Karpinski Wins VMAC Scholarship


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Colin Boyle, VMAC chair; Nell Karpinsky, 2016 scholarship winner; Rosanne Bornstein, VMAC coordinator
Colin Boyle, VMAC chair; Nell Karpinsky, 2016 scholarship winner; Rosanne Bornstein, VMAC coordinator
The Verona Municipal Alliance Committee (VMAC) awarded its VMAC Scholarship for 2016 on Wednesday night at Verona High School. This year’s winner was Nell Karpinski, who was awarded the $500 award during a ceremony held at the high school. The application for the scholarship consists of the creation of a public service announcement (PSA) highlighting an issue facing Verona youth.

Karpinski’s entry, titled “Pick Your Poison”, shows the different types of alcoholic beverages, along with some of the problems that they can cause. The tagline of the ad reads “Choosing to drink underage is choosing a way to die. Be smart, say no to alcohol and underage drinking.” The PSA will be used as part of an ad campaign in the fall in newspapers and online.

Karpinski was a member of Heroes and Cool Kids and STARS during her time at VHS and will be attending Rutgers University in the fall.

Each year, the Verona Municipal Alliance Committee offers a $500 scholarship to a Verona High School senior. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students need to have been involved with one of the clubs that VMAC sponsors at VHS: Peer Leadership, Heroes and Cool Kids, or STARS.

About VMAC
The Verona Municipal Alliance Committee (VMAC) provides educational programming and prevention outreach to the citizens of Verona. Its funding comes from a grant through the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse with matching funds from the Township of Verona. VMAC was authorized by the Township of Verona in 1989 to promote the prevention efforts of the State of NJ at the community level.

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