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Senior Awards Ceremony commemorates the efforts of the class of 2024

Principal Hemberger makes a speech at the Senior Awards Ceremony while the seniors await the results. (Jason Fiorentino)

Senior year is a time of reflection, fulfillment and appreciation. After four years of remaining together, the class of 2024 is ready to embark on their journey ahead.

Bridgewater-Raritan High School held its annual Senior Awards Ceremony on June 5, presenting scholarships and awards to honor the seniors. From 7 to 9 p.m., recipients received awards from several departments, such as fine arts, industrial technology, mathematics, performing arts, theater arts, physical education and world languages.

“The good thing about BRHS is that it’s a school that awards many opportunities for all students to find something they’re good at and passionate about,” senior Maisam Tejani said. “The environment at the school really helps challenge students and pushes them to go beyond their comfort zone.”

As for the scholarships, the National Merit Scholarship winner was announced, the final winner being Vanshika Yadav. Several others were announced in categories like STEM, alumni, athletics and community service.  

The Prowler‘s Editor-in-Chief Gianna Jakubowski was awarded a Service to The Prowler award and Outstanding Achievement in French award along with the Lynne Bray Memorial Scholarship. Jakubowski has written for The Prowler throughout high school and it is her second year as editor-in-chief. She shared how she felt about her accomplishments. 

Back when I moved to the district going into sixth grade, I never would have imagined what I would go on to accomplish here. I am so very grateful for all of the opportunities Bridgewater-Raritan has provided me and how much the teachers and faculty prepared me for the future, especially for my career in journalism,” she said.

Mr. Moran, The Prowler’s advisor, presents Gianna Jakubowski with her Service to The Prowler award. (Jason Fiorentino)

Jakubowski went on to reflect upon her journey and accomplishments at the high school.

“The administration works very hard behind the scenes, which is something I got to see first-hand as a Board of Education Student Representative and being The Prowler‘s editor-in-chief. Although I am sad my time at Bridgewater-Raritan High School is coming to an end, I am grateful for all of the relationships I’ve built and the work I’ve put into activities that mean the most to me. Being honored for my hard work and dedication to this community at the Senior Awards Ceremony made me feel grateful. It truly shows how you do get out what you put in.”

Jakubowski will be attending the honors program at George Washington University majoring in journalism. 

The school district’s Supervisor of Counseling Alan Iachini introduced the ceremony and presented many awards. Along with Mr. Iachini, Principal Hemberger and the high school’s Assistant Principals, Dr. Kristia Greenberg, Dr. Michael Godown, Mr. Vincent DelPriore and Mr. Adam Leaman, handed students the awards.

Other presenters included those representing local scholarships and staff members who shook the hands of students and presented them with certificates for departmental awards.

The Senior Awards Ceremony represented the efforts of several ambitious students. It was a time to reflect on accomplishments and four years of dedication before graduation, taking place at Rutgers University’s Jersey Mike’s Arena on June 19. 

“Senior award night proved to me that what I did for four hard years is not for naught and someone recognized my hard work. I’m grateful and thrilled about it,” Kushal Pulleti said.

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