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Meet the seven Pingry seniors—equally committed in the classroom as they are in their sport—who earned this year's conference, county, Prep, and state honors. 

College Counselor Cherilyn Reynolds Earns Rising Professional Award from NJACAC

A rising star at Pingry, College Counselor Cherilyn Reynolds was recently, and appropriately, awarded the Rising Professional Award by the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC). Awarded annually, the prize recognizes admission counseling professionals and NJACAC members new to the profession who exemplify excellence and dedication to serving the needs of students in the transition from high school to college.

A member of NJACAC's Executive Board since 2017, Mrs. Reynolds has held numerous volunteer positions with the association, including as its webmaster and co-chair of its Communications Committee. Most recently, she was voted a Secondary School Representative, a position that requires her to advocate for NJACAC members in secondary education on professional development and other issues relevant to counselors working with students specifically in college admissions.

In announcing the Rising Professional Award, awards chair and school counselor at Metuchen High School Liz DeMott said, "Cherilyn came to the organization with excellent people skills as well as computer skills. She jumped right in as the Association embarked on the quest to develop a new website, a task that was a long time in the making. . . she is a great asset. . . the behind the scenes face of NJACAC."

NJACAC Past President Carlos Cano added, "Cherilyn received this award as a Rising Star within not only our association but the realm of college admissions . . . [she] will be a huge asset as she begins a two-year term as a Secondary School Representative for NJACAC. I am confident that because of her connections to her colleagues, she will be an advocate for them and work with committees within our organization to bring value to the memberships of her peers. Not to mention, her experience working on the college/university side has gained her many valuable connections to further the level of productivity she can bring to our profession."

At Pingry, Mrs. Reynolds—who previously served as Senior Assistant Director of Admission for Rider University—excelled as the School's Web and Social Media Strategist in the Office of Communication for two years before transitioning to the College Counseling Office in 2017.

"Cherilyn's positive impact on the office can't be overstated. Innovative and detail-oriented, she has helped to spearhead some of our most popular new programming, like the Junior Case Study Night," said Director of College Counseling, Mr. Tim Lear '92, P '25, '27, '30. "She also regularly keeps the seniors (and her colleagues) up to date and calm with her weekly college newsletter. That the Class of 2019 nicknamed her "Cheri-Legend" isn't surprising!"

Photo: Mrs. Cherilyn Reynolds (second from left) with fellow 2019 NJACAC award winners. 

Contact: Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer,