CLARK – John Monagle, a senior at Arthur L. Johnson High School, is at the head of an exclusive class. Monagle is one of only 12 seniors in the country to be named a “national” Toyota Community Scholar. More than 8,000 seniors were nominated by their schools from across the country.
The scholars program, now in its 12th year, honors the top 100 students in the U.S. who are proven leaders, both in the classroom and in the communities in which they live and serve. The scholarships are valued at $20,000 (for national winners like Monagle) or $10,000 each, over four years, for study at a four-year college or university starting in the fall of 2008.
The judges who chose the 2008 Toyota Community Scholars’ class were impressed with the many volunteer projects in which Monagle has participated or organized, particularly his work with Beyond All Borders, an awareness and action campaign that educates teenagers about hunger issues both in their communities and abroad. Beyond All Borders also empowers teens to make a difference. Ultimately the project aims to help children suffering from weekend hunger.
Since founding Beyond All Borders in 2005, Monagle and his organization have collected over 3,000 pounds of food and distributed it to more than 160 schools in New Jersey. The program has also expanded its focus to global-hunger issues by reaching out to help alleviate Kenya’s hunger problems. Monagle’s group partnered with the One Acre Fund and raised $5,300 to plant five acres of passion fruit for 50 Kenyan farm families.
When he’s not busy with Beyond All Borders, Monagle serves as New Jersey’s district governor and secretary of Key Club International. He has also served on his school’s student council, speech and debate team, drama club and varsity tennis team, among many other activities.
A resident of Clark, Monagle said, “With a strong and growing base of passionate students motivated to eliminate hunger, Beyond All Borders will have a lasting impact on my school, community and hopefully, the world. Going forward, Beyond All Borders will continue to provide students the ability to help children live the lives they deserve.”
“It is truly amazing to see what these 100 high school seniors have accomplished as such a young age,” said Michael Rouse, corporate managers of philanthropy and community affairs. “Their dedication both to academics and community service is an inspiration to all of us.”
The scholarship winners were guests of honor at an awards banquet in San Antonio, Texas, that was attended by education, community, business and government leaders.
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