Julio Cesar Rivas-Ortiz is SCVTHS Student of the Month for April 2020

    Julio Cesar Rivas-Ortiz, a junior in the Mechatronics, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (MEAM) Program, has been selected as the SCVTHS Student of the Month for April 2020. Julio is the son of Julio Rivas and Janet Ortiz of South Bound Brook.

    SCVTHS Social Studies Instructor Meghan O’Reilly nominated Julio for the Student of the Month award because, “Julio is a responsible and respectful student. He actively participates in class and works diligently on his assignments. Julio is supportive of his classmates both in and out of class. He often attends basketball games and he is a member of the soccer team. He is always polite and kind to his peers and instructors. Julio is a pleasure to teach!”

    SCVTHS English Instructor Chris Miller also nominated Julio for the Student of the Month award because of “his desire to learn and work hard.” At SCVTHS, Julio is a member of the boys soccer team and a student ambassador. Julio is a previous Stellar Student recipient and was named the Student Ambassador Rookie of the Year. As a Student Ambassador, Julio enjoys going back to his sending district of South Bound Brook to “show off the school.”

    Outside of school, Julio works at the FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center in Somerset as a busboy and waiter. His duties include setting up food and drink stations for buffets. In his free time Julio helps his mom around the house and watches his baby sister. Julio also enjoys working out and playing video games with his friends.

    Julio plans to further his education beyond high school at a university to pursue a degree in either mechanical or civil engineering. Julio hopes to work for a large company in New York or New Jersey so that he can stay close to home.

    “Overall, I am passionate about my studies. I care a lot about my work and the people around me,” said Julio. “I would like to say I am a leader on the soccer fields among my teammates and in the classrooms among my peers.”