Sussex County Retired Educators Association


Again we have chosen two outstanding Sussex County public high school students to be the
recipients of our two scholarships.
Warren D. Cummings Scholarship
Ryan Ryersen is ranked 44 out of a class of 275 from Sparta High School.
He has taken honors and advanced placement classes during his entire high school career.

Ryan exhibited leadership and consistency in many areas in all four years in high school.

He has participated in numerous sports and school activities including swimming, where he served as captain, marching band, captain of the chess teamand yearbook editor. He is a member of the Art Honor Society and the National Honor Society.
In addition Ryan volunteered at St. Katerina Church and Sussex County Youth Orchestra, and served as a
math tutor.
What impressed and touched the scholarship committee most were his own words.
Ryan wrote
“My father, a high school teacher, always told me that he loved going to work each and every day.
Many of his former students have conveyed the positive impact that my father had on their life and career choice.
It is said that teachers touch the future and I hope, in my future to bring about positive change in the life
of a child.”
We wish all the best to Ryan, as he starts his studies in mathematics secondary education at Syracuse
Fred Aug Scholarship
Hannah Rose Aroune ranks 18th in a class of 242 at High Point Regional High School.
Clearly a leader amongst her peers, Hannah served as Executive President of Student Council, and participated in
Varsity Cheerleading, Peer Counseling and Pass It Along.
She is a member of the Foreign Language, Art
and Business Honor Societies as well as the National Honor Society.
In addition, her community activities include Girl Scouts, Youth Cheerleading coach, and St Mary’s church acolyte to name a few.
Hannah herself wrote,” My perseverance and difficulties in school (after suffering concussions) trans-
formed my outlook and shaped me into a more empathetic and understanding person.
Obtaining my
teaching degree will help me become that outstanding teacher that I needed in my struggles and that I
always admired.
Every student deserves a teacher who deeply cares, and I am determined to be that
teacher, thus honoring those who made that very impact on me.”
We wish Hannah all the best as she pursues her studies in the field of Elementary and Special
Education at SUNY Geneseo.
The Scholarship committee thanks all who donated to this worthwhile endeavor