CLARK, NJ – Arthur L. Johnson High School seniors Joe Turek and Amy Wysocki received the 2018 Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s (UCIAC) Scholar Athlete Award on Wednesday, May 23.

The UCIAC is a New Jersey high school sports association run by Executive Director Tom Lewis under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).  The awards are presented to a male and female athlete from each school in the county to celebrate not only the athletes’ successes on the fields, courts, and mats, but also successful academic careers.

“Joe and Amy have been an integral part of the success of our athletic programs at Arthur L. Johnson High School, allowing us to have success on the fields in multiple sports,” said ALJ Athletic Director Gus Kalikas.  “More importantly, they have been model student athletes that did things the right way both on the fields and in the classroom.”

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Turek had a stellar career with ALJ’s football and baseball teams. As a senior, Turek was named captain of both teams and went on to break both the seasonal and career rushing records during his time on the gridiron. He recently captured his 100th hit on the baseball diamond as well. Turek is enrolled at the University of Delaware this fall.

Wysocki was an integral member of ALJ’s field hockey and basketball programs.  She helped both Lady Crusaders’ teams compete for County and Sectional State Titles during her time tenure as an ALJ athlete.

The UCIAC Scholar Athlete Dinner tradition was started by the late Frank J. Cicarell.  Cicarell was a teacher, coach, administrator, board of education member, and president of the Union County Athletic Conference. In spite of all of these positions, what he was most remembered for was his impact on the student athletes, as he was the driving force that made athletics in Union County what they are today. Union County Tournaments are still named after him to this day.  Over the years the dinner, organized and run by Lewis, has grown in size and has given out hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship money.

“Joe and Amy are truly deserving of being named our recipients of the UCIAC’s Scholar Athlete Awards, and we wish them well as they embark on their college careers,” said Kalikas.

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