NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield High School hosted its annual Scholarship Awards ceremony on June 6 and among the recipients from the Class of 2017 were Katelyn Borsos, Caitlin Hughes, Caleb Kuberiet, Jared Marks, and Natalie Romano, who each received monetary awards from TAPinto South Plainfield.
Borsos earned a $1,000 scholarship for completing a seven-month internship program with TAPinto South Plainfield. From November to May, Borsos put her journalistic skills to work to write articles on teachers and administrators, school events, athletics, clubs and more. During her tenure at SPHS, Borsos was a member of the high school tennis team for four years, playing second singles and serving as captain during her senior year. Additionally, she was a member of Book Club, Newspaper Club, and Impact Bible Club as well as the National Spanish Honor Society. She plans to major in elementary education at Fairleigh Dickinson University in the fall.
An athletic awards committee was charged with selecting one male and one female student for both the GMC Sportsmanship Award and the GMC Scholar-Athlete Award. This year’s recipients were Hughes, Kuberiet, Marks, and Romano who each received $250 from TAPinto.
Kuberiet and Romano were the 2017 recipients of the GMC Sportsmanship award; criteria for this scholarship included a GPA over 3.25 and being a well-rounded student who demonstrated sportsmanship in school and the community.
This year’s GMC Scholar-Athlete honorees were Hughes and Marks; criteria included being well rounded in both academics and athletics; a GPA of 3.25 or higher was necessary and one’s overall athletic background, including what awards and honors they received throughout their high school career, was taken into consideration.
Kuberiet, who will graduate with a 4.28 GPA, has earned letters in soccer, track, swimming, and basketball and was also named winter track MVP his senior year. He served as senior class president, is a member of the National Honor Society, and was involved with Student Leaders and Model United Nations. On a local front, Kuberiet was actively involved with the Knights of Columbus, serving as a Squire and building handicap ramps, helping the elderly, and volunteering at food banks.
Romano lettered in both field hockey and softball; she was undefeated all-conference in field hockey and also earned GMC honors, twice, in both softball and field hockey. Academically, Romano, who earned a 3.43 GPA, was on the honor roll and a Gold Card recipient all four years. She also earned a MCC Art Show award. Romano’s community service includes volunteering a Safety Town, Sacred Heart Church, and for Ronald McDonald House. Additionally, she was involved with Tiger 24, the Jerseyan History Club, Student Leadership, and Latchkey. Romano also assisted at freshman orientation and organized and led an autism awareness walk.
Hughes, who earned a 3.68 GPA and was on the honor roll three consecutive years, has been a lettered member of the soccer, field hockey, basketball and softball teams. She served as captain of the field hockey, basketball and softball teams in 2016-2017 and was also named MVP of all three teams during her senior seasons. Additionally, she won numerous awards and honors in her sports as well as broke several SPHS single-season records. On a local front, Hughes volunteered her time with Toys for Tots, the PAL's annual Easter Egg Hunt, the Labor Day parade, and was also a volunteer coach for junior field hockey.
With a 4.0 GPA, Marks plans to attend Rowan University, where he will also play baseball. During his tenure at SPHS, Marks was named to the honor roll all four years and is also a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and a four-year Gold Card recipient. He lettered in soccer, basketball, and baseball and was the recipient of the various sports awards. Additionally, Marks was active in the school and South Plainfield community, volunteering his time with Student Leadership, the Jerseyan History Club, and the PAL Easter Egg Hunt. He also tutored, babysat, and assisted elder neighbors in the winter.
TAPinto South Plainfield would like to thank Investors Bank for their generous sponsorship of TAPinto South Plainfield’s sports section. Their sponsorship of the 2016/2017 season enabled TAPinto South Plainfield to attain record sports readership as well as provide the scholarships to the successful recipients.
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