Linden Seniors Honored as Premier Student Athletes

(above) Linden High alumni Samuel Aristizabal-Sanchez, Brooke Beyer and Kyle Lipscomb were celebrated by the Interscholastic Athletic Association for being premier student athletes.

Three Linden Seniors Honored as Premier Scholar Athletes

Submitted by Gary Miller

Linden High School senior athletes Samuel Aristizabal-Sanchez, Brooke Beyer and Kyle Lipscomb were honored in the spring for excelling on the field of play as well as in the classroom.

Beyer and Lipscomb were honored by the Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, and Aristizabal-Sanchez was honored by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

“These three epitomize the term scholar athlete,” said Athletic Director Steven Viana. “They share similar characteristics in that they are truly gifted athletes, but what strikes me the most is how well-rounded, humble, and respectful they are. Their accomplishments in the classroom and on the fields of play are impressive, but what is most gratifying is what great young adults they have become. We couldn’t ask for better representatives to carry the flag for Linden athletics.”

Lipscomb is one of the state’s top competitors in the shot put and discus, having captured multiple county, conference and state championships. He holds the school record in both events and is attending Rutgers University on a track and field scholarship.

Beyer graduated as captain of the soccer, swimming and softball teams. She also played one season of varsity basketball, making her a rare four-sport athlete. She is a member of the National Honor Society and key performer with the Linden Dance Company. She is attending the Muhlenberg School of Nursing.

Aristizabal-Sanchez is a two-year starter on the football team’s offensive line, and three-year member of the indoor and outdoor track and field teams as a shot-putter. He was a member of the National Honor Society and carried a heavy course load in the rigorous and prestigious International Baccalaureate course of study. He attends Rutgers University in Newark and majors in business finance.

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