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Lauren Jankowski
Lauren is a confident, self-motivated and outgoing young woman who possesses a level of maturity that transcends her years. Lauren places a high level of importance on her academics (3.8 GPA) as well as her athletics. She was a member of varsity soccer all 4 years of high school, with the distinction of captain both junior and senior year. Her club soccer team was a two-time national champion.
Lauren's best friend told us that "she has a passion for life and is always looking to have fun". Anyone who knew Amber can understand why we are honored to present Lauren with the 2014 Amber Pizzo Memorial scholarship.

Frank Harpster
Frank is a 2013 GLHS graduate who exemplifies character and leadership. Frank served in leadership roles in every aspect of school life from clubs to community events to sports. He played baseball for two years, serving as junior varsity co-captain before deciding to concentrate on football where he started varsity for three years. In his senior year Frank was named Captain of the GLHS football team. Frank will attend Kean University to pursue a degree in History Education.

Sarah Friedlander
Sarah sets the bar high for herself and she excels because of her determination, persistence and the willingness to work hard to accomplish her goals. She is graduating GLHS with a 3.7 GPA. Her well-rounded resume of achievements while attending Governor Livingston include both academic excellence and community leadership roles. As she pursues her goals in elementary education, there is no doubt that Sarah will one day be a strong and positive role model to her students and peers alike. For those reasons we are honored to present Sarah with the 2012 Amber Pizzo Memorial scholarship.

Courtney McGovern
Courtney is the model of positive peer leadership. She is the recipient of the "2011 NJ Stateswoman of the Year" award as presented by the NJ General Assembly. She also received the Berkeley Heights TREND Leadership Award. Courtney's active involvement in the Lindsey Meyer Teen Leadership Institute, the Deaf Leadership Conference and Relay For Life are just a few of many examples of her strong character, dedication and leadership.

Michelle Harpster
Scholarship criteria requires that the candidate exhibit positive decision making skills and leadership. Michelle has served as a strong, positive role model in all aspects of her life. While attending GLHS, Michelle was employed as an instructor working with children at the NJ Visual Arts Center in Summit

This straight-A student is a tireless volunteer in the community and seems always ready to lend a hand when the call goes out. We are honored to know Michelle and recognize her as the 2010 recipient of the Amber Pizzo Memorial scholarship.

Sarah Lombardi
In her application, Sarah wrote that "brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something...the brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it bad enough." With a positive demeanor and affable personality, Sarah is a kind and caring young lady who has a genuine gift for working with young children. In addition to her many hours of volunteer and instructional work, Sarah has been recognized for her academic achievement and is a member of the Italian honor Society and the Quill & Scroll honor Society.

She has assisted with fund-raising events for the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and has been involved with the GL newspaper as a staff writer and visual editor. An amazing and talented young lady. We are honored to recognize Sarah as the 2009 Amber Pizzo Memorial Scholarship recipient.

Jordan Gray
During her 4 years at Governor Livingston High School, Jordan Gray was an accomplished athlete and a county champion in track who holds the school records in the 400 and 800 meter run. During the summer months, Jordan devoted her time at Frost Valley working to create a mainstream environment for children with disabilities. In her junior year, Jordan joined the faculty of the Rabbi William and Dena Horn Religious School in Summit as an assistant teacher and advocate of special needs children in the Kindergarten and 1st grade classes.

Her performance, love and dedication working with Down Syndrome Children has earned Jordan the 2008 Amber Pizzo Memorial Scholarship being presented here by Damian Pizzo.

Michael Mirabella
Governor Livingston graduate Michael Mirabella is the 2007 recipient of the Amber Pizzo Memorial Scholarship. Michael (right) is shown receiving the award from Berkeley Heights resident George Pizzo. The Amber Pizzo Memorial Fund is dedicated to providing scholarships to Governor Livingston High School graduates planning to major in early childhood education or elementary education.

The Fund has been organized in memory of Amber Pizzo who lost her life on July 18, 2005 when she was struck by an automobile driven by an impaired driver.

Lindsay S. Thomas
Insight, commitment, sincerity - Lindsay Thomas exudes those traits in the classroom, on the stage and on the athletic field. Because of her fantastic attitude toward life, strong academic qualifications and leadership skills, it was truly an honor to present Lindsay with the 2006 Amber Pizzo Memorial Scholarship award.

Lindsay will be attending Skidmore College in the fall. We wish her the best. Thanks,'s easy to see why your parents are so proud of you.

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