WEST CALDWELL, NJ – Two James Caldwell High School seniors were awarded the Colonel John McHugh Memorial Award at the fifth annual Colonel John McHugh Memorial Soccer Saturday. One male and one female athlete were selected for the award.

Emily Carnevale and Lorenzo Roselle were selected for their representation of the highest levels of service including putting the team first, leadership, soccer skills, dedication and work ethic. 

“The award is based solely on the input from fellow student athletes,” said Athletic Director Richard Porfido. “Each student anonymously nominates two athletes that they feel best exemplify the criteria, and specify to what degree each of the criteria is met.”

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A 1982 graduate of JCHS and captain of the state championship soccer team that year, McHugh attended West Point where he was the starting goal keeper and captain of the West Point Soccer Program.

He served our nation for many years and became the highest ranking member of the military to be killed in action in May of 2010. 

In 2011, to honor his dedication and sacrifice, the annual soccer event was renamed to Colonel John McHugh Memorial Soccer Saturday.

Past winners of the award include Lauren Gray and Cooper Milano in 2013, William Evers and Emily Banasynski in 2012 and Henry McCoy and Annie Mergner in 2011.