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South Plainfield Elks #2298 Awards Local Scholarships at Flag Ceremony

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Commemorating the birth and history of the American Flag, South Plainfield Elks #2298 honored our Nation’s flag and awarded a number of scholarships at their annual June 14th Flag Day Service..  As Exalted Ruler Janice Campos and her officers read the history of the Flag, Boy Scout Troop #124 and Pack 224 assisted with displaying each flag as it evolved over the years. 

The flag of the United States was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, and Elks lodges around the country have been formally commemorating the event on that date each year since 1907.  Mayor Matthew Anesh, Councilwoman Christine Faustini and Councilman Joe Wolak were in attendance and addressed the crowd, congratulating the successful scholarship recipients and thanking Elks #2298 for their love of country and respect for our iconic emblem. “Everyone should try and display the American Flag,” said South Plainfield Mayor Anesh. “You should be proud of our country, there is no great country in the world. I want to thank the Elks again for a great ceremony”

The Bob & Antoinette Eckenstein V-Tech scholarship Award was given to Hunter Higgins who is attending Lincoln Technical Institute and Jenna Dickerson who will be attending Raritan Valley Community College in the fall.

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“I’d like to thank the members of the South Plainfield Elks for awarding me this scholarship,” said Higgins. “I’ve been working very hard at Lincoln Tech, I had to take a leave because I had broken my wrist, but I look forward to getting my certificate in diesel truck and heavy equipment repair and want to thank everyone, particularly my family for all of their support.”

South Plainfield High School 2017 graduate Jenna Dickerson will be attending Raritan Valley Community College for cosmetology. “I always had a natural talent for hair and makeup,” said Dickerson. “I always felt if you had a passion for something you should go for it and that is why I decided to go to Raritan Valley.”

“Antoinette must be looking down and must be very proud of Jenna Dickerson,” said Past State President Pete Smith. “Jenna is the first female Eckenstein Award recipient and she is majoring in cosmetology just like Antoinette.”

“I’d like to congratulate all of the recipients and extend a personal congratulations to Jenna,” said Councilwoman Faustini. “I’ve known Jenna since she was a little girl, I’m very proud of her and I can say she has done my hair, she does a wonderful job and I know she will be wildly successful.”

The Elks also announced their Geri Fantazir and Rose Napoliello Memorial Scholarship recipients. They were South Plainfield High School graduate Nicolea Sutor and Bernards High School graduate Lauren Megan Bender, wh0 were unable to attend the ceremony.

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