GARWOOD, NJ—Governor Livingston students Christina Hanson and Ryan Davey were honored as the 2019 Union Country Interscholastic Association Conference Scholar-Athletes for their commitment to excellence in academics and athletics.
Each year, the school athletic department selects a male and female student athlete who embodies the qualities of an exceptional scholar athlete—leadership, intelligence, dedication, and motivation—striving for greatness in athletics and academics. The following criteria were guidelines used to choose the 2019 UCIAC scholar athletes: Nominee must be a graduating senior; nominee should have participated in extra-curricular activities; nominee must have participated in an UCIAC sponsored varsity sport; nominee must have exhibited athletic and academic excellence.
Hanson is a top scholar at Governor Livingston High School with a 4.585 weighted GPA and earning induction into the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society; French Honor Society; the National Honor Society; and the Athletic Honor Society –Varsity A scholar award. She also was able to score the 5 on the Advance Placement Tests in Chemistry, AP Calculus BC, English Language and Composition.
She is a member of the Gov. Livingston Interact Club, Student Auxiliary, French Club and has been part of the local Relay for Life Event Committee for the past thee years. Hanson has also found time to volunteer at Overlook Medical Center in Summit as a junior volunteer. She also volunteered for the Junior League of Summit to help organize their thrift store. She has volunteered for the Family Promise Organization at Little Flower Parish in Berkeley Heights by serving food to the homeless guests at the parish.
On the field of competition, Hanson is a stellar student athlete for the Highlanders. She competed in the softball program during her freshman and sophomore years before an injury sidelined her career as a junior. But shet thrived as a standout field hockey player. During her sophomore year she broke onto the local field hockey scene by being named second team All-Conference. She was named to the First Team All Union-Essex County Conference for her 11th and 12th grades, respectively. She showed great drive and passion for the sport when she suffered a serious knee injury and worked hard to return as a big part of Highlanders Field Hockey team at Governor Livingston High School.
Hanson will attend University of Michigan in the fall and will study Neuroscience in the hopes of continuing her love for helping people as a doctor of Neurosurgery.
Davey is one of the all-round gifted student athletes in the Governor Livingston senior class. His ability on the hardwood and baseball diamond only pales in comparison to his accolades in the classroom. He has continued to challenge himself by taking several Advance Placement courses and earning a 4.514 grade point average. He has been inducted into the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and the Athletic Honor Society at Governor Livingston High School. Davey was also named a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student and an AP Scholar with Distinction.
He has also found time to give back to the community by being a volunteer for Relay for Life, annually held in Berkeley Heights. He is a member of the Governor Livingston Link Crew/Student Ambassadors Club that serves as mentors and leaders for the incoming ninth graders at the high school.
Davey can also be found in Gov. Livingston's Media Center during the common lunch block to serve as a National Honor Society Math, English and History tutor. He is also an active member of the Little Flower Church and often serves as a Church Mass Lector for Sundays and occasions such as the Easter Vigil and Confirmation. In the summer, Davey has also worked as a Baseball and Basketball camp counselor teaching the youth in the Berkeley Heights and Mountainside communities, the Highlander way of competing.
Davey has also excelled showing his athletic ability on the basketball court and baseball field as an accomplished student athlete. As a basketball student athlete, he has collected numerous honors and has been selected All Conference for the 2018-19 season. He has served as captain for both teams during his senior year. Davey was a critical member of the 2018 GL Baseball Team that captured the Union County Championship. He was able to come in to the games to close out the championship game as a pitcher.
Davey will continue his education at Villanova University, at the prestigious Villanova Business School. He looks to continue to explore his interests and major in Business and minor in Business Analytics.