SOUTH PLAINFIELD - South Plainfield High School (SPHS) Senior Kourtney Scipio was awarded an academic scholarship to attend William Paterson University and signed a letter of intent Feb.13. Scipio, captain of the SPHS field hockey team, will be playing field hockey for the university.
"I'm so proud of her," said Coach Melissa Zurawiecki. "I'm really excited that she's playing in college. I knew since freshman year that that was something she could achieve. I'm glad she found a program that fits her and that's actually my alma mater also. I'm very excited that she's going up to play there."
Scipio plans to major in Communications Disorders/Speech Pathology. Currently, she has a 4.1 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Student Council and the Jerseyan History Club.
"I'm really proud of Kourtney," Bryan Scipio said. "She set the stage for herself at a young age. As she continues on, I see nothing but a bright future. As a father, I can't ask for a better daughter. She's done so well. It's exciting and I'm looking forward to her playing in college, not only that, but what she does academically as well."
Surrounded by her parents, coach, school staff, friends and her brother, Bryan, Kourtney Scipio expressed her excitement and love of the sport.
"I started playing field hockey in fifth grade," Scipio said. "As soon as I started, I loved it. I was the captain for two years."
Scipio scored seven goals this season with one assist. The lady tigers overall season stats are eleven wins, six losses and two games ended in a tie.
"Kourtney not only is a great athlete, but a great student, a wonderful young lady to have in the school, she's involved in a lot of different activities in the school," said Principal Robert Diehl. "We're going to miss her, but she'll do wonderfully at William Patterson. It's really a perfect place for her to go."
"As a mom, I'm excited for the change in her life," said Yolanda Scipio. "It's going to be different for me not having her at home. It's all new I'm excited for her. She really wanted to play in college, so I'm really excited for her to have that opportunity. As a parent, I'm very proud of her."