Since it’s graduation season let’s highlight a trio of soon-to-be high school graduates:

Since 1980 Larson Ford in Lakewood has awarded scholarships in the name of Jack Martin who is likely best known for having a road in Brick Township named after him.

However before that he played three seasons in the major leagues from 1912-14 including stints with both the Phillies and Yankees. When he died in 1980 a scholarship for college-bound baseball or softball players was established under the direction of Brick Township High School Athletic Director Harold Handchen and Larson Ford founder Paul Larson Sr.

While they have passed away the scholarship program continues thanks to the efforts of their sons, Paul Larson Jr. and Hank Handchen.  This week they presented $250 scholarships to seniors Cole Groschel of Brick Township High School and Torrey Savoia of Brick Memorial High School who both played baseball among other sports during their high school careers.

Groschel will be playing football at The College of New Jersey while Savoia will continue his education and baseball career at Shenandoah University in Virginia.

Aaron Rocha
Aaron Rocha (Aaron Rocha )

Like the rest of his classmates Aaron Rocha of Jackson Liberty High School will graduate next Thursday and he’ll do so with an extra $1,000.  Rocha was randomly selected yesterday morning as the recipient of this year’s WOBM/Gateway Toyota Student of the Week scholarship.

He was a weekly Student of the Week honoree in December and clearly was deserving of that honor.  A member of the National, Science and Mathematics honor societies, two-time Student Athlete of the Month and an Eagle Scout, Aaron also managed a service project at the school to plant trees that helped improve wind barriers.

Rocha will be attending Ohio State University and major in data analytics.

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