Hackensack High School’s Comet News is premiering a new feature that celebrates our whole community. Come see what is being said now that People Are Talking….
Kayla Aquino, sophomore, says her English teacher, Ms. Dowling, is “the nicest teacher in the entire school.”
“Jayla Gabriel seems very interested in chemistry and I appreciate her enthusiasm toward the subject,” says chemistry teacher, Mr. Maselli.
Darren Wilkins, freshman in the school play, Cabaret, says Chorus and Musical Theater teacher who is the musical director of the play, Ms Platte, is “helpful and supportive.”
Avery Fearon, freshman, says band teacher Mrs. MacVicar is “a really good band teacher and is always such a big help to the class when there is a problem.”
“Mical Davila (senior) is a very dedicated and talented young woman,” says band teacher Mrs. MacVicar.
Mr. Davis, marketing teacher, says Dr. Galiana “is very consistent and has very good leadership skills and organizational skills.”
“Dr. Galiana works hard to make sure students are given fair treatment regardless of academic level,” says senior Mackenzie Carroll.
“Anthony Sanchez is a hard working student he comes into class ready to learn and eager to help his fellow classmates,” says chemistry teacher, Ms. Shaw.
Amari Banks, sophomore, says her English teacher, Mrs. Washburn, is “very chill and laid back.”
Alexus Smith, freshman, says her assistant principal, Ms. Adams, “is very helpful and will try to get you on the right track in a positive way. She is also very funny and she will try to make you happy.”
Ms. Adams, freshman assistant principal, says her freshman class “has matured since middle school and it’s nice to see their growth with academic focus.”
Nasimeh Salem (senior) says one of the Model UN leader, Ms. Durso, “runs the club amazingly, is very organized, and lets the students be in control of monitoring the club, which makes the experience more real and exciting for me.”
Ms. Curreri, Model UN leader, says Paul Del Vechio, (senior) “did a great job at our Fair Lawn conference, since it was very different from any other Model UN meeting, which I thought he handled it very well.”
Rafeeat Bishi, sophomore, says that her History teacher Mrs. Harrington is a “good teacher who knows how to push her students.”
Mrs. Harrington, US History teacher, says about sophomores: Daniel Chi, Peter Boodhan, and Harvey Fortus, “I have a group of fine young men who are very focused and hardworking. They have very distinct personalities. [They are a] little competitive with each other in a good-hearted way. [They] often ask good questions and add humor to the class.”
Cosette Liosi, sophomore, talks about the Drop In Center and says, “People in Drop In are very helpful and really respect the confidentiality agreement. It’s reassuring to go there and know that no one will know about what you say there.”
Audrey Irby, secretary of the Drop In, talks about Marcelo Morales and says, “he is learning to do things out of his comfort zone by being a morning helper at the drop in center by going to different offices. He is a very kind, courteous and polite person.”
Arianna Fallucca, senior, says “English class this year is lit” in regards to her English teacher Ms. Shaw.
Mrs. Colacino, Spanish teacher, says, “Period nine class is my favorite class to end off the day,” due to their being so quiet and efficient during the class.
Ms. Arvizu, gym teacher, says, “Amaya Tiozon is a wonderfully cooperative, nice, and responsible student.”
Jonathan Ramos, sophomore, claims, “Mrs. Alvarez is chill with her students” regarding his favorite gym teacher.
Upasna Singh, freshman, talks about her gym teacher Mr. Houser and says, “My gym teacher doesn’t yell at students when they do not participate; instead he encourages them to play the sport.”
“Jessica Pida, sophomore, is a hard working student and she comes after school for more help on her writing, which helps her improve her writing and to achieve her goal,” says Pre AP English II teacher Mrs. PapaMichael.
Ms. Tatgenhorst, Web Design teacher, says, “Ashley Sloan, in 12th grade, is a conscientious and diligent student who will definitely succeed in life.”
Ryan Galbreath, senior, says, “The class that Ms. Tatgenhorst is teaching Web Design and really helped me out for my future.”
Necole Torrejon, junior, says, “She is both nice and understanding as well as enthusiastic when teaching our class and enjoys when her students succeed even when we’re not doing our best,” about her AP World teacher, Ms. Durso.
Karla Vazquez, sophomore, says her Honors Spanish 3 teacher, Snr. Colacino, “Breaks down difficult concepts into simpler ones making it easier for the students to understand it. She is always willing to help her students whether it’s after school or during class. Additionally, both her in class activities and lesson plans are insanely helpful and fun. She’s a very compassionate person and teacher that is willing to challenge her students in order to prosper academically. I am lucky to have had her both this year and last year, hopefully next year as well.”
Ms. Lozano, Assistant Principal to the Eleventh Grade, says, “He has had a positive impact on the Culture and Climate committee. Additionally, he holds students accountable while also fostering positive relationships with them and supports them both academically and socially. He has definitely been a great addition to our Comet community,” about the school’s new faculty member, Dean Hodge.
“Maria Diaz, senior, displays drive and perseverance that is not uncommon in students her age. She has overcome many obstacles in her life while maintaining her status as an honor student and is the glue that holds her family together . She will be successful in anything she does and is a role model in our school community,” says Ms. Lozano.
Mrs. S. McFadden, Main Office Staff, says “She always goes the extra mile to help someone.” about Mrs. Lozano, Assistant Principal.
Theodore Leakas, senior, says, “I do not know Mr. Hodge that well but he seems really nice and cool.”
Dennis Ballew, senior, says computer graphics and photography teacher, Mrs. Andrews, is “one of the nicest teachers and is always looking out for other people.”
Mrs. Andrews, computer graphics and photography teacher, described student Arianna Young, as “unbelievably talented, focused, and hardworking.”
Mrs. Betances, Algebra I teacher, says “Mr. Montesano gives us [the staff] trust and confidence that we are doing our job properly. He holds us to a high standard and expects us to do a good job.”
“Coming from other schools I feel as if he [Principal Montesano] runs this school better than most that I’ve been to. I really feel at home here,” says senior, Kevon Huntley.
David Gonzalaz, senior, says chemistry teacher, Mr. Pulumbo “He’s good for a laugh” while senior Arianna Falluca says “He can always make me smile”