Four Union Catholic Students Chosen For “Boy’s State”

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SCOTCH PLAINS – Four Union Catholic High School students, Dennis Reilly of Colonia and T.J. Hartnett,  J.P. Seebode  and Dan Sheldon, all of Clark, were recently selected to attend American Legion Jersey Boys’ State at Rider University this summer.

The program was organized for citizen training purposes, to educate youth in the “duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.” Providing a foundation for understanding self government and major public issues, Boys’ State attempts to drive home the ideals and processes of democracy. Union Catholic chose these students based on their school involvement, leadership qualities, and character.

T.J. Hartnett plays Varsity Baseball, is on the Forensics team, is a member of SMAC (Student Movement Against Cancer), National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and the Academic Team, is a Student Ambassador, Big Brother, and writes for the school newspaper, The Prophet. He is also a member of the Youth Group and is an altar server at his local parish, St. John the Apostle in Clark.

Dennis Reilly plays Varsity Soccer, is a member of Peer Ministry, Academic Team, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Endangered Species Club, and the school band. He is also a Big Brother.

J.P. Seebode is a member of Peer Ministry, Endangered Species Club, SMAC, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, is on the Track team and is a Big Brother. He is also a member of St. John the Apostle’s Youth Group and is an altar server.

Dan Sheldon is a Student Ambassador and Big Brother, plays Varsity Baseball, and is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Endangered Species Club, and SMAC.

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Pictured (from left to right) are J.P. Seebode, Dan Sheldon, T.J. Hartnett, and Dennis Reilly. (Photo courtesy of Union Catholic)


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