“The Imaginative Syndicate” and “Deadly Diseases” will be on their way to Knoxville, Tennessee, in late May for the Destination Imagination Global Finals. Both Readington teams qualified for the finals after competing in the New Jersey State Tournament conducted on March 12 at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge.
Holland Brook School’s “Imaginative Syndicate” placed second in the Elementary Improv Challenge. The team members include Dana Hennings, Sean Huck, Pierce Jackson, Victoria Komosinski, Kaileigh Lewis, Grace Pschar and Tyler Rodriguez. Team advisors are Holland Brook teachers Lauren Mahoney and Jodi Rehrig.
Readington Middle School’s “Deadly Diseases” placed second in the Scientific Challenge. Team members include AllenLaTournous, Bradyn Quintard, Jacob Romanek, Alex Sepe and Aditya Shukla. This team was also awarded the DaVinci Award for outstanding creativity in their team presentation about tuberculosis. Team advisors are Readington Middle School teachers Emily Bengels, Erica DelGuidice, and Lauren Greenberg.
The “RaDIactive Unicorn Smoothies”, comprised of Holland Brook’s Jake Altom, Jules Amorosi, Daniel Farrel, Jaydin Houck, Kristen Johansson, Sarah Mulligan and Ashley Nothnagel, placed fourth in the Elementary Improv Challenge. Holland Brook’s “Unrealistic Weirdos,” comprised of Molly Arkoulakis, David Bowser, Bryce Cohen, Drew Cohen, Megan Corbin, Sofia Nyez and Hannah Vasson, placed fifth, also in the Elementary Improv Challenge.
Destination Imagination is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization designed to inspire students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Since 1999, more than one million students have participated in the program.
Arts High & Arts Middle School
Amid all the excellent books libraries have to offer, eyes may need a rest and gravitate to artwork hung proudly in the building. This artwork, including paintings, drawings and photographs created by Middlesex County Arts High and Arts Middle School students, which is on display at the Fords Public Library, 211 Fords Avenue, Fords, and at the John F. Kennedy Library, 500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, for the month of April.
The exhibit features work completed by gifted and talented students who participated in the Middlesex County Arts High or Arts Middle School. The programs, now in their 36th year, offer advanced arts classes in creative writing, dance, instrumental music, vocal music, acting and visual arts to students from public, private and home schools in Middlesex County. Students, admitted to the program through audition, are released from their schools one afternoon each week during the spring semester to participate in the various courses that are taught by professional artists.
Works from 55 Middlesex County students were selected for the exhibit: Mansi Dubey, Adams Middle School, Edison; Amaya Morales, Carteret High School; Alex Hedge, Anthony Lipnicki, Carteret Middle School; Emanuel Correa, Cedarbrook School, Plainfield; Piper Finn, Geneva Lawson, Kate McGrath, Yukthi Sangoi, Edgar Middle School, Metuchen; Kevin Flores, Edison High School; Talia Fishman, Highland Park High School; Edan Blank, Liz Broggi-Sumner, Elena De Aguiar, JulianaDolan, Highland Park Middle School; Jacob Jellison, Natalia Klimchuk, Stephanie Vincitore, John F. Kennedy Memorial High School, Woodbridge; Laura Cannuni, Linwood Middle School, North Brunswick; Madeleine Fenner, Maggie McGuire, Maggie O’Connell, Metuchen High School; Rebekah Torres, Middlesex High School; Remi Egierd, Yash Mathur, Chloe Widmer, Monroe Township Middle School; Rachel Kim, Brianne Koehler, North Brunswick High School; Sabrina Maisonet, Old Bridge High School; Chelssea Calderon, Camila Castillo, Angel Reyes, Perth Amboy High School; Elijah McDonald, Plainfield Academy; Tania Inoa, Plainfield High School; Maximilian Dec, Oluwatomi Odina, Raquel Ossenkopp; Salk Middle School, Old Bridge; Victoria Pietruszewski, Sandburg Middle School, Old Bridge; Raigan Stokes-Carter, Sayreville Middle School; Shreya Patel, Alicja Wisniowska, Sayreville War Memorial High School; Emmanuel Rodriguez, Shull School, Perth Amboy; Lindsay Benko, Gabrielle Mine, Alexis Walker, South Plainfield High School; Aura Akunne, South Plainfield Middle School; Alexandra Errico, South River High School; Amber McFeeley, South River Middle School; Shreya Devarakonda, Gina Errico, Elizabeth Lee, Colleen Salmonson, Yasasvi Talagadadeevi, John P. Stevens High School, Edison; Angelina Budala, Alexia Tan, Richa Wadhawan, Wilson Middle School, Edison.
