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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

High School All-American Jabrill Peppers Comes To NJIT for Mock Press Conference

Students in an NJIT Upward Bound Multimedia Journalism class will interview Paramus Catholic Paladin cornerback Jabrill Peppers, of East Orange, and head football coach Chris Partridge on July 25, 2013 at 1:50 p.m.  Students in the journalism course have been learning about blogging, interviewing techniques, press etiquette writing fundamentals and social media in the five-week course.

Two students will moderate the event and select cub journalists will ask Peppers and Partridge questions.  (ATTENTION EDITORS, PRODUCERS:  To attend this event, please contact Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436, sheryl.m.weinstein@njit.edu for details.) 

ESPN ranked Peppers as the top high school cornerback in the class of 2014.  Peppers ran for 1,552 yards which resulted in 18 touchdowns on 172 carries; caught five touchdown passes, hauled in three interceptions, and had more than 70 tackles this past season for the Paladins.  Peppers led his squad to a 37-34 win over Bergen Catholic at MetLife Stadium winning the Non-Public, Group 4 title in 2012.  A talented musician off the field, Peppers released the video “Don’t Take it Personal,” the first single on his forthcoming album “Road to Glory” to be released in September.  Peppers recently committed to the University of Michigan live on ESPNU-TV.

Following the press conference, students will write a story as a working journalist might. These stories will be submitted as a final exam grade.  The best submissions will appear on TheNexttoShine.com, a site showcasing talent.

The Upward Bound program has been funded by the US Department of Education as a TRIO program at NJIT for over 20 years.  The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are outreach and student services programs to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.