SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Members of South Plainfield High School’s (SPHS) Class of 2019 will be honored at a scholarship awards ceremony tonight. These four seniors were presented monetary awards last week from TAPinto South Plainfield in recognition of their academic and athletic success. 

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 GMC Scholar-Athlete Award recipients are Lynda Farinella and Marc Giordano; 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 awards and honors received throughout their high school career, was also taken into consideration. This year’s GMC Sportsmanship Award recipients areLuke Niemeyer and Brianna Slover; criteria for this scholarship included a GPA over 3.25 and being a well-rounded student who demonstrated sportsmanship in school and the community. 

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Farinella, Giordano, Niemeyer and Slover will each receive $250 from TAPinto. 

GMC Scholar-Athlete Award Recipients

Lynda Farinella

Throughout her high school career, Lynda Farinella earned letters in field hockey, winter track, and lacrosse and served as captain of both the field hockey and lacrosse teams during her senior seasons. 

For field hockey, Farinella was named SPHS’s Most Valuable Player (2018), First Team All-Conference (2016-2018), Second Team All North Jersey (2017-2018), Athlete of the Week (2017 and 2018), SPHS Offensive Player of the Year (2017), GMC Defensive Player of the Year (2017), GMC Female Athlete of the Week (2017), and Rookie of the Year (2016). For winter track, she was GMV All Blue Division (2017-2018) and, for lacrosse, was First Team All GMC Attacker (2018) and SPHS Rookie of the Year (2017). Additionally, she was named National Girls and Women in Sports’ Outstanding Athlete Honoree (2019). 

During high school, Farinella was involved with Model UN Executive Board, Odyssey of the Mind, jazz band, concert band, orchestra, and chamber choir as well as a member of both the National and Spanish Honor Societies. On a local front, she is a member of Girl Scouts, the Sacred Heart Church Youth Ministry, and a volunteer field hockey and lacrosse coach, among other activities. 

Ranked second in her class, Farinella will graduate on June 22 with a 4.82 GPA. 

Marc Giordano

Throughout his high school years, Marc Giordano earned letters in soccer, wrestling, and golf. He received All-Division, All-County, and All- State honors for soccer and, for wrestling, was named All-Area as well as District Champion. 

Giordano was named to the SPHS Honor Roll all four years and, in 2018, was inducted into the Spanish Honor Society. On a local front, he has volunteered at borough sports camps as well as during the Labor Day Parade and community cleanup events. 

Giordano has a 3.81 GPA and plans to attend the College of New Jersey in the fall. 

GMC Sportsmanship Award Recipients

Luke Niemeyer

Luke Niemeyer was a member of the varsity football team for three years and the varsity wrestling team all four years, serving as captain of both teams during his senior seasons. 

Throughout high school, Niemeyer garnered numerous individual awards and honors, including but not limited to, All GMC Wrestling (2017-2019), NJSIAA State Tournament – 3rd place (2019), and NHSCA Senior All American – 4th place (2019). He was named Group 3 All-State for football (2019), MVP (2018), district champ (2017-2019), and Athlete of the Week (2018 and 2019). Additionally, Niemeyer garnered 5th place at the Ohio Tournament of Champions (2017), was a NJ Freestyle Champion (2017), and Wrestling Region Champion (2019). He also served as captain of the USAW Cadet National Duals Team in 2017. 

Niemeyer was named to the Honor Roll all marking periods and is a National Honor Society nominee. He was also an Edison Rotary Club Student of the Month. 

He will graduate June 22 with a 3.65 GPA and plans to attend Bucknell University in the fall.

Brianna Slover

Brianna Slover, vice president of the Class of 2019, was a member of both the varsity soccer and the competition cheer teams throughout high school, earning letters in both sports each year and serving as a captain of both teams her junior and senior seasons. Additionally, she was a member of the JV golf team (2016), the JV softball team (2017), and the JV lacrosse team (2018). 

Slover was named the cheer team’s MVP (2018) and Rookie of the Year (2016) as well as NCA All-American (2018), and NJCDA All-State Athlete (2019). She was Rookie of the Year for soccer (2015), Athlete of the Week (2018), and is a record varsity goalkeeper for saves (2018). 

On an academic front, Slover was named to the honor roll all marking periods, is a two-time Elks Leadership Conference Nominee, and a member of both the National and Spanish Honor Societies. She was involved with the Waksman Student Scholar Program, the National Academy of Future Physicians, and published in the National Center for Bioinformatics (2018).  Additionally, she was involved with Heroes and Cool Kids, Psychology Club, Environmental Science Club, Passionately Pink, the Wellness Committee and Yearbook, serving as its chief editor during her senior year. Slover also was president and founder of the Mental Health Awareness Club, a Random Acts of Kindness representative, and vice president of the Juniorettes, among others. 

Slover has a 3.7065 GPA and plans to attend the University of Alabama in the fall. 

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