Teachers' Insurance Plan of NJ Scholarship Recipients


Congratulations to the Plymouth Rock Assurance — Teachers' Insurance Plan of NJ scholarship recipients for the 2014-2015 school year! These students were selected for their academic achievements and leadership skills, and have each received $1,000 to help offset their college expenses.

  • Marisa Patella – Brick Township High School
  • Nicholas Pisani – New Egypt High School
  • Raj Shah – Colonia High School
  • Ashley Winters – Toms River High School North

2013-2014 Winners

  • Caitlin Lopez – Toms River High School South
  • Griffin Carney – Brick Memorial High School
  • Ana Polanco – School of Government and Public Administration at Eastside High School
  • Natalie Quindlen – Gloucester County Institute of Technology
  • Rachel Kessler – Atlantic City High School

2012-2013 Winners

  • Peter Herbst – Toms River High School South
  • Matthew Piccolella – Pt. Pleasant Boro High School
  • Neha Syal – Ocean County Vocational Technical School – Marine Academy
  • Catherine Ronan – North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District
  • Vincent Marzano – Arthur L. Johnson High School
  • Jessica Super – Collingswood High School

2011-2012 Winners

  • Lauren Beck – Manchester Township High School

As a positive role model within her high school, Lauren manages her time wisely between academics and extracurricular activities. Lauren also finds the time to volunteer for a teen program, serving as a “reading buddy” in order to help a younger student from Germany learn to read English. Also, Lauren is involved with her school music department, is an active member of her local church, and plays tennis.

  • Thomas Ikuss – North Brunswick Township High School

Thomas stood out among his peers by exemplifying excellence in scholastics as well as in extracurricular activities. He is passionate about serving as a volunteer and advocate for Elijah’s Promise, one of the largest soup kitchens in New Jersey. At Elijah’s Promise, Thomas raised money for a campaign called “The Change Campaign,” which taught him that with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible.

  • Amanda Librizzi – Communications High School, Monmouth County Vocational School District

Amanda excels among her peers in her academics and has shown perseverance in every aspect of her life. Amanda stood out to the committee with her impressive list of accomplishments, including the development of her own non-profit organization, “Amanda’s Healing Hearts, Inc.” which aids in helping children suffering with Congenial Heart Disease.

  • Josh Reed – New Egypt High School

Josh exceeds expectations with his very busy schedule which includes academics, sports and multiple clubs and organizations in school. Josh serves as the president of the National Honor Society, demonstrating his overall strong leadership skills. During his time as president he has coordinated blood drives and events, and has spoken in front of groups on behalf of the organization.

  • Steve Zheng – Highland Park High School

Steve exceeded expectations with his overall excellence in the academic and social arenas in his school. His active participation with clubs and sports are just a few of the areas in which Steve possesses strong attributes. On a very impressive note, Steve served at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a translator and guide for foreigners and tourists.

2010-2011 Winners

  • Shannon Branch - Bridgeton High School

Shannon’s list of volunteer activities, athletic accomplishments, and outstanding academic record really made her stand out to the Quotes for Cash® Scholarship panel of judges. She divides her time between high school soccer and track as well as a traveling soccer team. In addition, Shannon donates her time to the community through programs such as Big Brother/Big Sister, The Hopewell Crest School & Science Technology Foundation, and Leo’s Club. She also gives her time to fundraising events and mentors freshmen students in her high school. Shannon accomplishes all this while working two part-time jobs throughout the year and maintaining the position of first in her class.

  • Rebecca Fitzpatrick - Morris Catholic High School

While completing a demanding honors and AP curriculum, Rebecca is an active participant in two varsity sports. She also volunteers her time through programs such as Habitat for Humanity and Key Club. Additionally, Rebecca organized a school drive and fundraiser to provide children’s vitamins to children in Haiti. Along with another classmate, she has started her own party service company that has been very successful.

  • Laura Fricke - Spotswood High School

In addition to academics, Laura divides her time between athletics, community service and a part-time job as a physical therapist aid. She is involved with the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), National Honor Society, Student Council, the basketball team, and is the manager of the boy’s varsity soccer team. Her participation with the St. Paul’s UCC Youth Group takes her to a new town each summer where she helps paint houses and work at nursing homes, soup kitchens, rehabilitation facilities, and kids clubs.

