‘A Special Place’

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Shane Szott and his family at graduation. Dave and Andrea Szott are in the center of the back row; Shane’s brother, Josh, is seated on the left.

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Savannah at graduation with, from left: her stepfather, David Levine; father, Kurtis Conrad; mother, Sarah Levine; brother, Jack Conrad; sister, Avery Conrad; and aunt, Amy Giddon.

Matheny, said Dave Szott, is “a special place, a place of incredible passion and vision.” Szott, a former professional football player, is director of player development for the New York Jets, but he is also the father of Shane Szott, one of two graduates this year from The Matheny School. And, he was the keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony, held June 21.

The two graduates were Shane, son of Dave and his wife, Andrea Szott, of Morristown, NJ, and Savannah Conrad, daughter of Sarah Conrad of Westfield, NJ, and Kurtis Conrad of North Plainfield, NJ. William Muller, mayor of Peapack-Gladstone, expressed special appreciation for the Matheny staff and congratulated the graduates “on behalf of the borough of Peapack-Gladstone. We wish you continued success.” Kendell R. Sprott, MD, JD, president and CEO of Matheny thanked the teachers, therapists, and personal care assistants and pointed out that, “the education process will not stop,” as the students transition into Matheny’s adult services program.