Meet the Team
The 2018 Squan-A-Thon team consists of dedicated and passionate students and motivated advisors who volunteer their time and energy to make Squan-A-Thon possible.
Paul Battaglia Pat McKenzie
Mr. Battaglia started Squan-A-Thon for many reasons. The most important reasons were to change the culture at MHS and inspire students to challenge themselves to do more for others. Squan-A-Thon is a special cause that requires a tremendous amount of effort, passion, and creativity. It's this challenge that Mr. Battaglia enjoys the most. He uses his business background to come up with unique marketing and communications ideas to further promote Squan-A-Thon.
If you can't find him teaching math, you will definitely catch him at 7 am in some sort of Squan-A-Thon meeting with one or more committee members!
Mrs. McKenzie is now retired from Manasquan High School after being a technology teacher for 20 years. Mrs. McKenzie and Mr. Battaglia were discussing Penn State University's THON which is the largest philanthropic student run organization in the world and thought it would be great if MHS could do the same with our students. All money raised at THON is for pediatric cancer patients. Both Mr. Battaglia and Mrs. McKenzie's daughter Katie are graduates of Penn State and the desire began to create Squan-A-Thon in a similar fashion to THON. Squan-A-Thon is an event that is so special in that faculty, students, parents and community members get a chance to give back to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. There is nothing greater than giving to others.
Jane is a junior from Manasquan and this is going to be her third year participating at Squanathon, but her first year on the committee! Jane is not only a part of Squanathon, but she is also in the Key Club, Life is Good Club, Student Council, a peer leader, on the yearbook committee, plays field hockey and basketball. Jane cannot wait to be apart of this year’s Squanathon and see the final results of the night!
Kyle is a senior from Spring Lake Heights and has participated in Squanathon for the last 3 years. As well as being a member of the Squanathon committee, Kyle is a member of the boys bowling team, the warrior band, national honor society, and is an Eagle Scout. His favorite part of Squanathon is when they reveal the money because that’s when you see everyone’s hard work pay off. He hopes to help make this year another successful one.
Marilyn is a senior from Manasquan and is excited to be part of the marketing and communications team. When she isn’t dancing #FTK, she is dancing at Dance For Joy in Brielle. Her favorite part of Squanthon is the reveal of the money raised in the morning and of course, helping the local kids in need. She is so excited to work on the team to make Squanathon 2019 the best Squanathon yet!
Justin is a senior from Spring Lake Heights and is very proud to be on the Squanathon committee. He enjoys going to the beach and playing sports with his friends. Justin has also been a part of the basketball team at Manasquan for the past three years. His favorite part of Squanathon is knowing that the money raised is going to families who are in need, and really making a difference in their lives. Justin has participated in Squanathon the past three years and can't wait to work on the committee and make Squanathon 2019 the best one yet!
Pia is a senior who has done Squanathon the past three years and had the pleasure of being on the committee last year. Pia had the privilege of being chosen for this year as well and can't wait for the 10 year anniversary! Who knows what could be up our sleeves this time around! Pia loves to go to the beach and spend time with family and friends when she is not working or focusing on school and extra-curriculars.
Jenna is a Senior from Brielle and has participated in Squanathon every year of high school. She is involved in many clubs such as key club, donate for life club, life is good club, and Academy of Health Careers. Jenna plays varsity girls lacrosse here at Manasquan as well as playing on an elite travel team for 7 years. She will be continuing her lacrosse career at High Point University. This year Jenna is looking forward to the 10th anniversary of Squanathon and can’t wait for many new achievements. Jenna’s favorite part is listening to all the amazing speakers, doing Zumba, and of course the revealing of the grand total!
Brian is a senior and has participated in Squanathon for two years as a dancer and one year as a committee member. He is very excited to work with the new committee and bring new experiences to Squanathon 2019. In addition to being on the committee, Brian is in the Warrior Marching Band, Spring Lake Fire Department, Spring Lake EMS, and Spring Lake Police Explorers. This year he hopes that Squanathon will raise the most money its ever raised.
Ava is a senior from Brielle and is excited to be a part of the Dancer Committee. Not only is she a part of Squanathon, but she is a part of the Spanish National Honor Society and various other school clubs. Ava is a part of many extracurricular activities such as Field Hockey. She is excited to be a part of this night to help families and to dance #FTK.
This year will be Brooke’s fourth year participating in Squanathon and second year on the food committee. Brooke is involved in Key Club, Spanish Honor Society, Peer Leaders, and Academy of Finance. In the summer, you can normally find her at the beach or playing soccer. She also loves spending time with her two dogs Luna and Hurley. Brooke can’t wait to make Squanathon 2019 the best year yet!
Matt is a senior from Manasquan, who is excited to be taking part of the Squan-A-Thon committee this year. He enjoys playing baseball and participating in other clubs and activities around the school, such as National Honor Society and the Academy of Finance. Matt works at the Spring Lake Bath and Tennis throughout the summer and can be spotted playing pick up basketball with his friends. This will be his fourth year participating in the event and is looking forward to improving the marketing committee.
