high school leadership awards

High School Leadership Awards

The awards, founded in partnership with NBC10, recognize the region’s high school students who embody Widener’s commitment to develop and inspire leaders who affect positive change.  

Next Steps

Principals and administrators in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware are encouraged to nominate one current high school junior who exhibits strong leadership skills, academic excellence, and exceptional character by completing the Principal Nomination Form. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, December 4, 2020.

Leadership and a commitment to foster positive change in the school and community can be shown through activities such as taking a leadership role in extracurricular activities, volunteering for a purpose, and/or demonstrating an intentional positive influence on their peers and associates.

Only one high school junior in good academic standing is eligible to be nominated from each school. Students may be nominated even if the school does not calculate GPA. Principals and administrators must submit the Principal Nomination Form below.

Nominate a Student

Once you receive confirmation of your nomination, you must complete the Student Registration Form below. The deadline for student registration is Friday, December 18, 2020.

If you have been formally nominated, the awards committee will contact you and provide instructions for you to complete the Student Registration Form.

If you have submitted your registration but have not been formally nominated, the awards committee will contact your school to inquire about your candidacy.

Complete Your Registration

The virtual HSLA event will be held on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. If you have been selected as a recipient of the High School Leadership Award, and have received an invitation email, then please RSVP by Friday, March 12.
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Congratulations to the 2020 HSLA Award Winners!


