Achievement Above All - Independence High School

Achievement Above All - Independence High School
Governing Board president, Kevin Clayborn and Barbara Lynch

Support Staff of The Year – Barbara Lynch

Barb is the social worker at Independence High School.  That statement alone should be enough for us all to understand that she deserves this award. Barb helps students and families in crisis regularly. She organizes and maintains food and clothing items to be available for people in need within our community. She has done a tremendous amount of work with our students to establish and maintain positive interactions among them.  She teaches a salvaging sisterhood class to freshman girls in order to help them make wise choices and to empower them to stand by those choices. She has worked with our attendance office to establish an anger management class for students to be able to find better ways of dealing with their aggression and to offer an alternative to lengthy suspension. Barb is very proud of the equine therapy group she sends students to so that they can see what it means to help others and to give them something to care about and look forward to. The district feels fortunate to have her working with us and with our students.

Governing Board president, Kevin Clayborn and Jennifer Perry

Teacher of The Year – Jennifer Perry

Jennifer has worked with special needs children in the district since 1998, first at Cortez, then at Independence. She has coached volleyball, soccer, spirit line and Special Olympics.

She was inducted into the Independence Hall of fame in 2002 and is recognized at Indy for having the ability to teach rhythmically-challenged adults how to dance. Independence High School is extremely proud of Ms. Perry because she is one of our own. She is a member of the class of 1994 and enthusiastically continues promoting that Patriot spirit. Ms. Perry’s dedication is definitely above and beyond in everything she does for her students and her school. Jennifer does amazing work with some of the most challenging students we have while helping out with whatever else the school or her colleagues may need. 

Governing Board president, Kevin Clayborn and Jane Nguyen

Student of The Year – Jane Nguyen

Jane has the academic records to support her deservedness of this award.  She has a perfect 4.0 GPA, her transcript is packed with AP, Accelerated and Honors classes, she has exceeded the standards on all of her aims tests, and she is ranked at the top of her class. These statistics alone merit her receipt of this honor; however, there is so much more to her that must be noted.  She is a spirited organizer of events on the campus and a leader who inspires others to do their best for Independence.  Jane is described as a catalyst for improving NJROTC and student council working together.  She would come into the NJROTC classroom and help plan many functions in an effort to make student council and NJROTC a team. She is smart, energetic and a role model for all students.  She has a sunny disposition and a positive attitude.

Student Group of The Year – NJROTC

The Independence High School NJROTC, led by Commander Rex Foster and Chief John Mastrangelo, has been a quiet force on the campus for many years.  The 161 NJROTC cadets this year are always present and available to support all of the activities that take place at Independence High School. The Independence High School NJROTC program affords many of our students with leadership opportunities and serves as a role model for students as to how to live a life that is admirable and challenging while making a contribution to the community.  The NJROTC cadets are so commonly involved in events at Independence High School that they sometimes fade into the background and go unnoticed.  They have become the unsung heroes of our school. These young men and women make a positive difference at Independence High School.