The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association honored 335 high school athletes, including a RFH student, and awarded $120,000 in college scholarships at the organization’s 18th Annual Scholar-Athletes Luncheon on Sunday, May 15.
More than 1,300 athletes, parents, coaches and school officials attended the event at the Pines Manor in Edison.
Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School's Evan Benkert, the 2010 Bulldog tight end, was honored for his achievements. Click here to watch his highlight video from this past season.
Since the program’s inception in 1993, the NJSIAA has honored more than 5,700 high school athletes and presented more than $1 million in scholarships.
“The scholar-athletes we recognize at this luncheon are among the highest-achieving, most athletically-talented high school students in New Jersey,” said NJSIAA Executive Director Steve Timko. “They are a credit to their schools, their families and their communities, and the NJSIAA is proud to honor them.”
Officials at each NJSIAA member high school have the opportunity to select one senior student as their scholar-athlete of the year.
The scholarships, donated by NJSIAA corporate sponsors and other organizations supportive of high school sports in New Jersey, are awarded by random drawings.
All the scholar-athletes’ names are entered in the drawings for all scholarships for which they are eligible. While some scholarships are only available to students attending schools in specific counties or participating in specific sports, most are offered statewide to students in all sports. There is a limit of one scholarship per student athlete.
The following Monmouth County students were recognized at the event:
Allentown High School – Caroline Ticse
Christian Brothers Academy – Christopher Podracky (Lincroft)
Colts Neck High School – Mark D. Kapnick (Marlboro) - $1,000 New Jersey State Coaches Association scholarship
Freehold Borough High School – Ryan Sullivan
Freehold Township High School – James Faith
Henry Hudson Regional High School – Arvinder Singh (Highlands) - $1,000 New Jersey State Coaches Association scholarship
Holmdel High School – John J. Cuccurullo
Howell High School – Tara Nealon - $500 Star Ledger scholarship
Keansburg High School – Nicole Rogan - $500 Star Ledger scholarship
Keyport High School – Bradley Derechailo - $1,000 ShopRite scholarship
Long Branch High School – Miles Shuler - $500 Star Ledger scholarship
Manasquan High School – Julia M. Ford (Spring Lake Heights) - $500 J H Cohn LLP Accountants and Consultants scholarship
Marlboro High School – Emily Lutkewitte (Colts Neck)
Matawan Regional High School – Dhara Shah (Matawan) - $1,000 ShopRite scholarship
Middletown North High School – Michael Wheaton - $1,000 ShopRite scholarship
Middletown South High School – Julia Kuhn - $500 Shore Conference of High Schools scholarship
Monmouth Regional High School – Alexa Policari
Neptune High School – Pierce Ryan - $500 Shore Conference of High Schools scholarship
Ocean Township High School – Thomas Kraeutier
Ranney School – Charlotte Fleming (Rumson) - $500 Investors Savings Bank scholarship
Raritan High School – Rene Moore (Hazlet) - $500 Wrestling History Book scholarship
Red Bank Catholic High School – Dylan Chayes (Oceanport)
Red Bank Regional High School – Melissa Kaszuba (Howell)
Rumson-Fair Haven High School – Evan Benkert (Fair Haven)
Shore Regional High School – Michael Noji (Oceanport)
St. John Vianney High School – Steve Harnett (Hazlet)
St. Rose High School – William Faugno
Wall Township High School – Dylan Pett - $1,000 Staples scholarship