GLEN RIDGE, NJ--Glen Ridge High athletic director Rob Hill announced the following student-athletes had earned accolades for their work in the classroom, and athletic fields.
"I'd like to extend congratulations to the following senior athletes, who were recognized at either the state, or county level, for their accomplishments. I also want to thank them for representing all that Glen Ridge High is about."
Haleigh Pine was named the NJSIAA Scholar Athlete of the Year, for Glen Ridge High while Taylor Townson and Sam Auborn garnered the Karen Fuccello Super Essex Conference Scholar Athletes of the Year, for the Ridgers.
Sydney Lance, a cheerleader and member of the champion girls lacrosse team, was named the winner of the prestigious Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center/Investors Bank, Best Teammate Award, for her school.
The Yogi Berra Museum has been handing out the Best Teammate Award for a number of years now. Lance was one of 34 students in Essex County to garner the award. Locally, Bloomfield's Lizbeth Morocho also earned the honor, as did Belleville's Gabriela Lopez.
Hill also announced that eight more athletes will be headed to college to continue competing, as well as working toward a degree. Those athletes are boys lacrosse players Brendan Easter (Middlebury College), Marshall Swett (University of Lynchburg), Ryan Monahan (York College), Ren DeBartolomeis (Connecticut College), Grant Conte (Wesleyan College) and Ben Bronstein (Haverford College); Liam Hood, a member of the swim team, is headed to the University of Maine and Campbell Moriarty, will play lacrosse at Amherst College.
Moriarty, a multi-talented athlete, is pleased with her college choice for multiple reasons.
"I chose Amherst College because there is a unique relationship that allows intense education to coexist with highly competitive athletic programs," said Moriarty. "Valuing both of these aspects will allow me to lay the foundation for a career path while also being a member of a successful team."
Bronstein was also excited about his selection.
"I decided to attend Haverford due to it being one of the top liberal arts schools in the country, and its proximity to a large metropolitan area," said Bronstein. "Additionally, the sense of family on the lacrosse team was a major factor in choosing Haverford over other schools with similar academic profiles."
Those athletes join six others, from GR, who announced this past winter their college intentions. Sarah Looney will attend Stanford University, Patrick Bronander and Jackson Crutchfield will both be going to Saint Joseph's University, Madison Grady is headed to Rutgers University, Gretchen Gilmore will play at Penn State University and Sean Brown will be competing at Northeastern University.
"Obviously, I'm so happy for the kids," said Hill. "They're hard-working young men and women in the classroom and represent our athletic programs so well."