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Young hits it out of the park earning athletic scholarship

Young pitches the ball on the baseball field at Neptune High School on May 14, 2019.
November 25, 2020

Senior Brian Young of Neptune started playing baseball when he was 4 years old. His years of hard work are paying off now that he received an athletic scholarship to Rider University, making him one step...

Stark gives back through grief

Stark, left, sits on her brother Ryan’s shoulders in 2008 in her first home in
Westfield, NJ. She started a foundation in his name after his overdose.
October 9, 2020

“It has been said that grief is the final act of love,” says Ryan’s Love of Life Foundation and its co-founder, senior Brooke Stark of Manasquan, “and we’ve chosen to channel our grief into healing.”...

Music to their ears: Jodry uses her musical talent to give back

Jodry, left, holds friend Shiva on her back in January 2020 at One Life to Love Orphanage in New Delhi, India.
June 12, 2020

Instead of opening dozens of presents from family or celebrating with friends, freshman Mary Jodry of Neptune City has spent her last three birthdays using her musical talent to raise money for One Life...

Peng’s art gets regional acclaim

A cropped version of Peng’s award-winning artwork, “Identity Propagnda.”
May 8, 2020

“I don’t really like most of the things I draw,” said junior Alexis Peng of Marlboro. Two weeks prior to this interview, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, “one of the nation’s longest-running...

1 in 300: Williams tunes into passion

Williams plays cello for the New Jersey State Youth Orchestra.
March 9, 2020

Junior Madeline Williams of Wall began playing the cello when she was just nine years old. Although it may be an unusual choice for a fourth grade pastime, she was inspired by her mother. “My mom...

Cohen lives and leads in faith

Cohen, second from left, poses with other USY Co-Regional Executive
Board members in April 2019 at the Westin Hotel in Princeton, NJ. after
being elected to their positions.
January 17, 2020

Despite growing up in Marlboro, junior Abi Cohen’s roots tie back to Israel, where she was born. Cohen moved to the United States as a baby, but with the majority of her extended family still living...

Viggiano speaks fluently in five digital dialects

Viggiano next to a computer displaying code he has written.
November 15, 2019

Like many young boys, freshman Mark Viggiano of Ocean spent his time in elementary school playing Minecraft with his friends. But, in fifth grade, the world of building digital homes and villages unexpectedly...

Lin makes a splash in competitive diving

Lin competes at the Amateur Athletic Union Diving Nationals at Northside Swim Center in San Antonio, Texas in July of 2018.
September 13, 2019

After injuring her elbow from gymnastics in 2016, junior Melody Lin of Freehold Township found herself in search of a new sport to occupy her time. Though Lin lost interest in gymnastics, she explained...

Shubov dances her way to international success

Shubov performs at the 2018 YAGP finals in New York City
May 10, 2019

Standing behind the stage on which hundreds of people would watch her perform, freshman Renee Shubov of Marlboro practiced her solo over and over. After her final run-through, she fixed the ribbons of...

Liam Umbs hits the right notes at Carnegie Hall

Umbs plays piano during the Crescendo Competition at Carnegie Hall, Jan. 27, 2018.
March 15, 2019

At the age of four, sophomore Liam Umbs of Monmouth Beach sat at the piano and plucked random notes, acquainting himself with the keys in front of him. Much to the surprise of his parents, Umbs quickly...

Toman adventures across both sides of scouting

Toman, right, poses with members of Venturing Crew 4385.
January 25, 2019

Finding someone who has met the producers of Tarantino movies, explored Czech graveyards and swam with barracudas is not easy to come by. But as a Girl Scout for 13 years and a Boy Scout for five, senior...

Megerle hits her stride in cross country career

November 21, 2018

Growing up, senior Colleen Megerle of Colts Neck watched her parents and older siblings run. Now, her family returns the favor as she prepares for state championships. Megerle has been running since...

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