Montclair High School Alumni teams prepare to race.
Coming soon to Montclair is the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence’s annual Amazing Fundracer, taking place on May 22. The day of the race, 50 teams of two will race across Montclair on foot and by bike. Teams will compete and slowly dwindle down to a top four as they get clues by completing challenges at each location. The final teams will race to the finish line at Egan & Son’s.
Alongside the many teams that have already registered, Montclair High School has seen many participants already sign up for the event. Of the many teams from MHS, some alumni have decided to join in the fun!
The Montclair Blue Bloods consists of Tracy Frazzano and Wil Young. Trazzano was just named co-deputy Chief of Police, and is a MHS alum. According to MFEE Executive Director Masiel Rodriquez-Vars, Trazzano is “the sweetest person and the fiercest cop.”
Frazzano will be alongside Young, another co-deputy Chief of Police. He may not be a MHS alum, but he is a Montclair parent with several kids in the schools. Young is also head of the Cobra football program in Montclair and dedicates several hours to coaching football. “Wil is also a seriously good photographer and takes action shots at many local games. His wife, Wendy, is an MHS alum and most people think Wil graduated from MHS too, because he loves the school and town so much,” said Rodriquez-Vars.
Another interesting team combination is An Officer and a Gentleman, a duo comprising of Israel Cronk and Pierre Falaise. Cronk is currently the Executive Director of the Montclair Center Business Improvement District (BID). He was formerly the General Manager at Bangz salon and worked his way up from selling shampoo and sweeping hair, according to Rodriquez-Vars.
Cronk wrestled at MHS, earning a full wrestling scholarship to Boston University and many accolades from the school and the town. Cronk and Falaise have been close friends since Cronk first arrived at MHS. Pierre was also a wrestler and he became a detective for the Montclair Police Department. He also volunteers his time to serve as both the MHS and Montclair Recreation Wrestling Coach.
One last great MHS alumni team is the Soccer Studs. Not only are they handsome, but this soccer-playing duo shares the honor of both being MHS All-State dogged defenders (only a few decades apart).
Sebi Rodriquez-Vars was born within days of Toure Weaver’s graduation from MHS in 1998. Fourteen years later, the two forged a player-coach mentorship and friendship that will make them fierce competitors in this race. Watch out for these bulldogs – they are cunning, competitive and charming.
For more information on the event or to donate to your favorite team, visit mfee.org.