ROBBINSVILLE, NJ   –  A Randolph resident  was among the 365 high school athletes recognized at its annual scholar athlete luncheon on May 21. Erik Jensen from Randolph High School was recognized for cross country, wrestling and lacrosse.

Jensen will attend the Air Force Academy in the Fall of 2017, which is ranked in the top 50 most difficult colleges to gain admission to.

“These student-athletes worked extremely hard in the classroom and in their respective sports to stand out from their peers,” says Steve Timko, the NJSIAA’s executive director. “This luncheon is our way of applauding their efforts and wishing them well as they begin college.” 

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Under the ongoing scholar-athlete program, each NJSIAA member school – nearly every high school in the state – has the opportunity to select one senior student as its scholar-athlete of the year. Students who attend the luncheon event are then awarded, at minimum, a $500 college scholarship in recognition of their accomplishments.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) recognizes high school students for their achievements, awarding a total of $203,000 in college scholarships. 

Since 1993, the NJSIAA has honored more than 7,000 New Jersey high school students and distributed in excess of $1.5 million in college scholarships through its scholar program.