Description Plaque awarded to Jennifer Louise Fialko. The plaque is black with gold-colored engraved text: "Jennifer Fialko | Outstanding Female Athlete | R.D. SR. H.S. | 1990." The plaque is mounted on wood, slightly scratched.
Historical Notes Born in Englewood, New Jersey, Jennifer Fialko lived in Teaneck. She had studied in Spain and was fluent in Spanish. Jennifer enjoyed playing softball and water-skiing. She had survived Hodgkin’s disease and was interested in nutrition and alternative medicine. Jennifer worked in client services at Aon Corporation. On September 11, she was at her office on the South Tower’s 92nd floor. She was 29 years old.
Curator's Comment Jennifer Fialko was co-captain of the varsity softball team at River Dell High School in New Jersey and continued to play sports into adulthood. She remained athletic during her battle with Hodgkin’s disease in her twenties, even pinch-hitting a home run in a company softball championship game while undergoing chemotherapy. Jennifer was more than three years into remission in August 2001, when she started a new job at Aon Corporation at the World Trade Center. After 9/11, the Jennifer L. Fialko Memorial Scholarship was established to provide financial support to a female varsity athlete graduating from River Dell High School each year. HIDE