Ocean County Honors Local Students for ‘Making a Difference’

May 09, 2018

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and president of the Ocean County Association of School Administrators Loren B. Fuhring have announced the recipients of the 2018 school year Ocean County Prosecutor/Ocean County Association of School Administrators “Unsung Hero” student recognition awards.

The recognition awards program, in its fourth year, gives every Ocean County school the opportunity to submit one student from the highest graduating class as the school’s “Unsung Hero.” This is not an academic award. The award criteria cite that the student has overcome some type of major adversity, challenge (physical or emotional) and/or has shown immense improvement. 

Students honored included Alexis Mackiewicz, Tuckerton Elementary School; Madelyn Beirne, Stafford Intermediate School; Jillian Williams, Pinelands Regional High School; Grace Cocanower, Ocean County Vocational Technical School – MATES, Stafford Township;  Logan Buffin, George J. Mitchell Elementary School in Little Egg Harbor Township; Faith Barreau, Frog Pond Elementary School, Little Egg Harbor Township; Ethan Grabich, Eagleswood Township Elementary School; and Richard Fasolo, Barnegat High School.

On May 2 in a ceremony held at the Frog Pond Elementary School, recipients from across Ocean County received their award certificate in a “You Make A Difference” decorative folder frame.

As in years past, Coronato delivered a congratulatory address to those in attendance, stating, “This is a good day – this is your day – a day you will always remember. An award represents recognition for something very special that you and you alone were able to accomplish. We should never underestimate the importance of recognizing someone even for the smallest achievement or accomplishment. Always remember, life is what you make it – and as the recipients of these awards, you have already shown us that whatever you put your mind to, you can accomplish.  It is not always the monumental accomplishments that make people notice us; sometimes it is the tiny little things that make you shine and be recognized.” —E.E.

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