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CJCP Student/FHS Athlete Signs To Play Soccer For Rutgers

Central Jersey College Prep Charter School student and Franklin High School girls’ soccer team player Sarah Hnasko signs her letter of intent to play for Rutgers-Newark while her mother, Kelly, and father, James, look on.

A Franklin resident on November 12 became the first-ever Central Jersey College Prep Charter School athlete to commit to play a college-level sport.

Sarah Hnasko, a member of the Franklin High School girls’ soccer team, signed her letter of intent to play soccer next season for Rutgers-Newark.

Hnasko played for FHS because CJCP does not yet offer a girls’ soccer program.

Hnasko signed her letter flanked by her parents, Kelly and James Hnasko, and under the watchful eyes of a number of her CJCP classmates.

“It feels amazing,” she said of the prospect of playing in Newark. “It’s the best school, the best option, I really loved it there.”

“I looked at different schools, and my number one option was Rutgers,” she said. “As soon as I went there, I knew I wanted to go there.”

Hnasko said the deciding factor in her choice was that the team acts like a family.

“The girls really took me in,” she said. “I didn’t see that at the other schools I went to.”

As for being the first CJCP athlete to sign to play for a college sports team, Hnasko said she felt “amazing.”

” I hope other kids keep playing sports and hopefully other kids get signed, also,” she said.

Kelly Hnasko said she was happy that her daughter was given the opportunity to follow her passion.

“Not only is she talented at it, it has been one of her passions,” she said. “So, she found a school that she’s passionate about, a major that she is passionate about and now a sport, too.”

“It’s great, she has been working so hard,” Hnasko said. “She has been playing soccer since she was in Pre-K.”

Hnasko’s father, James, coached her for two years in the township’s traveling league.

“It’s a dream come true,” he said. “It’s awesome; she worked hard, it’s great.”

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