May 21, 2021

Centenary University Honors 19 Students at Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony

Outdoor event recognized contributions to the University and service to the local community


HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., May 20, 2021—Centenary University recognized 19 students, as well as an advisor and the University’s competitive business team, at the annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony. The ceremony, which was conducted recently via a series of smaller events, celebrated outstanding contributions to the University and surrounding communities.

“This year’s honorees demonstrated persistence and creativity in finding ways to make an impact on others, despite the pandemic,” said Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Kerry Mullins. “Through a mix of in-person and virtual events, our students have made a difference in the lives of others, here on campus and in our local community. Their commitment to service demonstrates that Centenary University is truly the heart of the Skylands Region.”

During the current academic year, a new program called Centenary Choice permitted students to attend courses and participate in extracurricular activities in person on campus, online, or in a HyFlex format combining the two. This flexibility led to a greater number of students opting to take part in service opportunities, according to Rachel Danitz, community engagement coordinator, who was recognized at the awards ceremony as Advisor of the Year.

Enactus, the University’s competitive business team, was honored with the Making a Difference in Community Engagement Award for their efforts to assist local firms to pivot and adjust to the shifting marketplace during the pandemic.

Individual student award recipients are:

New Jersey

Camden County
Merchantville—Elizabeth Brouse, The Beacon for the Region Award

Essex County
Irvington—Tyrese Fraser, Catapano Family Community Service Award; Darnel Burnette, The Douglas Wolfe Turrell Community Service Award; and Jefferson Jean-Paul, Seay Honors

Hudson County
Jersey City—Anastasia Miranda, Greek Leadership Award

Mercer County
Hamilton—Christopher LaBelle, Culture and Community Award

Morris County
Randolph—Brittany Bradley, The Robert Trevorrow Award

Passaic County
Passaic—Carmen Escano, Lotte Honors

Sussex County
Byram Township—Morgan Pierson, The Dr. Charles Frederickson Award
Stanhope—Christina May, Commitment of Justice

Warren County
Great Meadows—Pier Semanchik, The Eugene A. Noble Award
Hackettstown—Sara Schaarschmidt, Commuter of the Year; and Samantha Johnson, Centenary Spirit Award
Hardwick—Brooke Costanzo, Remote Student of the Year
Stewartsville—Daniel Mattie, President of the Year
Washington—Sean Graham, The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Meeker Award

New Hampshire
Wolfeboro—Emma Kerr, The Judith Deacon Tartaglia Memorial Award

Silver Spring—Michael Young, The Everett Johnson Award

Fukuoka-Shi—Keiji Ippoushi, International Student of the Year

About Centenary University

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in Parsippany, as well as online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.

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