St. Joseph Council 10627 in High Bridge awarded scholarships to seven high school graduates: four at St. Joseph Parish, High Bridge, and three at St. John Neumann Parish, Califon. Recipients were Annemarie Gregory, Ashley Gallagher, Claire Ayotte and Jonathan Raefski in High Bridge and Alexa Johnson, Morgan D’Avella, Samantha Brynildsen in Califon. Additionally, the St. Joseph Parish Altar-Rosary Society and Holy Name Society awarded a scholarship to Noel Waldron. All eight recipients were outstanding scholars and participated in school, community and parish activities.
Noel Waldron was president of the Voorhees High School German Club and captain of the Varsity Track and Field team. Noel assisted in the St. Joseph Parish Religious Education program and volunteered and participated on the Hunterdon Hawks track team. Noel will attend Rowan University and major in Advertisement and Marketing.
Annemarie Gregory graduated from Voorhees High School, participated in Family Career Community Leaders of America, was a Foreign Exchange host and participant, a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Ski Club, World Language Honor Society, and an AP Scholar with Distinction. Annemarie is a sixth grade Religious Education Program teacher at St Joseph Parish, was a Girl Scout and coordinated their food drive for 4 years, and volunteered at the Hunterdon County Library. Annemarie will enter the University of Notre Dame where she will major in Engineering.
Ashley Gallagher attended Bound Brook High School where she participated in Peer Leadership, National Honor Society, Varsity Softball, Student Council, French National Honor Society, and Relay for Life. Ashley was a Religious Education Program volunteer at St. Joseph Parish. Ashley will attend St. Bonaventure University and will major in Journalism and Communication.
At Voorhees High School, Claire Ayotte participated in PACT, Drama Club, Show Choir, Unified Basketball, and Unified Track. Claire works as a summer camp counselor at Camden Environmental Club, and is a Peer Buddy. She will attend Towson University and major in Early Childhood Education with Integrated Special education.
Jonathan Raefski participated on the Voorhees High School Soccer Team, was a member of the National Honor Society and a member of Together We Are One. Jonathan worked with the summer recreation program helping with soccer camps and will attend Bard College.
At Voorhees High School, Alexa Johnson was a member of Key Club, Bible Club, Math Honors, Science Honors, World Language and National Honor Society. Alexa loves the world of 4H and Cattleman’s/Grade A Beef Club and attained many officer positions in that organization. At St. John Neumann Parish, she is a youth leader, lector, altar server, first grade Religious Education teacher and Catholic Heart Workcamp participant 3 times. Alexa received the Diocese of Metuchen Youth Award in 2016. She has a strong interest in Student Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (SAVE). Alexa will attend Virginia Tech majoring in Animal and Poultry Science.
Morgan D’Avella is another student who has provided service to her school, church, and community. At St. John Neumann, she is a first grade Religious Education teacher and involved in Bible Club, and Catholic Heart Workcamp. Morgan is an emergency medical technician for Lebanon Township, and has supported a variety of other community programs and is a dedicated 4H member, and youth leader. She will attend Rowan University and major in Nursing.
Samantha Brynildsen participated in the Voorhees High School Show Choir and Drama Club. At St. John Neumann Parish, she participates in the music ministry and the Catholic Heart Workcamp. Samantha is a teen leader in Showkids invitational Theater, an active community theater group, and works as a peer buddy for Special Ed. Children and is a French tutor at Voorhees. Samantha will attend The Boston Conservatory and major in Musical Theater.