LAFAYETTE (NJ) - Pass It Along is set to hold the 35th Annual Pass It Along Scholar Athlete Banquet on March 5, 2020 at the Lake Mohawk Country Club, located in Sparta, New Jersey. This year's scholar athletes were nominated by the school principals and athletic directors of twelve local school districts, based on their hard-work, altruism, and ambition both in the classroom and on-the-field.

The program originated with United Way of Northern New Jersey, bringing local communities together to celebrate the academic, athletic and community service accomplishments of local high school students. In 2014, the program was handed down to Pass It Along. The event is made possible by this year’s presenting sponsor, The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey, located in Sparta, New Jersey.

The 2020 Pass It Along Scholar Athlete Nominees (With Sponsors)

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Ryan Nugent - Wallkill Valley Regional High School - Ames Rubber Corp.

Madison Billows - Hackettstown High School - Hackettstown Medical Center

Matthew Johnson - Jefferson High School - Sterling Financial Group

Rebecca Kopf - Sussex County Technical School - SB One Bank

Ryan Freda - High Point Regional High School - TBD

Marissa Fattorusso - Hopatcong High School - Nisivoccia LLP

Saige Berkowicz - Lenape Valley Regional High School - Perona Farms

Ava Brook - Kittatinny Regional High School - Toyota World of Newton/Subaru World of Newton

Olivia Vizzini - Vernon Township High School - AJ Gallagher Risk Management

Olivia Bouma-Hannam - Sparta High School - Askin & Hooker, Attorneys at Law

Steven Ward - Newton High School - Newton Medical Center

Mary Reduzzi - North Warren Regional High School - TBD

In an effort to connect Pass It Along’s mission with our nominees, staff members are working with the nominees over the throughout the next few weeks to plan, create and deliver a service project. Pass It Along's mission is to build confident, resilient, compassionate teenagers through self-discovery, volunteer and leadership opportunities. This year, the nominees are currently creating a field day for local high school students with developmental disabilities. Students will gather for sports, activities, board games and more.

Members of their family, friends, sponsors, school administration and the local community will be invited to attend the banquet. Each scholar athlete will receive a scholarship in conjunction with their recognition. Local businesses, schools, family and friends can showcase their support of these young rising stars and the Sussex County community by signing on as a sponsor, purchasing ad space, and/or attending the banquet.

For more information on the Pass It Along Scholar Athlete Program, or information on the banquet, please visit www.passitalong.org/scholarathlete, or contact Zachary Anderson, Manager of Marketing and Annual Events, at (973)-726-9777, ext. 4, or zachary@passitalong.org.

About Pass It Along

Pass It Along is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Lafayette, New Jersey at The Shoppes at Lafayette. Pass It Along's mission is to build confident, resilient, compassionate teenagers through self-discovery, volunteer and leadership opportunities. By participating in the Pass It Along program, teenagers gain a strong sense of self, learn about the positive effects of helping others and are equipped to avoid risky behaviors. For more information and to view all of our programs we have to offer, please visit www.passitalong.org.