Justin B. Frankel, a Galloway Township native and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey student, was among six people from New Jersey recognized by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy for excellence in their fields and for a commitment to public service, civility and bipartisanship.
Frankel was recognized for his service in the Student Senate, according to the college. He also rallied students behind the Build the Future Bond Act during last November's election, according to college representatives.
Following graduation, Frankel plans to join the U.S. Marine Corps as a second lieutenant, according to Stockton College Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Harvey Kesselman.
The other five recipients were former New Jersey Governor Brendan T. Byrne, former Congressman James Saxton, Dennis Bone, Lori Herndon and Dr. David L. Carr, according to the college.
Awards were presented on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in front of over 325 people in attendance, according to college representatives.
“In a time of extreme partisanship, chronic gridlock and fiscal cliffs, it is important to recognize those individuals of high achievement who have demonstrated the ability to work with others in serving the public good,” William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy Director Daniel J. Douglas said.
Byrne was responsible for the Casino Control Act. He was recognized with the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.
Herndon was presented the Distinctive Alumni Leadership Award. She graduated in 1992, according to college representatives.
Bone was recognized with the Excellence in Civic Engagement Award.
Saxton was recognized with the Civility in Government and Politics Award.
Carr was honored for his outstanding dedication to the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy.