Every devoted and passionate student athlete is eventually faced with the decision of whether or not to continue playing the sport they love at the next level. For those who choose to take their game to the collegiate level, they need to go through the recruiting process. It is a lot easier said than done, though. Each person goes through a different experience depending on what level they aspire to play at. Division I, II, or III are the three options for athletes and the reason for their different styles of recruitment.
Softball season is an adventure for the girls at Nutley High School and is the perfect way for them to wrap up their school year. The team began their season in March with spring training in Disney World where they not only got to play eight games, but they also got the opportunity to visit the four theme parks. The Florida trip was able to show Coach Luann Zullo a glimpse of her prospering team. She was impressed with the two talented players that moved into town that gave the team a bit of a boost along with a couple of skilled freshman.
Coming into high school, many students search for something to be a part of, whether it is a sport, club, or other after school activities. Most are unsure about what they want so they try a variety of things and often discover a new skill or passion. At Nutley High School, track and field is one of the most popular and fun sports among all grade levels because of its environment and social offerings. Juniors Maria Marucci and Anthony DePersio share the experiences that track has brought them. Coach Gerald Ryan speaks about how track can enhance students’ lives.
Many high school student athletes experience extreme difficulty managing their workload along with their practices and game schedule. Some of these students also cram other things into their schedules like a job and school clubs and activities. These athletes often experience stress during their sport’s season. Some student athletes learn to manage their time on their own while others need guidance to get through their sports’ season in order to achieve success in all areas.
On January 29, 2019, the John H. Walker Middle School counselors will bring in Tom Kersting to present parents and students with his program, Digitally Distracted. This program is directed towards the JHWMS families, but encouraged to everyone in the Nutley district. Mrs. Alisa Gennace, the 7th grade counselor, was offered this program in her son’s school district and, as a counselor, she felt this was perfect for JHWMS. Digitally Distracted is a project, led by Kersting, which attempts to reconnect students with the real world and avoid increased screen time.
On Friday, November 23, 2018, Nutley residents poured into the Oval for Santa’s annual arrival. The Nutley Chamber of Commerce has hosted this popular event for the past 57 years and they hope to carry the tradition of making children and families happy during the holiday season. As usual, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in a helicopter exciting all the anxious children and they continued to make them smile while walking around meeting them. There was free hot chocolate, prizes, and lots of entertainment for the Nutley families.
This 2018-2019 school year, the Special Olympics Unified Sports program will be the newest club in Nutley High School. This is a national program and NHS has decided to integrate it into its club offerings. This is an inclusive sports program that combines an equal amount of Special Olympic athletes and partners on teams for training and competition. There will be different types of team sports for players to compete in such as basketball, football, volleyball, bocce, golf, and tennis. With club advisors Miss Caithness and Mrs.