For more information on the exhibit or the Middlesex County Arts High or Arts Middle School programs, or to obtain an application, contact the Arts & Education Center at 732-566-ARTS(2787), email [email protected], or visit www.artshigh.net.
Centenary College New Jersey
Centenary College’s Spring Fashion Show, managed by the Fashion Coordination and Promotion class, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 21, at the John M. Reeves Student Recreation Center at the Hackettstown-based college. The event is open to the public. Members of the community as well as Centenary’s faculty, staff, alumni and students are encouraged to attend.
“Jennifer Turcios, who serves as co-coordinator, and I wanted do something a little different this year,” said Crystal Ruiz, Centenary College student and a public relations and advertising co-coordinator for the event. “We will be using social media to keep people on the edge of their seats weeks before the show. Look out for our posts on Instagram @2016centfashionshow and tweets on Twitter @2016centfashion.”
Pre-sale tickets cost $5 for members of the community with discounted rates for Centenary faculty, staff and students. Tickets are available at the Business Office at Centenary college, at 400 Jefferson Street in Hackettstown. The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost per ticket at the door is $8 with a discount to Centenary faculty, staff and students. Door prizes will include baskets from various companies, such as T-Mobile, New York Sports Club, Fitness Factory, Nordstrom, Sephora and more!
“This project is an example of experiential learning at its best,” said Kristen McKitish, assistant professor of fashion at Centenary College. “Our students receive real world experience, plus members of our community can attend an event that will be unforgettable.”
For more information about the Spring Fashion Show, call or e-mail [email protected] or 908-852-1400, ext. 4352.
County Vocational-Technical School Students to Compete in Cook-Off
The New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) is hosting the 5th annual county vocational-technical school cook-off challenge at 12:15 p.m. on May 20 at Caesar’s in Atlantic City.
“We’re thrilled to once again provide culinary art students from county vocational-technical schools across the State with the unique opportunity to showcase their incredible talents,” said NJAC President and Hunterdon County Freeholder John King.
Culinary art students from county vocational-technical schools in Atlantic, Burlington, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset, Union, and Warren counties have been selected to compete for titles in taste, creativity, and food presentation. Each team will consist of five to six students and two staff members, and must produce 400 samples of appetizers at a total cost of less than $500. NJAC officials, Atlantic City chefs, and convention guests will have the difficult task of judging the tough competition that will close NJAC’s 66th annual celebration of county government.
Visit www.njac.org for additional details.
Delaware Valley University
The following Central Jersey residents at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, graduated in December. 2015: Sarah Frier of Scotch Plains, bachelor’s degree in counseling psychology; Alexis Giannattasio of Lebanon, bachelor’s degree in biology.
Dunellen Public Schools/Faber School
Third-grade students at Faber School celebrated “Music in Our Schools Month¨ by having their recorder and choir concert on March 16.
Both the choir and the recorder groups celebrated different genres of music. The audience heard blues, folk music, Hawaiian music and other styles. The choir was led by Michelle Nannas and performed “Get Up, Get Up!” by Teresa Jennings, “All Jazzed Up” by Mike Wilson, “The Hawaiian Rainbow” by Karl Hitzemann and “Music is Always There” by Teresa Jennings. “Music is Always There” featured students of Janice Kipnid and Melissa. Cody’s class playing a variety of recorders Terri Anastasi conducted the recorder concert, which featured a variety of songs.
According to Brendan Tennant, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction ¨this was an excellent way to celebrate Music in Our Schools Month. The students did an excellent job both on the recorders and in the choir.”
Hunterdon County Vocational School District
Computer Science and Software Engineering Academy (CSSEA) student Miles Hudgins was recognized as February’s Student of the Month at Delaware Valley Regional High School.
A quiet freshman with a great mind, Hudgins is currently taking Honors courses in geometry, biology, English, and world history in addition to his CSSEA class. He is also involved with Del Val’s Jazz Band and Jazz House Kids, an organization out of Montclair whose mission is to cultivate tomorrow’s global citizens through music, mentoring, education, and apprenticeship. Though less than a year into his high school career, Miles is enjoying all aspects of the experience, but makes note of how the CSSEA has impacted his education.
