SOMERVILLE, NJ - Three students at Somerville High School have been recognized by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities for their essays on what municipal governments do best in a statewide competition.

The Louis Bay 2nd Future Leaders Scholarship Competition criteria considered originality, appropriateness, articulation of theme, and technical composition, according to Mayor Dennis Sullivan. The essays were judged by a panel of community leaders chosen by the mayor before the local winners' essays were submitted to the NJLM.

Caera Matthews, a junior at Somerville High School, was chosen as the Somerville municipal winner. Her essay went on to the Scholarship Committee of the New Jersey State league of Municipalities for further consideration. Although not selected as one of the three winners state-wide Matthews was awarded semi-finalist recognition, the only student from Somerset County to be so honored.

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Megan Kessler and Mr. William McIntyre, both seniors at Somerville High School, were selected as municipal runners-up. Kessler will be a freshman at the College of New Jersey in the fall, while McIntyre will be attending Gettysburg College.

“These young people typify the kind of student that Somerville produces. Although busy with adapting to a new learning environment, they challenged themselves to write about their experiences growing up in our wonderful town," Sullivan said. "I wish them good luck in all of their future endeavors and am confident that they will continue to make their parents, teachers and community proud of them,” he added.

The Borough Council will honor the three students at a future meeting.