COLUMN >> Vince Terry named NJSIAA scholar-athlete

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Recent Ocean City High School graduate Vince Terry was among 15 athletes from the Cape-Atlantic League’s Class of 2013 who were among nearly 350 from around New Jersey honored as scholar-athletes by the NJSIAA.

Terry was an all star catcher for Ocean City’s conference champion baseball team. The Raiders reached two South Jersey finals during the year’s Terry was their catcher. He also played basketball during high school and will move on to Ursinus College. 

Others selected from the American Conference were Christina Skalitzky (Absegami), Ayana Cox (Atlantic City), Lola Agabalogun (Egg Harbor Township), Stephanie Druboniku (Mainland), Cassie Derella (Millville), James Townley (Oakcrest) and Rahi Patel (Vineland).

Chosen from the National Conference were Janay Smith (Buena), Josh Greenberg (Cape May Tech), Michelina Hesse (Cedar Creek), Victoria Mann (Lower Cape May), Alexandra Mairone (Middle Township), Marissa Casella (Our Lady of Mercy) and Luke Ordille (St. Joseph).

In addition to those from the CAL, Anthony Madle of Wildwood High School was honored.

Officials at each NJSIAA member high school had the opportunity to select one senior student as their scholar-athlete of the year. Some of them received scholarships. Strangely, eight CAL schools declined to nominate a scholar-athlete. They included Atlantic Tech, Bridgeton, Hammonton, Holy Spirit, Pleasantville, Sacred Heart, St. Augustine Prep and Wildwood Catholic.

Why would a school not take the time to nominate a graduating senior for this award? It gives a student-athlete the opportunity to be recognized for both success on the athletic field and success in the classroom. And it could earn them a scholarship award.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association awarded more than $100,000 in college scholarships at the organization’s 20th Annual Scholar-Athletes Luncheon.

In excess of 1,200 athletes, parents, coaches and school officials attended the event at the Pines Manor in Edison.

Since the program’s inception in 1993, the NJSIAA has honored more than 5,700 high school athletes and presented more than $1 million in scholarships.

“I think this annual awards program is everyone’s favorite event on the NJSIAA calendar,” said NJSIAA Executive Director Steve Timko. “It epitomizes our organization’s core mission, which is to provide education-based interscholastic athletics which support academic achievement, good citizenship and fair and equitable opportunities for students.

“The scholar-athletes we recognize at this luncheon are among the highest-achieving, most athletically-talented high school students in New Jersey. They are a credit to their schools, their families and their communities, and the NJSIAA is proud to honor them.”

But, of course, the NJSIAA can only honor them if the schools take the time to nominate them.

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