WEST ORANGE, NJ — Recognizing senior athletes in the Essex County area, the Scholar-Athlete Awards Ceremony sponsored by the Essex County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame honored West Essex High School seniors Michelle Inga and Cooper Salmon.

Held at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, the 49th annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner honored athletes that also excel in academics from each high school participating in the Super Essex County Conference (SEC), Essex County Athletic Directors Association (ECADA). 

Inga played soccer, basketball and lacrosse during her years as a West Essex Knight, earning nine varsity letters in her four years of high school. Inga was also the captain of the girls’ basketball team this year. Inga’s parents, Al and Joyce Inga, were pleased that the county chose to acknowledge their daughter for her ward work.

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“There are many standout Scholar-Athletes at West Essex who also play multiple sports and have exceptional GPA’s and SAT’s, which made receiving this award even more gratifying,” said Al Inga. “Michelle was fortunate to have exceptional coaches that pushed her to excel not only in the games but in the classroom. With her determination we are excited in her pursuit of her course work in becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Athletic training.”

Salmon played both soccer and basketball, earning seven varsity letters in his four years at West Essex High School. Samon, like Inga, was the boys’ varsity basketball captain this year. 

Inga will be attending Quinnipiac in the fall, where she will work to receive a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. Salmon will be attending Boston University Questrom School of Business to study a double major of finance and computer science

Also present at the ceremony to honor Inga and Salmon were West Essex Pricipal Caeser Diliberto, Coaches Jill Cosse, Maria Cirello and Allison Decker, Michelle Inga, Cooper Salmon and Athletic Director Anthony Minnella.