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Three Centenary University students awarded scholarships for advancing elementary science education

The three seniors were awarded the inaugural Christopher John Stupak Scholarship for the Next Generation of Elementary School Science Teachers.

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) — Three Centenary University students—Christina Bubniak of Watchung, Sarah Sconda of Bridgewater, and Isabel Dutta of Hillsborough—have been awarded the inaugural Christopher John Stupak Scholarship for the Next Generation of Elementary School Science Teachers.

The three exemplary elementary education majors were each honored with a $5000 scholarship to support their upcoming full-time, unpaid student-teaching experiences during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Assistant Professor of Education Jolene Battitori, Ed.D., expressed pride and confidence in the scholarship recipients: “Exhibiting remarkable commitment within the elementary education program, these students are ready to excel in their forthcoming full-time student teaching endeavors. I am confident they will continue to positively influence their future students and foster a love of science that will last a lifetime.”

Named in honor of the late Christopher John Stupak, an outstanding fifth- and sixth-grade teacher, this scholarship recognizes passionate student-teachers who are dedicated to making science accessible, exciting, and fear-free in the classroom. It was awarded by Main Engine Start, a New Jersey-based nonprofit dedicated to igniting student interest and aptitude in science and engineering.

“These exceptional young educators embody the mission of Main Engine Start and the spirit of Christopher Stupak,” said Peter Stupak, founder and president of the nonprofit and brother of Christopher. “They have demonstrated not only an understanding of science but also a commitment to dispelling the fear that often surrounds it. They are dedicated to fostering an environment where curiosity and inquiry are encouraged, and science becomes a journey of discovery rather than a subject of intimidation.”

Christina Bubniak is scheduled to embark on her student-teaching journey in fall 2023, while Sarah Sconda and Isabel Dutta will engage in part-time student-teaching this fall and conduct their full-time student-teaching in spring 2024. All three scholarship recipients are recognized for their academic performance, innovative approach to hands-on science teaching, and commitment to helping young students develop a love for science early in their educational journey.

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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