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Scholastic Boosters Announce “Give a Boost” Award Winners

From left: Amy Nadel, Boosters President Jennifer Baer, Investors Bank VP and Branch Manager Kim Kaminski and Rachel Novick Credits: Millburn-Short Hills Boosters

MILLBURN, NJ - Millburn High School seniors Amy Nadel and Rachel Novick have been named the 2017 recipients of The Millburn-Short Hills Scholastic Boosters’ “Give a Boost” Award, presented by Investors Bank. The awards of $1,000 each were announced during the MHS Academic Awards ceremony on June 8 and were presented to the seniors by Boosters President Jennifer Baer.

The Millburn-Short Hills Scholastic Boosters created the “Give a Boost” Award in 2009, to be given to a Millburn High School senior with an excellent academic record who has shown diverse academic, community and personal interests and accomplishments. Award selections are made by the Boosters’ Board with the assistance of the MHS Guidance Department.

The Boosters, which has had a 35-year relationship with Investors Bank, was the recipient of a grant from the Investors Foundation ( this past Spring. The grant has enabled the Boosters to expand the “Give-A-Boost” award program, for which the Bank is now the presenter.

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“As one longtime Millburn institution partnering with another one, Investors Bank is very pleased to continue our support of the invaluable assistance The Boosters have provided to deserving township students for nearly seven decades,” stated Investors Bank Assistant Vice President and Millburn branch manager Kim Kaminski.

Ms. Nadel, who will be attending The College of William & Mary, received the University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award for strong leadership experience at school and in the community, high grades and extensive involvement in extracurricular activities.

Named most valuable player of the MHS women’s volleyball team three times, she also captained the schools’ company and served as the Student Life Liaison to the Faculty-Life Committee.

Ms. Novick, who is headed to Washington University in St. Louis, is a 2017 National Merit Scholarship finalist and a recipient the AP Scholar with Distinction Award.  She was selected for a two-year term to raise school policy concerns of students with the Millburn Township Board of Education.

A featured skater on a national competition team of Bravo! Theater on Ice, she has represented US Figure Skating in international competitions in France and Spain, while assisting in creating and teaching choreography.  A four-year member of the MHS Winter and Spring track and field teams, she holds school records in the long jump as well as in individual and relay races.

The Millburn-Short Hills Scholastic Boosters have provided educational grants to township students since 1947, assisting more than 1,000 students to close the shortfall in their college funding packages, with awards totaling more than $1,000,000. Individual Booster grants, which are based on demonstrated financial need, have ranged, in recent years, from $750 to $2,000 for the school year. 

Grant applications are now being accepted applications for the 2017-2018. To learn more about the grants including eligibility criteria or to obtain an application—or to make a tax-deductible donation to The Boosters— visit or write to P.O. Box 42, Millburn, N.J. 07041.  Applications, which must be completed and submitted no later than June 30, 2017, also are available at the Millburn High School Guidance Office. 

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