It's that time of year when we celebrate graduations. Several of our teen leaders will be heading off to share their talents and skills with new places and faces. As they leave us we borrow from Dr. Seuss, "You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." We say "Thank You" for steering yourselves in our direction and for sharing your time, talents, and ideas with CROP Walk. Thank you for helping us to feed hungry neighbors! We walk with our feet to help people eat!
One of our teens, Mark Rinder, from the Freehold Twp. HS Global Studies Program, talked about his participation in CROP as one of the most rewarding activities he'd done. "Working to educate our community on an extremely important cause while spending time with kids from around Monmouth County made my CROP experience truly special." Mark looks forward to travel which he hopes will offer him unique perspectives on the challenges facing our world. He will be attending the U Penn Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business.
Dan McCormack from MAST (Marine Academy of Science and Technology) will be attending Cornell's Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management on a full ROTC scholarship where he'll continue to share his organizing skills. Dan just received the Brian D. McAndrew Student Achievement Award for the class of 2015. He was a leader in Key Club service projects as well as his position as student representative and organizer for CROP Walk. MAST students staffs our Water Stop #4. Dan's family and legacy with CROP includes his sister, Liz, a former CROP teen leader, and his mother, Cindy, who serves as a recruiter for Christ Episcopal Church in Middletown.
Kim Drastal from Rumson Fair Haven HS will be attending the University of Wisconsin in the fall, double majoring in psychology, human development, and family studies. She's thinking of going to work in special education and maybe the Peace Corps after graduation. Kim represented the Rumson Fair Haven Key Club and helped to organize and run our water stop #5.
Phoebe Saltzbart from Freehold Twp HS, a student in the Global Studies Program, will be attending Wellesley. Phoebe is also a family legacy, as her sister Lydia served on our teen leaders committee. Both girls led the way with online fundraising for Freehold Twp. HS.
Two students from Red Bank Reg. HS our host school for CROP Walk are Nahdeja Hamilton in the IB Program and Brook Willemstyn an active Key Club district leader. Brooke will be attending the Univ. of Richmond. She was very helpful with organizing our PHOTO OP for CROP which is sponsored by the RBR Key Club.
While Ryan Geary is not graduating yet from High Technology HS, he's completed something pretty special receiving his Eagle Scout Award at the Court of Honor for Troop 77. We look forward to Ryan's continued participation on our teen leaders committee! Ryan's younger brother Kyle, will be joining us this year as a freshman at High Tech. The boys will be joined by their mother, Tracy who will assist our committee.
Our seniors are off to make a difference in the world!