SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Michael Robateau, a freshman at Union Catholic, was recognized on Monday morning as this year’s recipient of The Sandra Stagg Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship was established by the Stagg family in memory of their daughter Sandra, a member of the Class of 1983, who died in a car accident during her senior year at UC.

The Sandra Stagg Scholarship, given out the same day that Union Catholic hosted a Senior Safe Driving Assembly, is presented each year to one ninth grade student who has demonstrated a commitment to academic achievement and has contributed in a positive way to the Union Catholic Community. The scholarship is renewable over the remaining years at UC.

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“This is great scholarship that’s put together by a lot of people, and we’re very happy to award this to Michael Robateau,’’ said Mr. Stagg, who was joined by his wife, Karen, and son David III.

Robateau, who is a member of the track and field team and the Students For Human Dignity Club at UC, and is an altar server, was honored by the award.

“This really means a lot to me because it recognizes that I am involved in a lot of things,’’ said Robateau, who lives in Carteret. “To be chosen among all the freshmen is a great honor. Being a student here at Union Catholic is even better than I thought it would be. I have really enjoyed my freshman year, and this just makes it even better.’’

Last year, Michael’s brother, Christopher, was the recipient.

Christopher Robateau said he’s very proud of his younger brother.

“This means so much to me and my family,’’ said Christopher. “It makes me feel like I’ve paved a way from my brother. Michael works very hard and I’m so proud of him.’’