Men of Essex 2018 Essex Award Winner

2018 Essex Award Winner 
West Essex Regional High School

REANDA RICHARDS West Essex Regional High School

Reanda Richards, who maintains a 3.48 G.P.A. and is a member of the National Honor Society, has been chosen to receive the covenant 2018 Essex Award. Reanda broke a 36-year-old meet record in the 400 hurdles at the Essex County Championship in 2017. Her time of 59.87 broke the 60 second mark she was trying to accomplish. The record-setting time came a month after she finished third in the 400-meter hurdles at the Penn Relays with a time of 1:00.49.

Richards, a 1st Team All-State selection in 2017 by Ledger broke 60 seconds four straight times in the 400 hurdles and added a personal-best 54.98 in the open 400. Reanda took silver at the meet of champions last spring, losing only to Olympics star Sydney McLaughlin.

This winter, Richards set two New Jersey No. 1 times on the season with her performances in the Super Essex Championships in the 400 meter race in 58.03 seconds then capped off her stellar performance added in the 800-meter run crossing the finish line in 2:22.36 seconds.

Reanda Richards earned All-American honors, placing 5th in the 400 meter hurdles championship, in a time of 59.65 at the New Balance National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. Over Reanda’s high school career, she is a 10 - time All-Group 3 Champion, 17 -time State Sectional Champion and a New Balance Champion.

As Captain of the West Essex track team, Richards also serves in the community as a National Honor Society Tutor and participated in Running for Answers with the Alzheimer Organization.

Reanda has committed to Rutgers University on a full track and field scholarship in the fall.  

men of Essex 2018 Scholar Athletes

Ifeanyi Anaemejeh Belleville High School

As Captain of the Belleville High School Soccer team, Ifeanyi exemplified outstanding leadership scoring 15 goals to help compile a 13-6 1 season record and a nearly perfect 7-1 record in Colonial Division play . His athletic prowess and exceptional play earned him recognition to the All Conference team; 1st Team Colonia Division two consecutive years 2018 & 2017; 2nd Team All Essex; and, he received All State Honorable Mention. Academically, he maintained a 3.42 GPA and scored 100 on his SAT’s. Undecided about his College choice, he is considering attending Rutgers Newark, Kean University or the College of Saint Elizabeth in the fall.

Megan Balbo Millburn High School

Captain of the Lady Millers swimming team Megan Balbo announced her commitment to attend Dennison University in the fall. As a freestyle phenom at 200 and 500 meters, she cinched her niche while adding additional luster to her career legacy of dominance in the Medley’s as a specialist in the 200 freestyle; 100 breast stroke and, 100 butterfly. Her extraordinary performances earned high acclaim statewide and nationally. She is 2-time Essex County Champion in the 200 and 400 freestyle and 4-time Essex County Champion as a member of the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams. She was named 3-times team MVP and winner of the Founders Award. Academically, she maintained a 3.818 GPA and her scored 30 on the ACT.

Melissa Du Millburn High School

As captain of the Lady Millers fencing team as Foil specialist and Class Valedictorian, Melissa Du has exemplified unsurpassed excellence. She has committed to the Harvard University varsity fencing team in the fall. Her supremacy throughout her high school career helped keep Millburn as a perennial power while earning widespread acclaim. She led her team to three consecutive District 3 Foil Squad Championships 2016-2018 and was named 1st team All State 2017-2018; 1st team All Conference and captured 3rd place two consecutive years 2017-2018 at the State Squad Championships. Internationally, she took 16th place in the Budapest Cadet Circuit Competition and 11th place in the Cadet Circuit competition in Germany. Academically, she maintained a 4.431 GPA and scored 1580 on her SAT’s.  

Tarrin Earle Montclair High School

Tarrin Earle, star quarterback and two-time captain of the State Champion Montclair High School Mounties varsity football team, announced his verbal commitment to attend Bucknell University in the fall. A gifted tactician and thoughtful leader, he helped orchestrate the potent Mountie attack to retain its dominance as a perennial power. His dexterity on the hardwood as captain of the varsity basketball team, earned him selection as 2nd team All Conference. His academic prowess mirrored his stellar athletic feats earning a bounty of state-wide plaudits. He was selected as a Scholar - Athlete by the NJSIAA, and was named three consecutive years 1st Team All Conference and 1st Team All County. He is holder of career records for passing, touchdowns, completions and rushing yards.

Remington Haggerty Millburn High School

Although Remington Haggerty was recruited heavily by many D1 Cross Country and Track & Field programs, he has committed to compete in cross country and winter | spring track for Earlham University, Richmond, Indiana, in the fall. Haggerty is focused on attending medical school with the goal becoming a doctor to pursue medical research to help find a cure for Autism. He found the chemistry and bio-chemistry programs at Earlham to be rigorously exceptional. As a cross country and distance specialist, Haggerty excelled as a ranking competitor and was rewarded with selection to 1st team SEC and 1st team All Essex County. His high academic standing -- 3.84 cumulative GPA and a SAT score of 1080-- earned him the Earlham College Dean’s Scholarship and he is the alternate for the E.B. Edwards Chemistry Scholarship at Earlham. Haggerty serves as a Peer Leader and mentors the younger runners in his role as captain of the Cross Country team.

Brooke Hoffman Millburn High School

As captain of the Lady Millers Lacrosse Team, Brooke Hoffman helped keep her team in contention as a perennial powerhouse while etching her place in history during her illustrious career. Last season (2017), she eclipsed her own and Millburn High School’s record for most draw controls (92). During the 2015 campaign, as a sophomore, she had 75 draws. Her extraordinary feats earned her selection as 1st team all NJIGLL – Colonial South Division, 2nd Team All Super Essex Conference as a sophomore and 2nd Team All SEC Conference as a junior. Academically, she excelled with distinction and carried a 3.902 GPA and scored 33 on the ACT. Hoffman will attend Amherst College, Amherst, Mass. in the fall.

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Men of Essex 2018 Essex Award Keynote Speaker


Men of Essex 2018 Essex Award Keynote Speaker Darryl White

There are few, if any, athletes or coaches in the History of New Jersey who are as talented, capable, and versatile as Darryl White. A graduate of East Orange High School(EOHS), he went on to play football at the University of Nebraska.

Darryl was an All-State lineman at EOHS, and started on the “Back to Back” State Championship Teams of 1967 and 1968...which earned consecutive Star-Ledger #1 Rankings under the legendary Coach Tom Dean. White was also an All-State pick in baseball, and lettered in basketball for three seasons.

One of the best competitors to ever play as a lineman at Nebraska, winning National Championships in 1970 and 1971, Darryl was a First Team All-American, and an All Big-Eight Conference First Team choice. As captain of the 1973 Cornhuskers, opposing coaches compared him to all-time ‘Husker’ greats Bob Brown and Bob Newton. 

White was a three-year starter and blocked for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rogers. In the 1973 Orange Bowl Game against Notre Dame, White made room for Rogers to score three touchdowns on the ground, as Nebraska became the first team to post three straight Orange Bowl titles.

In Darryl’s junior year, the Cornhuskers averaged 541.4 yards and 41.8 points per game. In his senior year, White paved the way for running back Tony Davis and quarterback Dave Humm who combined for 2,521 yards rushing…while Humm passed for 1,526 yards.

In the decades since his Nebraska career, Darryl has guided a plethora of teams to conference, county and State Championships in sports as decidedly diverse as wrestling, track, fencing-yes, fencing- and, of course football. He continues to mold and mentor aspiring athletes, and is a consummate Hall of Famer.