LIVINGSTON, NJ — Philippe Jallow, Livingston High School’s 2018-2019 student representative to the Livingston Board of Education (LBOE), was recently awarded a surprise $1,000 scholarship in recognition of his service.

On behalf of the district, LBOE President Charles “Buddy” August wished Jallow luck as he heads to Rutgers University in the fall.

“You have been a great representative of the student body,” said LBOE President Charles “Buddy” August. “This is in recognition and appreciation for everything you did, for all the information you gave us and for helping us out...I know you’re going to do fabulous. We’re going to miss you, we really are.”

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Jallow replied that that he has been extremely grateful for the opportunity to sit on the board and to listen and learn from its members. He thanked the board members as well as the student body for giving him this opportunity and said that he is going to miss it.

“Being able to voice the comments and concerns of the students has been an amazing experience,” said Jallow. “I have thoroughly enjoyed being allowed to immerse myself in the inner workings of the board, while simultaneously doing my best to have our schools reflect the best atmosphere Livingston holds to such a high esteem.”

August also noted that Jallow has set the bar high for the next student liaison and said he hopes Jallow’s replacement will serve as well as he did.

District Business Administrator Steve Robinson surprised Jallow with the $1,000 scholarship, which was issued by the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO). Robinson earned the honor of distributing the scholarship when he was presented with the NJASBO 2019 Distinguished Service Award earlier this year.

The board members applauded Jallow as he walked around the table to hug each of them.

In addition to his academic achievements, such as being inducted into both the History Honor Society and the English Honor Society, Jallow is also an accomplished athlete. The four-year track team member currently serves as team captain and also played on the soccer team for two years.

In addition, Jallow is a classically trained pianist who has given piano lessons as well.

At Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences in New Brunswick, Jallow plans to major in cell biology and neuroscience with a minor in business administration.