The News 12 New Jersey 2019-2020 scholar-athletes are some of the best and brightest from across the state. Although their senior year didn’t end the way they had hoped, the legacy they’ll leave at their high schools and in their communities will be felt for a long time.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, News 12 New Jersey was only able to feature 25 students this year. The annual awards banquet was unfortunately canceled. So to celebrate the finalists, News 12 decided to do it virtually.

NEWS 12 NJ Scholar-Athlete of the Year 

Jordan Totten of Old Bridge High School wins a $6,000 scholarship courtesy of the NJEA. She is attending Georgia Tech in the fall.

Finalists

Each finalist receives a $1,000 Scholarship Courtesy of the NJEA.

Daniel Duncan – North Plainfield High School – Attending Princeton University
Amanda Medvetz – Carteret High School – Attending Wagner
Patrick Passalacqua – Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan – Attending Columbia University
Izabella Peralta – Lakeland High School – Attending the Naval Academy

Congratulations to all of the amazing scholar-athletes this year. On behalf of News 12 New Jersey and the NJEA, we are confident you will all do great things in the future.

  • Carina Afonso – East Side High School
  • Nick Babin – Emerson High School
  • Jessica Cifelli – South River High School
  • Sarah Cullen – Livingston High School
  • Emma Hilton – Arthur L. Johnson High School
  • David Hoyt – Dover High School
  • Matt Johnson – Jefferson Township High School
  • Oliver Lilly – Willingboro High School
  • Kari Malatak – West Milford High School
  • Grace Miller – Morristown High School
  • Ashley Montouro – Edison High School
  • Mia Padberg – Montclair High School
  • Leanna Pede – East Brunswick Tech
  • Anna Prilutsky – McNair Academic
  • Mariela Rivera – Cliffside Park High School
  • Brandon Rodriguez – Matawan High School
  • Evan Smith – Butler High School
  • Caroline Tamasi – Hopewell Valley High School
  • Ryan Wachter – Delran High School
  • Libby Witham – New Egypt High School

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