Name: Sunny Huang
Role Model: My role model is my middle school band teacher Mrs. Ruggeri. The reason that I've admired her ever since I first joined the Charger Band is her motivation and inspiration. Not only did Mrs. Ruggeri teach me so many lessons in music, she also taught me to never give up on doing what I love to do. During my first year in band, I wasn't expected to surpass the basic skill level because I was a seventh-grader. It was difficult to play various music scales and understand the basics of rhythmic notation when the time was limited. However, this didn't prevent me from committing to improving my skill as a young musician. I practiced multiple times a week and had private lessons with Mrs. Ruggeri. I always loved her positive energy when she conducted the band during practices. She is my motivation to never hesitate to take risks and to follow my passion. For the past five years, I truly believe that little acts of kindness can make a big difference. If it wasn’t for the challenges that I faced in the past and the support that I had from Mrs. Ruggeri, I wouldn’t have been inspired to accomplish what I had.
Teacher with the most impact: Every teacher who has taught me in my academic years has significantly impacted my life. Teachers not only teach me particular academic skills, but more importantly, the skills to be creative, compassionate, and to be determined to surpass difficulties. One particular teacher that I will always remember is Mrs. Flemming, who is my fourth grade math teacher. Although she doesn’t teach English or Spanish or any other language, she truly embraced Chinese culture. She allowed my cousin and I to write one Chinese word each day on the whiteboard to show to the class. She also printed out packets containing Chinese numbers and Chinese Zodiac animals for me to teach the class! I’m also grateful for Mrs. Lavin who teaches 2D Design and IB Art. She appreciates the creativity in my artworks, no matter how unusual they may look. For the past three years in her class, Mrs. Lavin has been more than willing to provide the best for her students. She always provides them the supplies they need to complete their artworks, even if it means buying supplies that she doesn’t have in her classroom. If it wasn’t for Mrs. Lavin, I wouldn’t have appreciated the beauty in artworks created by artists who express their ideas and perspectives in all aspects of life. Mrs. Lavin is truly a great teacher who inspires me to be the best that I could be.
What do you like most about Shore Regional? What I truly love about Shore Regional High School is the International Exchange Program. I enjoy meeting students from all over the world who demonstrate a commitment to learning about our culture as well as us learning their cultures. We truly welcome new exchange students into our school and provide them the support they need to adapt to our education system. Personally, it encourages me to learn about other cultures and meet people from all kinds of cultural backgrounds.
Activities: Currently, I am a diploma candidate for the International Baccalaureate program. I am part of the SAW Club by partaking in the club’s most important events and donating items to create dog toys. I’m also part of the sewing club, though I wish I had the time to participate in club activities. Outside of school, I help support my parents with the restaurant business and taking care of my younger siblings when my parents don’t have the time to do so. I help in ways such as driving them to Chinese school, helping with their homework, and providing emotional support.
Future Goals/Plans: In ten years, I see myself traveling to different locations around the world to study the effects of climate change in both ecosystems and organisms. I want to take action to prevent or fix environmental problems like pollution that affect us and will affect our future generations. I see myself volunteering in environmental organizations such as cleaning the beaches and planting trees. I also see myself voluteering in animal shelters while having pets of my own. Most importantly, I want to travel instead of staying in one location as I grow older.
Personal Quote: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Name: Aiden Picca
Role Model: My father is my role model for many reasons and, as I plan for my future, I realize I have many of the same interests and goals as him such as the underlying career path of helping others in a first responder role. My father served in the United States Coast Guard for five years whereupon he became a Boatswain’s Mate Second Class responsible for search and rescue and maritime law enforcement. My father then started his career as a police officer with the Point Pleasant Police Department where he currently holds the rank of Lieutenant and is assigned as the detective bureau commander. I realize that I also have similar interests, and I have participated in a number of activities and joined a number of agencies related to emergency services.
Teacher with the most impact: It is difficult to decide on one specific teacher who has had the most impact as there are many teachers that have played a positive role in my school success. Although this is a very difficult decision, if I had to choose one, the teacher who had the biggest impact thus far would be Mr. Remedios. Mr. Remedios was my Sophomore geometry and financial literacy teacher. He made both classes enjoyable and provided the tools and assistance needed to successfully complete those classes. He is always there to help you when you need it and takes the time to address any questions you have. I would like to recognize a number of other teachers who have also had an impact in my success at Shore Regional High School. Although all of my teachers have made school fun and engaging, those who I would also like to recognize include Mrs. Cocco, Mrs. Tranchina, and Mrs. Bertolami for always being there.
What do you like most about Shore Regional? Overall, I enjoy many things about Shore Regional High School. I enjoy the atmosphere and the students along with the small size compared to other high schools. All of the teachers and staff are friendly and are willing to assist you in any way possible. I also really like how the school gives all students access to Chromebooks and Apple computers so that students learn vital skills that will prepare them for varying careers.
Activities: The majority of the activities that I am currently involved in are based upon my career path in emergency services. I am involved with a couple local volunteer organizations such as the Oceanport Hook and Ladder and the Oceanport First Aid Squad. I recently obtained my certification as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and have enrolled in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) which entails 190 hours of instruction and testing along with an additional 10 hours in a hospital emergency room. I also previously volunteered at SAVE animal rescue in Princeton, NJ and was a Boy Scout with Oceanport Troop 58 but transitioned into the emergency services from the Boy Scouts. I was on the spring track team; however, my obligation with the EMT course will prevent me from being part of the spring track team this year.
Future Goals/Plans: I see myself working in a career that I enjoy, possibly in a law enforcement position with federal jurisdiction. I will have graduated from a four-year college with a degree in criminal justice or homeland security and would have established residency in a southern state, possibly South Carolina.
Personal Quote: "Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living" - Albert Einstein