|NJ Teacher of the Year Kathy Assini, former NFL player Lonnie Allgood, News 12 News Director Randal Stanley, and NJEA Associate Director Dawn Hiltner congratulate Scholar Athlete of the Year Dominic LaBell and finalists Amir Bell, Jennifer Edobi, and Mark Fossati.
NJEA and News 12 New Jersey honored 30 of New Jersey’s top graduating seniors at the 17th Annual Scholar Athletes Award Luncheon on June 21 at Pines Manor in Edison. Lenape Valley Regional High School graduate Dominic LaBell emerged as the 2014 NJEA News 12 New Jersey Scholar Athlete of the Year and $1,000 NJEA scholarship winner.
LaBell plays football, wrestles, and runs track. He is also an honors student. He will attend Cornell University this fall with plans to major in Industrial Labor Relations. The other finalists for Scholar Athlete of the Year were Mark Fossati of St. Joseph Regional High School; Amir Bell od east Brunswick High School; and Jennifer Edobi of Union High School.
| NJ Teacher of the Year Kathy Assini, former NFL player Lonnie Allgood, News 12 News Director Randal Stanley, NJEA Associate Director Dawn Hiltner, and News 12 Sports Director Nicholas Meidanis present Scholar Athlete of the Year Dominic LaBell with a $1,000 scholarship, courtesy of NJEA.
New Jersey State Teacher of the Year Kathy Assini shared some words of wisdom with the scholar athletes. Former NFL player and CEO/Founder of LA Dreams for Kids Lonnie Allgood delivered the keynote address.
The students were selected based on their academic and athletic achievements, as reported in nominations received from high schools around the state. Each week, the Scholar Athlete was featured in a news segment on News 12 New Jersey.
2014 Scholar Athletes
- Mark Fossati, St. Joseph Regional High School
- Fabrice Juin, Alexander Hamilton (Elizabeth H.S.)
- Patrick Piza, Don Bosco Preparatory High School
- Nicole Barylski, Immaculate Heart Academy
- Thomas Sheehan, Sterling High School
- Joseph Slattery, Cedar Grove High School
- Polina Dineva, Central Regional High School
- Rachel Zacharczyk, Ocean Township High School
- William Kline, Montclair High School
- Marc Signorello, Roselle Park High School
- Lauren Brady, Hunterdon Central Regional High School
- Dana Carbone, Monsignor Donovan High School
- Bryce Petraccoro, Manasquan High School
- Julie Harnett, Saint John Vianney High School
- Sean Hoehn, Morristown High School
- Justin Kovacevich, Montgomery High School
- Shannon Marren, Perth Amboy High School
- Hasani Eason, North Plainfield High School
- Kevin Teets, New Milford High School
- Amir Bell, East Brunswick High School
- Jennifer Edobi, Union High School
- Logan LeBlond, Somerville High School
- Julius Madden, Perth Amboy High School
- Melana Hammel, Southern Regional High School
- Heather Androvich, Carteret High School
- Ashunae Durant, Bloomfield Tech High School
- Bhavini Shah, Passaic High School
- Sabrina Myers, South Amboy High School
- Dominic LaBell, Lenape Valley Regional High School
- Madison Uram, Hamilton High School West