Education

Press Releases

Union Catholic's Alexxa Irizarry Named 2018 International Teen Queen of the Carnaval de Barranquilla

ba8ae852fc7d4feae797_Alexxa_Irizarry.JPEG
Union Catholic's Alexxa Irizarry was named International Teen Queen of the Carnaval de Barranquilla. She's pictured with UC Principal Percylee Hart, RSM, and Assistant Principal Dr. James Reagan Jr. Credits: Jim Lambert
ba8ae852fc7d4feae797_Alexxa_Irizarry.JPEG

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Alexxa Irizarry, who has worked tirelessly on relief efforts for Venezuelan refugees and has spent years helping indigenous people in Colombia and the United States, recently received several honors for her service and civic contributions.

Irizarry, a sophomore at Union Catholic, was selected as the 2018 International Teen Queen of the Carnaval de Barranquilla, Colombia, was awarded a Special Congressional Recognition Certificate for her outstanding and invaluable service to the community by New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr., and she was honored by the city of Paterson for her outstanding civic contributions.

Irizarry, who will be coronated in Colombia during the Carnaval de Barranquilla, which is scheduled for Feb. 10-14, has become a big celebrity in Colombia. She’s made several TV and radio appearances since being named International Teen Queen, and said she gets recognized all the time in Colombia.

Sign Up for E-News

“I need a bodyguard in Colombia because so many people want to have pictures taken with me,’’ said Irizarry, who lives in Union. “Over a thousand girls aspired to be the International Teen Queen, so it’s a tremendous honor to be chosen and something I am very proud of. “I was chosen because they have seen all the work I’ve done in Colombia and in the communities here, and they have seen my presentations in schools and churches. To have this title and be able to represent my family and my ancestors is such an honor.’’

Being a humanitarian is something that has always been in Irizarry’s blood.

“My mother, Nallide, who was born and raised in Colombia, is the Founder and resident of the Colombian American Goodwill Association, and I’ve been working with her organization for several years. Helping people has always been important to me and my family, and that’s why I want to become a doctor one day, so I can help as many people as possible.’’

This past summer, Irizarry volunteered to teach English at an orphanage in Colombia, helped secure the donation of 100 bicycles for kids in Colombia, and helped deliver lots of medical supplies, food, water, clothes, and other necessities to Venezuelan refugees and indigenous Colombian natives.

“The refugees have nothing,’’ said Irizarry. “They don’t have anything to sleep on, no water or food, and barely any shelter. It really affected me quite a bit to see how they live, so we try to bring as many truckloads of supplies to them as possible. I wish we could do more for them.’’

Irizarry plans to use her title as International Teen Queen as a platform to keep fighting poverty.

“This title comes with a very big responsibility, but it’s something I’m looking forward to,’’ said Irizarry. ”With all the media attention I am receiving, I want to use my title as International Teen Queen to create as much awareness as possible about all the poverty in this world. It doesn’t have to be this way, and I’m going to continue to do everything I can to help as many people as I can.’

Irizarry said she came to Union Catholic because the core values of the school matched her own.

“The main reason I came to Union Catholic is because the school emphasizes respect for others, community, and compassion,’’ said Irizarry. “Those things are so important to me, and what I focus my life on, and that’s how life is supposed to be. Helping people and being kind to people is something everyone should strive to do in life.’’

TAPintoSPF.net is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

Editor's Note: Union Catholic High School is an advertiser of TAPinto.net. For information about advertising, contact jmooney@tapinto.net.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Summer Life Guard Job Opportunity in Union County

April 10, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Summer lifeguard positions are available at Union County’s public swimming pool, the Walter Ulrich Memorial Pool at Rahway River Park in Rahway.

“Union County’s Ulrich Pool provides our youth and adult summer job seekers with an opportunity to enjoy working outdoors in the fresh air all summer long while sharpening valuable life skills including leadership, ...

Why We Keep Kosher

Why We Keep Kosher

This week's parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah's dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.

To those of us in Jewish education, it is a continuing source of disappointment that so many Jews still believe the kosher laws to be outdated.

New Jersey’s Out-of-Network Bill Is a Huge Blow to The Middle Class

April 8, 2018

Dear Editor:

As Trenton currently looks to balance the budget, once again it’s our state’s hardest working citizens who will be left holding the bag. This time, though, it will be the hardworking office and ancillary staff from our small business private medical practices. 

A bill called “The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Bill” ...

Helping Teenagers Deal with Prom Night Stress

April 18, 2018

Prom can be one of the most exciting times for your teenager but at the same time one of the most stressful. 

It can also be very stressful for parents as they prepare themselves to accept that their teenager is graduating and soon going away to school, while planning a weekend away after prom night. Going to the Shore for the weekend or somewhere overnight has become more of the ...

Union Catholic's Surles and Trower Sign National Letters of Intent

April 19, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Two members of Union Catholic's Class of 2018 gathered with their families, classmates, coaches and school administrators for a special ceremony in the main lobby on Thursday morning to sign their National Letters of Intent.

Goldera Surles signed to bowl at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, N., and Connor Trower signed to play baseball at Elmira College in ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, April 19, 5:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Teen Cooking Class: Instant Pot Recipes with ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Sat, April 21, 10:00 AM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

"All About Owls" Nature Presentation with The ...

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, April 21, 11:00 AM

PetSmart, Millburn

Dog Adoption Event

Other