ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - Natalie Rechan was recognized along with 364 other New Jersey high school athletes during a luncheon recently held. Rechan plays Field Hockey and Lacrosse at Montclair High School.

At its annual scholar-athlete luncheon, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) recognized 365 high school students for their achievements, awarding a total of $203,000 in college scholarships.

Under the ongoing scholar-athlete program, each NJSIAA member school – nearly every high school in the state – has the opportunity to select one senior student as its scholar-athlete of the year. Students who attend the luncheon event are then awarded, at minimum, a $500 college scholarship in recognition of their accomplishments.

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Rechan will be attending Georgetown University in the Fall, according to a recent social media post.

“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.” 

More than 7,000 New Jersey high school students have been honored in this way since 1993.  More than $1.5 million in college scholarships have been distributed through its scholar program, NJSIAA state.

Established in 1918, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of 435 accredited public, private, and parochial high schools in New Jersey.