NEWARK, NJ – Jack Schreiber, a sixth-grade student at Livingston’s Mount Pleasant Middle School, was recently honored by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders during the Essex County Celebrates Youth program. The board’s commendation was sponsored and presented to Jack by Freeholder Patricia Sebold of Livingston.
The event is held each year to acknowledge and encourage young people throughout the county who have accomplished and contributed so much at a young age, and proven themselves to be role models for their peers. In addition to Schreiber, this year’s honorees were: Isaiah Corchado of Newark, a junior at Seton Hall Prep; Taj Atkinson, a senior at Newark’s Central H. S.; Emmanuel Christian, a junior at Newark’s Central H. S.; Danielson Joseph, a senior at Irvington H. S.; Lowell Kelly-Gamble, a junior at Bloomfield H. S.; Andrea Romero, a freshman at Belleville H. S.; Kristin Towkaniuk, a senior at Newark’s Science Park H. S.; and Ela Urbina, a junior at Orange H. S.
Freeholder President Britnee Timberlake welcomed everyone to the event by crediting her District 3 Freeholder predecessor, former Freeholder Carol Clark, “for initiating this program 12 years ago which, over the succeeding years, has become one of the Board’s finest traditions.” She explained, “This is a program all about celebrating young people who are doing good things. It is all about recognizing their accomplishments, talents, intelligence, contributions to their communities, and their courage to stand up for what they believe in, and encouraging them to succeed in everything they set their minds to.”
According to a representative for the program, Jack is a 12-year old sixth grade student at Livingston’s Mount Pleasant Middle School, who previously attended Collins Elementary School where he was a Tri-President of the student body. He is a High Honor Roll student at Mount Pleasant Middle School where he was the recipient of the Puma Pride Award for his efforts to give back to the community. In addition to being socially conscious and academically accomplished, Jack is also an excellent athlete. He plays football with the Livingston Junior Lancers Team that won back-to-back Super Bowl Championships in the B Division of the West Essex Junior Football League and was honored by the Livingston Municipal Council both years. He also plays basketball on the Sixth Grade Traveling Team sponsored by the Livingston Recreation Department, which reached the finals of the Suburban Recreation Basketball League. Jack is the son of Risa and Bruce Schreiber, and the brother of Jonny and Nikki.
“I am truly delighted to make my presentation to the youngest of this year’s honorees, Jack Schreiber, from my hometown of Livingston,” said Sebold. “Jack is a wonderful, wonderful young man who has brought so much joy and pride to his parents, Risa and Bruce, to his brother and sister, Jonny and Nikki, and especially to his incredibly proud grandmother… me!” She went on to say, “Jack, I can’t wait to see what you will do next in your young life and all that you will accomplish, and I hope you know that we will be there to support and applaud you each step of the way.”
“I’m so proud to be honored tonight,” said Jack, “and I’d like to thank my grandmother, Freeholder Pat Sebold, and the entire freeholder board for giving me this recognition.” He added, “I work very hard in school to do well and get excellent grades, and work hard to do well in all the sports I play for Livingston. Receiving this award makes me feel very proud. Thank you so much.”
Jack was accompanied by his mother, Risa and grandfather, Burton Sebold. Livingston Mayor Michael Silverman was also present to support Jack.
Freeholder Brendan Gill concluded the program by paying tribute to the many teachers, former teachers and mentors among the board members, as well as the teachers, principals, superintendents and coaches in the audience, remarking that “the last few years haven’t been easy on your profession, but when we see the great job you do reflected in the young people here tonight, we want you to know that there are elected officials and many leaders who have your back.” He also complimented the honorees’ parents saying, “Your parents have provided me with a great road map for the kind of young people my wife and I would like our daughter and son to become, and for the supportive and nurturing parents we aspire to be.” He concluded by saying, “You are nine outstanding young people, and we will leave here tonight confident that our future will be in very capable and caring hands.”
The program included a vocal performance by Marisa Budnick, a 17-year old junior at Wayne Valley H. S. and a Musical Theater major at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Young Artist Summer Intensive program (YASI) in Newark; as well as a performance by the Step Team representing the Newark Central H. S. chapter of Males Empowering Neighborhoods (M.E.N.). Octavia Pope of Cornerstone Baptist Church in East Orange offered the opening and closing prayers, and the reception following the program was catered by the students in the Culinary Arts program at Essex County Vo-Tech’s North 13th Street School in Newark.