November 1, 2016 Livingston, NJ – The October 20 Hall of Fame, coordinated by Livingston Education Foundation (LEF) was a great success! The morning visit to Livingston High School hosted by student ambassador members of the Student Government Association (SGA) and Class Officers, supervised by Guidance Counselor, Sinead Crews, started with photos in the foyer and a ‘Meet and Greet’ breakfast in the media center. Escorted by personal hosts, each honoree attended classes that connected them to students with similar interests and academic focus.
“At a time when civics, civility and commitment to community are more important than ever, we are grateful to this year’s honorees who provided a positive lens through which our students can view the world,” said Heidi Cislo, LEF President.
Barbara Anselmi, (LHS ’83) BROADWAY composer, orchestrator and conductor inspired AP Music Theory, Chorus, Band and Orchestra students by telling them to, “Follow the yeses. Listen to what is going on around you. When things feel right, you will know.”
Dr. David Dean, (LHS ’79) cardio thoracic surgeon, when asked by an AP Biology student about fear in performing organ transplants, noted that, “Fear is just a lack of faith.” He told students that as one matures into a profession, you learn that you don’t need to approach your challenges with fear, but with respect.
Howard Katz, (LHS ’67), NFL Senior VP of Broadcasting and COO, NFL Films, visited TV Production, Business and Marketing Classes. When asked, what was an important life lesson that he could share, Howard told students to “always keep integrity”. It is this integrity that has allowed him through the business of broadcasting to address socio-cultural issues taught by the fair and respectful competition of sports and business.
With a focus on civil rights addressing the value of women in leadership and as partners in politics, business, and family, Patricia Russo, (LHS ’73), Executive Director of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University told AP US Government and Politics classes that Livingston was the breeding ground for her passions and success. She remarked on the wonderful opportunities that Livingston students have before them, crediting Livingston’s outstanding teachers by saying, “Teachers see in you the things you can’t see in yourself.”
Deepening respect for all people through an education of world languages Judith Winston, LEAD Award recipient talked to students about continuing language education beyond the high school years. “You don’t have to be a language major in college, you don’t have to be perfect,” she said, “You need to be able to communicate.”
Following classroom visits, students, teacher advisors, administrators, Board of Education Members and LEF Officers mingled with honorees at a luncheon provided by Career Internship Program (CIP) students, supervised by teacher and program supervisor, Mickey Ennis, who once their guests were served, had the opportunity to participate in conversation, giving insights to their planning and execution for the phenomenal meals that they provided. The activities ended in a tour of the school, given by LHS Principal, Mark Stern and student hosts.
Throughout the morning, student photographers, directed by teacher, Arlene Brown, and Camera Crew students, directed by teacher Steve Milano, documented the Hall of Fame happenings. Photos are available in the display case across from the LHS Main Office and on the LEF website.
The Reception at The Wilshire Caterers kicked off with eight LHS Orchestra students, under the direction of teacher Nancy Ciminnisi, providing background music as honorees along with their families, friends and colleagues gathered in celebration. The awards ceremony, emceed by LHS Principal, Mark Stern, was filled with laughter and tears, as honorees spoke to guests about their journeys from the halls of Livingston schools, (K-12), to their successes and achievements, the impact of an education in Livingston, the support of a community that values a world-class school district and the family and friends they still hold close.
LEF thanks our Homecoming and Hall of Fame Sponsors who support the Foundation to enhance education across the district: Summa Cum Laude: Regal Bank – Livingston’s Home Town Community Bank; Magna Cum Laude: Mel and Jean Klein; Cum Laude: Konner Chevrolet; and Honor Roll: Calabria Restaurant Bar and Pizzeria, dieci COMPANIES: dieci LIFESTYLE AND SPA, dieci uomo- SALON FOR MEN; Livingston Education Association (LEA); Walter Bauman Jewelers; Walter LeVine, Esq.; The Cislo Family; and, Event Contributors: Paintchips and Cupcakes – Photography, Jodi Rothfeld; Parker’s Petals; The Wilshire Caterers; CIP – Plaques; Stephen Bier – Power Point Presentation Design and Set-up; Livingston Schools LEA/PTC/PTA/PTO/H.S.A. gift basket contributions. Logos and Roll of Honor messages will be available on the LEF website.
Hall of Famers were acknowledged at the LHS Homecoming Football Game on Friday, October 21 when Lancers pulled a 29-28 victory over Morristown High School. Hall of Fame honoree, Patricia Russo was welcomed by Lancer fans at halftime on the LHS football field.