BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston senior Bailey Gold was among the 375 high school student-athletes honored by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) for their achievements as Scholar-Athletes at the 26th Annual Scholar Athlete luncheon on Sunday, May 19.
Since 1993, administrators at each NJSIAA member high school have the opportunity to select one senior student as their scholar athlete of the year. The chosen student must meet the following requirements: Senior who 1. Plays a NJSIAA varsity sport; 2. Possesses a cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.0; and, 3. Exhibits outstanding school and community citizenship.
Over $200,000 in scholarships are given out to the athletes at this prestigious event.
Gold is a four-year member of the Gov. Livingston varsity swim team, holding multiple school records. As a freshman in 2015, Gold had broken a 30 year 100 Fly record with a time of 1:01.61, a GL record set by Laura Mortenson in 1982. In that same meet, she set a new school record in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:02.13. She has re-broken her records and currently owns the 100 Backstroke school record with a time of 58.34 [set in 2018] and is part of two relay records [200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay] at Gov. Livingston.
She is a two-time Union County Champion in the 100 Fly (2018) and 500 Free (2019). She has also celebrated, along with her teammates, winning three consecutive NJSIAA Group 2 Sectional titles in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Gold is the president of the Gov. Livingston National Honor Society and is a member of the Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Athletic Honor Society. Gold has been recognized and awarded as a Justice Brandeis Scholar, one of Brandeis University's top merit scholarships and she plans to major in Neuroscience.
Gold signed with Brandeis University [Waltham, MA], a Division III school, which competes in the University Athletic Association (UAA), comprising Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Emory University, New York University, the University of Chicago, the University of Rochester and Washington University (St. Louis).
About the NJSIAA: Established in 1918, the New Jersey State Interscho lastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of 433 accredited public, private, and parochial high schools. A member of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the NJSIAA conducts tournaments and crowns champions in 32 sports. Championship competition for girls is spons ored in basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing,field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, and volleyball. Boys’ championships are determined in baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, football, golf, ice hockey,lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, volleyball, and wrestling.