No. 2 — The Garden State

Posted: 30 December by Brett Hoover in Announcement
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Outside of my home state, I have spent more of my life in New Jersey than anywhere else. I moved there twice and spent eight years in my second stint. So in praise of my second home, I love its public transit system. Seriously. The Northeast Corridor train was almost always on time, it ran frequently and the much-maligned conductors were usually nice to me. It made me wonder why anyone would drive to New York. First, it cost toll money to leave the state (but it is free to enter). Parking is hard to find since Manhattan during the daytime has 800,000 cars in it and only 200,000 parking spaces. And the traffic is a nightmare. Use public transportation, people.

I would bet that most of the 112 Jersayans competing in Heps this year use public transit, but some of them made a very short trip. That because Princeton has taken the greatest advantage of its home-grown talent. Last year six individual titles went to Jerseyites representing the Tigers, including three from now-senior Ashley Higginson (Colts Neck), the League recordholder in the steeplechase. She won the indoor mile and the outdoor 3k and steeple. Princeton shot put extraordinare Eric Plummer (Plainfield) sweep the event indoor and outdoor while Tiger high jumper Justin Frick (Freehold) again won outdoor. In addition, two young guns won Heps titles in their championship debuts — Penn’s Tim Carey (Sewell) in the indoor high hurdles and Cornell’s Victoria Imbesi (Estell Manor) in the javelin.

Getting to know New Jersey a bit more:

For reasons unknown, New Jersey is one of the few states without an official song. And that doesn’t sit well with an 86-year-old named Red Mascara, who wrote his “I’m From New Jersey” anthem about 50 years ago and has been lobbying the state legislature to make it official ever since. Here is his website and you can take a look at a video about Mascara produced by the Newark Star Ledger. The title of his song reminded me of another memorable mention of being from New Jersey. So if Mascara’s song doesn’t pan out, we offer this as an alternative. And, please, no more Snookis.

The 112 Ivies from New Jersey are listed after the jump.

