|Melinda Burns, Mrs. Karin Suzadail, Jonathan Arditi, Mrs. Jessica Brilla, Josephine Funaro (not pictured, Mrs. Laura George)|
“If I didn’t mention the fact that she has helped collect over a 1,000 pounds of clothing and toys for the Boys and Girls Club of America, while taking 9 AP courses during the past three years, or the fact that she un-selfishly volunteers her time as an Sunday School teacher at her church I would not be bragging about the right Josie [Funaro],” shared Mrs. Jessica Brilla, adding “if I didn’t mention the fact that Josie has been involved in raising money to purchase over 1,000 chickens for under-developed countries, I would be missing the opportunity to talk about the type of person a Salutatorian can be at OJR.”
“Witnessing Aeneas appear out of thin air and come back from the dead- that’s what it’s like to step into Mrs. Suzadail’s class,” said Melinda Burns, who added, “in 7th period AP Latin, for 45 minutes a day, Rome is not gone. Rome rises from the pages of translations and stares me in the face. It didn’t really cross my mind that I should be learning Latin for its own sake until Mrs. Suzadail taught me otherwise, and I need to thank her for that.” Mrs. Karin Suzadail said, “Melinda is a dynamo in class – she is always on top of her work, always a model to others, a ready volunteer…”
Mrs. Laura George was never a classroom teacher to Valedictorian Jonathan Arditi, but acted as a mentor three years in a row to his ambitious and award-winning science research projects. Jonathan believed that “many in my graduating class cite Mrs. George as their reason for pursuing science after high school, and I am proud to count myself among that group. Mrs. George is truly a pillar of personal strength, compassion, intelligence, and wisdom that I am blessed to have had as a mentor.” Mrs. George thanked Jonathan for the opportunity to be his mentor. “He helped me to grow as a science mentor and educator,” she stated.