HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Bergen County Clerk John S. Hogan presented the 4th quarter recipient of his Five Star Student Award to Julia Scozzafava, of Hillsdale.

The junior at Pascack Valley High School is a High Honor Roll student. She was acknowledged for her goals set towards earning her Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards for Girl Scouts (currently serving her 12th year) and her time and dedication given to shelter animals in need. Julia has "devotion and passion for helping less fortunate animals" and because of that, she has found ways to educate people within her community and raise money for shelter animals.

Clerk Hogan presented Julia with a Certificate of Recognition and a check for $500 from the John S. Hogan Foundation for her volunteer work for an important matter.

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“All of your efforts have demonstrated your commitment to this cause," said Hogan. "Your acts of kindness and generosity make you a prime candidate for the Five Star Student Award. Good luck and keep up the wonderful work!”

Julia hosted bake sales, earning her enough money to purchase supplies and materials to sew and produce pet beds to donate to various shelters throughout Bergen County. She also hosted a "Dog Show" in Hillsdale to bring awareness to her community on the issue of overpopulated animals in shelters and through her collaboration with ‘Peace4Paws.' A few dogs were adopted that day. Julia aspires to be a veterinarian so that she can continue to change the lives of animals that need help.