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Summit's Grace Johnson Named OKS Scholar Athlete of the Year

Summit's Grace Johnson will be continuing her athletic endeavors in the fall as a member of the Amherst College field hockey team. Credits: Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child

SUMMIT, NJ - Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child senior and Summit resident Grace Johnson has been named Oak Knoll School Scholar Athlete of the Year. Johnson, Class of 2017, will be recognized by the New Jersey State Athletic Association, the New Jersey Independent School Athletic Association and the Union County Athletic Conference. Johnson's name will also be displayed on a perpetual plaque in Tisdall Hall.

In 2016, Johnson, a three-year member of the field hockey team, was among nine Royals to be named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association / Keith Waldman - Optimal Performance Associates High School National Academic Squad. Johnson was also named Second team All-Union County and Second Team All-Essex/Union Conference in 2016.

Also a member of the school’s ice hockey and swim teams, Johnson has attended Oak Knoll since she was in kindergarten. She is as accomplished in the classroom as she is on the playing field, as her selection of Scholar Athlete of the Year comes less than two weeks after she was inducted into the Oak Knoll Chapter of the Cum Laude Society. Inductees are selected based on academic achievement and represent the top 10 percent of their class.

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In addition, she was named an AP Scholar in the fall, having earned scores of 3 or higher in three or more AP exams.

Johnson has similarly embraced creative arts at Oak Knoll, as she received four Honorable Mentions for her photography in the 2017 Regional Scholastic Art Competition. She was similarly honored in 2016.

Her status as a well-rounded student is cemented with her serving as Peer Leader coordinator, co-president for the 'Knit for the Needy Club' and a writer for Ecoute-moi, the school’s French newsletter.

Johnson will be continuing her athletic endeavors in the fall as a member of the Amherst College field hockey team.

Each year, Oak Knoll honors four top senior athletes with the Women in Sports Award; Kelly E. Durkin Award; Scholar Athlete Award; and the Athlete of the Year Award.

The Scholar Athlete of the Year award is typically given to those students who excel in both athletics and academics.

The Kelly E. Durkin and Athlete of the Year awards will be announced at the senior athlete banquet in June, while Deirdre Daly ’17, a member of Oak Knoll’s soccer, lacrosse and ice hockey teams, represented the school at the celebration of National Women in Sports Day at Seton Hall University in January.

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