2022 Scholarship Winners





2022 Scholarship Winners


Sophia Pappalardo has a four year GPA of 4.015 and was a member of the National Honor Society and the National English Honor Society. She has always enjoyed reading and writing and during her senior year has been the Editor in Chief of the Mobius Literary Arts Magazine. She is also Captain of Varsity Debate Team. She is Vice President of the Student Council since the Spring of 2019. In the fall of 2019 she hosted a Czech exchange student.

Sophia has played four years of varsity soccer becoming Captain in her senior year. She beacame a NJ certified special needs soccer coach and with a friend co-founded TOPSoccer, a soccer program for special needs children.

With a friend they co-founded a Glen Rock chapter of Glamour Gals where high schoolers visit local seniors to give them a makeover.

In the sumers she works as a waitress. 

She will attend Lehigh University with the intention of studying International Relations.


Daniel Cece is focused on film and the media. At GRHS he videotaped every varsity football game and then uploaded the video for coaches and players to review the next day. For his contribution to the team, he was awarded a varsity letter.

Following his interests he was male lead in the school's theater and musicals from his sophomore through his senior year. He also participaed in the school's choir and in the local theater group. In his spare time he taught Glen Rock children how to make origami figures.

He was left fielder for the DiChiaro Baseball Club in 2019, no season '20 and '21, then left fielder again in '22.

His four year GPA averaged 4.226. He had a heavy concentration of Honors and AP courses. He even took Honors and AP Latin.

Summers he works in a local restaurant.

He will attend Tufts University with a planned major in Film & Media Studies.



To make a contribution to the scholarship fund, send it to the following address:


Tom Pearson, Trustee

GRHS Scholarship Fund                                              Date:_________________

51 Pine Street

Rye, NH 03870

Dear Tom,

  I enclose my contribution payable to the "GRHS Class of '59 Scholarship Fund" in the

amount of $_____________.











2022 Scholarship Contribution Letter




                                                   Amanda Lotta


                                             Ryan Hornish                                 


                                                                                  January 25, 2022


Dear Classmates,


Amanda and Ryan were our June 2021 scholarship winners. Amanda attends Worcester Polytechnic Institute studying Engineering and Ryan Hornish attends the University of Connecticut studying Criminal Intelligence.

At GRHS Amanda was a member of both the National Honor Society and The High School Science Honor Society. She was a leader of the school’s Robotics Team and the First Lego League team in Ridgewood. She participated in Stem Camps and Science Day programs to inspire young students. She participated in The Call to Unite, an event calling for unity for the survival of humanity. She participated in the Good Grief Gala raising funds for grieving New Jersey children. She was a member of the varsity debate team and also competed in archery tournaments. She was also a competitive dancer raising funds for charitable organizations. Amazing what these kids do!

At GRHS Ryan played both varsity lacrosse and soccer and participated in one of the premier lacrosse recruiting camps in the country and was named to the All Star team. He was a junior firefighter at the Glen Rock Volunteer Fire Dept. joining after seeing firefighters save his mother’s life after a near fatal car accident. He was a snowboard instructor at the Campgaw Mountain Ski area. He was a journalist for the Glen Echo.

Doug Anderson has resigned as a trustee of the fund so when you send in your contribution mail it to me at one of these two addresses:

      From now until March 15th:

             4675 Chandlers Forde, Sarasota, FL 34235

      From April 1 on to:

             51 Pine Street, Rye, NH 03870

If you send to any one of the above addresses, the mail will be forwarded, but I find forwarded mail is very slow in arriving. Make out any check to “GRHS Class of ’59 Scholarship Fund”.Your contribution toward the two $2,500 scholarships is an important gift to two GRHS seniors. Your contribution is worthwhile. In these letters, you read what these students have done with their time in school. It gives you a good feeling about their generation. These awards will be made this coming June.

                                                     Sincerely yours,


                                                    Tom Pearson, Trustee

                                                     GRHS Class of ’59 Scholarship Fund


Tom Pearson

51 Pine Street

Rye, NH 03870                                  Date:


Tom, enclosed is my contribution of $__________ to the GRHS Class of ’59 Scholarship Fund.