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Short Hills Student Wins Volunteer Award

Duke-bound Ryan Siegel presented Nancy and Robert Eskow NCJW/Essex Volunteer Award.

From left, Kaye Freireich, Eskow Award co-chairwoman, Nancy Eskow, Ryan Siegel and Linda Jacobs, Eskow Award co-chairwoman. (Contributed photo)
From left, Kaye Freireich, Eskow Award co-chairwoman, Nancy Eskow, Ryan Siegel and Linda Jacobs, Eskow Award co-chairwoman. (Contributed photo)
A Short Hills resident was recently presented the Nancy and Robert Eskow NCJW/Essex Volunteer Award, bestowed to select graduating high school seniors from Essex County who have shown a commitment and dedication to making life better for others locally or globally.

Ryan Siegel has demonstrated the importance of community service through numerous activities including teaching a debate class at the Boys and Girls Club of Newark in the Central Ward neighborhood, serving as Red Cross Club president at Millburn High School where he focused on the increasing need to stock food pantries in Essex County, and introducing an art program at his school designed to celebrate acceptance of others. 

“I have learned to take action in the face of a problem or need and have learned that even one person can make a difference,” he said.

Winners of the Nancy and Robert Eskow Volunteer Award reflect the mission and values of NCJW/Essex through their commitment and dedication to community service projects and advocacy experienced during their high school careers. 

In recognition of his exemplary contribution, Ryan received a $600 scholarship and an award certificate from NCJW/Essex. In the fall, he will attend Duke University.

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