BCREA Scholarship Report at Spring Luncheon – May 10, 2022

Martha Anderson, BCREA Scholarship Chair


Much has been written about the impact of two years of virtual class instruction. This group of seniors has excelled despite two years of online instruction Their academic excellence is reflected in impressive grade point averages (GPA) and challenging courses of study. We heard from their teachers about their initiative in class participation, about perceptive questions and a willingness to work far beyond basic requirements.

Their personal essays revealed their character and ambitions:

More than one candidate wrote about overcoming the challenge of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and credited individual teachers for teaching them coping strategies that made a difference in their learning.

One had the unique experience of being selected for a Cisco High Externship – and a course in Cybersecurity that set the stage for a college career in computer engineering.

And their PASSIONS! Roller coasters and Legos and sneakers and dance and cheerleading and DECA, the business club!

Each used their leadership skills to give back to their communities.

Through Scouting - Two shared their Eagle scout projects

By volunteering in church food ministries

Through athletics, by mentoring younger athletes in their sport

One candidate taught soccer skills to a special needs player

I keyed into the twins who spent two months scheduling Covid vaccine appointments for our brand of “seniors” who could not work through the online appointment process – that had been my experience and so I understand it was a gift of time and effort.

Our candidates held summer camp jobs and were the cashiers you see in local stores and markets. Together these high school seniors are a Force for Positive Action in our complicated world.

As I introduce the recipients and their BCREA relatives, I would ask them to stand to be recognized. Each will receive a $1000 BCREA Memorial Scholarship

  • Michael Haines, his grandfather Michael Manicone, and his father Chris Haines. Michael is a senior at Paramus High School and will attend Lafayette College to study Chemical Engineering.
  • Joining their proud grandfather, is his brother Christopher Haines, also a senior at Paramus High School, who will attend Lehigh University to major in Business Information Systems.
  • Katherine Weber, granddaughter of former BCREA Treasurer Carl Weber and Barbara Weber and mother Julie Weber. Katie is headed to Syracuse University for a Marketing Major.
  • Ryan Schorling is here with his grandfather Farnk Schorling, Jr. Ryan is a senior at Wayne Hills High School and will begin a course of study in Sports Manangement at Fairleigh Dickinson University this fall.
  • Peter Ajalat is the grandson of Caorle Ajajlat and is here with his mother Laurie Ajalat. PJ is a senior at Pascack Valley High School and will be a freshman at the University of Delaware.
  • Grace Marscovetra is a senior at Indian Hills High School. Her grandmother is Doris Marscovetra. Grace is here with her mother Debra Marscovetra and plans to major in Psychology at The College of New Jersey.
  • Aidan Rainere is here with his grandparents, John and Cynthia Battaglia and his mother Michele Rainere. Aidan will graduate from Waldwick High School and attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to major in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • Ronan Sellars is the grandson of Rita Sellars. A senior at Midland Park High School, Ronan will attend Clarkson University to major in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Peter Nasto is the nephew of Gail Wisse. A senior at Paramus High School,  Peter will be a freshman at Bucknell University looking forward to a major in Civil Engineering.

Nicholas Pantaleo and his grandmother Patricia Buonocore could not be here today. Nicholas will graduate from Park Ridge High School and enter James Madison University, majoring in Finance.

There are two additional scholarships to announce.

Lucas Weis is not able to be here today. He is the nephew of Miriam Weis. Lucas has been awarded the BCREA/Visions $2000 Scholarship thanks to first-time donation from Visions Federal Credit Union.

Caroline Passaro opted to take AP exam today instead of coming here. Her grandmother is Joan Passaro. Caroline is the first recipient of the $2000 Janet Bischak Memorial Scholarship. Janet served as BCREA Vice President until her death in April 2020 from cancer.  A very generous donation from her husband Michael Bischak means this award will continue for several years.


I would ask members of the scholarship committee to stand if they are present: Don Averna, Sandy Eck, Rina Goldman, Eileen Hooper, Karen Nicodemus and the co-chair Anna King (who could not be here today.)

We can thank them for their help in reading all application materials and for making hard decisions. As first-time scholarship chair, I learned that timing is everything and that seniors in high school do not check email regularly! Their world is communication by text!


One Final plea: We want to continue to recognize high school achievements of all candidates who meet the criteria of academic excellence, involvement in school leadership, and community service. I would encourage each of you to consider donations to our scholarship fund in memory of your colleagues at their passing. We will always collect donations at BCREA luncheons. If you usually put a couple of dollars in the bucket, this time put in $5. If your usually find $5 in your wallet, this time find $10. And if you often donate $10 , understand that $20 is the new college care package.


I thank you all for your attention and your support.

2022 seniors
2022 Seniors and family