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LHS Administration

Edward Bertolini
LHS Principal
(201) 302-5200, ext. 5200
Charles Kalender
LHS Vice Principal
(201) 302-5200, ext. 5201
Adrienne Stein
Director of Student
Services and Testing
(201) 302-5200 ext. 5210 
Steve Perrotta
Athletic Director
(201) 302-5200, ext. 5208 

Paw Print Signing

On a sunny day in September, the Leonia High School Senior Class of 2017 made their marks on the school during the annual Paw Print Signing event. At the beginning of each year, the maroon Paw Print behind the high school is given a fresh coat of paint for the new graduating class. Seniors fill the sprawling area with signatures demonstrating their own personal styles. Some seniors coordinate their signatures with friends in painstaking detail, while others opt for simplicity. The Class of 2017 continued this tradition and, when the paint dried, gathered to take the traditional class picture.

The event is coordinated by senior class advisors Mrs. Gabrielsen, Mrs. Antonucci, Mrs. Sahagian, and Ms. Millar.

Leonia High School’s Marketing and Business Leadership Academy

In September, Leonia High School’s newly christened Marketing and Business Leadership Academy welcomed the Class of 2020, the program’s first four-year cohort. The MBLA is helmed by Rowena Gianfredi, long-time DECA coordinator and veteran teacher. This program offers a challenging business-centric curriculum and provides students with a unique competitive edge when applying for future internships in college.

Students in the Marketing and Business Leadership Academy complete a set of core classes and select one of three majors: marketing, economics and finance, or accounting. In addition to the required courses for each major, students complete elective credits in their choice of related classes including AP Micro and Macro Economics, Ethics, Graphic Design, Web Programming, and AP Statistics. Students fulfill the requirements of the MBLA coursework in addition to the high school’s general education curriculum and state graduation requirements.

During senior year, all MBLA students complete a required “externship” in a field related to their major. These internships are geared specifically towards Leonia High School students and provide engaging real-world experiences during the school year. MBLA externships can also run in conjunction with existing Academies including the LHS Science Academy and the LHS Academy for Hospitality and the Culinary Arts.

The MBLA Class of 2017 will be completing internships in diverse business areas including medicine, politics, hospitality, and marketing.

Shivani Aggarwal, a member of both the MBLA and the Science Academy, is completing her externship with a Parexel, an international life sciences consulting firm. To combine her love of science with her interest in business, Shivani will be working with the Medical Communications division with a focus on marketing specifically to pharmaceutical companies.

Minna Abdelaziz will also pursue a medicine-related MBLA externship at DMG America LLC, a dental marketing firm located in Englewood, NJ. Minna’s Friday schedule will be broken into three different blocks devoted to advertising, finances, and a self-directed study.

Matthew Kim will be working with Assemblywomen Valerie Huddle of District 37 where his will learn about the business of campaigning. His internship will allow him to see the inner workings of a political office.

Lauren Bigler and Elizabeth Vega will be studying hospitality and hotel business at the Glenpointe Marriott as they shadow the Human Resources manager. Throughout the course of the year, they will complete rotations in different administrative sectors of the hotel.

Other MBLA seniors will complete marketing externships at Southard Communications and online marketing company SWAT Digital.

For more details about the MBLA, visit the “Leonia Academies” page at





The Principal, Edward A. Bertolini, of Leonia High School announced today that Naomi Cruz, Casey Kammerman, Michelle Y. Kang, Julian S. Pecht, Nithya Selvaraj, Xiangyue Wang and Toby Yun have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC.  “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”