By Jim Lambert
Union Catholic’s Shemaiah Brackett, Jordan Dodson, Royell Douglas, Myaya Morton, Nya Spencer, and Maya Walker were recently honored at a special ceremony in Trenton for being chosen as recipients of the 2018 New Jersey Rising Scholars Student Recognition Award.
The New Jersey Rising Scholars Student Student Recognition Program was established by the NJ Department of Education in collaboration with the N.J. Amistad Commission and the Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair of New Jersey, which honors the academic achievement of high school seniors from diverse backgrounds who are interested in attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) and are leaders in their school and community.
“It was great to be rewarded for our excellence inside the classroom and outside the classroom,’’ said Douglas, who lives in Union. “It was a great experience, and it feels good to be chosen as one of the select few.''
“It meant a lot to me to be recognized because I’ve always wanted to go to an HBCU,’’ said Dodson, who lives in East Orange. "I was honored.''
“It was such an honor to be recognized because it was a statewide award and people looked at my grades and scores and felt I was a good candidate for the award,’’ said Morton, who lives in Hillside.
“Being honored made me feel special because I was picked out of all of applicants in New Jersey, and I’ve always wanted to go to an HBCU,’’ said Brackett, who lives in Scotch Plains. “So to have an opportunity to be able to be able to apply and get on site admission is very cool.’’
“I felt honored and I do want to go to an HBCU, so this will help me alot,’’ said Spencer, who lives in Union. “I feel like this gives me a good push forward for the future.’’
“I was excited to make it out of all the applicants and it made me feel honored and good about myself,’’ said Walker, who lives in Piscataway. “And it was great to meet alumni from HBCU and get the chance to make some great connections that will help me when I go through the application process.’’