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Centenary University student recognized by NAACP Bergen County Branch

Hackensack resident Jayden Hall honored at the Annual Freedom Fund Luncheon.

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) — Centenary University student Jayden Hall was recently honored by the NAACP Bergen County Branch at the organization’s Annual Freedom Fund Luncheon in Paramus.

The Hackensack resident was the only Bergen County student recognized at the event.

When told of the award from the NAACP Bergen County Chapter, Hall was shocked: “I was really surprised. Only three students were honored, and I was the only one from Bergen County. Having that kind of recognition is really rare for me. It definitely gave my mom and grandma bragging rights.”

A graduate of Hackensack High School, Hall was nominated for the award by his high school guidance counselor, Lucinda McConnachie. In high school, he was president of the Future Business Leaders of America during his senior year.

The honor roll student was also a member of the Robotics Team, Debate Team, Model United Nations, and the Community Service Club. During his senior year, Hall volunteered to participate in a study on race relations at the school conducted by his guidance counselor.

Hall is majoring in computer science at Centenary, where he is a first-year student.

“I’m the first person in my family to go to college, so the financial aid package Centenary offered definitely helped,” said Hall, the oldest of three children.

“At Centenary, the computer science program is endorsed by Google and I’ll be eligible to apply for an internship with Microsoft,” Hall said.

After graduation, he hopes to earn a master’s degree from either Cornell University or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before working as a software or electrical engineer at a big tech company. Someday, he’d like to launch his own startup.

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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