EDISON, NJ - Spotswood High School seniors Samantha Wasserman and Sean Duffy were honored on Monday evening at the Pines Manor at the annual Greater Middlesex Conference Scholar-Athlete Banquet. Both Wasserman and Duffy have been standouts on the playing field and in the classroom during their time as Chargers. In addition to their proud families, Wasserman and Duffy were joined at the banquet by longtime SHS athletic director William Visokay, SHS head boys soccer coach Jeff Marvinny and SHS cross country coach Kyle Price.
Wasserman, a Spotswood native, began running on the soccer field before she developed a love for track. She has laced up her sneakers for the Chargers cross country, winter and spring track teams for all four years at Spotswood High School. During her time in track and field, Wasserman has qualifed to compete at the NJSIAA Cross Country Sectional meets and group championships. The Memorial Middle School valdictorian continued her stellar academics in Spotswood High School. Wasserman is third in her class with a 4.6 grade point average. She is the vice-president of Spotswood High School's Class of 2019. As well as track, Wasserman's extracurricular activities include the Honors Wind Ensemble and TEAMS Engineering Club. She also volunteers her time to the Spotswood community drama programs and serves as an arts and crafts counselor at the Spotswood Recreation Department's summer camp program.
Duffy, a Helmetta native, has been playing soccer since he was four years old. He continued his love of the sport all through school, playing recreational and travel soccer before making teams at the Memorial Middle School and Spotswood High School. Duffy served as captain for Chargers junior varsity and varsity squads. In the classroom, Duffy sports a 4.4 grade point average while balancing sports, studies and extracurriculars at Spotswood High School. Duffy is a part of the Spotswood School District's Heroes and Cool Kids program, serves on the Human Relations Committee and participates in the TEAMS Engineering Club. He has also been a member of Spotswood High School's award-winning DECA chapter for four years.
Duffy has represented SHS for the last two years in the high school division of the International Career Development Conference. He along with partners Derek Miller and Josh Mathew earned a first place finish at the State Career Development Confernece in January 2018 for their Sports and Entertainment Promotion manual that centered on Six Flags. This year Duffy partnered with Mathew to write a community service manual that earned a fifth place finish. Duffy helped to organize and promote a benefit concert at Spotswood High School for Music for Relief, which is a charity formed by musicians to help victims of natural disasters.
Both Wasserman and Duffy will be continuing their education in the fall. Wasserman will be attending Northeastern University in Boston where she plans to study health sciences while Duffy will be heading to the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken. Duffy plans on majoring in cybersecurity.
Monday's GMC Scholar-Athlete Banquet honored two students from each of the high schools that make up the Greater Middlesex Conference. South River High School's football standout and former Bucknell University football coach Joe Susan was the keynote speaker while veteran Central Jersey radio personality and former Rutgers University sports announcer Bruce Johnson served as the evening's emcee. John F. Kennedy Memorial High School's Sean Daly was honored as the 2019 GMC Athletic Director of the Year.