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Class of 2023 Valedictorians/Salutatorian

Mount Olive High School is very excited to announce the Class of 2023 Co-Valedictorians and Salutatorian:

Anish Pradhan has earned the standing of Valedictorian for the Class of 2023
Claudia Sterling has earned the standing of Valedictorian for the Class of 2023
Tyler Campbell has earned the standing of Salutatorian for the Class of 2023


Anish Pradhan has earned the standing of Valedictorian for the Class of 2023

Anish is the son of Jeetendra Pradhan and Swetapadma Jena. He is the Head Mechanical Engineer and a Drive Team member for the MOHS Mort 11 Team. Anish is an Eagle Scout and Patrol Leader in Troop 156. Anish is President of the Math Honor Society, Captain of the Debate Team, VP of DECA, Secretary of FBLA, and participates in the Science League. He is a tutor, an instructor in TaeKwonDo, and an avid blogger. Anish has also won the following awards: Dean's List Semi-Finalist for FIRST Robotics, AP Scholar with Distinction in 2021 and 2022, NJ Governor's School of Engineering and Sciences Nominee, FBLA Business Management 1st Place North Jersey, and FBLA Management Information Systems 1st Place North Jersey. Next Year.

Anish will attend Georgia Institute of Technology. He will Major in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Anish and his parents pose for a quick pic right before Anish gets on the bus to school the first day of his freshman year at MOHS–look at that smile!


Claudia Sterling has earned the standing of Valedictorian for the Class of 2023

Claudia Sterling is the daughter of Ryan and Karen Sterling. While at MOHS Claudia has been a 4 year Varsity member and 2 year captain of the Cross Country Team, Winter Track, and Spring Track Teams and is the MOHS State Scholar Athlete of the Year. Claudia is President of our National Honor Society, our Leo’s Club, and Secretary of our Science Honor Society. She is also a member of our Math, English, and World Language Honor Societies and has been the Fund Raising Chair of our Environmental Club. Claudia has also attended the NJ Governor's School for Sciences where she was co-author of a research paper, won the Bausch & Lomb Science Award, earned AP Scholar with Distinction, and is a National Merit Commended Scholar.

Next year Claudia will attend Rice University where she will major in Computational and Applied Mathematics and Operational Research.

Below are pictures of the MOHS budding Co-Valedictorian with her mom, dad, and sister (Lilah).



Tyler Campbell has earned the standing of Salutatorian for the Class of 2023

Tyler is the son of Heather and David Campbell. While at MOHS Tyler has participated in Lacrosse and MATE Underwater Robotics. He is the Captain of the Debate Team and is a Member of our Math Honor Society. Outside of school, Tyler is an avid golfer. He earned AP Scholar with Distinction, is a National Merit Commended Scholar, and earned the Zoetis Inc. Merit Scholarship.

Next year Tyler will attend Villanova University where he will study Political Science with the goal of one day attending Law School.

While in a spirited debate practice with partner and Co-Captain Anish, Tyler’s tooth was knocked from his mouth by a student who shall remain nameless (D.R.). Here is a picture of him and his family shortly after that fateful day:

_______________________________________________________________________Finally, below is a picture of the kids with their School Counselors: Mrs. Delman (Anish), Mrs. Prisco (Tyler), and Mr. Kerrigan (Claudia) and Mr. Stansberry, Director of Evaluation and Global Programs.




Mount Olive High School is proud to recognize Javier Ongaro for his accomplishments in Plumbing and Vocational Education. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. They provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in the nation’s classrooms. The competitions that are held showcase the determination and skill of the competitor against other technical high schools in the state and country. Javier won the equivalent of a State Championship for his work in Plumbing and has been invited to participate in the National Competition taking place in Atlanta the week of June 20, 2021.

Javier is the first Mount Olive Marauder ever to win the SkillsUSA competition and qualify for the National Championship. Javier is the son of Alberto Ongaro and Gabriela Garcia Amarilla. He is pictured here with his counselor, Stacy Delman.

