Arabio, McClain, Glory Days all honored by Community Partnership for Egg Harbor Township SchoolsFrom staff reports
For the past several years, the Egg Harbor Township School District has honored its Student of the Year, Staff Member of the Year and a local business that supports the school district. This year’s honorees will be recognized at the Dice & Dine Gala Fund-Raiser at the Atlantic City Country Club on April 1.
The honorees include senior Ally Arabio as Student of the Year, Colin McClain, a fifth-grade teacher at Dr. Joyanne D. Miller Elementary School as Staff Member of the Year, and Glory Days Magazine as the recipient of this year’s Lou DeScioli Community Spirit Award.
Arabio is a senior triplet along with sisters Gabby and Victoria, and also is a three-sport athlete, competing in field hockey, indoor track and softball.
“I was really excited. (Softball coach Mary) Dunlap and my mom were in contact, and I guess my mom had given coach Dunlap my resume. I guess coach Dunlap secretly nominated me for it,” Ally said.
Ally said the school pulled off a little trickery to have some fun while notifying her that she was being named the Student of the Year.
“I’m a guidance aide in school, so I run errands for the guidance office during a period in school. They sent me to run an errand down to the gym, and I ended up carrying my own (notification) letter without knowing it. I handed the letter to the principal and stood away because I thought it was a private teacher thing. And he was like, ‘no, you have to come over here, this is for you,’” she said. “It almost made it better that I didn’t know about the nomination because it came as a complete shock to me. It’s a big honor, and it’s really exciting for me.”
Ally and her sisters have been outstanding students and athletes at EHT High School the past four years. Both of her sisters are members of the cheerleading program. And Ally has been an inspiration for kids who struggle to fit in during their high school years.
“I have alopecia, which triggers hair loss. Freshman year, all of my hair fell out and that’s when I realized it’s becoming more common,” Ally said. “An organization called Mondo Baldo reached out to me so I started talking to kids with how to cope with it.”
Mr. McClain is being honored as the George Wilkinson Staff Member of the Year. He is the type of teacher who goes above and beyond, spending countless hours during his summer vacation to help improve his school by volunteering for programs such as the Catawba Project.
He’s also shaved his head to help raise money for children battling cancer, participating in the St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser. McClain also had led an effort to implement a student-run recycling program at Miller Elementary.
Glory Days was formed in 2013 under the direction of Publisher Dave O’Sullivan, a former high school and college athlete who spent more than 15 years in the newspaper business before starting his own publication. The magazine has gained a reputation for telling informative and interesting stories, and giving fans an inside look at the high school sports experience.
“Our staff is thrilled to be recognized by the EHT school district in this manner,” O’Sullivan said. “Sometimes, in the daily grind of putting out a magazine every two weeks, we don’t realize the type of impact we’re having on local families. It’s truly humbling to know that so many people enjoy the work we do on a daily basis so much.”
Thank you! Glory Days would like to send out special thanks to several teachers who nominated us for this award, including Julie Reinhardt, Ryan Smith, Jane Bertino and Kristi Troster.