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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 

Lions Pride: Meet the County’s Champion Athletes
of Leonia High School

Reana Radu, Tennis

Leonia freshman, Reana Radu, introduced herself to the Bergen County tournament last fall by winning the small-schools third-singles crown. The Lions’ unseeded freshman beat three seeded players in straight sets to win the crown.

“I had no idea I was going to win,” Radu said. “I never played high school tennis before so I didn’t know what the competition would be like.”

Radu, who has been playing tennis since age 7 when her dad first got her interested in the sport, says “there have definitely been times where I had to sacrifice time with friends to either go to practice or play a tournament. However, I learned how to manage my time.” Tennis has taught Radu a lot about “patience and dedication” and how to “apply these skills in all aspects of my life.”

Elle Morse, Swimming

Elle Morse, a junior at LHS, started swimming around age 5, and has been nonstop ever since. Morse holds nine school records, four league records, and just recently broke the county record by nearly half a second in the 50 freestyle at the Bergen County tournament.  Morse, who also won the breaststroke, is believed to be the first champion in program history.

"I’m just proud to represent Leonia like that," Morse said. "I was on the verge of tears when I looked at the clock. It still hasn’t sunken in. I don’t know what to think about it."

“Sometimes I do feel like I am missing out on things my friends might be doing”, she says, but “it does not upset me. Swimming is my passion.”

Morse claims, that “although swimming is often labeled as an individual sport, what makes school swimming special is the team aspect of it.” When looking back and reflecting on a particularly close, challenging meet, she added, “It did not matter how fast I could swim, what mattered was the depth of our team. The Leonia swim team is unique because of the talent our depth has.”

Gabrielle Capalad, Bowling

In this season’s Bergen bowling tournament, junior Gabrielle Capalad, the lone entry from her team, became the first Bergen County girls bowling champion from Leonia.

The junior right-hander opened with a 196 game and followed with a 206. In the third game, she began a string of six consecutive strikes in the fifth frame and wound up with a 248, giving her the high game award as well as high series (623).

Capalad claims that her “proudest moment in the sport is being the first girl in the school history to obtain the title of county champion” because not only did she make herself, her coach, and athletic director proud, she made her parents proud. “These tournaments, when I’m by myself and just my coach, are one of my biggest challenges because I’m not with my other teammates and they are one of the biggest mental supports for me.”

Capalad has only been bowling since approximately age 13, only bowling recreationally when her parents joined a league. Once she started coming at least once a week, she took the sport more seriously and dedicated her time to making herself better.


DECA Shines Again in States
We Are Atlanta Bound For The Nationals

Fifty-six Leonia DECA members have returned from the recent DECA State Leadership Conference with wonderful results. There were 3200 students from the entire state competing for opportunities to represent New Jersey at the next level. Twenty-four of our students have qualified to attend the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia from April 20-25. Those who are not competing will be attending leadership workshops during the conference.

The following students achieved overall outstanding results placing 1st through 3rd place in the state, or were recognized as State Finalists. JiJung Lim and Taylor Molina qualified in two different events! In addition, 20 of the 24 students of the following are members of the Marketing and Business Leadership Academy. Two of the 24 students are Leonia Academy of Science students.

With your approval, these LHS students will be on the NJ national marketing team heading to Atlanta:

1st Place Winners
 Johnathan Perino, Ryan Nakajima (Seniors), Enrique Lopez (Sophomore)
2nd Place Winners
 June Lee (Senior), Molly Lawrence, Kate Morales, Bianka Lieber, Ashley Kwak, Julia Skarimbas, JiJung Lim, Taylor Molina, Sabrina Jeon (Juniors), Allison Nakajima, Lauren Oh, Azra Schorr (Sophomores)
3rd Place Winners
 Alyssa Blake (Sophomore), Begum Taktak (Freshman)
National Qualifier
• Ben Asciutto (Junior)

In addition, the following students will participate in Atlanta in the Emerging Leaders Series: Max Klein, Jenna Khansa, Rachael Park, Jakob Klein, Veer Sawhney, Youssef Mourad

Along with the above national qualifiers, our state finalists include:
Junior: Jenna Khansa, Loryn Williams
Sophomores: Jakob Klein, Max Klein, Sahib Singh
Freshman: Mishelle Goykhberg

We are extremely proud of our students’ accomplishments. Throughout the conference, they represented Leonia High School in a most professional manner and they exhibited strong unity and camaraderie.

Congrats to Mrs. Gianfredi and our DECA students.