Young Leaders is an annual awards program created by The Press of Atlantic City to recognize the area’s most civic-minded and accomplished high school seniors. Each spring, we tell the stories of our top 25 seniors – students who excel in academics, extracurricular activities and community service – in a special section of The Press, and they are honored at an awards breakfast and receive a small scholarship.

Congratulations to the Young Leaders class of 2019!

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  • How The Program Works

    The Press of Atlantic City created the Young Leaders Awards to recognize the talents and accomplishments of area high school seniors. Students can be nominated by friends, family, school officials and members of the community. An independent panel of judges will select 25 students from the nominees to be named Young Leaders.
    NOMINATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2019

    The 2019 nomination period is now closed. Thank you for all your nominations!

  • How To Nominate A Student

    If you know a high school senior who deserves to be a Young Leader, you can nominate him or her through this website, using the link below. You must include a letter of nomination (of no more than 500 words) and an essay from the student (of no more than 500 words) describing one accomplishment he or she is most proud of and why it’s important.
    NOMINATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2019

    The 2019 nomination period is now closed. Thank you for all your nominations!

Meet The Young Leaders Class of 2019

Click below to view the Special Section published on May 22, 2019

Meet The 2019 Judges

A panel of independent judges has been selected to read through Young Leader nominations and decide which students are the best of the best. This year's judges are:

Joanne Carrocino, FACHE

President & CEO, Cape Regional Health System

Years on the job: 11

Other positions held: CEO of Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, NJ and CEO of Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, VA

Community activities: Volunteers in Medicine Board of Directors, Middle Township Economic Development Council and I currently serve as a Regent for the American College of Healthcare Executives. Previously served on the boards of Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, Cape May County Chapter of the American Red Cross, New Jersey Hospital Association, VNA of NJ and the American Hospital Association.



Johanna R. Johnson, Ed. D.

Supervisor of Student Teachers, Stockton University

Years on the job: 6

Other positions held: Coordinator of Curriculum/Special Projects, Retired 12 years at Atlantic County Institute of Technology Previously, Curriculum Coordinator at Northfield Community School Former Language Arts Literacy Teacher, Hammonton Middle School Stockton Foundation Member Hammonton Education Foundation Member Literacy Volunteers Association, Cape Atlantic Atlantic County Institute of Technology Advisory Board Member (new)



T. Eric Reich

President, Reich Asset Management LLC.

Years on the job: 21

Community activities: Board Chair- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlantic & Cape May Counties. Trustee- Atlanticare Foundation. President- Lay Advisory Board of Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School. Trustee- St. Maximillian Kolbe R.C. Church

James A. Sarkos

Deputy Chief of Police, Atlantic City Police Department

Years on the job: 19

Other positions held: Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant, Detective, Patrolman Community activities: Vice Chairman of the Atlantic City Police Foundation Please see attached for a photo.

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