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First Congregational Honors Graduating Seniors

First Congregational Church members Emily Norwine and Ben Evans received the church’s 2014 Alexander Award for their outstanding contributions to the life of the church.  Bill Woods awarded the scholarship on behalf of the trustees at the church’s Senior Recognition Sunday in June. Credits: FCC

Emily Norwine and Benjamin Evans are the recipients of the 2014 Alexander Award bestowed by the First Congregational Church of Westfield.  Named in memory of longtime members Edna and John Alexander, the award is given annually to one or more high school seniors who have made a significant contribution to the life of the church.

Both Ms. Norwine and Mr. Evans have been leaders in the church’s youth fellowship program and attended several summer mission trips.   Emily Norwine has participated in the church’s vocal and bell choirs since kindergarten and is an assistant in the church school.  A senior at Cranford High School, she will attend Boston University in the fall.   Emily is the daughter of Mark and Katie Norwine.

Ben Evans was recognized for his leadership in the annual “30 Hour Famine,” a multi-church program designed to raise awareness and money to fight hunger.   He is a senior at the Union County Magnet School and will attend Allegheny College in the fall.  He is the son of Bob and Cynthia Evans of Fanwood. 

The students received their awards, consisting of a check and a certificate, at the church’s annual Senior Recognition Sunday on June 8. First Congregational Church, a member of the United Church of Christ, provides an active program of education, service, and fellowship for children and teens.  For additional information, please contact the church office at 908-233-2494 or visit their website at

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