Jan-alfred Aquino is this year’s valedictorian. He will be attending Yale University to major in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.
He is continually on First honor Roll and has attained Principal’s Honor Roll several times. He was inducted into the school’s 800 club for his perfect scores on the SAT Subject Tests in Chemistry and in Mathematics Level 2. Aquino was also named an AP Scholar with Honor and a National Merit Commended Scholar.
Aquino was one of two BHS students who attended the Waksman Student Scholars Summer Institute in 2011. Some of his findings have been published n the National Center for Biotechnology Information. In the summer of 2012, he was one of 85 students in the state who attended New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences at Drew University, where he did coursework in science and mathematics. Aquino worked with two other BHS students on a biography of civil rights leader Joseph McNeil. Their work was published in an edition of African American Lives by Oxford University. Aquino also published a poem in Creative Communication’s A Celebration of Poets. He spoke at Bayonne City Hall for winning the Holocaust Remembrance Essay Contest.
Aquino has worked on a project, which explores the use of a chemical in green tea as a potential antibiotic. He was a two-time gold medalist at the Hudson County Science Fair, a finalist at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a Research Report Badge recipient by the Intel Science Talent Search, and an oral presentation finalist at the Northern New Jersey Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.
Aquino served as president of the Science Club, captain of the Academic Challenge B Team that won county championships, and captain of his unit in the Constitution competition. He participated in the New Jersey Science League, where in his senior year he placed thirteenth individually in the Biology II division.
Aquino tutors students and is a member of the Filipino Christian Reformed Church, where he plays bass and violin in the music ministry. He enjoys reading and playing tennis.
Jasn-alfred is the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Aquino. He has one sister, Jimelle, and three brothers, Alvin, Arnold, and Aaron.
Shivangi Parmar will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2013, with a primary concentration in neurobiology. Pamar plans on attending medical school after college, followed by a residency in general surgery.
Parmar has received First Honor Roll consistently throughout high school, and Principal’s Honors on multiple occasions. She is a product of the Bayonne High School Honors program. She took Advanced Placement classes in English Literature, European History, U.S. Government & Politics, and a college-level physics course. She has studied Italian for three years and will pursue Italian as a secondary concentration at Harvard.
Shivangi is the editor-in-chief and director-of-layout of the Bayonne High school newspaper, The Beacon. She has been a member of BHS’ Mock Trial club since her sophomore year, and as a lawyer, she was a part of the school’s 2013 first-place county champion team. Throughout her sophomore year, Parmar was a unit captain for the We the People Constitution Competition. She tied for first place in the state with her unit and won third place in the state overall with the entire BHS Honors team. She participated in the BHS Junior Honors Greensboro 4 project, which yielded a documentary to be featured at the Smithsonian Museum. Parmar was one of two students selected from BHS to participate in the Waksman Student Scholars program at Rutgers.
Shivangi, along with Jan-alfred Aquino and Matthew Chiaravalloti, co-authored a biographical essay published by the Oxford AASC and Gilder Lehrman Institution. In 2011, she won first place in the state for her Sister Rose Thering essay submitted to Seton Hall University, written in support of Judeo-Christian studies. In 2012, she designed a molecular biology video game which earned her a gold medal and the Intel Computer Science Award at the Hudson County Science Fair. She also won first place at the General Electric Marketing Summit.
Parmar has volunteered more than 120 hours at the Liberty Science Center. She was co-captain of her tennis team and was a member since her sophomore year. She, along with doubles partner Charmaine Castro, are currently the girls’ tennis first doubles champions in Hudson County.
Parmar has been inducted into both the BHS National Honor Society and the BHS Italian Language Honor Society. She has been honored with both the NJSIAA Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Award and the English Award.
Shivangi Parmar is the daughter of Baliit Kaur and Kulbir Parmar. She has one younger brother, Sahil, and a dog named Roman.
Su Cappello will be attending the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University-New Brunswick this fall.
Capello is a singles player and captain of the Girls Varsity tennis team at BHS. She was recognized in the Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic League Honors for Girls Tennis Third Singles.
During her junior year, Su was a national qualifier in the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. She is also vice president of the National Honor Society and a member of the Latin and Italian National Language Honor Society. She has been on the Principal’s Honor Roll and has always been on the first honor roll throughout her four years at BHS. Su worked as a tutor to ESL students during her sophomore and junior years.
Capello enjoys cheesy jokes and spending time with family and friends. She is the daughter of Peter and Suk Cappello. She has two older brothers, James and Peter. Su is the granddaughter of Ok Nam Kim. Su has a special sister, Samantha Stanko, and a second loving home of John and Marie Stanko. Su’s late grandfather, Peter A. Cappello, is her inspiration and greatest love. She thanks God for his guidance and support, having reached this point in her life only through Him.