1. Atlantic Christian School, Sydney Pearson

2. Buena Regional High School, Tatiana Shukovsky

3. Holy Spirit High School, Grace Evans

4. Oakcrest High School, Nadia Bougioukas

5. St. Augustine Preparatory School, Declan Davis

6. St. Joseph's High School, Robert Crimi


7. Berks Catholic High School, Mia Hess

8. Daniel Boone Area High School, Zoe Sweet

9. The King's Academy, Jillian Houser


10. Archbishop Wood High School, Michael DeAngelis

11. Central Bucks East High School, Carina Sun

12. Harry S. Truman High School, Lateefat Adewale

13. Neshaminy High School, Rachel Ackerman    

14. Palisades High School, Rosalia Badolato    

15. Pennridge High School, Madeline Hoffman     

16. Pennsbury High School-West, Patrick Weng

17. Quakertown Community High School, Riya Sembhi

18. Villa Joseph Marie High School, Maria Middleton

19. William Tennent High School, Chelsea Meltzer


20. Bordentown Regional High School, Nicholas Eiffert

21. Burlington City High School, Erin Kiple    

22. Cinnaminson High School, Nicholas Schuler

23. Delran High School, Claire Logue

24. Florence Township Memorial High School, Ashley Virula

25. Holy Cross Preparatory Academy, Matthew Felicia

26. Northern Burlington County Regional High School, Avery Flynn

27. Palmyra High School, Andrew Yansick         

28. Pemberton Township High School, Yohanna Bauerdorf

29. Riverside Township High School, Caleb Esposito

30. Shawnee High School, Nicholas Wagner  

31. Cherokee High School, Natalie Roesch  


32. Audubon High School, Rebekah Barnhardt                                                                 

33. Bishop Eustace Preparatory School, Ryan Console

34. Camden Catholic High School, Franki La Pata

35. Camden County Technical School - Gloucester Township Campus, Lauren Pies

36. Collingswood High School, Ava Madarieta

37. Eastern Regional High School, Noelle Reyes

38. Gloucester Catholic High School, Mary Pearson

39. Haddon Heights High School, Ritwik Tati

40. Haddon Township High School, Sydney Farnham

41. Haddonfield Memorial High School, Mehki Rippey

42. Highland Regional High School, Nyi'Aijha Jennings

43. Overbrook High School, Ciara Robinson

44. Paul VI High School, Kiefer Walsh

45. Sterling High School, Brianna Redd

46. The King's Christian School, Joseph Saporito

47. Triton Regional High School, Erin Sommers

48. Camden County Technical School - Pennsauken Campus, Farnsworth Hendrickson

49. Timber Creek Regional High School, Nashaly Perez


50. Ocean City High School, Madison Morgan

51. Wildwood High School, Jenna Hans


52. Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Aneilia McLeod

53. Weatherly Area High School, Kelly Royer


54. Avon Grove High School, Alexis Bernal                

55. B. Reed Henderson High School, Sakina Farooq

56. Bayard Rustin High School, Val Sallahu    

57. Bishop Shanahan High School, Katherine Saggers 

58. Conestoga High School, Isaiah Willis 

59. Delaware Valley Friends School, Maddy Dews 

60. Downingtown East High School, Saniya Vaidya 

61. Downingtown STEM Academy, Sonia Goldan

62. Great Valley High School, Brooke Oberly

63. Kennett High School, Jacquelin Hernandez-Martinez  

64. Owen J. Roberts High School, Kendra Melniczek    

65. Oxford Area High School, Gabriella Lombardi  

66. Phoenixville Area High School, Nolan Martin  

67. Unionville High School, Molly Evanko

68. West Chester East High School, Elizabeth Guan

69. Woodlynde School, Amy Rogers  


70. Cumberland Regional High School, Hazel Gilligan


71. Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, Paige Riley          

72. Archbishop Carroll High School, Annaliese Boubert  

73. Cardinal O'Hara High School, Emily Collins

74. Chichester High School, Rizza Mojados  

75. Garnet Valley High School, Jack Hooper     

76. Haverford High School, Ainsley Spitz    

77. Marple Newtown High School, Julia Fallows 

78. Penncrest High School, Laiba Khan    

79. Penn Wood High School, Nasharie Stewart

80. Radnor High School, Brendan Hung    

81. Ridley High School, Aidan Moran    

82. Springfield High School, Evan Gallagher    

83. Strath Haven High School, Mira Patel    

84. Sun Valley High School, Jessica Phillips    

85. Valley Forge Military Academy, Yegor Bannov    


86. Clayton High School, McKenna Ryan          

87. Deptford Township High School, Nalia Abney 

88. Gateway Regional High School, Haley Marks 

89. Glassboro High School, Mayooran Mohanakanthan  

90. Gloucester City High School, Emily Keith     

91. Gloucester County Institute of Technology, Kaia Butcher  

92. Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Maria Pia DiFranco

93. Washington Township High School, Kelly Wei  

94. West Deptford High School, Kristin Catando 

95. Williamstown High School, Madison Daraklis


96. Polytech High School, Jacob Merkle    

97. Smyrna High School, Gianna Hannum


98. Bethlehem Catholic High School, Julian Martucci

99. Northwestern Lehigh High School, Emma Burton

100. Parkland High School, Tyler Bartman  

101. Salisbury High School, Nevaeh Robinson

102. Southern Lehigh High School, Megan Albanese  


103. Trenton Central High School, Lesly Yax    


104. Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, Eva Carmona-Rogina                               

105. Jenkintown High School, Theodore Contoudis  

106. Lansdale Catholic High School, Sarah Mash 

107. Methacton High School, Richard Armstrong

108. Norristown Area High School, Rachel Poley

109. North Penn High School, Ansh Sharma 

110. Perkiomen Valley High School, Gavin Berk

111. Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Robert McGuire

112. Pope John Paul II High School, Taylor Garber 

113. Pottstown High School, Jaleinda Thompson  

114. Saint Basil's Academy, Samantha Carlson              

115. Souderton Area High School, Emily Pivnichny  

116. Springfield Township High School, Nina Ivey 

117. Spring-Ford Area High School, Edan Castiel  

118. The Baldwin School, Sophia Tavangar  

119. Upper Dublin High School, Aaron Kim    

120. Upper Moreland High School, Alica Samuel 

121. Upper Perkiomen High School, Wes Barker  

122. Wissahickon High School, J'Simone Lloyd    


123. Caravel Academy, Natalie Harvey        

124. Delaware Valley Classical School, Annie Nicholson  

125. Delcastle Technical High School, Samya Anderson-Victor 

126. Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Shahreen Qazi    

127. Padua Academy, Sage Fort    

128. Archmere Academy, Natalie O'Neill    

129. Brandywine High School, Graciela Hopkins    

130. Concord High School, Elijah Taylor    

131. Delaware Military Academy, Madeline Kuennen    

132. Howard High School of Technology, Jiheir Robinson    

133. Newark High School, Mei Lin Jackson            

134. Paul M. Hodgson Vocational Technical High School, Brianna Zuspann     

135. Red Lion Christian Academy, Hannah Ye

136. Saint Mark's High School, Jordan Ormsby  

137. St. Elizabeth High School, Amanda Harrington  

138. St. Georges Technical High School, Donovan Delaney 

139. The Charter School of Wilmington, Emily Chmiel  

140. Ursuline Academy, Claire Binkley    

141. William Penn High School, Kayla Wilson    

142. Wilmington Christian School, Rebekah Anderson    


143. Cristo Rey High School, Mosheh Francis                  

144. Franklin Towne Charter High School, Daylin Boehmer

145. Lankenau High School, Jordyn Jones-Branham

146. Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls, Gabriella Zul 

147. Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School, Jade Rivera 

148. Nazareth Academy High School, Jillian Rayca    

149. New Foundations Charter High School, Jenna Waldron    

150. Nueva Esperanza Academy Charter High School, DeAngelo Santiago    

151. Paul Robeson High School, Leniah Hodges    

152. Philadelphia Academy Charter High School, Milton O'Brien     

153. Roman Catholic High School, Thomas Hirst  

154. Universal Audenried Charter High School, Jerome Bennett    


155. Marian Catholic High School, Maxwell Schwabe

156. Pottsville Area High School, Kaleigh Sibbett   

157. Schuylkill Haven High School, Joshua Whittemore


158. Kennard-Dale High School, Cross Lawrence    

159. William Penn Senior High School, Paola Lopez

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