MONTVILLE, NJ – The Towaco Civic Association presented two scholarships at the June 7 Montville Township High School awards night to seniors Katie Becker and Charlie Roy.

“The scholarship applications were wonderful,” scholarship committee member Georgianna Manderioli said. “Some were very well written, some applicants were so accomplished, some were far reaching and some were all of the above. It’s so nice to know that all these students in town worked that hard, and it wasn’t easy making a decision. All the kids took advantage of the many opportunities we have in this town – so that’s excellent.”

Katie Becker lives in Towaco and has been involved in Peers as Leaders, Future Business Leaders of America, she has been a volunteer with Kids to Kids, where Becker stated she taught lessons to kids with autism. She stated she has been on the swim team and has been swimming since she was little. Becker was also a member of R.E.A.C.H. Becker was a Girl Scout from kindergarten through tenth grade. Becker helped the Homeless Bus of Towaco as well.

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“Through R.E.A.C.H. we went to Anna [Landgrebe’s] house and packed up the bus with food, water, and all the supplies they bring,” Becker said. “Then with my family, we traveled into Manhattan with the Landgrebes a few times on Saturday nights and helped hand out the food to the homeless.”

Becker is in the National Honor Society and received an Excellence in Accounting Award as well. She plans to major in accounting at Elon University in North Carolina.

“Most of my dad’s side of the family is in math and accounting and they talk about it at dinner so now I’ll be able to participate,” she said with a laugh.

The second winner was Charlie Roy, who was involved in track since his freshman year, both cross country and indoor/outdoor. He is an Eagle Scout (read about his Court of Honor and project here), who joined Scouts at age 10. His project involved the painting of 70 township hydrants.

“It’s not only helping the scouts in our troop but helping the community because you want to make sure their projects go well because all the projects help the community as a whole and we want the projects to last for years,” Roy said.

Roy was involved in the youth ministry of his church, including helping out at the Santa Breakfast fundraiser, and the crop walk for life, which raises money donated to local food pantries, he said.

At school, Roy was involved in the International Concerns Club, which conducts letter-writing campaigns for human rights abuses around the world. He was also a member of the History Club. Roy also works several shifts per week at a pizzeria in Lake Hiawatha. He will be attending Marist College in the fall.

The Towaco Civic Association scholarship committee was composed of Dr. Karen Cortellino, Laura Gerard, Alan Guenzel, and George and Georgianna Manderioli.  Each scholarship award was $500.

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