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From left, Father Maurice T. Carlton, pastor, St. Joseph Parish, poses with parishioners Svetlana Boyle, Madeline Voorhees, Sarah Furka, Hailey Conroy, and Mario Bernardo, who is also parish scholarship program coordinator for the Knights of Columbus Council 10627. On June 9, the parish’s Altar-Rosary Society award was presented to Conroy, a graduate of Voorhees High School, Glen Gardner, where she was a member of the volleyball and basketball teams and participated in or was a member of Samaritan Homeless Interim Program, Life Saviors Club, Relay for Life, Ocean Conservation Club and National Honor Society. She plans to major in occupational therapy at Misericordia University, Dallas, Pa. Also June 9, the Knights awarded Joseph F. Labuta Memorial Scholarships to Svetlana Boyle and Sarah Furka, also graduates of Voorhees, and Madeline Voorhees, a graduate of North Hunterdon High School, Annandale. During her senior year, Boyle also completed courses at Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, where she will major in biology as one of 50 students in its Honors College in the fall, then transfer to Rutgers University, New Brunswick, to complete her degree requirements. Furka played softball and basketball, and participated in or was a member of Relay for Life, New Jersey Math League, Mathematics Honor Society, Math Tutor, Lifesavers Club, Red Cross Club, Ocean Conservation Club and Student High School Integration Program. She plans to major in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. Voorhees was a member of the swim team and Search for a Cure and Hoops for a Heart programs. She plans to study at West Virginia University, Morgantown. All four recipients participated in various parish activities. – photo courtesy of Knights of Columbus Council 10627

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