Welcome to Humans of Hopatcong!

Hopatcong Borough Schools proudly introduces our new alumni profile feature entitled Humans of Hopatcong. This spotlights HHS Alumni who would like to share their post-graduation experiences with the community. Our graduates are accomplishing great things.

If you are an HHS alumni who would like to be featured in our new monthly segment, please forward your story and a picture to pr@hopatcongschools.org or call (973) 770-8862 for consideration. Thank you!

April 2016 – David Danzis 2002 Graduate

David Danzis – Hopatcong High School Graduate – 2002
I’m a full-time general assignment reporter for the New Jersey Herald. I cover a news beat of several towns and education stories in Sussex County. Being a reporter is a tough job. It requires good communication skills, patience, humility and intelligence. Most of all, it requires thick skin because every story we write, no matter how small, gets criticized. No one is ever happy with the work we do and everyone always thinks they can do it better. But, it is always rewarding when we get calls, emails, texts and social media replies from people thanking us for what we do. The good most certainly outweighs the bad.
I am also a freelance sports television operations/production assistant. I’ve worked with ESPN/ABC Sports, Turner Sports, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and Time Warner Sports. I’ve covered everything from the NBA All-Star Game to Monday Night Football to the Major League Baseball playoffs to the U.S. Open. Honestly, working in television may be the greatest gig in the world. I get to travel, meet famous athletes and celebrities, make REALLY good money and, generally speaking, don’t work too hard doing it.
I’d be lying if I said I’ve reached the pinnacle of my career goals. But, for now, I enjoy what I do. No two days are the same and, for me, that’s a reward in itself because I loathe monotony.In fact, my dislike of repetition has been a common theme throughout my life. It’s part of the reason I’ve lacked consistency in any area of my life, whether it be education, work or relationships. I struggled in grade school because I was bored and uninspired; I jumped from restaurant job to restaurant job after school because I was disinterested. I was a good student and employee when I wanted to be, but more often than not, I didn’t want to. I honestly thought I knew better than everyone else and things would work out somehow, someway.
It wasn’t until I was 25 years old that I finally woke up. Better late than never, right? I went to County College of Morris to make sure college was what I wanted to do. I learned more about myself during those two years than I did about any subject I studied. I found out that when something caught my interest, I became almost obsessive about it.
That’s how I got into journalism. I love finding the truth, I enjoy learning everything I can about a given subject and I still get a rush when a story comes together.
I was a reporter, the sports editor and, eventually, the editor-in-chief for CCM’s newspaper, The Youngtown Edition. I racked up a half-dozen writing awards from the New Jersey Press Association, graduated Magna Cum Laude from CCM in 2012 and earned a couple scholarships to Rutgers University.
I graduated with Honors from Rutgers in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies, a concentration in sports journalism and a minor in digital communication, information and media.
I graduated from Hopatcong High School in 2002…barely. My biggest obstacle in high school was me. I had a handful of people who, despite my best efforts to prove them wrong, continued to believe in me and push me in the right direction (I’m looking at you, Mr. Pierson).
I owe a huge part of my success to the amazing teachers and staff in Hopatcong. I still remember the countless times they appealed to my “potential” and tried to make me see something I was too blind and too stubborn to listen to. Thank you for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself.
My wife, Karen, and our two children, Kaylee and Dominic, are my inspiration these days. I worked hard to have the life I want and my only regret is that I waited so long to go out and get it.
I spent most of my life in Hopatcong. At 31 years old, I now recognize what a truly special place Hopatcong is. I actually have the privilege of covering Hopatcong for my news beat at the Herald and I love coming back to a place that gave me so much over the years.
  GO CHIEFS!

Danzis

February 2016 – Michael Juskus 1976 Graduate

Michael Juskus – Hopatcong High School Graduate – 1976

“I attended HHS from 1972-1976 and during that time I participated in baseball, football, bowling and wrestling. My senior year I was honored with being inducted in to the Hopatcong High School Hall of Fame. After graduation I attended Rowan University where I majored in Industrial Technology. At RU I played football and shortly after some time there, decided to try something new: javelin. On my first practice I nearly injured myself, but at my second meet ever, I beat the Division III National Record in javelin.

In 1979 I was named the NCAA Division I National Champion and in 1982 I placed 2nd. I was an eleven time NCAA All American Champion and a five time NCAA Champion as well as a current record holder in the NCAA Division III. Towards the completion of my studies at RU, I was inducted in the Rowan University Hall of Fame in 1987 for my accomplishments. After finalizing my degree, my path led me back to Hopatcong Schools.

I am a proud father of five children; Ryan, Shane, Dania, Brittany and Joy as well as five grandsons; Tyler, Michael, David, Langdon, and Elias. I’ve been a teacher and coach at Hopatcong Schools for 33 years now. I teach Wood Sculpture and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and coach the track team. As a coach, my track career record is 164-86. Our team became undefeated conference champions from 2010-2014 with a record of 35-0. In addition, the team held the title of NJAC Small Schools Champions in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Needless to say my love for teaching and working with students continues to grow as each year passes. I anticipate a great season ahead as the track coach and look forward to the upcoming year.”

Additional Honors:

  • New Jersey Star Ledger – North Jersey Coach of the Year 2013 & 2014
    • Coached past athletes Dylan Campwell (Top American 800M Indoor – 2015
    • Bobby Smith NCAA All American Javelin and Olympic Triels Champion.
  • Hopatcong Teacher of the Year
  • Community Volunteer Person of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Competed in the 1980 Olympic Triles (Boycotted)
  • 11 Time NCAA All American Champion
  • 5 Time NCAA Champion
  • 2005 NCAA Hall of Fame
  • 2006 Sussex County Hall of Fame
  • 8 Year President of the Hopatcong Warriors
  • 2013 Wounded Warrior, Tough Mudder Competitor

 

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February 2016 – Anthony Fasano – HHS 2012 Graduate

Anthony Fasano – Hopatcong High School Graduate – 2012

“I moved to Hopatcong in 1999 just in time to start kindergarten. My parents believed that I would have the best opportunity at a successful future if I received my education from Hopatcong Borough Schools. By the time I graduated from Hopatcong High School in 2012, I was senior class president, a member of the National Honor Society, a three year varsity football and tennis player and I was involved in a total of eighteen clubs and organizations. I loved every second of my experience at Hopatcong Schools.

I am currently a senior at Montclair State University, majoring in Business Administration with concentrations in Management and Marketing. I am a Dean’s List student and former Student Government Association Legislator and Chief of Staff. I was elected by the student body to serve on the Montclair State University Board of Trustees where I work with the university to set curriculum, tuition and fees, oversee facility projects, set long-term goals and oversee the general supervision of the university with my fellow board members. I am the only student who votes on the board as I proudly represent all 20,000+ students in my decisions. Montclair State University is growing and is making a significant positive impact on the future of New Jersey and I couldn’t be any prouder to be a part of that.

My education, both at Hopatcong and Montclair State, has given me the tools to go out into the world and be myself. I work as a National Account Executive for a small business-to-business service marketing company in Florham Park. I was able to join the Leadership Council at one of the largest charitable organizations in Sussex County, Project Self Sufficiency. And this year, I was elected by the majority of my fellow board members as President of the Hopatcong Board of Education, where I proudly work to enhance and promote student achievement at the same educational institution that made me the person I am today.”

 

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