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Students ace lesson in sustainable gifts

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Nine Union County high school seniors have been awarded $1,000 college scholarships from the Comcast Foundation.

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, one of the Comcast Foundation’s community investment programs, recognizes students who have demonstrated leadership skills, academic achievement and a commitment to community service.

This year’s recipients include Rahel Aklilu of Hillside and Hillside High School attending The College of New Jersey; Kerri Killen of Cranford and Mother Seton Regional High School attending Stevens Institute of Technology; Meghan O’Hearn of Summit and Summit High School attending Duke University; Lucia Oubina of Linden and Linden High School attending The College of New Jersey; Satyam Patel of Plainfield and Union County Magnet High School attending New Jersey Institute of Technology; Gabrielle Rimmaudo of Clark and Arthur L. Johnson Regional High School attending George Mason University; Ellen Salmi of Roselle and Roselle Catholic High School attending Villanova University; Joseph Vall-Llobera of Westfield and Westfield High School attending College of William and Mary; Ryan Zimmerman of Cranford and Cranford High School attending Brown University.

The sponsors of the program said a commitment to community service is an essential component in the selection of winners.

Greg Arnold, regional senior vice president of Comcast Cable’s New Jersey region said this year’s winners participated in a wide variety of community service activities such as helping to revitalize communities as part of mission work, mentoring and coaching younger students, volunteering at hospitals and participating in local blood, food and clothing drives.

Local community organizations such as the Union Hospital, Plainfield Rescue Squad and Rahway Day Care Center have especially benefited from the service and leadership of these fine, young people.

"These students have all made a difference in Union County and truly exemplify Comcast’s belief in strengthening our communities," he said.