Petrucci Family Foundation Honors Irvington High School’s Top 12 Seniors at The Newark Museum of Art

Posted on Jul 7, 2023 in Press

On June 8th at the Newark Museum of Art, The Petrucci Family Foundation (PFF) hosted the “Top 12” Banquet to celebrate the academic achievements of the top 12 seniors in Irvington High School’s Class of 2023 and the top student in the Class of 2024 and 2025. Petrucci Family Foundation has sponsored the “Top 12” Banquet for the past fifteen years.

The event was well attended by Irvington High School faculty, Board of Education members, and the students’ family and friends who have played a critical role in the success of each student. During the event, each student delivered inspirational remarks regarding their high school experience at Irvington. Students discussed their future aspirations and expressed gratitude towards those who supported and motivated them throughout their educational journey. Each student was presented with a wooden plaque, a “Top 12” enamel pin, and a copy of the book titled, The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph, authored by Ryan Holiday. After accepting their award, the students thanked their favorite teacher with a white rose.

“The resilience and work ethic of these students is remarkable,” states Joe Petrucci, PFF member. “They have extraordinarily bright futures ahead of them.”

The Petrucci Family Foundation commends Irvington’s 2023 “Top 12” seniors for their exceptional accomplishments.

The 2023 Irvington High School Top 12 Students

  • Tayana Dacres
  • Louvianov Nicolas Paul
  • Jennifer Osei Peprah
  • Kelvin Lartey
  • Nick Vertus
  • Carlendy Bertrand
  • Lisseth Carolina Guaman
  • Hannah Gaskin
  • Tioluwani Ariyibi
  • Roodario Destin
  • Noemi Almeida
  • Melanie Seepersad

The 2023 Irvington High School Top Junior

  • Emmanuella Oulare

The 2023 Irvington High School Top Sophomore

  • Favour Onwuzurike

The Petrucci Family Foundation is a 501(C3) non-profit organization that actively responds to the needs of the communities it serves. The PFF mission is to support education and create opportunity for Americans at every stage of and station of life. For more information, head to

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