SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – New Providence High School senior Hannah Caminiti was honored at the annual National Girls and Women in Sport Day (NGWSD) celebration hosted by Seton Hall University on Sunday. NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association) sponsored the annual awards luncheon which recognized the exceptional scholastic and collegiate athletic accomplishments of female athletes across New Jersey. 

Caminiti was nominated by New Providence Head Girls Basketball Coach Cap Pazdera and Volleyball Coach Susan McGrath for her team leadership both on and off the court. Every high school and college in the state is eligible to send one recipient. With many worthy nominees in our school, Hannah really stood out among them all, said New Providence High School Athletic Director Rocco Constantino.

"She's an outstanding student-athlete in multiple sports and is very active in the community as well," said Constantino.

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Caminiti spearheaded and was the driving force last year behind the school's Garments and Gear program, which donated sports equipment for use by less fortunate children --  the program won an award for the top effort in Union County.  In addition, she volunteers as Chief Editor of the Photo Journalism Club, Character Education Member, Peer Leader, Volunteer at TryCan and Special Olympics, and Team Captain and participant for Relay for Life.

"Hannah is going to be an extremely successful person in life because she has a tremendous work ethic and is a very selfless person in every way imaginable," said Constantino. "We're proud to have her represent New Providence High School at this event."

Below are comments from Hannah regarding the recognition:

TAPinto: What does it mean to be chosen for this recognition?

Hannah: I am honored to be nominated by my coaches and selected from such a talented group of classmates. 

TAPinto: You are a role model for others through your academic vigor while competing at a high level of athletics and giving back through service oriented projects and volunteering your time in leadership roles. First, how do you manage this busy schedule? And, where does your drive come from? 

Hannah: I have always been good with time management so I've been able to balance school work, sports, and most importantly community service. I've always loved helping kids and others which is why I volunteered for TryCan, Special Olympics, and an active member of my school's Character Education program. I am motivated by the thrill of competing, the reward for helping others, and the challenge of my school work. My drive comes from my parents who have encouraged and inspired me to pursue my dreams.

TAPinto: What are your favorite moments in high school (sports and outside of sports)?

Hannah: Winning the State Championship for basketball my sophomore year was definitely one of the highlights of my high school basketball career. I absolutely love being the school's photographer and having the ability to be on the sidelines of so many different games and events, as well as having a photography internship with TAPInto. Winning $1,000 for my school's Character Education program through the UC Step "Garments and Gear" program with the support from the community and my classmates. 

TAPinto: What will you miss most when you graduate?

Hannah: I will definitely miss my teammates and the bonds I have made on both the basketball and volleyball teams as well as my coaches who have mentored me these past four years. Without a doubt I will miss my friends as we all are on different paths next year, it will be an adjustment not seeing them in the classroom and outside of school!

TAPinto: Who is your role model?

Hannah: My role model is my older brother, Brett. Watching him succeed in high school and college, while teaching me the ropes along the way has contributed to who I am today. He knows how to put a smile on my face even being miles away in Indiana, I always welcome his comic relief. 

TAPinto: Where are you going to college and what will you study? 

Hannah: In the fall, I will be attending Penn State University, College of Nursing. 

TAPinto: Do you plan to continue participating in sports?

Hannah: At Penn State, I am considering club basketball and at the very least will be playing intramural volleyball and basketball because I will miss being a part of the team and love the competitiveness of sports in general. 

Hannah is a member of the National Honor Society and Art National Honor Society, has been recognized with the NPHS Athlete with Character Award and received the Union County Honorable Mention for Basketball and Volleyball. 

About National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD)
National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) began in 1987 as a special day in our nation’s capital to recognize women’s sports. The day united premiere organizations and elite female athletes to bring national attention to the promise of girls and women in sports. In 1987, NGWSD also served as a remembrance of Olympic volleyball player, Flo Hyman, for her athletic achievements and dedication to promoting equality for women’s sports; Hyman died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986. NGWSD has since evolved into an event to acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes, the positive influence of sports participation and the continuing struggle for equality for women in sports.

NGWSD is celebrated annually across all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies and other celebratory activities. NGWSD is organized by the members of the National Girls & Women in Sports Day Coalition. Champion women athletes have also contributed to annual NGWSD activities. For more information, please visit: www.NGWSD.org.

About the NJSIAA

Established in 1918, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of 436 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 sponsored 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.