The New Jersey Hall of Fame released the winners of its 2020 essay contest.
Amritha Komarraja, a fifth grader at Millstone River School in West Windsor-Plainsboro School District won the Intermediate School category with her essay about Ibtihaj Muhammad. Born in Maplewood, NJ, Muhammad is a member of the U.S. Olympics Fencing team and a practicing Muslim. She is the first Olympian to compete while wearing a hijab.
Shreshth Rajan, a tenth grader at Manalapan Science & Engineering Academy in the Freehold Regional High School District, won the high school category with his essay on Eli Manning. A native of Louisiana, Manning relocated to Hoboken to play quarterback for the NY Giants. In addition to leading the Giants to two Super Bowl wins, he is well-known for his philanthropy.
The winners will be honored at the next NJ Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.