  • Matthew Levine - Rancocas Valley Regional High School

While volunteering his time to programs such as The Philadelphia Reads Program, Special Olympics, American Diabetes Association, and TOPS Soccer Buddy, he has maintained the position of first in his class. Most recently, he worked as a research intern at the Drexel University College of Medicine over the summer. Matthew is also active in athletics, as the captain of the varsity tennis team, and in the arts, as a classically-trained pianist, performing in both concert and jazz band.

  • Susan Walsh - Point Pleasant High School

As a member of two running clubs, the Leo Club, the Future Business Leaders of America and both track and cross country teams at her high school, Susan still finds time to organize drives such as the Adopt A Soldier project. This initiative involved collecting usable goods and creating packages to send to U.S. troops in Iraq. Susan is also an active participant in the community with Relay for Life and as a Kinder Camp Counselor. While maintaining a full schedule of extracurricular activities, Susan also achieved the honor of being Salutatorian in her class.

2009-2010 Winners

  • Tess Lepore – Toms River High School East

Tess stood out to the committee because of her charitable work. On her own she created a charity called “Connecting with Colors”; she collected school supplies and then personally delivered them to impoverished schools in the Dominican Republic. In addition to this Tess represents her High School in Board of Education meetings, is the Student Council President and Varsity Tennis Captain, she does all this while being in the top 5% of her class. Tess will attend NYU.

  • Sharleen Phillips – Toms River High School East

Sharleen is an incredibly strong academic candidate, a Valedictorian, National Merit Scholar Finalist, and a recipient of the Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar award. Sharleen is also heavily involved in Key Club and student government and co-founded “Shore Cure”, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Sharleen will attend Amherst University.

  • Kristin Mathis – Williamstown High School

Kristin is a true scholar athlete, an accomplished runner she is the Varsity Captain for her schools’ Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Spring Track teams and has lead her teams to several championships. She is also at the top of her class academically, despite a very challenging course load, and managed to score an amazing 2270 on her SATs. Kristin will attend Hofstra University.

  • Carlie Himelman – Toms River High School South

Carlie distinguishes herself by being a very well rounded student. She is involved in volunteer work on both the local and international level, having made several trips to Mexico as a mission worker. Academically she is at the top of her class and an Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar. Carlie also manages to work part-time, play trumpet in her school's orchestra, and is the senior Captain of the Swim and Golf teams. Carlie will attend the University of Maryland next fall.

  • Adam Fisher – Voorhees High School

Adam has challenged himself throughout his high school career by taking advanced courses as early as his freshman year. What made Adam stand out, however, was his leadership experience. He is a three-time Class President, and the President of his schools’ Key Club. These positions have allowed him to direct the entire student body of Voorhees High School in many community service projects. Adam will attend The College of New Jersey.

2008-2009 Winners

  • Stephanie Cooke – Lacey Township High School

A highly accomplished student athlete, Stephanie is the captain of three of her high school’s sports teams: soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. She is also a Bloustein scholar. Stephanie’s participation in the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program at Fort Monmouth showed just how driven this young woman truly is. Volunteering to work eight weeks of her summer with the Army’s antenna and spectrum analysis division has confirmed for Stephanie that she will go on to pursue a career in Engineering. Congratulations, Stephanie!

  • Thomas Fitzpatrick – Morris Catholic High School

Thomas is an incredibly well-rounded individual, and one of his most impressive accomplishments is his graduating as the valedictorian of his class. Not only has he maintained an incredible GPA throughout his high school career, Thomas has lettered in two sports and is the co-captain of the basketball team. Highly active in his church, Thomas actively seeks out ways to help his school and community, and volunteers his summers to coach baseball. Finally, Thomas is musically talented having played the piano for 10 years. Next year he hopes to attend the University of Scranton and study mathematics. Congratulations, Thomas!

  • Lacey Higley – Toms River High School South

Lacey will graduate this year with a weighted GPA of 5.0 placing her in the top 5% of her class. A member of the National Honor Society, Lacey has continually challenged herself throughout her High School career with Honors and Advanced Placement courses. In addition to her outstanding academic record, Lacey is also the Senior Class President, a role that has allowed her to raise money for Breast Cancer Research, purchase gifts for children under Protective Services, and spread school spirit. She also is the captain of two varsity teams: field hockey and lacrosse. Lacey plans to study pre-law next year at either the University of Maryland or Boston College. Congratulations, Lacey!