In the fall of 2013, Mina Henaen will attend Princeton University, where he plans to follow a pre-med track. He is particularly interested in neuroscience, astrophysics, and philosophy. Mina was offered admission to the Vagelos Scholars Program in the Molecular Life Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.
Henaen achieved both First Honor Roll and Principal’s Honors during his time at BHS. He has participated in the Science Club, Science League, and Math League. A member of the National Honors society, he was recognized as an AP Scholar, National Commended Student, Questbridge Prep Scholar, and Questbridge College Match Finalist. He was a member of the Mock Trial team, which were county champions during his senior year. Henaen was also in the chess club, Democrat’s club, and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) organization, where he was recording secretary. Henaen has had two poems published and competed in the Poetry Out Loud competition.
Henaen’s essay on Modern Espionage made him a regional winner in the National History Day competition. He spent the summer of his junior year studying and experimenting on orientation-selective neurons at Rutgers University Newark under a Partners’ in Science and Humanities Symposium, for which he received a poster slot. At the Hudson County Science Fair, he received the gold medal in Behavioral Sciences.
Henaen volunteers at the Jersey City Medical Center. He enjoys soccer and reading. He is also an active member of the local Coptic Orthodox church, where he is a technological assistant and leads a children’s hymns class. Henaen is fond of the late HJ.H. Pope Shenouda III.
Mina is the son of Sameh Henaen and Manai Beshara and the brother of John Henaen.
Matthew Chiaravalloti will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in the fall, and plans to double major in engineering and economics. He was recognized by the Penn Club of Metro New Jersey as the top Hudson County scholar.
Matthew was consistently on the first honor roll. He participated in the English, history, math, and science honors and Advanced Placement programs. He was inducted into the National Honor Society his junior year, and later elected NHS treasurer. He was also inducted into the Latin National Honor Society. He received the “800 Club” award for getting a perfect score on the SAT math section, the “Fireman’s Benevolent Association of NJ Science Award Local No. 11” award, and was recognized as an AP Scholar by the College Board for his excellence on Advanced Placement tests.
Chiaravalloti was a member of the Ambassadors Club, serving as an officer his senior year, the Science League, the Math Team, and the Academic Team, which placed first in the 2013 Hudson County Academic Bowl. He also won several awards for his 2011 science project, including a gold medal in the “Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical” category at the Hudson County Science Fair, the Professional engineers’ Society of Hudson County Award, and the National Society of Professional Engineers, “Certificate of Achievement for Innovative Engineering.” He was a poster presenter in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. He and his classmates earned third place at the state level in the We the People Constitution Competition. He and two classmates were the published winners of the Gilder Lehrman-Oxford University Press Biography competition for their biography of Major General Joseph McNeil, a renowned civil rights activist. Chiaravalloti was also one of two BHS ambassadors to the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership summer program. He volunteered as a judge at the grammar school forensic and math competition, at the Cluster soup Kitchen, as a math tutor, and at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles in 2011. Chiaravalloti ran cross-country track his sophomore year, and has worked as a Skateguard at the Bayonne Korpi Ice Rink for the past three years.
He is the son of Augie and Gloria Chiaravalloti, and has one sister, Tara, who is a senior at Philadelphia University.
Danika Tablante will be attending Rutgers University in the fall. She has been accepted to the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, where she plans to major or minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Tablante received the RU Rutgers Scarlet Scholarship, and another to Seton Hall.
Tablante has been in the First Honor Roll and the Principal’s Honor Roll. She has taken various honors classes as well as advanced placement classes in calculus and statistics. Interested in studying abroad, Tablante is completing her fourth year of French and was inducted into the world Language National Honor Society for French in her junior year. She was inducted into the National Honor Society in her senior year and was recently given the French Language Award and the Pi Award.
Tablante is a member of the Bayonne High school Gay-Straight Alliance, the Polish Cultural Society, the Student Council, and the Harry Potter Club. Last year, she performed in the Drama Society’s “Smokey Joe’s Café.” She has helped fund-raise for the New York AIDS Walk and has coached students in public speaking at Dr. Walter F. Robinson School, where she graduated as valedictorian in 2009. She is a classically trained pianist and has been studying under Elsa Melin since the age of seven.
She is the daughter of Rene and Zenaida Tablante. She has two sisters, Theya and Kim. The latter was BHS’s valedictorian in 2010.
Anastasia Turin will be attending Cornell University in the fall. She plans to major in Operations Research and Information Engineering in pursuit of a career in financial engineering.
