Small WHS graduating class has big dreams
Class of 2013 features MLB hopeful, Stevens stars
by Ian Wenik
Reporter Correspondent
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Weehawken HS Graduation
SHE’S NUMBER ONE – Weehawken High School Class of 2013 Valedictorian Kassandra Marrero will be attending Hoboken’s Stevens Institute of Technology on a full scholarship in the fall.
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The 2013 graduating class of Weehawken High School only totals 75 people. Seventy-five people can’t fill up a movie theater, or three rows of seats at MetLife Stadium, or a NJ Transit passenger car.

Size is no matter to the Class of 2013, though, who formally graduated on June 21st. Though small in number, their accomplishments have them primed for future success.

School officials have plenty of statistics to back up the assertion that the class of 2013 is one of the best in recent memory.

Of those 75 graduates, 64 of them will be moving on to either a four or two year college, a whopping 85 percent.

They will be attending a whopping 51 different schools among themselves, with one student entering the military and four others slated to attend trade schools.
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“The class was really prepared to meet the challenges set upon them.”— Weehawken Superintendent of Schools Kevin McClellan
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The rich and varied post-high school plans for the Class of 2013 have filled school officials with pride.

“They have grown immensely into fine young men and women,” said guidance counselor Chiara Ziek. “[They] really will be successful in the world.”

All signs point to the class of 2013 fulfilling that prediction in a vast number of areas.

A stir was created when the Texas Rangers selected 2013 graduate Sal Mendez in the 40th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

A 6’4” lefty pitcher, Mendez attracted attention with his imposing stature and strong fastball, which hovers in the high 80s.

“It’s an honor to be picked by [the Rangers],” Mendez said in a tweet.

And while Mendez excelled on the field, other Weehawken students were making an equally profound impact in the classroom.

Nine members of the Class of 2013 combined to take a staggering 43 AP exams among themselves, with the entire class combining to receive $5,798,000 in scholarship money.

And of those scholarship winners, a pair of Weehawken students found themselves interconnected at the top of the class.

It’s fitting that Kassandra Marrero and Robert Rovito rank as the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2013.

After all, both will be attending Hudson County’s own Stevens Institute of Technology, nestled comfortably on the banks of the county’s eponymous river in Hoboken.

Both have won prestigious scholarships for themselves, as well. Marrero will be attending Stevens on a full scholarship, while Rovito, as a member of Weehawken’s Elks Lodge #1456, won a $1000 scholarship from the Elks National Fund.

Both have also made headway in the arts. While Marrero was an accomplished saxophonist in the school’s marching band, Rovito’s amateur videos wound up featured online by MSG Varsity.

Their tireless efforts have drawn immense praise from school administrators, with Weehawken Superintendent of Schools Kevin McClellan calling their journey to Stevens as an “incredible accomplishment.”

And no matter where life may take Marrero and Rovito after graduation, they —like their 73 fellow graduates at Weehawken — are ready for the future.

“The class was really prepared to meet the challenges set upon them,” McClellan said. “They have an amazing resilience.”

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