WMHS Hall of Excellence announces inductees

West Milford. New inductees to the West Milford High School Hall of Excellence will be honored on Oct. 25.

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Sep 26 2019 | 11:54 AM

West Milford Township High School is pleased to announce the inaugural nominees of its Hall of Excellence.

The Hall of Excellence recognizes outstanding accomplishments of West Milford alumni and staff.

Induction events will take place on Oct. 25, 2019.

The inductees are:

Michael J. Schunke, Class of 1987

Michael is an internationally recognized glass artist and educator. His work has received numerous awards and is in museums in the U.S. and around the world.

Abha Khanna, J.D., Class of 1997

Abha is a partner in the prestigious law firm Perkins Coie.

She has represented clients in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jennifer Smolinski, Class of 2000

After beginning her career in advertising, Jennifer joined the Navy Reserves and volunteered to serve three tours in Afghanistan.

She currently serves as a US Federal Agent.

Monika Heinig, PhD, Class of 2005

Monika, a mathematician, has taught at Seton Hall and Stevens Institute of Technology, and has worked in the private sector in medical research, analytics and data science.

Lyndsay Wright, Class of 2008

Lyndsay is a marketing manager with Berkeley College.

She developed MS in her senior year of high school, and had since become an advocate for those with the disease as well as an impressive fundraiser for MS.

Maureen Calantropio, math teacher at Macopin who retired in 2005

After a successful teaching career, Maureen continued to develop best practices in teaching through her professional workshops and student teacher supervision.

The community is invited to join the celebration honoring the inductees on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.

Dinner is at Momento's Restaurant on Moreston Road at 6 p.m.

For more information or tickets, email hallofexcellence@wmtps.org, or phone 973-992-7214.

Nominations for the honor are welcome at any time.

To nominate an alumni for the honor, Visit the WMHS Hall of Excellence website at: https://sites.google.com/wmtps.org/wmhs-hall-of-excellence/

The West Milford High School Hall of Excellence was founded in the spring of 2017.

The purpose of the West Milford High School Hall of Excellence is to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding individuals who graduated West Milford High School or who served the West Milford High School community, according to the district.

Many West Milford High School alumni have made a tremendous societal impact, and the successes of these alums are a source of school and community pride, the group's website said.

"In so recognizing these individuals, we seek to establish and strengthen the connection between those individuals and their families with West Milford High School," the organization said. "Current students will be more readily able to identify with appropriate role models associated with their school and community."