutor to elementary shool children. During the summers, she attended enrichment programs such as Proyecto Science at NJCU and the NJASC Leadership Training Conference at TCNJ. She was chosen as a delegate to the American Legion Auxiliary Jersey Girls State and attended band camp at the end of the summers. In addition, she is fluent in Korean and English, worked as a babysitter, and has been employed by Staples as a sales associate and by WPI Verizon Wireless as a sales consultant. She is the daughter of Hi Yong Yun and Nam Soon “Kelly” Park, and older sister of Henny and Leanna.
CHRISTOPHER J. KENNEDY was very active in both extracurricular activities and volunteer work for the community. He was goaltender and captain of the varsity ice hockey team, as well as a member of the Math League, Science League, Student Council, National Honor Society, Latin Language Honor Society, and honors program. Kennedy also volunteers for the Bayonne Fire Canteen, the Learn to Skate program, and the Korpi Special Skater program.
During his high school career, he was an honorable mention in the “Being an American” Essay Contest in 2012. In 2011, he was the recipient of a NASA New York City Research Initiative internship at Stevens Institute of Technology. During the 2012 Hudson County Science Fair, Kennedy was awarded a gold medal and was the recipient of the U.S. Air Force regional award.
In the fall, Kennedy will be attending Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla., to study aerospace engineering and flight technology. He plans to continue to play hockey and be an active member of the community.
AVA LICHAUCO will be attending Haverford College in the fall, and plans on double majoring in economics and political science with a concentration in mathematical economics. After college graduation, she wants to volunteer for the Peace Corps and eventually get her doctorate. Since her freshman year, she has consistently been on the first honor roll, as well as receiving Principal’s Honors. She has taken numerous honors and advanced placement courses throughout her academic career.
At BHS, she wrote the school newspaper, “The Beacon,” where she served as the world view and health department editor during her junior year. In her senior year, she was editor-in-chief. She was also the Student Council secretary, co-founder of the BHS Democrats Club, and publicity secretary of the Science Club. She was an active member of Team Spirit, Academic Challenge, and SPHERE. With a passion for volunteering, she helped out at the nursing department of Jersey City Medical Center and at the West Village franchise of Housing Works. She also tutored elementary school students under the supervision of Dawn Aiello, the Board of Education mathematics director. She taught children at Washington Community School’s after-school program as well.
Her poem “Pacific Sunlight” was published in “Creative Communication,” and she was selected to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards at Indian Head Camp in Pennsylvania. She also attended the Leadership Training Conference at TCNJ, representing the Student Council. She is currently interning with President Obama’s presidential campaign as the Spring Organizing Fellow and the Youth Coordinator for Hudson County. She is a private SAT tutor, and outside of school, she enjoys running, cycling, writing, and playing the ukulele. She is the daughter of Irma and Fernando Lichaucho and the sister of Danica.
MOLLY MASSARELLI will be attending Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and will major in nursing. After completing her undergraduate studies, she plans on pursuing a graduate degree and becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner. She was also accepted to Boston College, Villanova University, Northeastern University, the Catholic University of America, and Sacred Heart University. Throughout her career at BHS, she achieved first honor roll and principal’s honors, and was a member of the National Honor Society and the Italian Honor Society. She has been recognized as a National Merit Scholar and was presented with a Rotary Youth Leadership Award, participating in the 2011 RYLA Conference.
Massarelli also received numerous scholarships, including the Dr. Richard Malinowski Scholarship, the 2012 Rotary Citizenship Award, and the Simpson-Baber Foundation Scholarship. She participated in a Georgetown University medical program for high school students in 2010 and a People-to-People Leadership Conference at Harvard in 2009. Outside of school, she is a former nationally ranked pairs figure skater and a four-time U.S. Junior National Championship competitor. She has performed in the Susan G. Komen For the Cure: Stand Up for Life exhibition; Ecofest in New York City; and NBC’s “Today New York” Olympic Skatewear Fashion Show for Tania Bass. She was the recipient of the North Jersey Figure Skating Club President’s Award and was awarded by the New Jersey Council of Figure Skating Clubs Academic Honors Team for 2011 and 2012.
Additionally, Massarelli is the founder of the Korpi Special Skaters, a figure-skating program designed for developmentally disabled individuals with a desire to learn how to skate. For this she was recognized with the Women of Vision Youth Award by the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Within the BHS community, she was an active participant in the music program as a member of the Glee Club, New Image Concert Choir, and Musically Yours Show Choir. She was a member of the Science League, Science Club, Math Club, Mock Trial Team, Student Council homeroom representative, and co-captain of the Morning Announcement Team. She is actively involved in St. Andrew Parish where she serves as lector and as a volunteer for the Cluster Soup Kitchen. She is the daughter of Joseph and Jean Massarelli.