  • Kathryn Huryk – Toms River High School North

Kathryn’s participation in the Girl Scouts was just one of the reasons we awarded her a scholarship. Thirteen years of scouting has instilled a sense of civic duty and moral responsibility in Kathryn that is very apparent. The culmination of her scouting career was her receipt of the Gold Award – the highest award in the Girl Scouts. Kathryn earned this award for creating the Hope’s Crossing Children’s Book Club, a project that promotes reading among children in her community. Kathryn is also Student Council President, a volunteer at her local library, and a highly accomplished student graduating with a weighted GPA of 5.23. Congratulations, Kathryn!

  • Patrick Maguire – Lacey Township High School

Patrick struck us as a born leader. A co-captain of the varsity tennis and cross country teams, he has also been the class president each year of his high school career. As class president, Patrick has made it his mission to increase community service within the student body, which involved planning a new community service project every month. Some projects include toy drives, the Lacey Apple Festival, food drives, and participation in the Polar Bear Plunge. Impressively, Patrick manages all this while being in top 10% of his class. Next year Patrick will continue his education at Villanova where he intends to study economics. Congratulations, Patrick!

2007-2008 Winners

  • Stacy Chin - Morris Catholic High School

Stacy had a GPA of 4.4 and was ranked #3 in her senior class of 110 members. Stacy is a member of the National Honor Society and also received academic awards in science and other subjects. She has placed in various state athletic competitions and has varsity letters in indoor and outdoor Track, in addition to Volleyball. She has won the Gold Award from the Girl Scout organization by organizing a basketball and arts/crafts clinic for children under the age of 18 with special needs. Stacy is attending The College of Holy Cross with an intended major of Biology/Pre-Med. Congratulations Stacy!

  • Sohan Jain - Toms River High School North

Sohan graduated with a weighted GPA of 5.38 (out of 5.5) and was ranked #1 in a class of 530 students. In his 4 years, Sohan has received an “A+” in all of his classes except for 2, in which he just received an “A”. Sohan is a member of the National Honor Society and has received numerous other academic awards. He has also received varsity letters in Soccer, Tennis, and Chess. He served as captain of his athletic teams and has also participated in many other school organizations. He is now attending Cornell University to study Engineering/Computer Science. Congratulations Sohan!

  • Keith Marschner - Toms River High School East

Keith finished High School with a weighted GPA of 5.26 (out of 5.5) and was ranked #2 in a class of 464 students. Keith is a member of the National Honor Society and has received prestigious awards such as the National Merit Scholarship and Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar award. Keith’s leadership skills are extremely strong as he has served as President for his National Honor Society chapter and served as Drum Major for his award-winning High School Band. He has received varsity letters for Baseball and Basketball. Keith was accepted to both Cornell University and John Hopkins University to study Mathematics. Congratulations Keith!

  • Blake Trabuchi-Downey - St. Augustine College Prep High School

Blake maintained a GPA of 93 and is a member of the National Honor Society. In addition to his academic success, Blake is a strong leader. Blake served as captain of his High School Swim team which has won 3 team state titles in a row. In addition, Blake used his swimming ability to serve the community by volunteering for ARC of Cumberland County Special Olympics as an assistant teacher, coach and supervisor of the ARC Special Olympics Swim Team. Every Sunday afternoon from January through June, Blake contributed his time and talent to this group of kids. Blake is attending Virginia Tech to study Biology, with the intentions of one day going to Dental School. Congratulations Blake!

  • Steven Zipparo - St. Augustine’s College Prep High School

Steven earned a 96.98 GPA average and was a member of numerous academic associations such as the National Honor Society and the Presidents’ Academic Awards. He was also a National Merit Scholar. Steven is a National Champion and two-time State Champion in Crew/Rowing in addition to being a three-time varsity letter winner in Fencing. Perhaps Steven’s greatest accomplishment is his Eagle Scout Award. The list of accomplishments go on and on for this young man. He is attending M.I.T. with the hopes of studying Engineering or Business. Congratulations Steven!

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