PATERSON, NJ – Two recent Paterson high school graduates who both made a name for themselves both for their success at athletic and academic endeavors have been awarded scholarships from the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

Avante Gilbert, last season’s top-scoring player on Kennedy High School’s boys basketball team, and Jayden Cornish, a Kennedy football player who made the All Passaic County team, both received $500 to help cover the cost of textbooks and other supplies as they go to college.

“This is our way of doing what we can for these very special young people who have given everything they’ve got to their studies and their athleticism,” said Vincent Arrington, a former Paterson Board Commissioner and a member of the Omega Phi Psi fraternity. “These young men have worked hard and they are continuing to work hard, and we wanted to help ease their burden of some of the expenses associated with going to college."

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Arrington has announced his intention to seek election back to the Board of Education in this year’s election.

Referring to Avante and Jayden as “outstanding student-athletes who instilled so much Paterson pride in us all,” Superintendent Eileen F. Shafer said that she was “proud of the young men they have become,” before wishing them luck in college.

Shafer also added her gratitude for both Arrington’s and the Omega Psi Phi’s support of the student’s college education. 

As previously reported, Gilbert was the top-scoring player on the Kennedy Knights boys basketball team that won the 2019 Passaic County Championship and will attend St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y. in the fall along with his sister, Taniesha. 

Cornish, who was also widely recognized as a member of “Knight Time, the rap trio whose song Weed Ain’t Right made them finalists in the New Jersey Shout Down Drugs, has already reported to football practices at Rowan University.

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