ROBINSVILLE, NJ - Two Milltown teenagers, Noah Paladino and Elizabeth Vignuolo, were honored by the NJSIAA for their contributions on the playing field and in the classroom. The awards ceremony held on May 21 recognized 365 high school scholar-athletes for their achievements, according to a press release issued this week.

“These student-athletes worked extremely hard in the classroom and in their respective sports to stand out from their peers,” says Steve Timko, the NJSIAA’s executive director. “This luncheon is our way of applauding their efforts and wishing them well as they begin college.” 

Through the scholar-athlete program, every NJSIAA school in the Garden State was presented with the opportunity to choose one student to receive the Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Each recipient also was given at least a $500 college scholarship to be used to further his or her education.

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Vignuolo was Spotswood High School's Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Paladino was the choice for the Middlesex Academy for Science, Math and Engineering, which is located on the campus of Middlesex County College in Edison.

Vignuolo played both soccer and basketball for the Chargers. She made 250 career saves in net for Spotswood. Vignuolo recorded seven shutouts for the Chargers during the 2016-17 girls' soccer season. Paladino recorded five career assists in three seasons of varsity soccer for the Middlesex Academy for Science Math and Engineering.

The New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association was formed in 1918. It is a non-profit organization that is made up of 435 public, private and parochial high schools throughout the state. Membership in the NJSIAA is voluntary. Each high school sports season, the NJSIAA holds tournaments that crown champions in a total of 32 sports for both male and female athletes. NJSIAA tournaments are often the highlight of each athletic season for high school sports programs. They began awarding college scholarships to deserving student-athletes in 1993. Since then, the NJSIAA has honored more than 7,000 New Jersey high school scholar-athletes and given out over 1.5 million dollars in college scholarships.