“The Academy has been a great experience for me. The curriculum provides the opportunity to integrate math and science principles in a nontraditional way, and that approach creates a unique learning experience,” he said.
James Madison University
The following Central Jersey residents at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, spent alternative spring break trips around the country this year. The students spent the week serving others while living simply and submerging themselves in the culture of their surroundings:
Morgan Timberlake of Flemington traveled to Lakeland, Florida, to volunteer with East Coast Migrant Head Start Project.Samantha Shepherd of Berkeley Heights, traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, to volunteer with LifeSpan, Inc..Rebecca Harkness of Stockton, traveled to Bristol, Florida, to volunteer with Nature’s Conservancy.Breanna Malecki of Annandale, traveled to Orick, California, to volunteer with Redwoods National and State Park.Erin Trella of Berkeley Heights, traveled to Port St. Joes, Florida, to volunteer with St. Joseph Bay.
Research Days, Kean University’s annual two-day celebration of student and faculty research that brings leading scholars and innovators to the Union campus each year, kicks off Tuesday, April 26 at 10 a.m. with a keynote presentation by Dianna Cowern in Kean’s STEM auditorium.
Cowern is creator and star of Physics Girl, a fun, educational You-Tube channel with more than 225,000 subscribers and 13-million views.She will explore the theme Finding Your Science Voice and highlight the myriad ways to share scientific discoveries in the 21st century.
Tuesday, April 26, also is Faculty Research Day at Kean. During the day-long celebration, faculty will present their research and creative endeavors through a series of lectures and panels. Research Days presentations are open to all Kean University students, faculty and staff. Area high school teachers are also invited to bring their classes.
To learn more about this year’s event and view the complete schedule, visit research.kean.edu.
Kent Place School
The Admission Office at Kent Place School, an independent, nonsectarian, college-preparatory day school for girls and young women with a coed Preschool program, will host spring admission events for prospective families. All events will be on the 26-acre campus of Kent Place School in Summit. Register for all admission events at www.kentplace.org/admission/dates.On Tuesday, April 26 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Primary School library, there will be an information session for prospective families interested in Preschool and Primary School. The Preschool includes a Junior Pre-Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten program for boys and girls ages 3 to 5. On Wednesday, April 27 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Kent Place Commons Room, there will be an information session for prospective families interested in the Middle School (Grades 6-8) or Upper School (Grades 9-12). On Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Admission Office will conduct an “Explore Kent Place Primary School with Your Daughter” event. This event is for families interested in Kindergarten through Grade 5, and will include a scavenger hunt during the day so families can explore all that the Kent Place campus has to offer. Childcare will be available during the event for children ages 2-4. For questions, call 908-273-0900, ext. 269.www.kentplace.org/admission.
ALSO: The Kent Place Gallery is presenting a culminating exhibition of art by 10 Kent Place School seniors now to Friday, April 22. There will be a reception for the artists from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. The reception at the gallery immediately precedes the Dance Department’s Evening of Dance performance from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., so that visitors who arrive in time can enjoy both events. Elise Bossert, Ariana Cacoulidis, Alaina Cohen, Nadia Fradkin, Michaila Kaufman, Jessie Levy, Bailey Mikytuck, Olivia Mukherjee, Leigh Whitehorn and Lizzie Yoss. All are completing Advanced Placement art portfolios, which will also be submitted to the College Board in May. They have devoted significant time and focus to developing individual exploration of their artistic interests.
Kent Place Gallery is on the campus of Kent Place School, 42 Norwood Avenue, Summit. Gallery hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Call 908-273-0900, or visit www.kentplace.org.
Lebanon Township: Woodglen School
Several students from Woodglen School in Lebanon Township competed in the National History Day Competition at Princeton University. There they were able to submit a research paper, exhibit, website, performance or video that was the culmination of extensive research on a topic related to this year’s them of Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in history. For this competition, students presented their historical research and project before a panel of judges at one of the three regional sites.
Some students are then selected to present at the state finals, which this year will be on May 7 at William Paterson University. After the selection process takes place at William Paterson, some students move on to the National Finals in Maryland.
