They are valedictorians, salutatorians, class presidents, academic award winners, National Honor Society officers, musicians, athletes who have won state championships, volunteers in their school and community and more.

After graduation, they will be attending schools like Cornell, Stanford, University of Virginia, Rutgers, Villanova, NYU, Drexel, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Miami, Seton Hall, Ocean County College and many others.

They are the 38 high school seniors who during the course of this school year were honored as WOBM/Gateway Toyota Students of the Week.  For the twenty-third consecutive year the Toms River auto dealerships and 92.7 WOBM recognized two seniors from each Ocean County school, including those from the vocational school districts MATES and Performing Arts Academies.

From early September until early June we saluted a student each week with an on-air and online tribute and they each received a framed certificate.  The honored students were chosen by their individual schools as truly outstanding representatives of their senior class.

When we first created the concept in 1995 we approached Gateway Toyota to see if they would be interested in partnering with us to help promote the very best our schools have to offer.  They said “yes” then and have done so every year since and are already committed to returning for a 24th season beginning this September.

In addition from the beginning Gateway Toyota was on board with the idea of awarding a scholarship to one of the weekly winners.  So continuing a now long-running tradition Gateway General Manager Rick Cardwell was in studio this morning and randomly selected Aaron Rocha of Jackson Liberty High School as the recipient of a $1000 scholarship:$500 from the auto dealership and $500 from 92.7 WOBM to help with his college expenses.

For a look at all of this year’s honorees go to wobm.com and under the “Features” tab you will find the 38 outstanding young women and men who best represent not only their schools but communities and families as well.

Listen to the on-air segment now: