NJEA, News 12 honor scholar athletes

NJEA and News 12 New Jersey honored 30 of New Jersey’s top graduating seniors at the 20th Annual Scholar Athletes Award Luncheon on June 17 at Pines Manor in Edison. Linden High School graduate Joseph Krempa emerged as the 2017 NJEA News 12 New Jersey Scholar Athlete of the Year and $5,000 NJEA scholarship winner.

Krempa plays basketball and football. As quarterback, he is the all-time leader in passing yards and touchdown passes at Linden High School. He is the class valedictorian and will attend Carnegie Mellon. The other finalists for Scholar Athlete of the Year received $1,000 scholarships. They were Melanie Fosko of North Brunswick Township High School; Darrion Carrington of Toms River High School North; Brie Kozlowski of The Academy of Allied Health & Science; and Ella Glenn of Egg Harbor Township High School.

New Jersey State Teacher of the Year Argine Safari 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.

2017 Scholar Athletes

Miles Franklyn
Bergen Catholic High School

Dwayne Warren   
Seton Hall Preparatory School

Kyle Harry
Metuchen High School

Mark Jalen Harris
Carteret High School

Nasir Darnell
Red Bank Catholic High School

Macie Ditillo
Marlboro High School

Emily Surgent
Wall High School

Ashley Dellapietro
Central Regional High School

Deonte Freeman  
Perth Amboy High School

Melanie Fosko
North Brunswick Township High School

Darrion Carrington
Toms River High School North

Elijah Barnes 
Mater Dei Preparatory High School

Natasia Ortiz 
Roselle Park High School

Amanda Sensi
Hamilton High School West

Connor Mills
Delaware Valley Regional High School

Brady Manion
New Egypt High School

Justin Davidovicz
Bridgewater-Raritan High School

Craig Jackowski, Jr. 
Belleville High School

Anthony Amore
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School

Brie Kozlowski      
The Academy of Allied Health & Science

Christopher Bondarowicz  
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School

Alyssa Wilson
Donovan Catholic High School

Joseph Krempa 
Linden High School

Ella Glenn
Egg Harbor Township High School

Emma Dean 
St. Bernard’s High School

Megan Quimby  
Lenape High School

Eric Schneider  
Livingston High School

Robert Cole, Jr. 
St. Anthony High School

Fred Lutdke 
Bernards High School

Andrew Pondiscio   
Sparta High School

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