CLARK, NJ - Three Arthur L. Johnson High School seniors joined in a ceremony to commemorate their signing of national letters of intent to play NCAA Collegiate Athletics recently.  Emma Hilton, Stephen Harrington and Jenna Wiese joined their families along with various coaches and school staff at the event.

Senior student athlete Emma Hilton signed her letter of intent to continue her athletic and academic career playing field hockey at Ball State University for the Cardinals. According to school officials, Emma scored 72 goals and added 46 assists throughout her field hockey career while also leading the Crusaders to the Union County Championship game this past season.  Her numbers were good enough to place her second all-time in goal scoring and third all-time for points throughout a career at ALJ.

 Stephen Harrington signed his letter of intent with Hofstra University where he plans to pursue his academic and athletic goals while competing on the baseball diamond for the Division I Pride. Coaches say Harrington had an outstanding career for the Crusaders as he led his  team to multiple Division Championships, including making the school’s first Union County Championship Game since 1980. Stephen batted .418 as a junior with 30 RBIs and is looking forward to another stellar season this upcoming spring.

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Jenna Wiese is headed to James Madison University to play soccer for the Dukes while pursuing her academic plans. Schools officials said Wiese had an outstanding career for the Crusaders as she led her team to multiple Division Championships including winning an NJSIAA Sectional State Championship in 2017. Jenna is a three-year starter and three-year member of the post-season all-conference team as well.

ALJ Athletic Director Gus Kalikas oversaw the day’s events and reflected on the accomplishments of the students.  “Emma, Stephen and Jenna have been integral parts of the success of our athletic programs while competing at Arthur L. Johnson High School,” he said.  “More importantly, they have been model student athletes that did things the right way both on the fields, in the classroom, and throughout our community. Although it will be sad to see them leave, the Crusader’s loss is their University’s gain, and we look forward to following their successful collegiate athletic careers over the next four years.”

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