Borough of Point Pleasant – Point Pleasant Borough High School student Aislyn Lapp has been named the winner of the 27th Annual Louis Bay Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition presented by the New Jersey League of Municipalities. The purpose of this annual scholarship is to advance the virtues of municipal government for future leaders. Each year there is a different topic and this year’s essay was about how your municipality handled the COVID-19 pandemic. Essays were submitted from students in towns and cities across the State of New Jersey and then each Mayor submitted the local finalists to the League where a scholarship committee selected 15 overall finalists and three State-wide winners who each received a $1,000.00 scholarship.
You can read the scholarship winning essay in full by clicking here. Aislyn, who just graduated from the Borough High School Class of ’21 and will use the scholarship money for college, wrote about how Mayor Sabosik and the Council continually posted updates on the Borough’s website and social media to keep residents informed during the height of the pandemic in regards to the virus itself, town functions and programs to get people food, money and emotional support. Aislyn pointed out how our local government always kept people in need on the forefront of our minds including partnering with the Chamber of Commerce multiple times over the pandemic to keep our local businesses afloat. Aislyn also wrote that “I am fortunate enough to have witnessed first hand the resilience of our community, and the healing that we did together with our local government officials. They were true leaders throughout who worked to create a safe, healthy environment that gave us a sense of normalcy.”
Mayor Sabosik said that “Aislyn is a shining example of the education system here in Point Pleasant Borough, to have such a young lady write such a phenomenal essay, I just want to say thank you. We look to you to be a future leader of our community.” The Mayor also stated that “I am taken aback by all of the essays that were submitted, not just the winning one. To have young people take such an interest in their local government gives me great hope for the future. This shows that our younger generation do in fact pay attention to what is going on, these students certainly make their community proud.”
Pictured from L-R, Mr. Lapp, Mayor Sabosik, Aislyn Lapp, Mrs. Lapp