HOLLY MORCOS plans to attend the University of Virginia in the fall to major in chemistry with a pre-med focus and a minor in philosophy or psychology. Morcos will further her studies after college with hopes of attending medical school to become a surgeon. Throughout her high school career, she pursued a rigorous course of study composed largely of honors, college level, and advanced placement courses. She remained on the first honor roll throughout her four years at BHS. She was also involved with after-school activities, including the executive board of the Student Council, a secretary position with the National Honors Society, a member of the French Honors Society, SPHERE, Science League, Science Club, Math Club, Academic Bowl, and writing for the school newspaper.
Outside of school, Morcos volunteered for the Jersey City Medical Center, working part-time, and tutoring middle school children in math. She was involved in the Proyecto Science summer program at NJCU, attended the Leadership Training Conference at TCNJ, and received the Questbridge College Prep Scholarship after attending a summer conference at Yale University. In her sophomore year she was the team captain of her group in the Constitution Competition, and as a junior, Morcos qualified for the state’s senior division for National History Day. She was published twice for “A Celebration of Poets” in the spring and fall 2011 editions. During her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, and watching movies with friends. She is the daughter of Rania Khalil and Bolis Morcos, and the sister of Mark and Jassie.
KONRAD BUDNY will be attending Rutgers NewBrunswick on a Dean’s List Scholarship and a Scarlet Scholarship. As part of the Rutgers Business School program, he will be pursuing a dual degree in finance and economics. Budny was also accepted to the University of Delaware honors program and Fordham University.
At BHS, he was a member of the boys’ volleyball team since freshman year and was captain for his last two years. He earned numerous all-county awards while playing for the team, and during his senior year, Budny was chosen by News 12 New Jersey as the Scholar-Athlete of the Week and by the “Star Ledger” as Athlete of the Week. He also played JV soccer and participated on the Federal Reserve Challenge Team.
Budny has been a part of the math honors program since freshman year and has taken honors class in all subject areas. He has consistently been on the honor roll and has received Principal’s Honors twice. He is the son of Kazimiesz and Danuta Budny.
In the fall, KAMIL NAWROCKI will attend Harvard University with plans to major in physics. He will focus in quantum physics or astrophysics. In addition to numerous other scholarships and grants, Harvard has given Nawrocki a full scholarship. He was awarded several distinguishments in BHS, including the HCIAL Scholar Athlete Award, Principal’s Honors, first honor roll, and the HAMA Award. He was involved in many clubs, including the Science Club, Science League, Math League, Polish Cultural Society, and captain of the Academic Challenge team, leading them to the county finals. He is also a member of the National Honor Society.
Nawrocki was co-captain of the varsity volleyball team and played the right-side hitter position and outside hitter position. He also played on the varsity soccer team as wide midfielder and occasionally side defender. As captain of the fencing team, he specialized in the epee sword.
He was the winner of first place in the National History Day Senior Paper Division and a national qualifier in the spring of 2011. His paper included extensive research on “Western Betrayal: Roosevelt’s Failed Diplomacy,” and he was able to interview Former Security Aide to President Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, as well as communication specialist for the Polish II Corp, Eugeniusz Witt. Nawrocki also worked as a research intern for Intelligent Concrete at Stevens Institute of Technology, working in a nanotechnology laboratory. His work was published as a result of his contribution to the project and he won fourth place in the New Jersey Science and Humanities Symposium. He will continue his work with Intelligent Concrete this summer.
During the year he has worked as a construction worker for Wagner Construction and Services, as well as a waiter for B&M Perfect Waiter Service. He volunteers as a volleyball coach for the elementary schools, and outside of school he loves to stay physically active. He is the son of Krystyna and Dariusz Nawrocki.
SANDRA EID will be attending the prestigious Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University this fall. She will major in pharmacy, continuing in the doctor of pharmacy program. She has taken many advanced placement and honors courses in science and math throughout her four years at BHS. She has also attained both Principal’s Honors and first honor roll, and was inducted into the National Honor Society.
After school, Eid was a part of the Math Squad tutoring group, the Table Tennis Club, Spanish Club, Ice Skating Club, and Art Club. She volunteered to tutor ESL students at Walter F. Robinson Elementary School, and to work at the Bayonne Public Library.
Outside of school, Eid is a member of the St. Mary and St. John’s Church girl scouts and choir. She has also been a Sunday school teacher for some time at St. Mary and St. John’s. She is the daughter of Fadl Botros and Nabila Mayez, and has two younger sisters, Karolen and Klara.
In the fall, DANNICA JAVIER will be attending Seton Hall University to major in computer science and possibly minor in music. She received many grants and scholarships toward her goal in life, to use her imagination in the field of technology to make unique software programs that are convenient and simple.
Throughout her four years at BHS, Javier received first honors and Principal’s Honors. She has taken numerous math honors courses and participated in the Student Council, Christian Club, the girls’ tennis team, and the National Honor Society. Outside of school, she participated in the Proyecto Science summer program at NJCU. In addition, she has been taking piano lessons for eight years and has participated in many recitals. She has won several first and second place trophies. Javier is also very active in her church and participates and offers her assistance in many events.
She is the daughter of Dennis and Fabiana Javier, and the older sister of Darren.