EDISON, NJ - On Monday, South Brunswick High School seniors Sabrina Ray and Justin Cross were honored at the Greater Middlesex Conference's annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet. The event was held at the Pines Manor. Ray and Cross were recognized for their achievements in the classroom and on the playing field along with honorees from each of the high schools that compete in the Greater Middlesex Conference.
South River High School's football standout and former Bucknell University football coach Joe Susan was the keynote speaker while veteran Central Jersey radio personality and former Rutgers University sports announcer Bruce Johnson served as the evening's emcee. John F. Kennedy Memorial High School's Sean Daly was honored as the 2019 GMC Athletic Director of the Year.
Ray is a four-year varsity letter winner for the Vikings in track and field. She has claimed many championship titles in her main event, pole vaulting. Ray has won titles in the Freshmen GMS, GMC Relays and GMC Individual competitions. At the state level, the teen has won NJSIAA Group Four Sectional and NJSIAA Group Four State Championship titles. Ray has also been tapped as MVP for the Vikings girls track team for multiple campaigns.
In the classroon, Ray challenges herself with honors and AP classes while maintaining a 4.0 plus grade point average. Ray also finds the time to volunteer at the South Brunswick Senior Center, Krayons for Kids and the Amy Foundation. She serves as a mentor for incoming SBHS freshmen through the school's PEER leader program.
Cross is a two sport varsity letter athlete at South Brunswick High School. Cross plays both varsity soccer and baseball for the Vikings. Despite his busy sports schedule, Cross is able to maintain a 4.0 plus grade point average while being a member of SBHS's Chemistry Olympiad Team. He was a member of the New Jersey Science League team, representing South Brunswick. Outside of school, Cross volunteers with his church during the summer months and works as a counselor for South Brunswick High School soccer camps.
Both Ray and Cross will be continuing their educations in the fall. Ray is excited to head down to the Sunshine State to become a University of Florida Gator. She plans on majoring in biology with an eye toward pre-med. Cross will be attending the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken. He intends to major in biomedical engineering while continuing to lace up the soccer cleats.