NJEA and News 12 New Jersey honored 30 of New Jersey’s top graduating seniors at the 21st Annual Scholar Athletes Award Luncheon on June 10 at Pines Manor in Edison. Point Pleasant High School senior Tanner Gordon emerged as the 2018 NJEA News 12 New Jersey Scholar Athlete of the Year and $5,000 NJEA scholarship winner.
Tanner is the captain of both the lacrosse and football teams. As quarterback, he is the all-time leader in passing yards and touchdown passes at Linden High School. For the past two years, he was also the lead male in the school musicals Sister Act and Grease where he played Danny Zuko. After starring in Sister Act, he encouraged many of his football teammates to audition for Grease. Many made the play! He is attending Tufts University this fall.
The other finalists for Scholar Athlete of the Year received $1,000 scholarships. They were Ibrahim Fobay from East Orange STEM Academy, Joe Bumpus from Bloomfield High School, Connor Scaglione from Northern Valley Regional High School, and Megan Gasnik from Park Ridge High School.
New Jersey State Teacher of the Year Amy Andersen 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.
Shayne Simon St. Peter’s Prepartory School
Molly Walters Metuchen High School
Riley Kinum New Providence High School
Joseph Turek Arthur L. Johnson High School
Chad Musilli High Point Regional High School
Carlos Viera Carteret High School
Kyle Clark St. Joseph Regional High School
Anthony Christiana Hopatcong High School
Ibrahim Fobay East Orange STEM Academy
David Estevez River Dell High School
Jon Sot St. Joseph High School
Ashley Atubi North Plainfield High School
Charles Schuller Bernards High School
Sophia DiGiovanni South River High School
Ricky Voss Monmouth Regional High School
Joseph Bumpus Bloomfield High School
Thomas Stuppi Ocean Township High School
Nicole Gaito Bergen County Technical High School
Elijah McAllister Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School
Connor Scaglione Northern Valley Regional High School
Jacob Brown Pope John XXIII Regional High School
John Piccinic Colonia High School
Tanner Gordon Point Pleasant High School
Megan Gasnik Park Ridge High School
Thomas Rau Middlesex High School
Sabrina Chandler Jackson Memorial High School
Olivia Brencovich Glen Rock High School
Monica Hebner Northern Highlands Regional High School
Isabel Hebner Northern Highlands Regional High School
Rachel White Bridgewater-Raritan High School
Gabriella DeStefano Buena Regional High School
Isabella DeStefano Buena Regional High School