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Julia Ackerman

Julia Ackerman

Point Pleasant, NJ - Manasquan Presbyterian Church

School / Community Involvement
– Youth Group
– Class Officer
– Varsity Swim Team
– Key Club
– National Honor Society


Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– National Honor Society
– Student of the Month
– High Honor Roll
– Varsity Swim Team MVP
– Athlete of the Season

Career Goal: Speech Pathologist and Hearing Specialist
GPA: 96
College: Arizona State University

“Julia is a student who can not be catalogued merely by excellent achievement. She is also a fine athlete, leader and community member. As her academic history will attest Julia is the type of student who will do well in any collegiate environment. As a teacher and counselor for over 34 years I can truly say that she is one of the finest students and citizens to ever attend Point Pleasant Borough High School. She has constantly demanded much of herself and has met all her responsibilities, in school, job, sports, and family activities. ” William Moore, Guidance Counselor
Anna Bodine

Anna Bodine

Cape May Court House, NJ - Lighthouse Church

School / Community Involvement
– Horseback Riding
– Sign Language - ASL
– Photography
– Shore Productions Performing Arts Camp
– Methodist Church Food Pantry


Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– High Honors
– Honor Roll


Career Goal: Youth Ministry work
GPA: 4.0
College: Liberty University

“I have witnessed Anna’s growth as a part of our youth group for four years and can attest to her continued desire to blossom as a beloved daughter of God. Anna has faithfully served within our church’s nursery for each of those years with grace and heartfelt compassion. She has grown into a student leadership position within our youth ministry which has seen her reach out to other students and be a positive mentor in the lives of young female students.She has also served on multiple missions trips with passion and boldness. Anna has used her gifts of sign language interpretation, love for children, and the sharing of her powerful testimony on each of these trips. ” Jeff Savage, Pastor of Students
Marqus I. Chambers

Marqus I. Chambers

First Baptist Church Lincoln Gardens- Somerset, NJ

School / Community Involvement
– Boy Scouts of America
– Somerset County Youth Leadership
– Saint Joe’s Football
– Epsilon Alpha Chapter Kudos
– Information Technology Support Center
– Feeding homeless volunteer at the YMCA


Career Goal: Radio or Television/ President of the United States
GPA: 3.1
College: Mount St. Mary’s University

“Marqus is a remarkably positive, self-motivated young man. No matter the obstacle, Marqus works diligently to put forth his best efforts. He is humble in his questions, integrity-filled and kind. His work ethic is strong and consistent; his overall attitude toward learning and supporting an inclusive team effort is most obvious. His authentic character and expert communication skills are most attractive and influential-contagious, in fact.“ Dana Sauers- Director, Institute for Leadership
Mikayla D Anna

Mikayla D Anna

Northfield, NJ - Central United Methodist Church

School / Community Involvement
– ACS Missions Club
– Church Missions Volunteer
– Student Council
– Softball/ Basketball Manager
– Dance Competition Team


Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– Highest Honors
– National Honor Society
– Citizenship Award
– Colossians 3:13 Award
– National Physical Fitness

Career Goal: Child Psychologist
GPA: 4.19
College: Eastern University

“Mikayla has clear career aspirations, and she is determined to meet them. For the last 2 years now, Mikayla has been telling me about her desire to enter the field of early childhood education. Her heart and compassion for children is so clearly evident when she speaks about entering this field. Her character is that of a kind, grateful young woman who treats everyone she encounters with dignity. It is evident Mikayla comes from a background that values hard work, dedication, and respect. These values have been instilled in her well, for she reflects them in all she does. ” Andrew Carney, Math Teacher
James Hinton

James Hinton

Kew Gardens, NY - Bethlehem Assembly of God

School / Community Involvement
– Maspeth Bible Church - (open gym sports coordinator/bible teacher)
– St. John’s AWANA Program
– Assistant School Photographer
– Student Body Vice-President


Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– Captain of Baseball Team
– Honor Roll
– Computer Award
– Tech Team


Career Goal: Law Enforcement
GPA: 3.2
College: Queensborough Community College

“ As student body Vice President, Jimmy does a wonderful job advocating for the student body while balancing their needs with the goals of our leadership team. He is a highly respected and highly visual member of the ECS community. His responsibilities and impact on our student body seem endless; in a nutshell...Jimmy is everywhere! Yet he accomplishes all of this with precision and balance as he excels in his studies. He is a truly remarkable young adult and an inspiration to his peers. He is quick to assist, advocates for all, and continues to inquire and investigate for enduring understanding.” Heather Cortes, English Teacher
Pamela Karabeinikoff

