WARREN, NJ - In recognition of their achievements in both academics and athletics, Watchung Hills Regional High School seniors Meghan Kovac and Andrew Hunter were named to represent the school as Somerset County Scholar-Athletes. They were among thirty-two such honored on the evening of Wednesday, May 14, at the annual Somerset County Interscholastic Banquet held at the Doubletree Hotel, Somerset..
The event was sponsored by the Somerset County High School Principals’ Association to honor one senior female and one senior male from each of the county’s secondary schools, both public and private. The Watchung Hills duo, who qualified for the honor by being both outstanding as athletes as well as outstanding students, were among the county’s Class of 2014 high school seniors selected by the administrators of their respective schools for this honor, having shown fine sportsmanship, determination , athletic skills and academic achievement. They were recognized both as a group and individually before an audience of administrators, coaches, parents and friends.
Honorees were accompanied one by one to the dais by their principal or superintendent, lauded “for the magnitude of their accomplishments,” congratulated for outstanding performance and presented with a certificate and a silver bowl.
Watchung Hills’ 2014 S.C.I.A.A.Scholar-Athletes are: Meghan Kovac and Andrew Hunter.
Kovac has gained fame as a shortstop on Hills softball team, the first player, in fact, to reach 100 hits. She’s a four-year varsity softball starter player and one of this year’s captains. As a junior she led her team to the Somerset County and North 2, Group 4 State Championships, and to the final group 4 championship game. She was named to the All State Group 4 second team, and earned First Team All-County and All-Conference honors in each of her first three years, and First Team All area honors as a sophomore and junior..
She earned varsity letters in soccer as a freshman and sophomore, and during her freshman year, the soccer team won the Somerset County Championship and the North 2, Group 4 Championship. When not on the field, she volunteers as a coach and mentor to younger children and plays trumpet in two ensembles at Watchung Hills.
A member of the National Honor Society and the National English Honor Society, Kovac has earned a 4.36 Grade Point Average.The Warren resident will attend Bucknell University as an accounting major and continue to play softball.
Andrew Hunter has distinguished himself academically as well as on the field. A National Merit Commended Scholar, he has achieved a 4.54 Grade Point Average, and has been named to such honors groups as the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society, the National English Honor Society. He’s also a member of a select ensemble and the advanced chorus and still finds time for volunteer work in the community.
The Warren resident is a four-year member of the winter and spring track teams, has earned eight varsity letters and has competed and placed in a range of events. He has excelled in the pole vault, and this winter earned first place at the Somerset County Championship, third in the Skyland Conference, and second in the Group 4 NJSIAA Relay. At the Nike Invitational, he earned tenth place in the pole vault in a national field. This spring he broke a 20-year school record by clearing 14’9”, and an even older relay pole vault record with a combined jump of 26’9”
Hunter was a member of the first place pole vault relay teams at the Somerset County, Skyland Conference and Morris Hills Relays, and was a member of the shuttle hurdle team that placed third in the county.
He will attend Northwestern University and will participate in the club track program.