MONTVILLE, NJ - Montville Township High School senior Samantha Bennett received a $1,000 scholarship from the Montville Township Republican Club. The award was presented at the high school’s awards ceremony June 11, and Bennett was honored at the club’s monthly meeting on Monday, June 22.

Bennett was selected from 20 applicants by a committee that was chaired by Margaret Lam and composed of Larry D’Oench, Peter King, Barbara Mazzaccaro and David Yen.

Bennett was introduced at the Republican Club meeting by Montville Township Committee Member Deb Nielson, who joked, “Her rèsumè is ten pages long!”

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Bennett was a member of Key Club for all four of her high school years, and served as president this past school year.  She reached Gold Member status in the club, with more than 60 hours of service. She was a board member of Peers as Listeners, was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, DECA, and R.E.A.C.H. (read about R.E.A.C.H. HERE). She has raised more than $19,000 for neonatal tetanus vaccines in third world countries. She works part-time as a camp counselor. She will be attending the University of Maryland in the fall

Rebecca Glennon, Bennett’s guidance counselor, wrote in a recommendation letter which Nielson read to the audience, “What a remarkable young woman. One cannot possibly say enough about Samantha Bennett and all that she has to offer. Few individuals possess Sam’s commitment to learning, leadership ability, and her willingness to work hard. She is not only a wonderful student, but she is also personally delightful. As you can tell, I think very highly of this young woman.”

Nielson congratulated Bennett on behalf of the Montville Republicans and wished her the best in her future endeavors. 

“You embody the American ideals of service to our community, and we are fortunate to have such a future leader like yourself living in Montville Township,” stated Nielson.

The club also presented Bennett with a framed copy of the Constitution and an American flag.

State Senator Joseph Pennacchio presented an award signed by him, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce and Assemblyman Jay Webber.

“If I had your name I’d be president now,” joked Pennacchio. “Kids ask me why I like being a senator, and I tell them, because it feels good to do something good for somebody, and it feels even better to do something for a lot of ‘somebodies.’  Looking at your history, I think you’re very well on your way to doing a lot of good for a lot of people.”

See Senator Pennacchio’s presentation HERE.

Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen also sent a representative, Connor Hardle, to present an award to Bennett.

Bennett’s mother, Randi, stated, “We are truly so proud of all Samantha's hard work, dedication to the community, and perseverance.  She continues to be an inspiration to all.  We wish Samantha the best of everything life has to offer!”