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Names to Know
Local people achieving big things in South Jersey and beyond.

by South Jersey Magazine

Ellie Koerner
When she was 4 years old, Koerner was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.The diagnosis inspired the now 16-year-old to create the Ellie Koerner Leukemia Foundation to help other young children going through similar circumstances. Koerner, a junior at Washington Township High School, has been in remission for eight years.

Kathleen Greatrex
Haddonfield’s Greatrex, a highly respected breast cancer physician with Penn Medicine, was honored by her alma mater Immaculata University with the Mother Camilia Award. The award is given to those who exemplify the school’s mission of dedicating yourself to service. Four years ago, Greatrex committed an endowment to honor a professor who made a lasting impact on her life and now each year the scholarship is awarded to a qualifying female student.

Adrianna Brocco
This 12-year-old from Voorhees is the only girl on the Eastern Junior 115-pound team of the South Jersey Independent Youth Football League. As a former soccer player who also loves football, Brocco wanted to spread her wings and try her hand at becoming a kicker and has made the transition as seamless as possible.

John Ryder
Ryder, of Clayton, was awarded the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal and The New Jersey Desert Storm Medal for his service as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Ryder is now the Director of Student Affairs and Military Services at Rowan College of South Jersey. He wants to encourage other veterans to take part in the services that Rowan College provides.

Lauren Pellecchia-Kupiec
This Washington Township High School gymnastics coach was named the New Jersey State Coach of the Year for 2018-2019 by the National Federation of High School Associations. She has been the head coach of the Minutemaids for two years, helping them earn two conference titles. She is now in the running for sectional and national Coach of the Year awards for 2020.

Chris Scafario
Scafario, a Moorestown resident, started High Octane South Jersey with the purpose of gathering like-minded car enthusiasts to help give back to the community. This year, the group will take part in the seventh annual Santa Claus Rally where toys will be donated to pediatric patients of Deborah Heart and Lung Center and those at the Pinelands Family Success Center in Browns Mills. Scafario wishes to set a record for most donations collected and is hoping to provide as many as 7,000 toys to children in need.

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Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 16, Issue 8 (November 2019).

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