SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Several students from high schools located Scotch Plains were among the winners of the civic engagement challenge of 2015 Union County Student Training and Enrichment Program (UC STEP). Union County Freeholders Mohamed Jalloh, Linda Carter and Christopher Hudak present resolutions to Team Light Blue.
Among the local students honored were: 
  • William Johnson, Academy for Information Technology (AIT); 
  • Amy Liu, Academy for Allied Health Sciences (AAHS); 
  • Michael Sangobiyi, Magnet High School;
  • Keara Farley, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School; 
  • Cassandra Lamadieu, Union Catholic; 
  • Melissa McGloin, Union Catholic.
UC STEP was created to provide high school students the opportunity to develop a countywide community service around a topic they feel is important, while teaching them leadership and personal growth skills and responsibility within their communities. A total of 192 high school sophomores and juniors throughout the County participated in the second annual program, which took place in December 2014 at Kean University.
Team Light Blue’s campaign, “Donate to Educate”- Schools Supplying Schools, won the civic engagement challenge and will be the county-wide community service project undertaken by participating Union County high schools in 2015.
Members of the Team Light Blue were: Melissa McGloin and Cassandra Lamadieu, Union Catholic; Alex Gonzalez and Kristen Santullo, Governor Livingston; William Johnson, Academy for Information Technology (AIT); Joseph Scardilli and Stephen Villaverde, Arthur L. Johnson; Johanna Sailema, Barack Obama Green Charter High School; Hale Jaeger, Bartholomew Xaiver Corin Lahiff, and Kacey WaleskiCranford; Giovanna Berca and Zainab Patel, David Brearley; Michael Sangobiyi, Magnet High School; Brooke Daney and Sarah Elia, Summit; Amy Liu, Academy for Allied Health Sciences (AAHS); Marcos Zavaleta, John E. Dwyer Technology Academy; Keara Farley, Scotch Plains-Fanwood; and Grace Opoku, Union.