Benedictine Academy Wins Jefferson Award Gold Medal

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Benedictine Academy’s Students in Action Team displays the Gold Banner won in competition at NJPAC on April 5. The all-female Catholic college prep high school in Elizabeth received the prestigious Gold Medal for the “Jefferson Award” Regional Competition for the state of New Jersey. “Jefferson Awards for Public Service” were created in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard, to create a Nobel Prize for public and community service in America. Pictured with the students are Benedictine Academy President Sister Germaine Fritz, OSB (back row, center); Robert Ford, Executive Director of the “Jefferson Awards” for Public Service (back row, middle right); and Academy Principal Kenneth Jennings (back row, far right).

Samantha Frejuste (left, standing at white board) and Megan Hely (right), members of Benedictine Academy’s Students in Action Team, give a workshop presentation prior to the “Jefferson Award” spring regional competition at NJPAC on April 5. Frejuste, a sophomore from Irvington, and Hely, a senior from Union, offered information to the competition judges on a “mock” service project assigned to their group, before presenting actual facts about the “Jefferson Award” service projects their school has undertaken since the start of the school year. The all-female Catholic college prep high school in Elizabeth won the prestigious Gold Medal for the “Jefferson Award” Regional Competition for the state of New Jersey

(Photos courtesy of Benedictine Academy)


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