Pamela Karabeinikoff

Meriden, CT - St. Dominic’s Church

School / Community Involvement
– Cross Country
– Outdoor Track
– Spanish Honor Society


Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– Spanish Excellence
– Honor Roll
– Sage College Award


Career Goal: Elementary School Teacher
GPA: 4.25
College: TBD

“Pam has always challenged herself in the honors program where she is an honor roll student ranked fourteenth in her class. In the three years she has been in my class, she has never missed an assignment. She is a model of consistency and reliability. I have witnessed Pam’s ability, strong work ethic, and conscientious attitude on a regular basis. She is a hard-working, responsible young lady, who works to her potential at all times. She is always polite and well-mannered while maintaining her focus and drive. ” Thomas Wodatch, Math Teacher
Imani McEachern

Imani McEachern

Piscataway, NJ - The Cathedral International

School / Community Involvement
– The Cathedral International Liturgical Dance Ministry
– Air Force JROTC
– LIFT (Ladies of Integrity, Fortitude and Talent) Mentor
– 4 time Varsity Cheerleader
– Feed the Need Program


Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– UCA All America Cheerleader
– 2016 Homecoming Queen


Career Goal: Physician
GPA: 84
College: TBD

“Imani has fantastic intellect and her leadership strength has been proven through her service to our Kingdom Dance Ministry and as the captain of her High School’s cheer team. Imani’s energy and compassion are infectious; she has made a positive impact in the lives of many of her peers. Living her confession of Christ as Savior, Imani has been the hands and mouthpiece of Christ through her volunteer service. The purity of Imani’s character, coupled with hard work and her ability to provoke others toward a desire for greatness will prove her to be an invaluable investment. ” Reverend Dr. Danielle L. Brown, Pastor of Church Life
Alyssa Salafia

Alyssa Salafia

Middletown, CT - Fellowship Church

School / Community Involvement
– High School Cheerleading
– Fellowship Church Server


Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– Honors

Career Goal: Marketing Career
GPA: 86
College: Central Connecticut State University

“Alyssa is hardworking and diligent in the classroom, and always puts in the highest level of effort. She has always pushed herself to take difficult courses and she has continued to do that this school year. Alyssa is also an amazing individual outside of the classroom. She is a 4 year member of the varsity cheerleading squad. Not only is she a vocal leader, but she leads by example as well. You will never see her put in less than 100%. ” Nathan Briggs, School Counselor
Caleb Trezise

Caleb Trezise

North Country Bible Fellowship, Speculator, NY

School / Community Involvement
– Community -Wide Cleanup
– Red Cross Blood Drive Staff
– Church Soundboard Volunteer
– Varsity Soccer/Basketball
– Youth Group/Bible Study/ Worship Team


Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– National Honor Society
– Highest Academic GPA in class
– Varsity Soccer MVP & Most Improved Player
– Varsity Basketball Coach’s Award
– Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award (Rochester University)


Career Goal: Music Ministry
GPA: 4.0
College: Cairn University


“Caleb has consistently shown a love and devotion to Jesus Christ throughout his time in high school, as it has been the driving force for his decisions and actions. Caleb understands that as a christian it is important to continue to grow and put you in a place, especially a place where you can be stretched, to grow. Just over the last few years he has been involved with several different opportunities , both Christian and secular, that show his maturity beyond his years.” Joe Ciccarello- Teen Program Director
Samuel Trippie

Samuel Trippie

Buffalo NY - Restoration Church

School / Community Involvement
– D3 Student Leadership Conference
– Head Prefect and Student Council
– UB Student Leadership Forum
– Sports (basketball, golf, volleyball)
– Local Election Campaign


Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– National Honor Society
– Christian Character Award
– Community Service Award
– Head Prefect
– Spiritual Adviser

Career Goal: Career in Law or Politics
GPA: 90.1
College: TBD

“I have literally watched Sam grow up, having known him since he was 6 years old. He has grown into a young man with a level of integrity that is uncommon for people his age. Sam has shown evidence of an ability to balance his schooling, employment, and church life while at the same time demonstrating excellence in each. Sam Trippie is widely respected among among his peers, and adults who know him. His life’s goals include the possibility of serving his community through involvement in politics and elected office.” Dr. Ed Kuffel, Pastor/ Elder