PISCATAWAY—Seven Union County high school graduates have each been awarded $1,000 scholarships for academic excellence and community service.
Steven Berger, Ashling Coffey and William Johnston, all Scotch Plains residents; Kathryn Galasso, Arielle Herzberg and Tara Zierler, all from Westfield; and Fanwood resident Eric Williams were among 225 recipients of TD Bank’s annual American Dream Scholarship program.
Berger, who graduated from Union Catholic Regional High School, plans to attend Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and major in finance. Throughout high school, Berger was active in the National Honor Society and was captain of the basketball and baseball teams.
Coffey graduated from Mount Saint Mary Academy and plans to attend Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and major in English. Throughout high school, Coffey was active in the Respect for Life Club, was president of the senior class, and received first place in the Metuchen Diocese pro-life essay contest.
Galasso plans to attend Tufts University in Medford, Mass., and major in biochemistry/pre-medicine. Galasso was editor in chief of the campus literary magazine at Union County Magnet High School, and received the Girl Scout gold award and Governor’s Award for creative writing.
Herzberg graduated from the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union. He plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa., and major in political science. Throughout high school, Herzberg was captain of the varsity soccer team, editor in chief of the school yearbook, and was active in the National Honor Society.
Johnston, who graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, plans to attend Notre Dame University in Notre Dame, Ind., and major in business. Throughout high school, Johnston played football, was active in the National Honor Society, and received first place in the Giants North New Jersey DECA Marketing competition.
Williams plans to attend Rutgers University in New Brunswick and major in physics. Williams was active in the National Honor Society, jazz and marching bands and wind ensemble at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, and received the Eagle Scout award.
Zierler, who graduated from Westfield High School, plans to attend Penn State University in State College, Pa., and major in biology. Throughout high school, Zierler was active in the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society, volunteered at the Children’s Specialized Hospital, and participated as a Spanish exchange student.