BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Watchung Hills seniors Hana Sawanobori and Alex Pollera were named Scholar-Athletes by the Skyland Conference. The two Watchung Hills Regional High School seniors were honored, along with their high-achieving peers, at a recent luncheon at Maggiano’s in Bridgewater Township.
The Skyland Conference includes secondary schools in Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties in two divisions, the Delaware Division and the Raritan Division. The nominees were joined by school administrators and coaches at the luncheon which recognizes graduating seniors for their academic and athletic achievements.
Sawanobori, a Warren Township resident, has been a star varsity volleyball player since her freshman year, having had an early start— in fifth grade—eight years playing volleyball. Along the way she’s captured such honors as Varsity Player of the Year, Captain, Varsity MVP, All-Skyland Conference 1st Team, All Central Jersey 1st Team, All Skyland Conference 1st Team, All-State 2nd Team. She’s been team captain since her sophomore year.
She excels in the classroom as well as on the field; most of her courses have been of Honors or Advanced Placement caliber. Outside of school, she’s active in her church’s projects and has volunteered in the Food.Bank for three years. Locally, she’s worked on replacing the bulletin boards of Warren’s Central (Elementary) School.
In the fall she’ll continue playing volleyball as a student at Bucknell University.
Alex Pollera, also of Warren, started at an early age. He has been an outstanding wrestler from 2002 to the present., not only at Watchung Hills, having achieved 110+ Career Wins and a District 12 Championship, but also outside of school. He’s been a participant in the Edge Wrestling Club since fifth grade, and a participant in the Scarlet Knights Wrestling Club since 2010. He takes his passion in the sport to the younger generation and has served as volunteer coach to the local youth team since 2011.
Pollera, who has maintained his standing on the honor roll throughout high school, has also been named to the National Honor Society, the National English Society and the Spanish Honor Society . He was selected by faculty members to be a Peer Leader and has been a Grade Level Council Board member since 2011. (He serves as Spirit Chair in the latter organization.)He’s also a member of the Future Business Leaders of America Club His outside-of-school activities include that of Youth Wrestling Camp Counselor for four years, soup kitchen volunteer, meal pantry cook, Christmas program volunteer, and blood donor. Besides his many volunteer activities during the school term, he’s also held summer jobs at the
Pollera will continue his education—and his wrestling—at Washington and Lee University.