Regional participants from Woodglen included Sophia El-Zahr submitting a display on the Pop Art of Andy Warhol, and Courtney Wellet who researched Diane Nash of the Civil Rights Movement. Both are eighth-grade students. Selected for the state finals were Lucia Gurrieri with a project on the Madres de La Plaza in the performance category; Amanda Dunleavy who created a project on Antarctic Exploration; and Lilly Barozzini and Cate O’Brien who entered a video on the history of women’s fashion.
The young historians were mentored by history teacher, Cynthia Smith; enrichment teacher, James Peralta; and media specialist Kathryn Spann.
ALSO: Thanks to the coordination of James Savakis, social studies teacher, sixth-grade students at Woodglen School in Lebanon Township recently had a special visitor. Dr. Kathleen Malu, one of James Savakis’ professors from William Paterson University, came to talk to students about her travels in Africa. Malu brought artifacts and media from five different African countries that she had visited. Sixth-grade students had the opportunity to handle the objects she brought and see pictures of her travels.
Middle School debate championship tournament
The English-Speaking Union, in collaboration with Claremont McKenna College, will sponsor the 2016 Middle School Public Debate Program (MSPDP) Northeast Regional National Championship Debate Tournament on Saturday, April 16, at Stone Bridge Middle School in Allentown, New Jersey.
Middle school students from six debate leagues in New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D,C,, will compete. New Jersey competitors include Broad Street School in Bridgeton, Cedar Hill Prep School in Somerset, The Hun School in Princeton, Stone Bridge Middle School in Allentown, The Wilberforce School in Princeton, Bolger Middle School in Freehold, St. Rose of Lima in Freehold, and An-Noor Academy in Piscataway.
These leagues are part of a national network of middle school debate programs established by Claremont McKenna College to integrate public speaking and debate into the school curriculum for young adolescents.
The debate rounds begin at 8:30 a.m., and end by 5:30 p.m., with dinner, awards and a Grand Final Debate to close out the event.
Competing for trophies in the categories of Best Speaker, Top Team, and Best Overall School, more than 300 students will pose well-researched arguments on topics: The US should establish a no-fly zone in Syria; The U.S .should have compulsory voting in general elections; Schools should require cameras in classrooms; Justice Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court career did more good than harm; The U.S. should adopt the metric system; and Scientists should use cloning technology to resurrect animals made extinct by humans.
The MSPDP, established in 2000, held its first championship in 2001. This year, more than 400 middle school debate teams will compete in the regional championship tournaments. The top teams from each regional championship will compete at the national championship held at Claremont McKenna College later this year. For more information, visit http://www.esuus.org/esu/programs/middle_school_debate/.
Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools
Students of the “farm-to-table” culinary movement will get a boost thanks to grants received by the Perth Amboy and Piscataway campuses of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools.
In this case, the farms will be “aquaponic” and outdoor gardens to produce vegetables and spices for the schools’ culinary arts students. Aquaponics involves raising plants and fish simultaneously in a symbiotic relationship.
Perth Amboy Vo-Tech and the School of Career Development on the Piscataway Campus each have received $10,000 grants for the garden projects through Sustainable Jersey for Schools, a nonprofit organization that provides tools, training and financial support for sustainability programs.
The Perth Amboy grant was underwritten by the New Jersey Education Association, while the Piscataway grant was funded by the PSEG Foundation. The Perth Amboy Campus also has received a $2,000 grant through the Whole Kids Foundation, a philanthropic arm of Whole Foods Market.
At a grant-announcement event March 21, Piscataway School of Career Development Principal Brian Bilal said the gardening effort would involve culinary and building maintenance students, as well as science classes.
“We’re getting a whole host of career majors and academic classes involved,” he said. “We’re going to see what it takes to have sustainable agriculture from start to finish. We can’t wait to get started.”
The grant announcement was hosted by MCVTS on the East Brunswick Campus. Richard Dovey, chairman of the board of Sustainable Jersey, and Donna Drewes, co-director, presented the checks. The MCVTS Piscataway Campus and three other school districts received $10,000 grants, while 30 received checks for $2,000. The Perth Amboy grants had been presented earlier. Dr. Tracey Maccia, MCVTS director of special education, was the grant writer and project director. She said her research into increasing student engagement through gardening prompted her to seek the grants.
