There was cause for a celebration in the commons area at Trinity Hall at the end of classes on one recent afternoon.
The entire student body at the all-girls school in Tinton Falls School was present, as were representatives from the NJSIAA and ShopRite.
The occasion was the presentation of the Non-Public B ShopRite Cup to Trinity Hall, which the school earned through its athletic performance and sportsmanship throughout the 2018-19 school year.
A similar presentation occurred later in the week at Ridgewood, when the Bergen County school was presented the Group 4 ShopRite Cup at midfield prior to the start of its well-attended football game against Old Tappan.
The 2018-19 school year was the 16th year of the ShopRite Cup program. It uses a point system to reward the state’s high school athletic programs based on state tournament performance and season-long sportsmanship. There are six cups awarded, in the four public school and two non-public groups.
There are four more presentation events scheduled, including one at Moorestown’s football game on Fri., Sept. 20. Moorestown was the Group 3 winner. Other presentations will take place before the end of the month at Haddonfield (Group 2), Willingboro (Group 1) and Christian Brothers Academy (Non-Public A).
A ShopRite Cup is a source of pride for any school, and Trinity Hall was especially proud of its Non-Public B award.
The school opened its doors for the 2013-14 academic year, and began its sports program playing a limited schedule. But as enrollment built over the next couple of years, it became a full-fledged NJSIAA and Shore Conference member.
The Monarchs earned points in 2018-19 for their state tournament performance in soccer, cross-country (state champ), winter track relays, winter track, swimming (state champ) and outdoor track and field. In addition, the school earned points for being disqualification free. In fact, Trinity Hall has never had a player or coach ejected from a contest.
“It’s amazing,” said Mary Sciarillo, Head of School at Trinity Hall . “There’s been a lot of hard work. Everything we do here is very intentional. The dedication to academics is first, but athletics and arts follow right behind. Together, academics, athletics and arts develop the right students and right people.”
In addition to the ShopRite Cup that the school receives, each winning school will be honored with a large banner that will be placed prominently at a local ShopRite. The Trinity Hall banner will be displayed at the ShopRite store in Shrewsbury.
It should be noted that along with Trinity Hall, the other five winners all earned points for being disqualification-free in 2018-19.