EDISON, NJ – A Union High School scholar-athlete was one of 375 students to receive a scholarship at the 26th Annual NJSIAA Scholar-Athlete Luncheon on May 19.

Although a student at the Academy for Allied Health Science in Scotch Plains, Krizia Aponte was selected as Union High School’s representative at the NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association) award ceremony. 

“Krizia is a two sport athlete for us participating in soccer and basketball,” said Union Athletic Director Linda Ionta.  “She is a positive role model for her teammates and puts her heart into everything she does.  We are very proud to have her represent us as the NJSIAA Scholar Athlete. Her QPA from the Academy for Allied Health Sciences is 94.79.”

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Aponte, who grew up and lives in Union, said she has always had a great love of playing different sports.  “I started in kindergarten with soccer and in second grade with basketball,” she said.  “I have always belonged to either a school soccer or basketball team, AAU, or a travel elite soccer team.”

Aponte is in the National Honor Society, HOSA, and is on the Crimson Tide soccer team.  “I do dog therapy with my puppy, Mozzarella, too,” she said.  Aponte works at the Kids Academy at Life Time Athletic in Florham Park.

Aponte said she will be starting at Rutgers University in the fall.  She intends to major in biology in hopes of eventually applying to medical school.  She plans on becoming an OB/GYN.  “For the last 18 years, I have experienced great highs and lows, but I have always received the love and support by my family and friends,” she said.