EDISON, NJ — Standout West Essex High School (WEHS) Varsity Football and Boys’ Lacrosse star Patrick Glenn was recently named as this year’s New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Scholar Athlete for WEHS.

Representing WEHS, Glenn, who excels in both athletics and academics, was one of 331 student athletes honored at the 23rd-annual NJSIAA Luncheon on Sunday, May 15 at the Pines Manor in Edison. During the event, 219 continuing-education scholarships in the amount of $181,000 were given out as part of the NJSIAA Scholar-Athlete Program.

The prestigious award is granted annually to a carefully selected senior who plays a NJSIAA varsity sport, possesses a cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.0 and exhibits outstanding school and community citizenship.

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Over the course of his four years at West Essex, Glenn has earned six varsity letters in Football and Lacrosse and is also part of the National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society and the Social Studies Honor Society.

Glenn is currently a senior editor of the “Wessex Wire,” a monthly publication distributed by our English Department. He also serves on the WEHS Student Advisory Council and is a volunteer at St. Barnabas Hospital.

WEHS Varsity Football Head Coach Chris Benacquista said Glenn, who will attend Wesleyan College in the fall, is an extremely deserving recipient of the 2016 NJSIAA Scholar-Athlete Award.

“He was a tremendous leader and captain for our team,” said Benacquista. “Every day he came to practice and meetings and worked harder than anyone on the team. As a captain and a leader, that was something that really inspired the coaches and his teammates and that translated into some really solid play at quarterback, which is the most important position on the field.”