The Somerset Patriots and Spearhead Staffing have hired Skyler Pearsall of Metuchen as this year’s Kid CEO.
“I’m really excited. I’ve been trying for three years now so I’m happy to finally get to do it,” said Pearsall, who was a runner-up the previous two seasons in very close contests. “I love the Patriots and I’ve always been interested in the business-side of baseball because it’s something I want to pursue in the future as a career.”
Pearsall is 13-year old 7th grader at Edgar Middle School. She was a member of the field hockey, basketball and softball teams. Outside of school, Skyler is a girl scout, an altar server and Buddy Ball volunteer. Skyler is a dedicated Somerset Patriots fan, attending as many games as possible, both home and away.
She joined fellow finalists Evan Gilmurray (Bridgewater), Charlie Grippo (Bernardsville), Jimmy Marvits (Hillsborough), and Nicholas Morgan (Piscataway) on the field before the game on Friday, May 26th for their final interview to determine the winner of the program.
“I think this was the best year of finalists we’ve had. You can tell they were all intelligent and very well spoken. All five came well prepared to answer their questions. Any one of the children would have been an excellent pick,” said Doug Bryson, the President of Spearhead Staffing.
As the Kid CEO, Pearsall will shadow front office staff members during the games to learn about ticketing, merchandising, promotions, media, marketing, and ballpark operations. She will sit in on Patriots staff meetings and write about the experiences she has in the position. Pearsall will also receive a personalized Somerset Patriots jersey, tickets to five games, a ceremonial first pitch for a game, and a meet and greet with Sparky Lyle, Brett Jodie and the players. This is the seventh time that the team selected a Kid CEO.
“We are very proud to welcome Skyler as our Kid CEO. All the finalists were terrific and would have done a great job in the position,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “Ultimately we just felt that Skyler was the right pick and definitely earned the shot of being hired this year. We can’t wait to work with her and make it a great experience.”
Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.
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Congratulations To Our Great Runners Up For The Position!
Evan is a 12-year old 6th grader at Eisenhower Intermediate School in Bridgewater. He enjoys being a member of the chess club, serving as the student council treasurer, and being a peer buddy to other students. Evan also loves being part of his baseball team and participating in Pokemon tournaments. He wants to be the Somerset Patriots Kid CEO to see how everything works behind the scenes.
Charlie is an 11 year old from Bernardsville and very excited for the chance to become a Kid CEO for the Somerset Patriots. He has many interests, but his favorite hobbies are playing baseball, golf, drums and snowboarding whenever he can. Charlie also enjoys writing and working in the musical theater. Charlie is a Cincinnati Reds fan because that is his hometown team and first baseball experience. His dream is to someday attend Delbarton High School, Notre Dame University, and become a journalist for ESPN.
Jimmy is a 12-year old 6th grade at Auten Road Intermediate School. He is a percussionist in the 6th grade band, a First Class Boy Scout in Troop 489, a Quartermaster of BSA troop and is working for Eagle Scout. Jimmy is a big Somerset Patriots fan that has been coming to games for five years. He also enjoys camping and is a big fan of the New York Mets. Jimmy believes he would be a good Kid CEO because he is a very hard worker that understands commitment and how to bring some fun ideas to the organization.
Nicholas is a 13-year old Honors student from Piscataway whose favorite subjects are math and science. He was accepted into the National Junior Honor Society and is in Accelerated Math, English, and Spanish at school. Nicholas is a huge baseball fan and his favorite Somerset Patriots player is his hometown hero Corey Smith. He plays baseball, runs cross-country track, and plays basketball. In addition to playing sports, Nicholas enjoys acting and collecting baseball cards, which he has over 2,000. He is thrilled to be a Somerset Patriots Kid CEO finalist and looks to work hard on and off the field like he does in all of his other activities. Nicholas would like to thank his mom, dad, sister and grandmother for all of their support and love!