The Glen Echo

Recent graduate dies of cancer

Twenty year-old Jack Mattsson passed away Oct. 15 due to osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer.

by Christine Nappi, Copy Editor

October 25, 2017

Glen Rock resident and high school alumnus Jack Mattsson (‘15) passed away on Oct. 15 after his battle with cancer. Jack was 20 years old when he passed due to osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer that tends to occur in children and adolescents. The summer following his freshman year at Ja...

Thirteen athletes added to the hall of fame

The press box at the Glen Rock High School stadium field named after Alan Deaett, a loved football coach.

by Olivia Traphagen, senior staff writer

September 29, 2016

The Glen Rock Hall of Fame is adding 13 athletes and three coaches, honoring the special qualities that they brought to Glen Rock High School. Sponsored by the Glen Rock Booster Club, the event will be held on October 16 at the Tides in North Haledon to honor and welcome the newcomers into the hall of ...

Catching Up With Bradley Passarelli

Bradley playing bass at a show in New York City.

by Dylan Kennedy, Staff Writer

November 11, 2014

CRUD, a local punk band consisting of myself and former Glen Rock High School students Sean Kennedy, Bradley Passarelli, and Jared “Cookie” Zahn, took to basements and garages by storm last year and gathered a large following in surrounding towns. This week, I sat down with drummer Bradley Passarelli...

The Mystery of the ’67 Class Ring

Discovered in the Florida sands, this high school ring is seeking out its enigmatic owner, D.M.

by Ariel Shilitz, Staff Writer

June 12, 2014

Sweeping the sand, the metal detector began to ping.  It pinged once and then twice. A 1967 Glen Rock high school class ring was found this year, buried in sand. But it was not uncovered in Glen Rock, or even in New Jersey. The class ring was found in Daytona Beach, Florida in the deep burrows...

Alumni Special: Danny Goldsmith (Class of ’88)

With his family, Danny Goldsmith has enjoyed a now-cancer free life.

by Max Felsenstein, Sports Editor

May 13, 2014

Glen Rock High School graduate (’88,) Danny Goldsmith, wasn’t sure what the future would bring for him after high school. In January 1988, right after being accepted to the University of Maryland, Goldsmith was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer in the immune system caused by...

From student to teacher

Mr. Kurz in action.

by Erica Melz and Trevor LaVine, Staff Writer and Print Editor in Chief

January 16, 2014

Contrary to popular belief, GRHS teachers were once, in fact, students just like us. Some of them even went to this very school! Two such teachers are Mr. Kurz and Mr. Escolante, both students and later physical education instructors at our esteemed institute of learning. Erica Melz: How are the st...

There Truly is No Place like Home

The hallways may be filled with their pictures, but many of them still live on these streets.  Just who are these returning-citizens?

by Kaitlin Stansel, Alumni Editor

November 10, 2013

Nearly 2.7 square miles, Glen Rock is only a faint iota on the east coast, completely unknown to most outside of Bergen County -- yet what is it about this minute town that brings hundreds back to raise their own families on their home turf? After speaking with several Glen Rock High School alumni...

Meet Liz (Shaw) Kirkhus

Meet Liz (Shaw) Kirkhus

by Victoria Messikian, Alumni Editor

October 23, 2013

The first step may have been designing guitar-shaped purses ── but Glen Rock High School Alumni Liz (Shaw) Kirkhus sky-rocketed her fashion career through concepts such as this, becoming an entrepreneur at a young age.  After receiving her diploma from Glen Rock High School, this savvy business...

Alumni Special: Katharine Squires (Kathy Seaton, Class of 1976)

Traveling through Korea in the Peace Corps and covering various Olympics with CBS News, Katharine Squires is a successful and well-rounded GRHS alumni.

by Lilia Wood, Alumni Editor

May 17, 2013

After graduating Glen Rock High School in 1976, Katharine Squires (known as Kathy Seaton during her GRHS days) thought she would be an art teacher someday. After High School, she went to Rutgers University's Douglass College and had a double major in Art and English.  “I worked hard and graduated...

Alumni Special: Three Roads Diverge in the Post-HS Woods

Nina LoPiccolo, Shannon Major, and Catherine McClellan, best friends and 2011 graduates from GRHS, each traveled along her own path in life after graduation.

by Sara LoPiccolo, School Events Editor

March 27, 2013

After graduating from high school, there are a lot of different roads you can take. You can go to college, take a year off, and even go on some amazing trips with your school. These three featured girls were best friends during their time at Glen Rock High School. Yet despite their scholastic camaraderie, after ...


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