SPARTA, NJ – Sparta UNICO awarded grants and scholarships to seven Sussex County high school students.  In a ceremony at the monthly UNICO meeting at the Sparta Ambulance building the students were honored the students who had been selected from more than 60 applicants.

“All applicants were outstanding.  It is a very difficult task to pick only a few, when most of them qualify,” said Chapter President Ken Carafello.  “We are very happy to be able to reward these kids for all of their hard work.”

The $1000 grants were awarded to:

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  • Phillip Haines from Newton High School
  • Christopher Loos from High Point High School
  • Samantha Fritch from Kittatinny High School
  • Lauren Carstens from Kittatinny High School
  • Joe Cefelli from Pope John High School

The winners of the John Campbell Community Service Scholarships for $500 each went to Matt Pondiscio and Sabastian Cook from Sparta High School.

At the same meeting they swore in the new ACES member Victoria Caruso.  The ACES program objectives are:

  • To foster positive image of all Italian Americans
  • To bring together young people with the same heritage, culture, traditions, and Italian language
  • To provide help and guidance in college placement, job opportunities, scholarship availibilitiy and careers
  • To provide service to the community

Membership into the ACES program is open to boys and girls ages 12 to 17.  At least on parent must be of Italian American ancestry.  

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