NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence senior Katie Kinum was among the high school students honored by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) for their achievements as Scholar-Athletes at the 24th Annual Scholar Athlete luncheon at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ on Sunday, May 21.

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 $120,000 in scholarships are given out each year to the athletes at this prestigious event.

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Katie has been a member of the Pioneer varsity basketball team all four years, receiving many prestigious honors including MVP titles; Union County Player of the Year; All State Second Team; All Group First Team and is the all-time leading scorer at New Providence High School with 1,861 points. 

Katie will be attending University of Pennsylvania studying at Whaton School of Business in the fall and will be part of their women's basketball team team. Katie is the daughter of Stacey and Chris Kinum.

New Providence head girls basketball coach Cap Pazdera had told TAPinto New Providence, "Penn is very very lucky to have her on the basketball team and in the class room. She is going to make it a better place because of how hard she works." 

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.