TINTON FALLS, N.J.– Congratulations to Ranney School alumna Grace Farren ’11 of Manasquan, who will receive an Aspiring Youth award at the 26th Annual Golden Osprey Awards dinner reception on Thursday, October 20, 2011.
Hosted by the President and Board of Directors of the Southern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce each year, Golden Osprey Awards recognize those individuals, businesses or organizations who have achieved prominence in a particular field or endeavor. While awards are granted in four separate categories — Business Excellence, Outstanding Community Service, Outstanding Chamber Service and Aspiring Youth — Grace’s Osprey Award for Aspiring Youth notes her positive impact on the community through exceptional academic capabilities, extracurricular involvement in the school and steadfast community outreach initiatives.
Ranney’s Upper School Leadership Team comprised of several esteemed faculty members nominated Grace and two other students for the Golden Osprey Awards this past spring. A standout student and talented athlete while at Ranney School, Grace served as team captain of the varsity girls’ tennis team, which won its third consecutive New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Non-Public ‘B’ South Sectional title in the fall of 2010, and its first-ever New Jersey Independent School Athletic Association (NJISAA) Prep ‘B’ State Championship in 2009.
Off the courts, Grace also acted as member of the National Honor Society, a Ranney School admissions ambassador, Vice President of Habitat for Humanity, a Ranney Summer Camp Counselor, and — most notably — founder of the charitable organization known as “Grace’s Gift.” “Grace’s Gift” donates 100 percent of its proceeds to Amanda’s Easel in Hazlet, New Jersey — an art therapy division of the “180 Turning Lives Around” Monmouth County shelter for abused women of domestic violence. Aside from designing and selling T-shirts with the saying “I am loved, I am respected, I have a purpose, I am strong,” Grace also organized a benefit concert entitled Raise Your Voice for 180, held at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park on October 17, 2010. With four local bands and approximately 250 individuals in attendance, the event raised more than $17,000 for “180 Turning Lives Around” as well as qualified Grace to receive several community service awards from both external and internal organizations — the most recent being the Osprey Award for Aspiring Youth.
A direct result of Grace’s hard work toward making the concert such a success, she was named top runner-up in a 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards competition in February, which honors young Americans for outstanding acts of community service. As one of six top runners-up from the state of New Jersey, Grace received a Distinguished Finalist bronze medallion. She also earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award, recognizing Americans of all ages who volunteer significant amounts of time to serving their communities and the country. Grace was granted an award certificate and congratulatory letter displaying sincere appreciation of her efforts.
Ranney also honored Grace with the Gershom Tomlinson Humanitarian Award at its 2011 Commencement Ceremony this spring. In honor of former Ranney parent and trustee Gershom Tomlinson, the Humanitarian Award is given annually to that member of the senior class who, in addition to his/her activities at Ranney School, has contributed to the betterment of the greater community. Nominees must perform significant, sincere and genuine acts of humanity and kindness to others, either as a representative of a charitable organization or independently.
Now a student at New York University (NYU), Grace continues to serve as a true example of what one person can accomplish if motivated enough to succeed. This ambassador of Ranney values to the world outside our gates will receive her Golden Osprey Aspiring Youth Award during an annual dinner reception held from 6-9 pm at Spring Lake Manor in Spring Lake, New Jersey on October 20, 2011.