Madison is a senior from Manasquan and is excited to be a part of the entertainment committee again. Not only is she on the Squanathon committee but also the executive committee for Key Club. Madison is a part of many extracurriculars at MHS such as the girls’ varsity soccer team, the Academy of Health Careers, and is a Senior Athletic Trainer who helps out Mr. Hyland. She is excited to continue to help families and plan an amazing night, especially for a decade of dancing! #FTK
Kathryn is a senior from Manasquan High School and she is thrilled to be working on the marketing and communications committee to beat our previous goal. Kathryn, in her spare time, is normally playing soccer or reading a good book. During the school year you can see her on Manasquan's girls soccer team, or the girls basketball team! However, Kathryn's favorite thing to do throughout the year is dance #FTK! Her favorite thing about Squanathon is listening to the guest speakers and the experiences they have to share! She loves to see when cancer survivors are able to join us at Squanathon and share their triumphant victory! Kathryn is way too excited to work on this years Squanathon committee, and she can't wait to make this one the best one yet!
Richard is a junior from Avon and is a member of the entertainment team. He is involved in many clubs and activities such as the Key Club, the Environmental Club, and the Life is Good Club; and plays soccer for the Manasquan varsity team as well as the Wall Cosmos travel soccer team. Richard has been a part of Squan-A-Thon for the last two years, and is excited to be a part of the committee in his third year. His favorite part of Squan-A-Thon is when the total amount raised is revealed, and all the students realize the impact they have made.
Reilly is a senior at Manasquan High School from Spring Lake Heights. She has participated in Squanathon for three years and it extatic to participate as a member of the entertainment committee for her fourth year. Reilly is involved in many school activities, such as freshman transition, key club, and girls tennis. She cannot wait for the year to come and will strive to make this the best Squanathon yet! #FTK
Alexandra is a senior from Spring Lake Heights. This is her fourth year participating as a dancer and first year on the committee. Alexandra is on the field hockey team, a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, and Academy of Health Careers. She loves going to the beach and working at the Spring Lake Bath & Tennis in the summer. Her favorite part of the event is Zumba in the morning! I will strive to make the tenth anniversary of Squanathon the best one yet!
Mary is a Junior from Brielle. This is her third year participating in Squanathon and she's so excited to be a part of the marketing committee. If you're looking for Mary your best chance is at the beach. Whether she's soaking up the sun or working at Gee gee's, she's always thrilled to be near the ocean. Mary is also a part of Manasquan's Key Club and loves helping her community. She cannot wait to make Squanathon 2019 the best it has ever been and hopes to get more donations and more dancers!
Kennedy is a senior from Spring Lake Heights. When she’s not playing field hockey or lacrosse, you can find her at the beach or hanging out with friends. She is Vice President of Key Club, a member of National Honor Society, and in Peer Leaders. She’s participated in Squan-A-Thon for 3 years and is on the entertainment committee for her senior year. Her favorite part of Squan-A-Thon is zumba and she is excited to make the 10th anniversary the best yet!
Lexie is a senior from Manasquan. She has participated in Squanathon for the past 3 years. Lexie is involved in the tennis team, National Honor Society, the Academy of Finance, and Key Club. You can find her at the beach or coaching tennis at the Manasquan River Yacht Club. Every year at Squanathon, Lexie is inspired by the speakers and is excited to make a big difference on the committee this year. Lexie is on the Marketing committee and is so eager to make Squanathon 2019 the most successful year yet!
Jillian is a junior from Manasquan. She loves living in a small town, her job selling clothes and being with friends. One of her favorite things is seeing the community come together to support one another, especially every year for Squanathon. Seeing how many people rally to help kids and their families always amazes her and makes her proud to live in Manasquan and attend Manasquan High School. She is excited to have a chance to help make this Squan-A-Thon the best yet and eager to top last year’s fundraising total!
Shealyn is a junior from Brielle. She enjoys spending time at the beach, playing soccer, and babysitting. This is her third year participating in Squanathon, and she’s a part of the food and facilities committee. Shealyn’s favorite thing about Squanathon is listening to the guest speakers tell their stories. She can’t wait to make this year even more successful than last!
Cristin is a junior from Brielle. She has participated in Squanathon for the past two years and is so excited to be on the committee this year. In the summer you'll find her scooping ice cream at Gee Gees or tanning on the beach. Cristin’s favorite part of Squanathon is the morning Zumba because everyone gets so involved even after dancing the whole night. She's excited to be on the marketing team and aims to get many donations and sponsors to make this year even better than the last!
Ellie has participated in Squanathon for the past 3 years and is so excited to be a part of the committee for my senior year at MHS. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Life is Good Club, and Key Club. Outside of MHS, she has been dancing for the past 6 years. During the summer, she is a counselor at Manasquan Summer Recreation and lovea to spend time at the beach! Her favorite part of Squanathon is seeing how the students and community come together to work toward the same goal. She is super excited to be part of the committee and looking forward to making Squanathon a big success!
RaLee is a junior from Manasquan. She has been attending Squanathon since she was in 5th grade and was a dancer for the past 2 years, so she is very excited to finally be part of the committee this year! RaLee is part of the Manasquan First Aid Squad, MHS Surf Team, Swim Team, Girls’ Lacrosse Team, Environmental Club, Peer Leaders, Key Club, and is President of Hands Together Club. Her favorite parts of Squanathon are listening to the guest speakers and dancing during the 6 am Zumba! She is eager to help her community and make 2019 Squanathon another fun and successful year!
Sarah is a senior from Manasquan and is extremely excited to be a part of the Squanathon committee this year. This is her fourth year participating in Squanathon and hopes to contribute much to the dancer team. Outside of Squanathon, Sarah is part of National Honors Society, the varsity cheer team and dances at Dance For Joy in Brielle. Sarah cannot wait for this year’s Squanathon and hopes it can be the best year yet!