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Centenary University recognizes outstanding students at virtual academic awards ceremony

21 students lauded for notable academic achievement during the event

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Centenary University recognized 21 students last week for outstanding academic achievement at a virtual Academic Awards Ceremony. In keeping with Centenary tradition, the annual event was held in the George H. Whitney Chapel, but was livestreamed this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Centenary University students honored include:


Bergen County:

  • Teaneck – Nakiya Black ’21, The Jane Barbara Thomas Scholarship in Fashion

Camden County:

  • Berlin – Danielle Ferriola ’20, Outstanding Achievement in Equine Studies—Senior

Hunterdon County:

  • Delaware – Krista Cooper ’20, Outstanding Achievement in Sociology
  • Glen Gardner – Gianna Morano ’22, The Raymond Sloan Scholarship in the Arts
  • Califon – James Vespoli ’20, Outstanding Achievement in English—Third/Fourth Year Award

Monmouth County:

  • Matawan – Victoria Manzi ’21, Outstanding Achievement in Writing Award

Morris County:

  • Roxbury – Victoria Cattano, ’20, Outstanding Achievement in Science—Fourth Year Award
  • Netcong – Kora Milligan ’22, The Jane Barbara Thomas Scholarship in Fashion

Passaic County:

  • Paterson – Christian Mejia ’20, Outstanding Achievement in Social Work

Sussex County:

  • Hopatcong – Amanda Baker ’21, Criminal Justice Student Achievement Award and Outstanding Achievement in Political and Governmental Affairs Award
  • Hoaptcong – Jordan Kracht ’23, Outstanding Achievement in History—Third/Fourth Year Award
  • Wantage – Keeley McGregor ’20, Outstanding Achievement in Psychology

Warren County:

  • Hackettstown – Adrianna Alongi ’23, Outstanding Achievement in English—First/Second Year Award
  • Hackettstown – Sara Schaarschmidt ’21, Social Media Marking Innovator Award
  • Great Meadows – Kyle Hrebenak ’22, Outstanding Achivement in History—First/Second Year Award
  • Great Meadows – Pier Semanchik ’21, Outstanding Achievement in Science—Second/Third Year Award
  • Phillipsburg – Anna Summitt ’22, Outstanding Achievement in Theatre Award 


  • Dalton – Meghan Frederick ’20, Outstanding Achievement in Business Award


  • Delhi – Megan Marino ’20, Criminal Justice Student Achievement Award and Outstanding Achievement in Political and Governmental Affairs Award


  • Tamiment – Brianna Soule ’23, Richard A. Dennis Scholarship


  • Guilford – Payton Lawrence ’22, Outstanding achievement in Equine Studies—Sophomore/Junior

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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