Clark Football Player Honored At State Awards Dinner

Ryan Baron and Arthur L. Johnson High School Head Football Coach Michael Mancino.

Ryan Baron and Arthur L. Johnson High School Head Football Coach Michael Mancino. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

CLARK — Arthur L. Johnson High School football player Ryan Baron was one of the student athletes from schools throughout the state who was honored at the second annual New Jersey High School Awards Dinner on Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Heldrich Banquet Center, located in New Brunswick. The dinner is sponsored by the Maxwell Football Club.

Over 60 years ago, the Robert W. Maxwell Football Club was founded by a group of sports enthusiasts who were also civic minded individuals. Its purpose is to honor local area high school and college football players and teams. To this day, the Maxwell Club continues to honor young men’s accomplishments both on the gridiron and in the classrooms.

Baron led an offensive line that allowed the team to average over 250 yards per game rushing. He was a two time All Mid-State, Union County, and State Group performer. Baron was also a high achiever in the classroom, earning Honor Roll marks in every marking period for all four years of high school. He also contributes as a member of both the varsity wrestling and track teams at Arthur L. Johnson High School. In addition, Baron is also a member of the Crusader Athletic Leadership Council, Big Buddy Program, and volunteers for the Children’s Hospital and Harvest Fest.

Michael Mancino, math teacher and head football coach at Arthur L. Johnson High School, said “Ryan has worked hard and has developed into a dominant offensive lineman for our football program over the last two years. His work ethic is second to none, not only on the football field, but in the classroom and throughout any endeavor that he partakes in. Although he will be missed, Ryan is sure to have continued success in his collegiate career, and the Crusaders wish him luck in all that he does in the future.”

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