Perth Amboy Principal Robert Fuller explained that aquaponic farming involved using fish to produce the fertilizer. He said the aquaponic system to be constructed in the lobby of his school would include a 300-gallon tank and about 100 fish.
In addition, there will be an outdoor garden in raised beds built by carpentry students with the help of the school’s computer-assisted drafting and design shop. Construction of the projects is planned for this spring.
Mount Saint Mary Academy
Earlier in the year, students from Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung were invited to enter the “Voice of Democracy Patriotic Audio Essay Contest,” sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Contestants were asked to record a two- to five-minute audio recording addressing the theme, “My Vision for America.” Winning entries from the Mount were submitted to Local VFW Post 10122 in Scotch Plains where they were judged for originality, content and delivery.
Juniors Alexandra Aloe of Scotch Plains and Olivia Carini of Chatham, won first and second place, respectively, after which their essays moved on to be judged at the county level. There, Carini captured second place and Aloea earned third place distinction. During a ceremony on March 16 at the VFW District 5 Post in Kenilworth, they were awarded plaques and a monetary award for their achievement. Their essays also moved on to be judged at the statewide level.
North Plainfield: West End School
What do scientists observe? What do scientists ask? What makes good questions? These were the questions Kindergarten Scientists engaged in as they practiced thinking, questioning, and observing science through a series of scientific investigations on Feb. 22 during a Curriculum Day event at West End School in North Plainfield. Students were joined by Somerset School’s Sixth Grade Scientists and their teachers. West End Kindergarten teachers, Nancy Lubreski, Mary Louise Durkin, Marlo Matthews and Patty Russell in collaboration with Somerset’s science teachers, Colleen Strickland and Sue Kagan facilitated this educational and fun-filled event.
Somerset School’s sixth grade students Jenny Sanon, Jason Melendez, Julia Gomes, Abdon Andahur, Amber Rodriguez, Liam Alvarado,Madison Kasper, Habiba Khamis, Bruce Palush, Sarah Mohamed, Nicole Lindemeyer, Betsy Murillo, Sean Rassa, Jordan Bird, Adam Stevens, Daniel Barriga, Nala King, Raquel Kruszczynski, Bhavya Patel, and Kevin Estrella developed scientific inquiry by introducing Kindergarten students to hands on science activities.
Sixth-grade students facilitated the activity by modeling, and assisting Kindergartens’ in making slime, creating and exploring tornadoes in a bottle, using the microscope to examine rocks and minerals, and making fossils. Sixth-grade students demonstrated communication skills and knowledge as they answered questions and provided students with scientific facts and explanations.
Paper Mill Playhouse
Paper Mill Playhouse is expanding the theater’s Adopt-A-School program to include New Jersey middle schools, with the recent addition of Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy and Horizon School, part of Cerebral Palsy New Jersey in Livingston.
The Adopt-A-School Project is part of Paper Mill Playhouse’s core mission of education outreach for underserved New Jersey students who have little or no exposure to live theater or theater arts education, according to Mark S. Hoebee, producing artistic director, and Todd Schmidt, managing director. Throughout the multi-year sequence students have direct access to live performances, theater artists and professional teaching artists which are completely free to participating schools.
The Adopt-A-School Project, MiddleStage aims to increase arts programming for middle school students in New Jersey with a fully funded two-year theater program. Selected schools receive up to $5,000 in arts education support for each year of participation. MiddleStage supports the creation and exhibition of a middle school musical for each year of the partnership. This year MiddleStage is supporting Rahway Academy’s production of Disney’s “The Lion King JR.” and Horizon School’s production of “Seussical JR.” Active involvement by the school administration, arts-education liaison and staff is part of the program’s plans.
The goal of MiddleStage is to support middle schools in the development of sustainable quality arts education programs, according to a news relesae. MiddleStage also encourages the connection of arts programming to curriculum study in all content areas. In addition, schools receive show specific workshops for students involved.
Support for the Adopt-A-School Project is provided by C.R. Bard Foundation, The Mall at Short Hills, Merck Foundation, MetLife Foundation, Nordstrom, PNC Foundation, PSEG Foundation, The Schumann Fund for New Jersey and Wells Fargo Foundation. This program is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Raritan Valley Community College
More than 100 students have been recognized by Raritan Valley Community College for their academic success as recipients of the College’s Galileo Scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year.
