CHESTER, PA (03/27/2019)-- Widener University, one of the nation's premier universities for civic engagement and applied leadership, in partnership with WCAU-TV NBC10, is proud to recognize the 2019 winners of the Widener University High School Leadership Awards.
In its eighth year, the program recognized 163 students from high schools throughout the region for their abilities to stand up for what is right, address a wrong and make a difference in their communities or schools. The honorees include:
Courtney Gaston of Galloway, NJ, 08205. Gaston attends Absegami High School and has made a difference by leading by example as an academic scholar, varsity soccer player and active member in her school clubs.
Paige Hoover of Egg Harbor Twp., NJ, 08234. Hoover attends Atlantic Christian School and has made a difference by being an active student council member and contributing in school mission trips.
Mia Koehl of Mount Ephraim, NJ, 08059. Koehl attends Audubon High School and has made a difference by contributing to the community through generosity and small acts of kindness.
Connor Reed of Pennsauken, NJ, 08109. Reed attends Bishop Eustace Preparatory School and has made a difference by leading by example and assisting his peers and school administrators any way he can.
Bailee Pierson of Bordentown, NJ, 08505. Pierson attends Bordentown Regional High School and has made a difference by leading as an active member of the school's National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Students Against Violence Everywhere, Student Council and School Climate Club.
Tyler Carroll of Burlington, NJ, 08016. Carroll attends Burlington City High School and has made a difference by mentoring students with disabilities and advocating to reduce the driving speed limit outside his high school.
Kayviana Catoe of Camden, NJ, 08105. Catoe attends Camden Big Picture Learning Academy and has made a difference by strengthening mother and daughter relationships in her community by organizing an annual women's tea party.
Nicole Renn of Lumberton, NJ, 08048. Renn attends Camden Catholic High School and has made a difference by devoting more than 350 hours to assist the workers and campers at her local summer camp.
Yasmin Ramirez-Vazquez of Camden, NJ, 08105. Ramirez-Vazquez attends Camden County Technical School- Pennsauken and has made a difference by volunteering to serve food to the homeless and participating in multiple school groups and clubs.
Dayna Schubert of Marlton, NJ, 08053. Schubert attends Cherokee High School and has made a difference by devoting time to mentoring and caring for underprivileged children.
Katharyn Mackiewicz of Cinnaminson, NJ, 08077. Mackiewicz attends Cinnaminson High School and has made a difference by raising money for her local hospital to make goodie bags for more than 100 patients.
Miranda Yanzuk of Clayton, NJ, 08312. Yanzuk attends Clayton High School and has made a difference by holding strong leadership roles on school athletic teams and extracurricular activities.
Lindsay Lorenzo of Mullica Hill, NJ, 08062. Lorenzo attends Clearview Regional High School and has made a difference by excelling and advocating for females in the STEM and robotics field.
Marissa Waters of Collingswood, NJ, 08108. Waters attends Collingswood High School and has made a difference by leading local food drives and volunteering to help at all of her school service club events.
Sarah Stanger of Bridgeton, NJ, 08302. Stanger attends Cumberland Regional High School and has made a difference by actively participating in clubs and athletics while also leading her school's Interact Club as president.
Allison Franklin of Franklinville, NJ, 08322. Franklin attends Delsea Regional High School and has made a difference by participating in various service clubs and devoting her time to her school and community.
Chinmayee Narayan of Deptford, NJ, 08096. Narayan attends Deptford Township High School and has made a difference by volunteering more than 200 hours of community service at her local senior citizen home.
Aaron Schwager of Burlington, NJ, 08016. Schwager attends Doane Academy and has made a difference by participating in athletic and academic school groups, and working as a community ambassador.
Karen Le of Voorhees, NJ, 08043. Le attends Eastern Regional High School and has made a difference by leading the Student Alliance club to help middle school students smoothly transition to Eastern Regional High School as freshman.
Erin Kee of Egg Harbor Twp., NJ, 08234. Kee attends Egg Harbor Township High School and has made a difference by traveling to Ghana for three weeks to teach children English and Science.
Marina Garagozzo of Swedesboro, NJ, 08085. Garagozzo attends Friends Select School and has made a difference by encouraging her peers to engage and speak up about diversity and racial issues.
Joseph Harrington of Westville, NJ, 08093. Harrington attends Gateway Regional High School and has made a difference by leading as class president and volunteering his time at various school and community events.
Noah Dawson of Haddonfield, NJ, 08033. Dawson attends Gloucester Catholic and has made a difference by being a role model for his younger brother and motivating his peers to succeed academically.
Sydney Hancock of Gloucester, NJ, 08030. Hancock attends Gloucester City High School and has made a difference by participating in local community service events and contributing to her school's extracurricular activities.
Erin McShea of Mullica Hill, NJ, 08062. McShea attends Gloucester County Institute of Technology and has made a difference by establishing and leading dance programs at a local school for children with special needs and developmental disabilities.
Luca Severino of Haddon Township, NJ, 08108. Severino attends Haddon Township High School and has made a difference by positively leading his school and peers by being actively involved in the student council, honor society, athletics and music.
