SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --Union Catholic’s Jillian Jacinto was recently honored as a recipient of the Saint Timothy Award by the Diocese of Metuchen.

The award honors high school teens for their outstanding faith and service to their community, school, and or parish, and for serving as a role model for others to emulate.

Jacinto, a senior who lives in Edison, has been very active for several years at her parish and former school, St. Matthew the Apostle in Edison.

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She began volunteering in fourth grade as an altar server, which she still does. Two years ago, Jacinto joined the St. Matthew Church Youth Ministry where she now serves as Co-President.

Jacinto volunteers at parish fundraisers, helps organize bake sales to raise money for soup kitchens, serves as a Group Leader at the Vacation Bible School, organizes the Stations of the Cross performances during lent, where she is playing Mary. She is also involved in various service projects at St. Matthew School, such as painting, cleaning, and general maintenance.

Jacinto, a member of the Forensics Team, Concert Band, Students For Human Dignity, and Co-President of the Girls Who Code Club at Union Catholic, is honored that she’s been recognized for her commitment to her faith and service.

“I’m proud of myself,’’ said Jacinto. “I am trying to set the best example possible to get other young people more involved in helping the community. I feel it’s important to give back and help others. I love being involved with my parish and my old school. I feel like I am making an impact and a difference in the lives of others, and that’s a great feeling.’’