It was an afternoon of celebration as 40 of Division Avenue High School's top achievers from the Class of 2019 were commended during the school's annual Blue and Silver Luncheon on Nov. 29. Organized by student council advisors Lynn Castellano and Gerard Marzigliano, the room was beautifully decorated in Division Avenue pride with the help of the school's guidance department.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tonie McDonald, members of central administration, district directors, building administrators and board members proudly attended the luncheon to honor the outstanding students who excel both academically and as a leader. Guidance chairperson Mark Curtiss opened the luncheon by welcoming the special guests and turned the microphone over to Division Avenue High School Principal John Coscia who praised the students.
"You are truly an impressive group of people that I am extraordinarily proud of. It is truly an honor being your principal and seeing the things that you do and accomplish," he said. "Thank you for everything that you've done for Division Avenue High School."
Attendees participated in an engaging icebreaker game with those at their tables. With images of schools and mascots appearing on the screens before them, everyone had to work together to name the school, mascot and the mascot's nickname. The schools were selected based on where students applied. Students from the winning table received free Spirit Night tickets.
Before digging into the delicious food, each senior also presented a PowerPoint slide which listed their top five schools, their intended major of study, favorite memory from Division Avenue High School and what they will miss the most.
The district congratulates the following top students: Michael Adams, Eric Aguilar, Ryan Alvarez, Marwan Bayoumy, Rashmika Beesam, Sambat Bhandari, Clarissa Biener, Alex Byrne, Eileen Cha, Allison Chiu, Joanne Chun, Salvatore Cicco, Kaitlyn Cronin, Nicole Devaney, Holly Dukacz, Ryan Dwyer, Allison Ekberg, Erin Fechtig, Jessica Friedman, Anthony Lettiere, Hyzell Lim, Jeffrey Luong, Jaswant Maddipatla, Sabrina Manos, Khadeeja Maqsood, Gina McGough, Pritpaul Minhas, Olivia Moloney, Riley Muessig, Nicole Myers, Brian Oh, James Pizaro, Allison Reyes Gutierrez, Brandon Smith, Danielle Spiegel, Donovan Swartz, Sean Wolf, Tianna Wong, Haneul Jessica Yang and Jamal Zafar.