Eight Scholarships Awarded at High Bridge and Califon Parishes

Seven senior students from Voorhees High School and one from North Hunterdon High School were awarded scholarships at Saint John Neumann Parish in Califon and St. Joseph Parish in High Bridge. Knight Mario Bernardo coordinated the St. Joseph Parish scholarship program. Amanda Knoll and Christopher Thompson received scholarships from Rev. Maurice Carlton at St. Joseph Church in honor of his deceased parents, Mary and Ed Carlton. Amanda Knoll participated in track, swimming and ballet at Voorhees. She also was a member of the Appalachian Service Project, Vice President of the National Honor Society and a member of Students for Change. Amanda was an Assistant Religious Education Teacher at St. Joseph Parish. She will attend Ohio State University where she will major in Health Sciences. Christopher Thompson was a member of the Voorhees Cross Country team and both Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field teams as well as a member of the Debate Club and Together We Are One Volunteers. Christopher assisted at the St. Joseph Religious Education program and will attend Columbia University where he plans to be a member of the Columbia Track Team. The St. Joseph Parish Altar Rosary Society and the Holy Name Society partnered to award a scholarship to Nick Raefski. Nick participated in Future Business Leaders of America, Students for Change, Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track (Captain Senior Year) at Voorhees. Nick was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, a member of the Red Cross Club, H2O 365 (a student run non-profit at Voorhees High School), High Bridge Recreation, Special Olympics, Hunterdon Hawks track Club and “Together We Are One” (a non-profit organization for high school students started by Nick). He will attend Wake Forest University and major in Economics. The St. Joseph Council Knights of Columbus awarded five “Joseph F. Labuta Scholarships” at the two parishes. At St. Joseph Parish, Knights of Columbus awards went to Timothy Waldron and Zachary Fortier and scholarships were awarded to Joshua Geerinck, Carrie Upwood, and Margaret Vitale at St. John Neumann Parish. Zachary Fortier participated in soccer and lacrosse at Voorhees. Zachary is very active in the Boy Scouts. He participates with the Food Drive and recently earned the honor of Eagle Scout by designing and building a garden at the High Bridge Elementary School. He will attend SUNY Cortland and major in Recreational Management. Tim Waldron participated in cross country, spring and winter track and field at Voorhees and was an assistant Religious Education teacher at St. Joseph Parish. Tim will attend Rutgers University and will major in Engineering. Josh Geerinck attended North Hunterdon High School where he was involved in varsity tennis, civil air patrol, Model United Nations, stage crew, and Krav Maga, a self-defense system developed for the military. Josh is a member of the St. John Youth Group, a lector during masses, a leader in Confirmation Retreat and helps with various other church functions throughout the year. He is a National Honor Society member, Catholic Heart Workcamp leader and volunteers for PTSA, a non-profit association composed of parents, teachers, and students. He will attend basic cadet training at the US Air Force Academy. Caroline Upwood was involved in National Honor Society and a Voorhees varsity equestrian athlete. Caroline was active in the St. John Neumann bell choir, the management of the church’s food pantry, and she provided altar service during the weekend masses. Caroline is an active participant in Woodlands Wildlife Refuge and belongs to the Girl Scouts and the Future Farmers of America community group. She will be attending Rutgers University where she will major in Animal Science Margaret Vitale was active in Red Cross Club, National Honor Society, piano performance, varsity tennis and varsity fencing at Voorhees. Margaret participates in her parish music ministry, youth mass music coordinator, youth group leader, a member of the Confirmation Retreat team, and is a Catholic Heart Workcamp member. She has been a Hunterdon Medical Center volunteer, worked as an intern for the Musconetcong River Watershed Assn., and a YMCA tennis and swimming instruction. She will attend Johns Hopkins University with a major in Public Health and Premedical Studies. Rev. Abraham Orapankal, Pastor, presented the awards at St. John Neumann Church. Knight Steve Bauernfeind coordinated the Knight’s program at St. John Neumann Parish