EAST ORANGE, NJ - The Men of Essex, Inc. will celebrate their 60th Anniversary Essex Awards dinner banquet Wednesday, May 16th, 7:00 p.m. at Cedar Hill Golf & Country Club, 100 Walnut Street, Livingston, NJ. As part of the festivities, this year’s top awardee will be track phenom Reanda Richards of West Essex Regional High School. Legendary All-American and East Orange Hall of Fame inductee Darryl White will deliver the keynote address. 

The Essex Award, an annual rite of spring in Essex County Scholastic circles, bestows highest distinction upon the leading scholar-athletes, and athletes representing Essex County high schools, public, private and parochial. Presented by the Men of Essex, Inc., a service organization of African-American professionals and businessmen, the Essex Awards Dinner has become recognized statewide as a prestige salute to the ‘best and brightest’ for the past 59 years.

More than 200 guests are expected to be in attendance at the Essex Awards Dinner, including educators, parents, coaches and a loyal following of avid supporters. Tickets are $75. Sponsorship and ticket information can be obtained by contacting David Clark at 973-673-8632 or by visiting www.themenofessex1958.org.

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Reanda Richards

Reanda Richards broke a 36-year-old meet record in the 400 hurdles at the Essex County Championship in 2017. Her time of 59.87 broke the 60 seconds mark she was trying to accomplish. The record-setting time came a month after she finished third in the 400-meter hurdles at the Penn Relays with a time of 1:00.49. Richards, a 1st Team All-State selection in 2017 by NJ.com/Star Ledger broke 60 seconds four straight times in the 400 hurdles and added a personal-best 54.98 in the open 400. Reanda took silver at the meet of champions last spring, losing only to Olympics star Sydney McLaughlin. This winter, Richards set two New Jersey No. 1 times on the season with her performances in the Super Essex Championships in the 400 race in 58.03 seconds then added to the tops of the 800 800-meter run crossing the line in 2:22.36 seconds. She earned All-American honors, placing 5th in the 400 meter hurdles championship, in a time of 59.65 at the New Balance National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her high school career record is unsurpassed. She is a 10 - time All-Group 3 Champion, 17 - time State Sectional Champion and a New Balance Champion. She maintains a 3.48 G.P.A. and is a member of the National Honor Society. As Captain of the West Essex track team, Richards also serves in the community as a National Honor Society Tutor and participated in Running for Answers with the Alzheimer Organization. Reanda has committed to Rutgers University on a full track and field scholarship in the fall.


Essex Award Winners: Reanda Richards, West Essex Regional HS


Ifeanyi D. Anaemejeh Belleville High School

Aicha I. Naouai Bloomfield High School

Tarrin Earle Montclair High School

Catherine Jordan Columbia High School

Shamir N. Johnson East Side High School

Sara M. Jacobs Millburn High School

Megan E. Balbo Millburn High School

Remington M. Haggerty Millburn High School

Brooke G. Hoffman Millburn High School

Melissa H. Du Millburn High School

Charles Asare North Star Academy Prep.

Ashley N. Moscoso Orange High School

Ivan O. Jordan St. Benedict’s Prep.

Eamon S. Morrissey West Essex Regional High School

Ashley R. Iannuzzi West Essex Regional High School

Sarah J. Iannuzzi West Essex Regional High School


Baseball      Peter Serruto (Millburn High School)

Basketball (Girls) Danielle Robinson (University High School)

Basketball (Boys) Jalen Carey (Montclair Immaculate High School)

Bowling (Boys) Michael Liu (Livingston High School)

Cross Country (Girls) Anna Schaller (Montclair Kimberley Academy)

Cross Country (Boys) Daniel Gizzo (Seton Hall Prep)

Fencing (Girls) Amina Troupe (Montclair High School)

Fencing (Girls) Julia Thompson (Montclair Kimberley Academy)

Fencing (Boys) Logan Rechler (Newark Academy)

Field Hockey (Girls) Julia Russo (West Essex Regional High School)

Football-Offense Daniel Webb (Montclair High School)

Football-Defense David Orduson (Malcolm X Shabazz High School)

Football-Defense Willie Matthews (Montclair High School)

Lacrosse Griffin Westlin (Seton Hall Prep)

Soccer (Girls) Natalie Nevins (West Orange High School)

Soccer (Boys) Maurice Williams (West Orange High School)

Softball Mia Faieta (Cedar Grove High School)

Swimming (Girls) Marie Fagan (Columbia High School)

Tennis (Girls) Anna Brylin (Millburn High School)

Tennis (Boys) Michael Sun (Livingston High School)

Track (Girls) Shelby Bigsby (Montclair High School)

Track (Boys) Akeem Lindo (East Orange Campus High School)

Volleyball (Girls) Hunter Coppola(Verona High School)

Volleyball (Boys) Jacob Siwek (Livingston High School)

Wrestling Anthony Clarizio (Cedar Grove High School)