Student/Partner Alliance held its annual holiday party at Marist High School in Bayonne, NJ on January 9th. A crowd of 200 Partners, mentors, students and parents from filled the room and celebrated the start of the New Year.

S/PA gave out two awards during the celebration. Marianne M. Busby, former Director of Marketing & Programming, was given the Service Award for 11 years of loyal service as the Marketing Director and as a mentor to many students. We awarded the Robert & Joan Dircks Foundation the Dedication to Education Award for their commitment to helping our students over the past 7 years. The Dircks Foundation was the first Foundation that we work with that supports scholarships for STEM interested students.

After enjoying a delicious meal, we enjoyed a special performance by Marist High School graduate(’16), Radharani Martinez who was recently a contestant on “The Voice.” She sang four songs, one of which was an original song, and captivated the crowd. We look forward to hearing about Radha’s future successes.