Each year, the NJSIAA conducts their Annual Scholar-Athlete Luncheon. Every school sends one representative to attend who has been selected as their scholar-athlete award winner. Unfortunately because of the pandemic, the NJSIAA was forced to cancel this year’s event. The North Jersey Interscholastic Conference traditionally sponsors one scholarship, but this year we are happy to announce that we have decided to conduct a random drawing and are awarding two $500 scholarships. Congratulations to Daniel Sarzynski of Elmwood Park HS and Gianna D’Amato of Hawthorne Christian Academy.


Sporting a grade point average of 94.5, Daniel is ranked Ranked #3 out of 176 in his senior class at Elmwood Park.
Daniel played soccer all 4 years for the Crusaders and the was on their varsity team the last 2 seasons He was selected  2nd Team All- Colonial Division for the 2019-2020 season.
His soccer coach Marco Chung said,
“His dedication and hard work makes him an MVP soccer player!”


Gianna D’Amato is the Hawthorne Christian Academy Class of 2020 Valedictorian !
Gianna was selected the HCA “Female Athlete of the Year” her Sophomore, Junior and Senior years. She is the Passaic County Coaches Association Student-Athlete of the Year honoree from Hawthorne Christian Academy for 2020. A four year Varsity starter for Girls Soccer, Gianna will be attending Grove City College in Pennsylvania in the fall and will be on the Women’s Soccer Team.
Here are a few words from her HCA Soccer Coach, Melissa Hawthorne who coached her all four years:
“From G’s speed of play to her humble and courageous attitude, Gianna D’Amato has been a joy to coach for the past 4 years.  Her decision making both on and off the field are a great testimony to her character and future potential; not only as a college soccer player but as a person. G will be extremely difficult to replace after the impact she has had on our program but as a coach I am so excited to see what she does next”
We salute all of the 2019-2020 NJIC/NJSIAA Scholar Athletes

Becton  – Carlie Koziol

Bogota – Natalie Hardwick

Butler – Stanley Chen

Cresskill  – Jaime Reiner

Dwight Englewood –  Noah Pean

Eastern Christian  – David DeVries

Emerson –  Rachel Rhee

Elmwood Park  – Daniel Sarzynski

Garfield  – Sherich Henry

Glen Rock  – Chris Fink

Harrison –  Ray Ugaz

Hasbrouck Heights  – Alexa Marinelli

Hawthorne –  Caleigh McCarthy

Hawthorne Christian Academy  – Gianna D’Amato

Immaculate Conception – Adriana Escheik

Leonia  – Hannah Futeran

Lodi  – Chase Giessler

Lyndhurst – James Blake

Manchester  – Jasmine McDuffie

Mary Help of Christians Academy  – Richael Lamendola

Midland Park – Theresa Olson

New Milford  – Rhizamel Dabu

North Arlington  – Dhruvil Desai

Palisades Park –  Britney Wu

Park Ridge – Meghan McCusker

Paterson Charter  – Troy Medlock

Pompton Lakes  – Heather DeBoer

Ridgefield Memorial  – Mary Griffin

Rutherford –  Jenna Rogers

Saddle Brook  – Ashley Georgevich

Saddle River Day School Jordan Janowski

Secaucus – Angelina Moncrieffe

St. Mary  – Liz Kensek

Waldwick  – Jillian Reynolds

Wallington –  Nicholas Zielonka

Weehawken – Rylee Iannaccone

Wood Ridge –  Christina Vasquez


The NJIC wishes to acknowledge and give thanks to our corporate sponsors

who made these scholarships possible:

S D Gameday Athletic Training Services

Sports Time Screen Printing and Embroidery

Fraulo Race Timing

New North Arlington Bowl

Fine Designs

Stan’s Sports Center