Kingsway Seniors of the Month for April

SENIORS OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL

Charlize Bjanes, daughter of Charles and Christine Bjanes of Woolwich Township.

CHARLIZE BJANES

School Activities: Charlize is a member of National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society, Photography Club, Art Club, and is the Girls Wrestling manager.

Out of School Activities:  Charlize does weight lifting, teaches art lessons to kids, worked as a barista at a coffee shop in Cape May, as well as Dunkin.

Honors/Awards: Secretary of National Art Honor Society and Vice President of Photography Club. First place winner of local Martin Luther King Day art competition-Regional contest to create a piece that portrays equality, honoring MLK Jr. Fallingwater Institute’s High School Residency: Drawing Intensive- Accepted into summer program, but canceled due to Covid-19.
Voted Best Artist-Awarded “Best Artist” title for senior superlatives of the 2022 yearbook.

Future Plans: After graduation, Charlize will start working as a barista at a shop in Cape May for the summer, then she will move into her dorm at Virginia Commonwealth University, and begin studying in the arts.

Victoria Griffiths, daughter of Paul and Kimberly Griffiths of Clarksboro.

VICTORIA GRIFFITHS

School Activities: Victoria is a member of Student Council – 2018-2022 Student Ambassadors – 2020-2022, FCA – 2019, Business Leadership Academy – 2018-2022, DECA Club – 2018-2022, 1st year Regional Finalist, 2nd year Regional 3rd Place / State Test Score Finalist, 3rd year Regional Virtual Finalist, Varsity Field Hockey – 2018-2022, and Varsity Softball – 2018-2022.

Out of School Activities: Victoria’s out of school activities include Club Field Hockey (2018-2022), Travel Softball (2018-2021), and Coach for Uprise Field Hockey u-12 Group. She has also done volunteer work as follows: -Volunteer for 3-day summer camp for Juvenile Correction Facility with Fellowship Bible Church Youth Leadership team (helped run games, served lunch, & held discussions aimed at sharing encouragement)
-2021 Made Cards and treats for hospital staff as appreciation for working during Covid of Virtua our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden and delivered them in person
-2021 & 2022 Youth Group student leadership team – Fellowship Bible Church
helped plan/prepare for weekly meetings as well as participated in multiple volunteer opportunities such as providing families with meals, creating encouragement cards, cleaning the church, etc.)
-2021 Tornado 2021 volunteer community relief
Clean up/meals for victims in affected communities within Gloucester County
-2020 Volunteer Teacher and aid for Paulsboro Boys and Girls Club
-2020 “Night to Shine” Dance Volunteer
-2019 Grace Baptist Church Santa Breakfast volunteer (time with Santa for the community kids)
-2018 Washington Township Hoagie fundraiser volunteer hoagie maker for family whose daughter passed away
-2017-2018 Kingsway Regional Harvest Gala
-2017- Present Volunteer coach for various camps/clinics/training sessions for Kingsway Youth Field Hockey & Uprise FHC
-2017-2020 Volunteered to help in Grace Church Trunk or Treat
-2017-2021 Volunteer Sunday School teacher/aide – Grace Baptist Church, Logan Twp.
-2017-2022 Project Hope
purchased/packaged Christmas gifts for underprivileged children overseas

Honors/Awards: Scholarships Received:
-SJCA Scholar Athlete Award (Tri-County Female Representative)
-NJSIAA Scholar Athlete Award
Honors Received
-National Honors Society – 2020-2022
-Executive Board Student Council – 2018-2022
-Field Hockey Captain – 2019-2021
-Superintendent’s List – 2018-2022
-Renaissance Program Gold Card – 2018-2022
Softball:
High School Individual
-4x Varsity Player
-3rd on Team for Batting Average as a Junior
-2nd Team All-Conference (2021)
Field Hockey:
High School Individual Accomplishments:
-Selected to Leadership conference to represent Kingsway – 2021
-3rd Team All-American (MAX FH) – 2021 NOTE: Teams were not selected for this in 2020 due to COVID
-2X 1st Team All-State (NJ.Com) – 2020,2021
-3rd Team All-State (NJ.Com) – 2019
-3X 1st Team NJ All Group IV (NJ.Com) – 2019-2021
-3rd Team NJ All Group IV (NJ.Com) – 2018
-2X 1st Team All-South Jersey (Courier Post/Burl Times) – 2020, 2021
-2X 1st Team All-South Jersey (It’s All About Sports Twitter) – 2020, 2021
-1st Team All-South Jersey (SJFHCA) – 2021 NOTE: Team was not selected in 2020 due to COVID
-SJFHCA Senior All-Star game selection – 2021
-4X 1st Team All-Area Selection (SJ Times) – 2018-2021
-3X All-Area “Player of the Year” (SJ Times) – 2019-2021
-4X 1st Team All Tri-County Conference (Royal Div.) – 2018-2021
-2X Tri-County Conference “Player of the Year” – 2020, 2021
-1st Team All-Region team (NFHCA) – 2021 NOTE: Teams were not selected for this in 2020 due to COVID
-1st Team All-Region team (MAX FH) – 2021 NOTE: Teams were not selected for this in 2020 due to COVID
-2nd Team All-Region team (MAX FH) – 2019. NOTE: Teams were not selected for this in 2020 due to COVID
-3X NJ.COM “Player of the week” selection – 2018, 2020, 2021
-Courier Post “Honor” Roll selection – 2021
-2X team captain – 2020, 2021
-2X team “Offensive MVP” (as selected by her coaches) – 2018, 2019
-“Team MVP” (as selected by her coaches) – 2020
-4X led team in total points – 2018-2021
-4X led team in goals scored – 2018-2021
-3X led team in assists – 2019-2021
Kingsway Regional High School Individual Records *NOTE: Jr season shortened due to COVID
-Career Goals – 117
-Career Assists – 70
-Career Points – 304
-Single Season goals – 37(2019)
-Single Season points – 98(2019)
Other Awards/Selections
-MAX FH “Top 50 recruits” for class of 2022
-2X Jr Olympian – 2018, 2019
-4X Futures/Nexus National Tournament selection – 2017-2019, 2021 *NOTE: Futures cancelled in 2020 due to COVID
-4X Futures “Level 1” training participant 2017-2020
-USA Today HS Sports Awards’ “finalist”(3 players selected) for NJ Region – 2021
-NJAIAW “NJ Girls and Women in Sports Day” selection(1 female student-athlete selected per school) – 2022
-All Tournament team selection(2nd Team) – MAX FH Invitational Tournament – 2021

Future Plans: Victoria will be attending Liberty University and playing Division One field hockey and majoring in Education. She hopes to become a high school English teacher and softball/field hockey coach. Eventually, in life, Victoria plans to become employed in school administration, most likely as an Athletic Director.

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