Morristown’s top two students share wisdom at 2014 commencement

Salutatorian Nicholas Haas and Valedictorian Nicole Kramer ar 2014 MHS commencement. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Salutatorian Nicholas Haas and Valedictorian Nicole Kramer at 2014 MHS commencement. Photo by Kevin Coughlin


Morristown High School Valedictorian Nicole Kramer has an appetite for life–and for colorful food imagery. Her speech at Wednesday’s commencement left us craving a Big Mac.

Nicole’s resume is impressive: National Merit Commended Student, National Hispanic Recognition Scholar, National Honor Society. Number one in the Class of ’14. Girl Scout and figure skater since kindergarten.

The summer before her sophomore year, she went to Kentucky with her church to repair houses for people in need.

“Her hard work, both laborious physically and mentally at the work site, putting on the shingles, made her grateful for the things she has and grateful for being able to help someone else,” says guidance counselor Ellen Cheikes.

“Rarely have I seen a student so seamlessly balanced in scholarship, leadership, character and service,” adds¬†Elizabeth Barbone,¬†another counselor.

Nicole plans to study biomedical engineering at MIT.



Salutatorian Nicholas Haas exhorted classmates to retain their sense of wonder.

He seems to do so with ease, juggling academics and karate (he is a second-degree black belt and teaches the martial art), says his guidance counselor, Melanie Talesnick.

“He is extremely bright, kind compassionate, motivated and eager to learn and grow. He is as well-rounded as they come,” she says.

Nicholas is a National Merit Commended Student and a member of the National Honor Society, the French National Honor Society and the German National Honor Society. He also was co-president of the math team.

He is bound for the Rutgers University School of Engineering.



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