Rutgers Prep is pleased and proud to congratulate John Langenfeld ‘17 on being named a 2016 “Angel Among Us” award winner by the Arc of Somerset County earlier this month. The Arc of Somerset provides services and advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to support development and achievement at every stage of life; in a typical year, they offer support to approximately 1500 individuals. Their goal is to promote learning and independence in an integrated, community-based setting, and they host an annual gala to both raise funds in support of their work and honor community members who have made significant contributions through service to their communities.
As a Co-President of our Tend To A Friend program, John has helped recruit new volunteers, plan activities, and just generally make sure that things are running smoothly. (Tend-To-A-Friend provides parents raising a child with special needs some respite in an otherwise chaotic and challenging world, while at the same time offering special needs children and their siblings an exciting and fun “night out” here at Rutgers Prep.) John has also served as a “One on One” buddy for Hop, Skip, & Jump, a program for special needs children that helps teach social skills and motor development. “I am committed to continuing to work to support special needs young people,” says John of his many hours of service.
In addition to his significant service commitments, John has also been an honors student throughout his time with us; he has consistently sought to challenge himself as a learner, with impressive results. John has also been involved in music through our Men’s Choir and Madrigals group, business through our Entrepreneurship program, and athletics as a two-sport varsity athlete and starting second baseman for our 2016 Prep B. State Championship Baseball Team.
John’s devotion to helping make other young people’s journeys a little easier has been inspiring to witness, and we wish him every success as he prepares to study Engineering in college next year.