Bailey Nestor and Jonah Beberman, pictured upper right, were each awarded a $1,000 Scholarship from the Highland Park Athletic Teams Boosters. Presented at Highland Park High School's senior awards ceremony, the scholarships honor a female athlete and male athlete whose dedication to the Highland Park athletics program exemplify outstanding teamwork and good sportsmanship, both on and off the field.
Bailey Nester played four years of Owls soccer and basketball, serving as captain for both teams. She's a two-time All-Division soccer player and was nominated for Best Defender and Player of the Week by NJ.com. She's also an active participant in the Buddy Ball sports program. She says her participation in Highland Park sports helped her develop confidence in herself and her leadership skills and made her realize the importance of organization and priority-setting as she juggled practice, school, and work. Bailey will be attending Salem College, where she plans to study writing.
Jonah Beberman holds the goal-scoring record for Owls soccer, has played for all four years of high school, serving as captain his senior year. He's a three-time All-Division player and a two-time All-Area Team All-State Honorable Mention and played for the All-State Second Team, All-GMC First Team and the Senior All-Star Game. He was also a member of the varsity wrestling team from 2014- 2015 and the varsity baseball team from 2014 -2016. He says he appreciates how his Highland Park coaches have helped him grow as both a player and a person. Jonah will be studying business management and playing soccer at Yeshiva University in the fall.
Felix Rojas and Elizabeth Girvan, pictured below, were also recognized for their dedication to Highland Park athletics, each receiving a $500 scholarship.
We congratulate these four fine student-athletes and wish them much success in their future endeavors.
Felix Rojas first joined a Highland Park sports team (wrestling) in December of 2016; previous to that he was a three-sport varsity athlete at New Brunswick High School. He played varsity soccer (2017-18), and tennis (2016-18) and ran indoor track (2018) and made All-Division for soccer and tennis and All-State for soccer. Felix says Highland Park High School and Highland Park sports literally changed his life by expanding his horizons, building his confidence, and helping him realize his true potential. Felix will be attending Rutgers New Brunswick in the Fall where he will study exercise science and sports management--and hopefully play soccer.
Liz Girvan is a four-time All- Division and two-time All-County for soccer, as well as an All-State, Group 1 Second Team and All-State, Group 1, First Team Career Goal Leader Career Assist Leader. She's a star on the track too, with key performances that helped secure the varsity girls outdoor Group 1 State Championship title in 2017 and indoor Group 1 Sectional and State titles in 2018. She's wanted to be an Owl since she attended an alumni soccer game in sixth grade and credits Highland Park sports for shaping her into the person she is today. Liz's skill on and off the field brought her to the attention of Williams College where she will be studying and playing soccer in the Fall.