Hometown Heroes 2017: Nickolas Casalinuovo

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.J. – Nickolas Casalinuovo, last year a 14-year-old who attended Edgarton Christian Academy, sprang into action when a good friend suffered the tragic loss of her father. He used a school-required program called Pay It Forward to raise more than $500 for his friend with sincerity and creativity.

He first recorded school plays and sold them to students and parents for $5. Then he hosted a gaming night for fellow students, also charging $5 for attendance. He said at the time, “This project has made a substantial impact on my life; paying it forward gave me a great feeling inside.” It also proved that 14 isn’t too young to meaningfully help people in need.

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Now, Nick is president of the student body at CCTEC. A few years ago, he coded and distributed a smart phone app. He sees his future in technology, possibly as a hacker for the National Security Agency.

The Grapevine is honored to give Hometown Hero awards to selfless, good-hearted young people, and we’re happy to have Nick as one of the recent examples.

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