Ewing High School’s Top 10 ranked graduates are Sterly Deracy, Ziara Jones-Coston, David Treder, Devon Kueny, Anna Gaylord, Amelia Baffuto, Henry Hutchinson, Isabella Falzone, Alex Medwick and Caitlyn Rodriguez. For student profiles, turn to Page 14. (Photo by Suzette J. Lucas.)

From planned careers in the ministry and professional pool cleaning, to environmental science and fashion, Ewing High School’s Top 10 academically ranked seniors are pursuing a diversity of different fields of study when they head off to college this year.

Each of the students, who are ranked in the Top 10 based on their GPAs, filled out a questionnaire detailing future plans and reflecting on their time in high school. Their responses begin on Page 14.

All of the students will be attending schools in the tri-state area, including Eastern University, Lehigh University, The College of New Jersey, Drexel University, Dickinson College, Fordham University, Steven’s Institute of Technology, Montclair State and Rutgers University.

The students will be studying a diversity of majors, including accounting, philosophy and theology, computer science, health sciences, biology, communications, speech pathology and audiology, theater and engineering.

The Top 10 students will graduate—along with the rest of the Class of 2019—on Tuesday, June 18, at Cure Insurance Center in Trenton at 7 p.m.

Amelia Baffuto

Rank: 1, GPA: 4.60

College: Lehigh University
Career plans: Accounting

Planned College Activities: Bowling club and accounting club.

EHS Clubs & Sports: Varsity bowling, math league, Key Club, Rotary Interact, yearbook club.

Person who inspires you and why? My brother David inspires me to do my best because he’s the hardest working person I know.

Favorite memory: Winning the Burlington County Open bowling tournament with my teammates.

Memorable quote: “Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.” -Frank Ocean

Henry Hutchinson

Rank: 2, GPA: 4.54

College: Eastern University
Career plans: Philosophy and theology

EHS Clubs & Sports: Baseball, Mathleague, NHS.

Person who inspires you and why? Above all else I am inspired by Jesus.Every decision I make is based on my relationship with him and what best serves his kingdom.

Favorite memory: Freshman year when I was given the opportunity to pitch for the varsity baseball team. We did not win, but it is a special moment I will remember for the rest of my life.

Memorable quote: “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty.” -1 Samuel 17:45

Sterly Deracy

Rank: 3, GPA: 4.50

College: The College of New Jersey
Career plans: Software engineering/website design

Planned College Activities: Tennis, community service and any clubs/organizations related to programming.

EHS Clubs & Sports: Robotics, math league, chess club, varsity tennis.

Person who inspires you and why? Sherlock Holmes because he makes an effort to approach each of his cases without prejudice in order to be the best detective he can be.

Favorite memory: Winning the championship with the robotics team last year. The team did a lot of work to make sure we were competing with the best robot possible, and in order to qualify for nationals, we had to either win the district championship or gain enough points to get picked to move on.

Memorable quote: “You can have it all. Just not all at once.”

Isabella Falzone

Rank: 4, GPA: 4.49

College: Drexel University
Career plans: Physician’s Assistant

Planned College Activities: Club track, volunteer at a medical centers/hospital, volunteer EMS squad.

EHS Clubs & Sports: Softball, cross country, winter track, student council, Key Club, math league.

Person who inspires you and why? My dad. His work ethic and natural intelligence inspire me to work as hard as I can. I want him to be proud of me and that really motivates me to be the best version of myself in and out of the classroom. I’m already following in his footsteps as he also graduated 4th in his class.

Favorite memory: Going to Florida with the softball team this year.

Memorable quote: “It’s not about how much we lost; it’s about how much we have left.”-Tony Stark

Devon Kueny

Rank: 5, GPA: 4.48

College: Dickinson College
Career plans: Environmental Science or Biology

Planned College Activities: Varsity softball, outing club and the Dickinson Farm.

EHS Clubs & Sports: Soccer, wrestling, softball, sports medicine club, student council, Key Club and peer leadership.

Person who inspires you and why? My sister. She always has a smile on her face, even when she is stressed or going through tough times. She strives to find the good in everything and puts in endless hours of hard work to achieve her goals and reach her dreams.

Favorite memory: When, as a sophomore wrestler, I beat a senior to continue on to the semi-final match in the district tournament.

Memorable quote: “A ship is always safe at shore, but that is not what it is built for.” -Albert Einstein

Anna Gaylord

Rank: 6, GPA: 4.25

College: Fordham University
Career plans: Communications and fashion studies

Planned College Activities: Community service club, fashion related club/organization, student ministry.

EHS Clubs & Sports: Varsity cheerleading, consumer bowl team, peer leadership, NHS, student government.

Person who inspires you and why? My close friends inspire me because as I watch them grow and become who they are I grow along with them into who I am.

Favorite memory: Cheering at the Friday night football games and cheerleading competitions.

Memorable quote: “Everything happens for a reason.”

David Treder

Rank: 7, GPA: 4.24

College: Stevens Institute of Technology
Career plans: Professional pool cleaner and filler

Planned College Activities: Softball, newspaper club.

EHS Clubs & Sports: Game club.

Person who inspires you and why? EHS Principal Edward Chmiel. He took over Ewing High with a vigor I have never seen in a high school principal before. He completely embodies the qualities of Ewing High that make the school excellent, from the quality of education to fun interactions between staff and student. I will be forever honored to have attend a school under his reign.

Favorite memory: Meeting my best friend and attending football games with everyone I care about.

Memorable quote: “Cotton is the devil’s silk.” -Abraham Lincoln

Ziara Jones-Coston

Rank: 8, GPA: 4.23

College: The College of New Jersey
Career plans: Speech pathologist

Planned College Activities: N.J. Christian Fellowship, Deaf-Hearing Connection, Spanish club and the TCNJ National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association.

EHS Clubs & Sports: Rotary club, handbell choir, Coffee for the Soul, drama club, pit orchestra and tennis.

Person who inspires you and why? My mother inspires me with her ability to remain calm and steadfast in stressful situations. I aspire to be the same way.

Favorite memory: Being a part of the drama club’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame orchestra pit. It was such a great experience to play music alongside the actors, and to belong to such a large production.

Memorable quote: “God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, nor sun without rain, but he did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tearsand light for the way.”

Caitlyn Rodriguez

Rank: 9, GPA: 4.20

College: Montclair State or Mercer County Community College
Career plans: Theater

Planned College Activities: Drama club, vocal lessons

EHS Clubs & Sports: Drama club, International Thespian Society troupe

Person who inspires you and why? Drama and English teacher Christina Monaco. I had her my freshman year, and if it wasn’t for her, I woudl have never found theater. She inspired me to come out of my shell and be more confident in myself.

Favorite memory: The first time I ever performed when I was in the Ewing High School production of Godspell during my sophomore year. The adrenaline feeling I got when the lights came up is something I’ll always remember.

Memorable quote: “All our dreams can come true of we have the courage to pursue.” -Walt Disney

Alex Medwick

Rank: 10, GPA: 4.19

College: Rutgers University
Career plans: Engineering

Planned College Activities: Club soccer, multiple community-related clubs.

EHS Clubs & Sports: Soccer, track, winter musical, Key Club.

Person who inspires you and why? My grandfather, who recently passed away. His incredibly positive attitude, hardworking nature and gleeful character all encompass the traits that I hope to adopt throughout my entire life.

Favorite memory: Lighting the candle to officially become a member of the National Honor Society.

Memorable quote: “The only difference between the master and the novice is that the master has failed more times then the novice has tried.” -Stephen McCranie