Turin achieved first honor roll throughout her career in BHS. In addition to her advanced placement and honors courses, she was part of the Student Council, holding positions as treasurer and Board of Education representative. Turin was inducted into both the National Honors Society and the World Language Honors Society. She is a member of the Academic Bowl team, Latin club, and Science League. She is also part of the BHS varsity fencing team and has been named MVP for the past two years.
Turin is a nationally ranked fencer, competing in national competitions all around the country. She was ranked fourth in Division II point standings last season. She will pursue fencing on a Division I level in the Ivy League conference.
She is the daughter of Yuri and Elena Turin. She has one brother, Alexander.
Daniel Veronese was admitted into the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University to study General Biology. He plans to go to Medical School after he graduates college.
Veronese received First Honor Roll since his freshman year. He has taken honors and advanced placement classes in English, history, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and Italian. He was also inducted into the National Honor Society and the Italian Language Honor society. Daniel, along with his sophomore English and history class, won third place in the state in the “We the People” Constitution Competition. He also contributed to a video for the Smithsonian Museum’s Greensboro Four display. Veronese participated in Creative Communication’s “A Celebration of Pots” winter and spring competitions and published two poems. Veronese was active in the Mock trial Team, winning the 2013 Hudson County Championships in February 2013. He was honored with the HCIAL Scholar Athlete Award.
Veronese was captain of the Track and Field team. He was a volunteer counselor for Camp Fatima of New Jersey for children and adults with developmental disabilities. He also volunteered for Save Latin America Inc. Veronese participated in New Jersey City University’s Proyecto Science Program, a six-week summer program that focuses on mathematics, sciences, computer science, and technology. During the summer of his junior year, Veronese participated in a study abroad program in Rome, where he took college courses on Italian language and culture.
Veronese enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
His is the son of Daniel Veronese and Esmeralda Paniagua.
Anthony Golden will be attending Boston College this fall, pursuing a degree in Finance. Anthony is a recipient of the Marietta DiCroce History Scholarship, the Spanish Award, and the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, for which he attended the R.Y.L.A. Conference last year. He has been inducted into the National Honors Society and the Spanish Honors Society.
Golden has taken advanced placement and honors-level courses throughout all disciplines and consistently achieved First Honors. He helped his class achieve third place at the state level in the “We the People” Constitution competition as a co-captain. He has become a published writer via Creative Communications. Golden was in the Pep Band, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble for which he played alto saxophone. He was a member of the New Image Concert Choir and the Be Sharps with whom he won first place in national competitions in Orlando, Fl, Washington, D.C., and Hershey, Pa, as well as the New Jersey Teen Arts Festival. He was captain of the Academic Bowl team, secretary of the Science Club, Student Council Representative, and vice president of Interact, participating in fundraisers for the Gift of Life and other foundations.
Golden volunteered for the James N. Rentas 5k Walk/Run for Cancer Research, Relay for Life, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, the Unico Thanksgiving Food Pantry, and Toys for Tots. He has also volunteered at the University of Athens Diomides Botanical Garden and the Father Ludovico of Casoria Institute for the Blind & Handicapped. He has been a lector at St. Henry’s and St. Joseph’s Church from which he received the Archdiocese of Newark Parish Youth Award, and the Pastor’s Award for Community Service.
Golden has also worked at the Bayonne Public Library. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, reading, and playing tennis. He is the son of Mary Beth and William Golden Jr., and has two older siblings, Kaitlyn Mahan and William Golden III.
Maureen Samy will attend New York University in the fall. She received the Stern Scholarship along with grants and other rewards. She will attend NYU’s Stern School of business to obtain a degree in Actuarial Science.
Samy has been a member of the varsity tennis team for all four years of high school, and was captain her senior year. She was a member of the Science League and Ice Skating Club and ran track in her sophomore year. She was elected president of the National Honors Society, is a member of the Language Honors Society, and received First Honor Roll every marking period throughout high school. Her courses were mostly honors and advanced placement in English, history, biology, chemistry and all math-related classes. She also competed in the American Mathematics Competition for BHS and received the Spanish Award. She had perfect attendance until the beginning of senior year when she broke her ankle playing tennis.
Samy holds a part-time job as an aftercare teacher at Little Lambs Preschool in Bayonne every day. She also serves as a counselor in Genesis Summer Camp. She enjoys creating and sharing great jokes, which at times she likes to call “punnertunities.” She finds excitement in a good television series. She thirsts for adventure and searches for new experiences every day.
She is the daughter of Safwat and Amany Samy. She has two brothers, Bishoy and Christopher. She owes her success to her family, who shares a thirst for knowledge.