Allendale (Northern Highlands) — Hannah Mayer (Harvard ’14)
Atco (Hammonton) — Nolan Kier (Columbia ’14)
Beachwood (Toms River South) — Patrick Park (Princeton ’12)
Belle Meade (The Pingry School) — Chris Scavone (Yale ’11)
Bergenfield (Don Bosco Prep) — Steven Wexler (Cornell ’12)
Bernardsville (Bernards) — Kristin Smoot (Princeton ’14)
Brookside (West Morris Mendham) — Laura Vigilante (Columbia ’14)
Chatham (Chatham) — Kat Grimes (Brown ’14)
Cherry Hill (Cherry Hill East) — Carrie Vuong (Princeton ’14)
Claster (Northern Valley Regional) — Yeejoon Chun (Columbia ’14)
Clifton (Clifton) — Emily Urciuoli (Yale ’14)
Colts Neck (Colts Neck) — Ashley Higginson (Princeton ’11)
East Brunswick (East Brunswick) — Corinne Kominkiewicz (Dartmouth ’14)
East Brunswick (East Brunswick) — Naomi Stahl (Dartmouth ’12)
Estell Manor (Our Lady of Mercy) — Victoria Imbesi (Cornell ’13)
Fanwood (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) — Catherine Harley (Cornell ’13)
Flemington (Hunterdon Central) — Rachel Villa (Penn ’11)
Franklin Lakes (Ramapo) — Kesley Ramsey (Brown ’11)
Freehold (Freehold Township) — Janel Parker (Cornell ’12)
Freehold (St. John Vianney) — Chelsea Delaney (Penn ’14)
Glen Gardner (Voorhees) — Christine Curtis (Cornell ’12)
Hackettstown (Pope John XXIII) — Lauren Bariexca (Cornell ’11)
Haddon Heights (Haddon Heights) — Josh Black (Penn ’13)
Haddonfield (Haddonfield) — Colin Baker (Penn ’14)
Haddonfield (Haddonfield) — Greta Feldman (Princeton ’13)
Haddonfield (Haddonfield) — Jonathan Vitez (Princeton ’14)
Hamilton (Steinert) — Jason Dzuranin (Princeton ’14)
Hillsborough (Hun School of Princeton) — Chikezie Ohayia (Columbia ’12)
Ho-Ho-Kus (Bergen Catholic) — Tom Randall (Cornell ’12)
Holmdel (Christian Brothers) — Jimmy Tully (Penn ’14)
Holmdel (Holmdel) — George Galasso (Princeton ’13)
Hopewell (Hopewell Valley Central) — Katherine Kolombatovich (Columbia ’11)
Hopewell Valley (Hopewell Valley Central) — Megan Fitzpatrick (Brown ’11)
Howell (Colts Neck) — Briana Jackucewicz (Harvard ’14)
Jackson (Jackson Memorial) — Samantha Brady (Cornell ’12)
Jackson (Jackson Memorial) — Austin Santillo (Penn ’12)
Jackson (Jackson Memorial) — Shannon Watt (Harvard ’13)
Livingston (Governor Livingston) — Robert Feigenberg (Penn ’11)
Long Beach Township (Southern Regional) — Jeff Seddon (Penn ’12)
Madison (Madison) — Mallory Anderson (Columbia ’13)
Manahawkin (Southern Regional) — Anthony Stroffolino (Penn ’13)
Marlton (Bishop Eustace) — Andy Arnold (Cornell ’13)
Medford (Shawnee) — David Forward (Cornell ’14)
Mendham (West Morris Mendham) — Michael Franklin (Princeton ’13)
Metuchen (Saint Joseph) — Charlie Jaeger (Yale ’12)
Middletown (Middletown North) — Lukas Zirngibl (Dartmouth ’14)
Midland Park (Midland Park) — Matthew Bieszard (Yale ’12)
Midland Park (Midland Park) — Michael Bieszard (Brown ’13)
Milford (Delaware Valley Regional) — Emma Giantisco (Columbia ’14)
Milford (Delaware Valley Regional) — Brian Schilder (Brown ’11)
Millburn (Millburn) — Tyler Udland (Princeton ’14)
Mon. Junction (South Brunswick) — Stephanie McIntyre (Penn ’11)
Montclair (Montclair) — Zachary Herring (Harvard ’13)
Moorestown (Moorestown) — Brianna Rogers (Brown ’12)
Moorestown (Moorestown) — Lauren Tauscher (Princeton ’13)
Morristown (Delbarton) — Jon Gances (Cornell ’14)
Morristown (Morristown) — David Cariello (Cornell ’13)
Morristown (Morristown) — Zach Keefer (Brown ’13)
Morristown (Morristown) — Dale Kinney (Cornell ’14)
Mt. Laurel (Bishop Eustace) — Stephanie Scaramella (Yale ’11)
Neshanic Station (Somerville) — Jillian Hart (Penn ’13)
New Providence (Summit) — Samantha Casale Lee (Columbia ’11)
Newton (Pope John XXIII) — Jonathan Hilgart (Brown ’14)
Newton (Pope John XXIII) — Thomas Roy (Cornell ’11)
Old Bridge (Old Bridge) — Matthew Ciambriello (Columbia ’11)
Oradell (Regis) — Brian Hill (Harvard ’11)
Oradell (River Dell) — Bryony Bonavita (Cornell ’12)
Parsippany (Parsippany) — Bianca Reo (Princeton ’12)
Pennington (Hopewell Valley Central) — Julie Alexander (Columbia ’13)
Pennington (Hopewell Valley Central) — Clare Buck (Columbia ’13)
Pitman (Pitman) — Chelsea Cioffi (Princeton ’14)
Plainsboro (West Windsor Plainsboro North) — Chelsea Walters (Brown ’14)
Princeton (Hopewell Valley Central) — Marissa Greco (Dartmouth ’12)
Princeton (Lawrenceville Prep) — Robby Harwood (Penn ’14)
Princeton (Lawrenceville School) — Matt Gonzalez (Princeton ’13)
Princeton (Lawrenceville School) — Timothy Hillas (Yale ’13)
Randolph (Randolph) — Molly Higgins (Princeton ’14)
Randolph (Randolph) — Victoria Kiss (Cornell ’14)
Randolph (Randolph) — Kimberly Standridge (Cornell ’11)
Ridgewood (Ridgewood) — Taro Shigenobu (Brown ’13)
Ridgewood (Ridgewood) — Christian Trautwein (Brown ’12)
Ridgewood (Ridgewood) — Jaclyn Wypler (Dartmouth ’11)
Robbinsville (Robbinsville) — Amber Scott (Penn ’13)
Rockaway (Morris Hills) — Sean Pohorence (Harvard ’13)
Rockaway (Morris Hills) — Kyle Soloff (Princeton ’11)
Rockaway (Morris Hills) — Liam Tansey (Columbia ’13)
Rockaway (Morris Knolls) — Tom Vorhies (Dartmouth ’13)
Rumson (Rumson-Fair Haven) — Melissa Bellin (Harvard ’13)
Rumson (Rumson-Fair Haven) — Gabriella Kelly (Yale ’12)
Scotch Plains (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) — Erin Rossi (Cornell ’12)
Secaucus (Pullman) — Niina Al-Hassan (Brown ’14)
Sewell (Washington Township) — Tim Carey (Penn ’13)
Somerset (Franklin) — Derin Adejare (Penn ’13)
South Orange (Columbia) — Tracey Otto (Cornell ’13)
Summit (Kent Place) — Kesi Irvin (Penn ’12)
Summit (Oak Knoll) — Bridget End (Dartmouth ’14)
Summit (Summit) — Susan Scavone (Brown ’12)
Toms River (Toms River) — Angela Rugino (Brown ’13)
Toms River (Toms River North) — Joseph Kotran (Columbia ’14)
Totowa (Passaic Valley) — George Abyad (Princeton ’11)
Towaco (Villa Walsh Academy) — Alexandra Della Pia (Dartmouth ’14)
Warren (Watchung Hills) — Davielle Brown (Penn ’13)
Warren (Watchung Hills) — Emily Shulan (Yale ’12)
West Windsor (West Windsor Plainsboro North) — Trish Reilly (Columbia ’13)
West Windsor (West Windsor Plainsboro South) — Kevin Foy (Penn ’13)
West Windsor (West Windsor Plainsboro South) — Katie Kellner (Cornell ’13)
West Windsor (West Windsor Plainsboro South) — Brian Leung (Princeton ’12)
Westfield (Mount St. Mary) — Caroline Williams (Columbia ’14)
Westfield (Westfield) — Tyler Cusick (Harvard ’14)
Whitehouse Station (The Pingry School) — Matthew LaForgia (Brown ’13)
Woodcliff Lake (Pascack Hills) — Sammy Smith (Brown ’13)
Wyckoff (Ramapo) — Chelsea Hartigan (Brown ’14)

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