December 8, 2016 – Barnegat, NJ – Barnegat High School director of athletics John Germano has been nominated for the 2016-17 national LifeChanger of the Year Award. Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the national LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 public and private school educators and employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. Germano has worked in Barnegat Township Schools for more than 20 years, and has dedicated his life to the district’s students. He was nominated by a colleague, Lourdes LaGuardia. “Mr. Germano has a personal, vested interest in each one of his students,” said LaGuardia. “In Barnegat, he has established a tradition of excellence and commitment to the community. Not all students are involved in athletics, yet he makes it a point to walk the halls and get to know the youth circles. He speaks to students and builds them up, giving them confidence and showing them respect, which students exemplify in turn.” Each school year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For 2016-2017, there will be a total of 15 individual LifeChanger of the Year awards. In addition, a 16th prize, the “National Spirit Award,” is given to the school and nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination.Each winner will receive a cash award that is split between the individual winner and their school. The national Grand Prize award is $10,000. Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The top five winners will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in Naples, Florida. Winners will be announced in Spring 2017.