WESTFIELD, NJ —  Westfield High School boys varsity swimmer Ryan Bebel has been named Westfield High School’s scholar-athlete of the year, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association has announced. The recognition comes with a scholarship from the NJSIAA of at least $500.

Bebel is committed to swimming next year for the College of William and Mary.

At its 25th annual Scholar/Athlete Awards Program and Luncheon, held recently at Pines Manor in Edison, the NJSIAA honored 364 high school student-athletes with a total of $201,000 in college scholarships. Four of the students received $2,500 scholarships from the New Jersey Devils National Hockey League franchise.

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Under the ongoing scholar-athlete program, each NJSIAA member high school has the opportunity to choose one senior student as its scholar-athlete of the year.

“This luncheon has developed into a time-honored tradition that provides us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the academic achievements of so many student-athletes,” said Larry White, the NJSIAA’s executive director. “We wish each of our scholarship recipients the best of luck as they embark on their future endeavors.”

Since 1994, the NJSIAA said it has honored 7,700 New Jersey high school students and distributed more than $2.1 million in college scholarships through its scholar program.