LITTLE FALLS, NJ - A Passaic Valley High School graduate recently received a scholarship to the college of her choice.
Angela Son, 18, of Little Falls, just graduated PV's class of 2017 and received a $1,000 that she'll be applying towards The Honors College at Rutgers University in New Brunswick this fall.
The scholarship was awarded by the Great Notch Association, a community service and charitable organization which provides annual scholarships to deserving seniors at the high school.
According to Kathy Albanese, treasurer for the Great Notch Association, scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, civic participation, and other extra-curricular activities. The association considers anywhere from one to several local students in the area each year to award.
"Angela is a wonderful student and has done many things that warranted this scholarship to her," she said.
Angela was notified right after her commencement ceremony in June.
I had just graduated PV and received a call on my cell phone by Ms. Albanese. She said I won the scholarship," Angela recalled. "I was really grateful and surprised about it. My parents were also excited for me."
Although she said she was taken aback winning the scholarship, she feels that she worked hard to garner it. While in high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society, Passaic Valley High School Honor Society and was part of the high school's track team for two years, before an injury set her back.
"I'd like to think that my grades and my extra curricular activities were the reasons I won the scholarship," she said, adding that she applied for the scholarship this past March. "I try my best to be well-rounded. I do a lot of volunteering at my church and was also summer camp counselor there."
Additionally, she also works at the Hana Mission soup kitchen year round. The Christian, non-profit ministry organization, is dedicated to assisting socially neglected and under-resourced individuals. Headquartered in Paterson, it offers academic education, counseling, job training, and various feeding projects.
Angela also traveled to the Philippines during the summer of 2016, on a mission trip with her parish.
"We went to help with Typhoon Yolanda relief, which occurred in 2013," she explained.
One of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, Typhoon Yolanda devastated portions of the Southeast Asia in November of 2013, and the Philippines were especially hit hard.
"They're still really feeling the effects of it," she added. "We raise money through charity fundraising and then we travel there to try to help out with whatever we can. We assist certain communities by delivering food, picking up and clearing out garbage, and babysitting children whose parents need to work. We try to bring over medical necessities as well."
Looking forward to college, Angela said she's currently undecided as far as a field major.
I really love the humanities - English and history, etc. I like math and science, and I find them interesting as well," she noted. "I guess I'll have to see what I'll be majoring in once I start taking classes, which hopefully will help me decide."