The Class of 2019 at Hamilton’s three public high schools—including the Top 10 seniors featured starting on Page 24—will graduate June 19, 2019. Steinert High kicks things off 3 p.m. at Cure Insurance Arena, with Nottingham following at 7 p.m. Hamilton West’s fesitivities are 7 p.m. at the Trenton War Memorial.

Below are profiles of the top 10 graduating seniors in the Steinert High School Class of 2019.

1. Nikhil Kolachalama

Rutgers Honors College; computer science and astrophysics. GPA: 4.96.

Sports: Tennis. Clubs: FIRST Robotics Club, Math club, STEM Club, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish National Honor Society
Prior schooling: Morgan Elementary School, Reynolds Middle School.

Teacher who inspired me: Mr. Stephen Ryan, for helping to reignite my love of mathematics and problem-solving.

Favorite memory: When Steinert Robotics won its first event during my junior year. I felt incredibly elated to see the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work. Through this win, I learned the lifelong value of working long hours with a dedicated, passionate team.

2. Alan Sun

Williams College; human-computer interaction researcher. GPA: 4.91.

Sports: Cross country, swimming. Clubs: Key Club, Math club, Mu Alpha Theta, Physics Club, National Honor Society, Peer Leadership, Science National Honor Society.

Prior schooling: Alexander Elementary School, Reynolds Middle School.

Teacher who inspired me: Mr. Stephen Ryan, for pushing me to seek knowledge in all things, in and outside of the classroom.

Favorite memory: Breaking Steinert’s 200 Freestyle Relay record with my teammates freshman year and junior year made all of the numbing distance sets, intense sprint workouts, and tiny but steady time drops worthwhile. It taught me that success comes in small increments, something to keep in mind as I start a brand new chapter of my life full of fresh challenges.

3. Shaina Ahmed

Rutgers University; pharmacist. GPA: 4.86.

Sports: Tennis. Clubs: Math club, Math National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Hamilton N.E.W.S., yearbook, Spartan Sentinel newspaper.

Prior schooling: Langtree Elementary School, Crockett Middle School.

Teacher who inspired me: Mr. Cullen and Mr. Hearney, two of my science teachers, have augmented my love of science. I would also like to acknowledge, Mrs. Komjathy, my middle school algebra teacher. She motivated me to continue being a “shining star,” and to never underestimate myself.

Favorite memory: The awards ceremony at the end of my 8th grade year. That day, I won 10 prizes, the most that any student invited had received. Before the ceremony, I never imagined that my teachers would think that I deserved to win that many awards.

4. Brent Shin

Rutgers University; biomedical engineer. GPA: 4.77.

Sports: Tennis. Clubs: Math club, STEM Club, Physics club.

Prior schooling: Alexander Elementary School, Reynolds Middle School.

Teacher who inspired me: Dr. Lehman, my 7th and 8th grade math teacher. She was a great teacher who genuinely cared about her students. It is through her that I have gained my interest in math. She also taught me life lessons that will forever be important to me—her favorite words were, “Never, never, never give up” and “Persevere.”

Favorite memory: 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. I remember having lots of fun and I made a new friend there.

5. Cameron Conover

Saint Joseph’s University, finance actuary. GPA: 4.72.

Sports: Tennis. Clubs: Marching Band, Math Club, National Honors Society, Math National Honors Society, Ping Pong Club, Stage Crew, Science Club, Physics Club, STEM Club
Prior schooling: Robinson Elementary, Grice Middle School.

Teacher who inspired me: Dr. Letson, my AP Physics 1 and 2 teacher. He taught me that learning can be fun.

Favorite memory: My favorite memory from school is when there was still a nap time.

6. Hannah Hart

Wilkes University; environmental engineer. GPA: 4.69.

Intercollegiate sports: Soccer. Sports: Soccer, lacrosse. Clubs: Yearbook, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Art National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society.

Prior schooling: Sayen Elementary School, Reynolds Middle School.

Teacher who inspired me: Mrs. Gerstmann because she made an effort to get to know all of us personally and help us in our own individual ways. She taught us to look at life with an open mind and try things we were uncomfortable with. She pushed us all to do a little better and try a little harder, while making lessons fun and interesting.

Favorite memory: Winning MCTs with my soccer team. Those girls were less like teammates and more like sisters. To get results after working so hard is the best feeling ever, and it was even better to share it with them.

7. Hagen Delakowski

The College of New Jersey; environmental scientist/athletic trainer. GPA: 4.68.

Intercollegiate sports: Cross country, track. Sports: Cross country, spring track, swimming, winter track. Clubs: Physics club, math club, German club.

Prior schooling: Alexander Elementary School, Reynolds Middle School.

Teacher who inspired me: I have had so many amazing and influential teachers throughout the years that it would be unfair to name just one. Although a few of them stand out in my memory, I know that every one of my teachers has helped shape me into the person I am today.

Favorite memory: Making states with the cross-country team sophomore year. Not only did the guys team move on to states for the first time in years, but the girls team moved on, too. Achieving this made me feel as if I was a part of something bigger than myself and allowed me to gain a lot more school spirit.

8. Edward Christian Devine

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; critical incident response group. GPA: 4.67.

Intercollegiate sports: Swimming. Sports: cross country, swimming (captain). Clubs: Peer Leadership, Hamilton Aquatics Club (captain/national team), Special Olympics (coach).

Prior schooling: Alexander Elementary School, Reynolds Middle School.

Teacher who inspired me: Mr. Cullen (AP Chemistry) is the reason I am pursuing a major in chemical engineering. There was never a dull moment, and he always related everything back to real-world applications.

Favorite memory: I was always happiest in the pool with the swim team. Helping teach the new swimmers and watching their progress was always great. Best memory was probably placing second in the county for the 100 meter breaststroke. Having my family and team there to watch such a close race is something I will always remember.

9. Vincenzo DiMatteo

Rutgers University; technology development. GPA: 4.63.

Clubs: Math club, robotics team, Peer Leadership, National Honor Society.

Prior schooling: Mercerville Elementary, Reynolds Middle School.

Teacher who inspired me: Mr. Ryan and Ms. Blew have been my favorite teachers as they taught me the importance of discussion, teamwork, and applying yourself.

Favorite memory: Being a part of Mercerville’s “Safety Patrol” program as it taught me the importance of helping others and being a part of a community.

10. Alexis Schulz

University of Pittsburgh; neuroepidemiologist. GPA: 4.58.

Sports: Cross country, winter track, and spring track (captain). Clubs: Student Government Association, Key Club, FBLA (vice president and president), Peer Leadership, Select Choir, GALRE, yearbook (editor-in-chief), National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, senior class president.

Prior schooling: Langtree Elementary, Crockett Middle.

Teacher who inspired me: It would be impossible for me to choose just one, but my favorites have to be Jodi Gerstmann, Marcy Brown, Eunice Ju, and Dan Caruso. All of these teachers have challenged me to the best version of myself. They have invested so much time in me not only as a student, but as a person, and they have become my mentors and friends.

Favorite memory: Each year in the fall during our school spirit week, SGA hosts a highly anticipated event: Wacky Races. The event is undoubtedly where I feel most proud to be a Spartan. The energy in the room is unworldly, and I am so grateful to be surrounded by such an amazing Spartan community.