We are proud of his accomplishments and wish him the best of luck in the future!


Alertra, a wearable fire notification system for people with hearing impairments, earned a team of Mount Olive High School students an opportunity to share their invention with the world.
The product was developed as part of the school’s inaugural participation in Project Invent, a nationwide program that inspires innovation and entrepreneurship. After presenting its product at a virtual regional competition – think “Shark Tank” without the bite – the team was one of just seven in the country to be chosen to attend Future Fest, Project Invent’s celebration of student inventors and innovation education. The conference was held in the tech center of the U.S. – San Jose, California, the largest city in Silicon Valley.
Alertra was envisioned as a complete turnkey alarm system. In the event of a fire, custom smoke detectors transmit signals to a wrist-worn alarm equipped with flashing lights and vibration motors. The wearable devices are the size of an Apple Watch.
“It reduces risk for everyone,” said student Dhruv Raghuraman. “Alertra gets people out of the buildings, and that makes it safer for firefighters because they don’t have to go into a fire to rescue anyone inside.”
To begin the development process, the team was partnered with the Leary Firefighters Foundation and tasked with using their skills to devise a product to meet a social need. After discussions with foundation officials and fire departments in Erie, Pennsylvania and Millburn, New Jersey, the young inventors came up with the Alertra concept.
While this was the first year of Project Invent at MOHS, the students had some experience working together on similar projects. Four of the five also participate in an afterschool club that develops underwater remotely operated vehicles. Though Alertra was a collaborative effort, students automatically fell into their natural leadership roles. Matthew Rambo was in charge of design, Pratyus Mohapatra and Dhruv handled programming, and Kaitlyn Bodmer and Gabriela Forero created all marketing materials.
Working afterschool and during lunch periods, the five students developed Alertra over eight months. Hundreds of hours of planning, trial and error, and revisions – both in school and out – brought their vision to life. Feedback was provided throughout the process by the firefighters and twice from tech industry leaders, including the IBM team that judged the regional competition.
After learning of their selection for the national event in San Jose, the students had two months to put the finishing touches on their products and presentation materials. Not only would their peers from other parts of the country see them, but also national tech leaders and Project Invent officials. “Going in we had a loose prototype, so after we heard [about San Jose] we had to kick it into gear and start refining everything,” said Matthew.
The system had to look professional, like something you’d find on the shelf at Best Buy or Home Depot. Alertra-branded smoke detector models were created using the school’s 3D printers, and were then packaged and shrinkwrapped. The exterior of the wearable device was reworked into a sleek, compact design that was also 3D printed. The device used the interchangeable bands from the Apple Watch, making replacement a breeze.
At Future Fest, held in a science and technology center that offers interactive exhibits and STEAM education resources, the Alertra team staffed a table with their design models and discussed the system with visitors. The students also participated in hands-on engineering activities with members of the six other Project Invent teams.
The rewards of Project Invent, the students said, transcended far beyond tech knowledge entrepreneurship experience.
“By the end of the trip, we were very tight,” said Kaitlyn, who has invention infused intos her DNA. Her father, David, teaches digital design and engineering at MOHS and serves as both the Project Invent and marine robotics club advisers. “Developing a project that you believe in, along with people you come to love and care about, was an awesome experience.”
Project Invent will be offered again in 2022-2023.


Pictured above:  
Kaitlyn Bodmer, Pratyus Mohapatra, Matthew Rambo, and Dhruv Raghuraman show off their product prototypes   

Mount Olive High School is very excited to announce the Class of 2023 Co-Valedictorians and Salutatorian

Anish Pradhan has earned the standing of Valedictorian for the Class of 2023
Claudia Sterling has earned the standing of Valedictorian for the Class of 2023
Tyler Campbell has earned the standing of Salutatorian for the Class of 2023

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