GARWOOD, NJ—Union High School students Lauren Baran and Storm Samuels were honored as the 2019 Union Country Interscholastic Association Conference Scholar-Athletes for their commitment to excellence in academics and athletics.

Each year, the school athletic department selects a male and female student athlete who embodies the qualities of an exceptional scholar athlete—leadership, intelligence, dedication, and motivation—striving for greatness in athletics and academics. The following criteria were guidelines used to choose the 2019 UCIAC scholar athletes: Nominee must be a graduating senior; nominee should have participated in extra-curricular activities; nominee must have participated in an UCIAC sponsored varsity sport; nominee must have exhibited athletic and academic excellence.

Samuels is a top student at Union High School.  He participates in both winter and spring Track and Field and was Captain of both teams.  He was a varsity athlete for three consecutive years.   Samuels has taken many advance placement classes, including U.H. History, Biology, Junior English, Chemistry, and Physics.

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Samuels has received the Presidential Award and has been a three-year honor roll student.  He is the Union High School Senior Class Treasurer, a German National Honors Society inductee, and works as a food vendor at MetLife Stadium.  Samuels participated in Union’s Operation Clean Sweep for four years, and participated in community service at the Vauxhall Library. 

Samuels plans to attend Rutgers University in the fall to study biology on a pre-med track to become an anesthesiologist.

Softball player Baran, also a top Union High School student, has participated in the Red Cross Club, the French Honor Society, the French Club, and the National Honor Society.

Baran has been a member of the Union Suffragettes, the Union Travel Softball league, the National Young Scholars Program, and the National Student Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.  Baran has received an honorary Bausch and Lomb Science Award. 

Baran plans to attend the University of Delaware in the fall.  She plans to delve into research in the neuroscience field to help expand the current understanding of the brain for medical progression and social betterment.