The 2017-18 school year is winding down, and this year’s Top 10 academic seniors at Bordentown Regional High School are looking ahead to their future plans as high school graduates and college students.

Each filled out a questionnaire about themselves, including information about their career plans, favorite Bordentown memories, extracurricular activities and teachers.

The soon-to-be Scottie alumni will attend colleges such as Vanderbilt University, Rutgers University, Penn State, the University of Rochester, Rowan College at Burlington County, UPenn and Lafayette College.

They will study engineering, computer science and digital media design on their way to prospective careers like statisticians, investment bankers, professors and animators, among others.

During their four years at BRHS, this year’s Top 10 students were involved with clubs like Interact and FBLA, extracurriculars ranging from track, field hockey, golf and cheerleading to STEM for Kids, theater club, Spanish club and Model UN. They were also members of academic organizations like the National Honor Society and the International Thespian Society.

The class of 2018’s graduation ceremony is set for Monday, June 18, 2018 at the Bordentown Performing Arts Center, starting at 6 p.m.

1Reena Zhang

Vanderbilt University (neuroscience)
Medical researcher or neurosurgeon
Rank: 1

Activities: Cross country, track, theatre club, Mock Trial, Model UN, National Honor Society, STEM for Kids

Favorite memory: Breaking the school sprint medley and distance medley relay records with some awesome girls on the track team this spring. It’s been such an honor to run with these fast girls this year and finish off my last track season with them.

Most influential teacher: Mr. Wheeler’s kindness and constant optimism inspires me to live each day with a smile on my face.

Favorite quote: “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” –Albus Dumbledore in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

2Hannah Vliet

Rutgers University (theater and journalism or English)
Director, writer and performer
Rank: 2

Activities: Theatre club, Key Club, Mock Trial, STEM for Kids, National Honor Society
Favorite memory: Everything about A Chorus Line, my last BRHS musical. Dying at the three-hour dance rehearsal, feeling the adrenaline rush as the curtain opened on opening night.

Most influential teacher: Stacie Morano. She showed me, by example, how to be both a leader and a supportive team player in the theater. I have so much love and appreciation for her.

Favorite quote: “Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way.” –Michael Scott, The Office

3Chris Hearn

Pennsylvania State University (accounting)
Accountant
Rank: 3

Activities: Future Business Leaders of America

Favorite memory: The senior trip to Florida.

Most influential teacher: Brian Guire.

Favorite quote: “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” –Muhammad Ali

4Eliza Peterson

Washington and Lee University (politics with a poverty and human capabilities minor)
Public interest lawyer
Rank: 4

Activities: Debate team, Model UN, cross country, track, theatre club, STEM for Kids
Favorite memory: Study halls in the library’s conference room, card games at the end of every school year, breaking beakers in Physics II.

Most influential teacher: Mr. Gens, Mr. Glenn, Mrs. Bokop

Favorite quote: “There’ll be new dreams, maybe better dreams and plenty before the last revolving year is through.” –Joni Mitchell, “The Circle Game”

5Abigail Gunther

University of Rochester (biology)
Dentist
Rank: 5

Activities: National Honor Society, field hockey, softball, biology club, Mock Trial, theater club, International Thespian Society

Favorite memory: Playing four years of field hockey and being a part of a team that I love.
Most influential teacher: Coach Julie, Mr. Glenn, Mr. Franklin and Mrs. Harrison

Favorite quote: “Those who move forward with a happy spirit will find that things will always work out.” –Gordon B. Hinckley

6Jake Janish

Rowan College at Burlington County (chemical engineering)
Chemical engineer
Rank: 6

Activities: Interact Club, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America

Favorite memory: High school orientation because high school was simple at that time.
Most influential teacher: Mrs. Beth Bokop. She is an amazing person and revitalized my love for math.

Favorite quote: “If you spoke the truth and they don’t believe you, then it’s not your problem.”

7Evan Braasch

Lafayette College (mechanical engineering)
Environmental/automotive engineer
Rank: 7

Activities: Theater, Mock Trial, Technology Student Association, Model Congress, golf, STEM for Kids, Peer to Peer Character Education, Key Club, National Honor Society
Favorite memory: Just this past Halloween, I was in charge of organizing the theater club’s annual food drive. It’s still so rewarding to know that the seemingly small efforts of my friends and I can help so many people.

Most influential teacher: I really think that every one of my teachers has taught me something I didn’t know before, whether it was just new information, a new skill or a whole new way of looking at things.

Favorite quote: “For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday, and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.” –Neil DeGrasse Tyson

8Sarah Reichard

University of Pennsylvania (chemistry and criminology)
Forensic scientist
Rank: 8

Activities: Cheerleading, theater club, International Thespian Society, National Honor Society, Mock Trial

Favorite memory: Being able to perform in my favorite musical, A Chorus Line with all of my closest friends. Theater allowed me to connect with so many new friends and gave me a home unlike any other.

Most influential teacher: Mrs. Bokop, both my AP Calculus teacher and cheer coach. She was able to make learning calculus both easy and enjoyable but always pushed me to work harder. Through cheer, she was able to inspire me to be a better leader, and I am so thankful for everything she has done for me.

Favorite quote: “I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m doing it well.” –Andy Dwyer, Parks and Recreation

9Kasi Oguonu

Rutgers University (electrical and computer engineering)
Head of own nonprofit
Rank: 9

Activities: Bordentown College Tours Program, STEM for Kids, Interact Club, Key Club, Spanish club, track, basketball, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society

Favorite memory: Breaking the school record for discus my junior year with the help of my teammates and my annoying/wonderful coach.

Most influential teacher: Mr. Glenn. He tolerates so much and asks for little in return, just a little effort in class. He’s genuinely kind, patient and sweet. Plus, he laughs at my jokes. And for all of this, I am very grateful I had him as my statistics teacher.

Favorite quote: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” –Maya Angelou

10Varun Andrews

Nova Southeastern University (biology)
Pediatrician
Rank: 10

Activities: National Honor Society, theatre club, Future Business Leaders of America, Key Club, cross country, Model UN and Model Congress

Favorite memory: Post-cross country WaWa runs and all my theater performances.

Most influential teacher: Mr. Wright. There was never a day in his class where there wasn’t something cool or interesting to learn about. The fact that he was an Eagles fan didn’t hurt either.

Favorite quote: “I am ready to face any challenge that might be foolish enough to face me.” –Dwight Schrute, The Office