Cassia Zulueta of Sicklerville, NJ, 08081. Zulueta attends Holy Cross Academy and has made a difference by being proactive in her school and dedicating time to community service.
Samantha Delmar of Woolwich, NJ, 08085. Delmar attends Kingsway Regional High School and has made a difference by being an advocate for allowing immigrants a chance at the American Dream and being a leader on her school swim team.
Amanda Stellwag of South Millville, NJ, 08332. Stellwag attends Millville Senior High School and has made a difference by being a natural leader, mentoring students in school, and volunteering in the community.
Madison Sisz of Columbus, NJ, 08022. Sisz attends Northern Burlington County Regional High School and has made a difference by being an exemplary student and devoting her time to lead fundraising for Relay for Life.
Haley Stanks of Woodbine, NJ, 08270. Stanks attends Ocean City High School and has made a difference by serving as vice president of her school's Student Council and French Club in addition to being the treasurer of the Model United Nations club.
Elizabeth Myers of Hammonton, NJ, 08037. Myers attends Our Lady of Mercy Academy and has made a difference by leading as student council president and ensuring all students feel included during school events.
Anabella Linane of Berlin, NJ, 08009. Linane attends Overbrook High School and has made a difference by being an active student in extracurricular activities and working with students in the unified sports program.
Jayme Livingstone of Palmyra, NJ, 08065. Livingstone attends Palmyra High School and has made a difference by being an exemplary student by constantly challenging herself in the classroom and in extracurricular activities.
Alexandria Henrickson-Turley of JBMDL, NJ, 08640. Henrickson-Turley attends Pemberton Township High School and has made a difference by being an active volunteer in the community and utilizing her free time to serve those who are in need.
Rebecca Stallard of Pennsauken, NJ, 08109. Stallard attends Pennsauken High School and has made a difference by being an active member in her school clubs, spending time volunteering at her church and assisting World War II veterans.
Cole Cerchiaro of Riverside, NJ, 08075. Cerchiaro attends Riverside High School and has made a difference by displaying academic excellence and leadership in his athletics, while also volunteering to make the community a better place.
Madison Miller of Southampton, NJ, 08088. Miller attends Seneca High School and has made a difference by devoting her time to make her high school an inviting, inclusive and enriched experience for her peers.
Isabella Turner of Medford, NJ, 08055. Turner attends Shawnee High School and has made a difference by showing exemplary leadership and character within her school and community.
John Malaszecki of Mullica Hill, NJ, 08062. Malaszecki attends St. Augustine Preparatory and has made a difference by using adversity as motivation to succeed and support his peers.
Frank Donio of Williamstown, NJ, 08094. Donio attends St. Joseph's High School and has made a difference by being a reliable, friendly and respected student who is heavily involved in extracurricular activities.
Madeline Lolli of Erial, NJ, 08081. Lolli attends Timber Creek Regional High School and has made a difference by being actively involved in various school clubs that help promote school culture and community.
Carina Gerace of Glendora, NJ, 08029. Gerace attends Triton Regional High School and has made a difference by being a leader on her cheer squad as well as an active volunteer in the community.
Brooklyn Castellano of West Deptford, NJ, 08051. Castellano attends West Deptford High School and has made a difference by mentoring middle school students and leading by example in her academics and athletics.
Christopher Beitel of Wildwood, NJ, 08260. Beitel attends Wildwood High School and has made a difference by working hard in school to succeed academically and doing whatever he can to lend a hand for others.
Lily Samoyan of Sicklerville, NJ, 08081. Samoyan attends Winslow Township High School and has made a difference by being an active volunteer in the community and an exemplary student and peer mentor.
"Through the High School Leadership Awards, Widener University has the pleasure of honoring the inspiring young leaders within our community who demonstrate courage and strong leadership," said Widener University President Julie E. Wollman. "This year we are extremely proud to recognize students who embody our university's core principals of character and leadership and work to create positive change in their communities. It is my pleasure to give each one of them this well-deserved recognition."
Winners are invited to a celebratory program at the National Constitution Center tomorrow, March 28, 2019 and a leadership conference in the fall of 2019 presented by the Oskin Leadership Institute, Widener University's world-class leadership program that aims to inspire and prepare students to become strategic leaders and responsible citizens. Recipients will also receive a scholarship of $20,000 over four years should they enroll at Widener University as a freshman for undergraduate studies and will be named an Apogee Scholar. As an Apogee Scholar, students will participate in a leadership development program at the Oskin Leadership Institute, which will include earning a Widener Leadership Certificate and participating in a variety of on-campus leadership development activities.
"NBC10 is proud to partner with Widener University to recognize these young leaders from across our region," said Ric Harris, President and General Manager of NBC10 and Telemundo62. "These extraordinary individuals demonstrate integrity and inspire positive change in their schools and communities."
For more information regarding the Widener University High School Leadership Awards and to view a complete list of winners, please visit the High School Leadership Awards page.
Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website, http://www.widener.edu/.
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