Alumni Spotlight: Kenneth Silvestri


Christopher Tamburro, Staff Writer

The Clarion is excited to introduce a new column called “Alumni Spotlight” showcasing graduates from Hawthorne High School. Next up, HHS alumni  Kenneth Silvestri from the class of 1950.


Clarion: How was your High School experience?

Silvestri:  I  must admit, my high school experience was a lot of fun.


Clarion: What was one of your best high school memories?

Silvestri: One of my best high school memories was when we lost to Lyndhurst 110 to nothing.  


Clarion: What are you up to now?

Silvestri : I am the oldest firefighter in Hawthorne with 65 years on the fire department and I am 1 of the 21 managers for the New Jersey State firemen’s home in Boonton, New Jersey.


Clarion: Did you play any sports or were you a part of any clubs?

Silvestri : I played football throughout my entire time at the high school.


Clarion: Did you end up attending college, if so, where?

Silvestri: Yes, I attended Rutgers and  I also attended William Paterson and graduated after 10 years of night classes.  


Clarion: Who was your favorite teacher?

Silvestri : My favorite teacher was Mr. Al King.


Clarion: Did any of your teachers at HHS impact your life in any way?

Silvestri :  Yes, all of my teachers impacted my life in many of different ways.


Clarion: If you had to do high school all over again, what would you do differently?

Silvestri: I would not want to do high school all over again.