Pleasantville City Council awards scholarships to ‘rec babies’

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Cedar Creek High School’s Jahniece Jaffe dribbles past an opponent during a high school varsity basketball game played earlier this year. Jaffee, a Pleasantville Recreation Center camp counselor, and Pleasanivlle High School graduate Nile White each received $300 scholarships during Monday night’s Pleasantville City Council meeting./ Matt Strabuk Cedar Creek High School’s Jahniece Jaffe dribbles past an opponent during a high school varsity basketball game played earlier this year. Jaffee, a Pleasantville Recreation Center camp counselor, and Pleasanivlle High School graduate Nile White each received $300 scholarships during Monday night’s Pleasantville City Council meeting./ Matt Strabuk PLEASANTVILLE _ On a night in which the Pleasantville City Council agenda was short on action, council was big on handing out hundreds of dollars in scholarships.

City Council and Mayor Jesse Tweedle Sr. awarded $600 in scholarships split between Cedar Creek High School basketball player Jahniece Jaffee of Egg Harbor City and Pleasantville High School basketball player and graduate Nile White.

Pleasantville Recreation Director Debbie Washington said they were two of her many “rec babies,” who spend many years learning crafts or playing sports at the recreation center.

Jaffe served as a summer camp counselor and employee at the Pleasantville Recreation Center. She will attend Tallahassee College in Florida on a full basketball scholarship.

While at Cedar Creek, she earned 12 varsity letters, posted a 3.4 GPA and was a member of the school’s Group I State Championship girls varsity basketball team.

Tweedle described her as a tenacious basketball player and a great 3-point shooter.

“I thank you very much,” Jaffee said after receiving her scholarship. “I hope I can make you guys proud of me when I go off to college.”

“She is an awesome young lady,” Washington said.

White, a 2014 PleasantvilleHigh School graduate, was awarded a $300 scholarship also.

At PleasantvilleHigh School, White was a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, the Key Club and a church usher at nearby MountZionBaptistChurch, Tweedle said.

He played two years of high school varsity basketball. His first season was at the Atlantic County Institute of Technology and his final varsity campaign was at Pleasantville, Tweedle said.

After reading off White’s long list of accomplishments, Tweedle commented, “You are a bad dune.”

White plans to study engineering at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Galloway.

During his younger years, White played AAU and Police Athletic League basketball at the PleasantvilleRecreationCenter.

“He is one of our rec babies,” Washington said, who added that many of the city’s children learn and grow into well-rounded teenagers after spending years attending RecreationCenter programs.

“This is what we produce,” Washington said.

The scholarship money was raised during the summer Dunk Kings basketball tournament, Washington said.

The recreation department began awarding scholarships last year “as a way to give back to the kids that utilize our rec department,” Washington said.

After awarding the scholarschips, City Council had a relatively light agenda. City Council approved a bingo night, a Lighthouse Ministries community event, a family reunion and the dates for the city-wide yardsale which will be held Aug. 30-31.

 


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