It’s been an exciting couple of days for a pair of seniors at Barnegat High School.  Wednesday morning Amanda Glowacki was selected as the recipient of this year’s WOBM/Gateway Toyota Student of the Week $1000 college scholarship. 

Glowacki’s name was randomly selected from the 38 weekly honorees by Gateway General Sales Manager Mike Dowd and she will use the money to help with the costs of attending East Carolina University.

Amanda was Vice President of the National Honor Society, a Student Government Association Class Representative and a member of the Optimist Club. She ran Cross Country and was captain of the Bengals basketball team.  She was also honored for her role as Co-Chairman of the school’s annual Toy Drive which raised over 1,000 toys.



Amanda is the youngest of three in her family although that comes with an asterisk as she has an identical twin sister who is only a minute older than her.  Ironically all three Glowacki girls want to work as teachers in the same high school one day.

Congratulations to Amanda on all she has accomplished as well as the other 37 students honored this year as our Students of the Week.  A special thank you to Gateway Toyota of Toms River who has sponsored the program since its inception 16 years ago.

Tuesday was rather exciting for Mark McCoy and when it was over he decided a full scholarship to Wake Forest University was better than $142,000. That’s what McCoy was offered by the Atlanta Braves who were going to select the left-handed pitcher in the 7th round of the Major League Baseball Draft.

When McCoy said “no” to that amount the Braves passed on picking him but two rounds later the Los Angeles Angels called and took their shot.  They offered the Barnegat senior $123,000 to sign with their club but again he said thanks but no thanks and the Angels went in a different direction.

Finally the Milwaukee Brewers drafted him in the 26th round; taking a shot that at some point this summer McCoy may change his mind and decide to play pro baseball now instead of later.

Published reports say that the 18-year old had already decided that if he was not taken before the 6th round he would honor his commitment to Wake Forest which is what he plans to do.  McCoy, who was also a standout football player at Barnegat, will be eligible to be drafted again following his junior season with the Demon Deacons.