We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2023 Wilkins-Roche Herdsman Scholarship, proudly presented by the Mountain Lakes HERD Alumni Foundation. This scholarship was established to honor the remarkable dedication of the late Coach Doug Wilkins and Coach Charlie Roche, who have been instrumental in fostering strong character among the young men of the Mountain Lakes High School “HERD” football program. Though Coach Roche is no longer coaching, his legacy, alongside that of Coach Wilkins, lives on. Through their unwavering commitment to integrity, courage, fortitude, honesty, and loyalty, Coaches Wilkins and Roche significantly contributed to the personal and athletic development of their student-athletes.

The scholarship is awarded each year to the Herdsmen who best exemplify these exceptional qualities of character and is made possible by the generous donations of the HERD Alumni community and the support of our sponsors and partners. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed, ensuring the continuation of this proud tradition.

This year’s scholarship recipients from the Mountain Lakes High School Class of 2024 are Ian Redzepagic, Giacomo Bevacqua, Marco Dzamba, Cosmo Fusco, and Ben Miniter (standing l-r next to Coach Charlie Roche in the photo above). Congratulations, gentlemen!

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