Three juniors from Manalapan High School participated in the Monmouth County School Partnership for Wellness Symposium Student Panel at Brookdale Community College on February 23. Ava Gabinelli, Grace DeFendis, and Marc Stefanelli were asked to sit on the panel which discussed the importance of mental health and wellness through a student lens.
Each student is an active member of their school community. Ava Gabinelli started Athletes Supporting Strong Minds, a mental health club for athletes that Supervisor of Extracurricular Activities Beth English facilitates. Grace DeFendis works with school counselor Vanessa Sica on the "Begin Your Bloom" group, which focuses on communication without judgment and spreading kindness. Marc Stefanelli serves as a Shore Conference Student Ambassador.