Benedictine Academy Holds Sports Awards Night

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ELIZABETH — Benedictine Academy, an all-female Catholic college prep high school in Elizabeth, held its annual Sports Awards Night on May 12. Players from the school’s sports teams were recognized for their many talents and contributions during this past academic year.

The Athlete of the Year Award went to senior Haneah Jackson of Hillside for her accomplishments as a member of the Benedictine Academy basketball team. During the 2010-11 season, Jackson broke the school record in scoring in basketball, amassing a total of 1345 points during her four years of playing at the Academy. She surpassed Crystal Orr, who achieved that honor in 2008.

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In addition, senior Chisom Emeana was recognized as the Benedictine Academy Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Emeana, also a Hillside resident, had been honored as a Scholar-Athlete the previous evening at the Union County Interscholastic Scholarship Conference (UCISC) dinner, along with other outstanding students from high schools around New Jersey. Emeana was chosen by Benedictine Academy as the senior Scholar-Athlete who best exemplifies the mission and beliefs of the Academy, performs at high athletic standards, and demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship. Her contributions to the school’s volleyball team during the 2010-11 season helped her win the award.

At the Benedictine Academy Sports Awards night, four students received awards for Most Valuable Player: Alyssia Hudson of Irvington for Track; Stephanie Vaz of Newark for softball; Chisom Emeana for volleyball; and Haneah Jackson for basketball.

Haneah Jackson (left) holds the trophy and signed basketball awarded to her as Athlete of the Year at Benedictine Academy, as she shares a moment of accomplishment with Academy Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Mike Jones.

Chisom Emeana, a senior at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, has been named Scholar-Athlete by both her school and the Union County Interscholastic Scholarship Conference. Emeana was chosen by Benedictine Academy as the senior Scholar-Athlete who best exemplifies the mission and beliefs of the Academy, performs at high athletic standards, and demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship. Her contributions to the school’s volleyball team during the 2010-11 season helped her win the award.


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