NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The 2018 Union County Interscholastic Association Conference Scholar-Athlete award has been earned by New Providence High School seniors Riley Kinum and Chris Kang for their excellence on the field athletically and off the field academically over the course of their four years in high school.

Each year, the school athletic department selects a male and female student athlete who embodies the qualities of an exceptional scholar athlete—leadership, intelligence, dedication, and motivation—striving for greatness in athletics and academics. The following criteria were guidelines used to choose the 2018 UCIAC scholar athletes: Nominee must be a graduating senior; nominee should have participated in extra-curricular activities; nominee must have participated in an UCIAC sponsored varsity sport; nominee must have exhibited athletic and academic excellence.

Kinum, a four year standout soccer player, is furthering both her academic and athletic careers at Middlebury College this upcoming summer.  The Panthers play Division 3 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), a group of eleven highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities that share a similar philosophy for intercollegiate athletics. Kinum was named to the 2017 First Team honors for the Mountain Conference and is class president and a peer leader. She plans to study psychology or pre-med.

Kang, a three year varsity soccer player and a four year member of the varsity tennis team that captured the sectional championship three out of his four year tennis career. Kang founded the district wide STEM volunteer tutoring program to support and inspire elementary students.  He is a member of the Governors STEM Scholars program working with an undergraduate team performing cancer research. He also is on the volunteer board at the Liberty Science Center. Kang will be attending Columbia University this fall.