Spotlight

Welcome to MLHS, Ms. Reid!

Daniela Trapani ’13 This year, we have a new face in the English department: Ms. Meghan Reid of Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey. Ms. Reid double majored in English and in Political Science at Gettysburg College. While there, she attended Oxford University in England for a semester, which she cites as a great experience. When asked…

Dr. Mucci New Superintendent of Mountain Lakes School District

Maddy DiGiovanni ’13 After three years as principal of Mountain Lakes High School, Dr. Anne Mucci is moving to the position of Superintendent. “After a long application process and series of interviews, I was told of the Board’s decision and I was incredibly excited and relieved at the same time.  The interview process is a…

Mr. Ryan Leaving the Lakers to Become a Highlander

Brit Felsen-Parsons ’12 Five years ago, Mr. Steve Ryan, World Languages Supervisor at Chatham High School, made the decision to join the faculty of Mountain Lakes High School as our Vice Principal.  Since then, he has become an irreplaceable part of the MLHS community, and when he leaves us to take the position of Principal…

Mrs. Pecarific Heads to Briarcliff

Travis Shingledecker ’13 After being a beloved English teacher for Mountain Lakes High School since 1998, Mrs. Pecarific will be leaving the high school after this year in order to transfer to Briarcliff to act as an eighth grade English educator. Mrs. Pecarific was embraced into the MLHS staff only after her first year of…

We Will Miss You, Ms. Ahn!

The Mountaineer Staff Ms. Pamela Ahn will leave Mountain Lakes High School next year to teach English at Chatham High School. Photo Courtesy of The Mountaineer Staff Ms. Ahn is currently covering a maternity leave for Mrs. Cesaro. In addition to her English 10 classes, creative writing class, and public speaking class, Ms. Ahn is…

Senora Judge Says it’s Time to Retire

Brit Felsen-Parsons ’12 Mrs. Margaret Judge, better known as Peggy to some and Señora Judge to others, beloved Spanish teacher, has announced that she will be retiring this year. Photo Courtesy of Joy Liu ’14 Of her feelings about her decision, Mrs. Judge says: “It’s an easy decision, like when you step on a college…

Farewell, Mrs. Selepouchin!

Rebecca Hadjiloucas ’11 This year, Mrs. Daria Selepouchin will retire after beginning her career 42 years ago. The beloved guidance counselor started as “a young science teacher who was flocked with students after school.” Naturally, this fostered Mrs. Selepouchin’s “innate tendency to extend to others,” providing the students with advice or simply listening to their…

Mrs. Drager Retires After 18 Years

Rebecca Hadjiloucas ’11 Mrs. Dianne Drager, Assistant Director of Sports at the High School, is retiring after a career spanning 18 years here in Mountain Lakes.  Mrs. Drager describes her experience as “wonderful,” and states she “has made many friends and experienced many wonderful chapters in my[her] book of life.” Photo Courtesy of Joy Liu…

MLHS Says Goodbye to Mr. Quiroz

Brit Felsen-Parsons ’12 Mr. Pat Quiroz, MLHS Spanish teacher since 1986, has announced that he will not be returning to MLHS next year.  The timing of his retirement corresponds with state changes in teacher pensions and taxes, but certainly not with a waning enthusiasm for teaching; in fact, Mr. Quiroz intends to continue, perhaps in…

MLHS’s Green Garden

Cultivated by Mrs. Delgado, Cooking Club advisor, and Mr. Fewell, Environmental Club advisor, the garden allows MLHS to be more environmentally friendly and provides fresh ingredients for the cooking classes. As of now, there are many fresh spices and herbs available for students’ use. Look for more vegetables next year! Photo courtesy of Mountaineer Staff