The scholarship is awarded to students majoring in or receiving certificates in STEM (science, math, engineering and technology) programs, who qualify based on their academic success. The 2015-2016 scholarships are funded through the RVCC Foundation, the fundraising arm of the College, and through a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Over the years, the RVCC Foundation has forged partnerships with individual donors, other foundations, businesses and corporations to secure support for Galileo Scholarships. The RVCC Foundation has secured generous funding from such individuals and groups as the Gibson Family Foundation; Sanford and Karolee Glassman; Janssen Pharmaceuticals; Sanofi USA; NCS Technologies; and others.
The RVCC Foundation also conducts an annual Golf Classic to raise funds for Galileo Scholarships. This year’s golf outing is July 11 at Raritan Valley Country Club. For information about the event or the Foundation, contact Ronnie Weyl, 908-526-1200, ext. 8349.
The Galileo Scholars program is coordinated by Emilie Stander, RVCC Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, and Cynthia Geoffroy, Associate Professor of Mathematics.
For information about applying for the Galileo Scholars program for future academic years, contact RVCC’s Financial Aid office at [email protected]
Following is a list of the students who were awarded Galileo Scholarships for the Fall 2015 and/or Spring 2016 semesters:
Alain Abonge Yufanyi, Nicholas Accetta, Muhammad Afzal, Gino Alicandro, Michael Alirangues, Joseph Anarumo, Christopher Antony, Andres Arellano, Daniel Askin, Conner Asklof, Ricardo Ayala, Vincent Balducci, Shaira Baluyot, Christopher Barna, Piyali Basu, Casandra Begin, Jetmir Berisha, Osei Kwadwo Boateng, Ryan Bodajlo, Anthony Cabral, Trevor Carter, Dena Castellani, Adam Chacon, Vijaya Cherukuri, Matthew Christian, Andrew Christopher, Cesar Clarke, Dylan Corl, Kimberly Cuttle, Christopher Czechowicz, Matthew Demetris, Sandeep Dhagat, Kevin Donlan, Amanda Donner, Gertraud Eyong, Juan Fernandez, Lauren Ferretti, Stephanie Forest, Nathavasky Foreste, Aaron Formanowski, Daniel Fraser, Gillian Gauss, Tyler George, Yasmin Glennon, Jennifer Gomez-Hernandez, Edwin Guerrero, Crystal Guo, John Haddad, Aliaa Hassanin, Carly Heft, Rafael Heryapriadi, Paul Holmes, Chiatso Huang, Brian Huang, Abigail Huntington, Gabriel Huntley, Tegan Hurte, Aimna Ishfaq, Matthew Jarvis, Paul Jewell, Desmond Johnson, Rachel Jones, Akshay Katakam, Bryan Kline, Justin Kolbek, Dillon Kowal, Katherine Kusant, Jonathan West Lee, Matthew Leidy, Camille Leisy, Kilian Leisy, Catherine Liberio, Connor Loftus, Morgan Lojek, Graham Lundeen, Jason Lyons, Matthew Majorossy, Donna Maldero, Aldona Malkinska, Angel Matos Diaz, Ryan Mitchell, Wenjun Mo, Kevin Mohammed, Devin Mollegard, Oluebube Nduka, Conor Nelson, Laura Nicholson, Giovanna Noe, Thomas O’Hearen, Kristen Oringer, Rodrigo Alejandro Palomo, Xin Pan, Valeriya Paratsa, Ana Sofia Pareja, Viral Patel, Harsh Patel, Jay Patel, Jack Perhach, Felix Phang, Daniel Philipsheck, Eshley Pinto, Juan Prada Ojeda, Siddharth Raut, Jeshua Rodriguez, Jeremiah Rogers, Rosanny Rojas, Shawn Rumrill, Shayna Rumrill, Lourdes Sanchez, Matthew Santoianni, Keith Schroeder, Richard Seigler, Dylan Simoncelli, Jakub Sitarz, John Spiridigliozzi, Brenna Sprella, Rebecca Sulla, Deidre Supple, Justin Suriano, Matthew Szucs, Vanessa Teixeira, Shaleen Tyagi, Steven Valencia, Emerson Villaran, Alexis Weaver, Kimberly Wolak, Alexander Wozniewicz.
For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.
ALSO: Raritan Valley Community College student Andrew Christopher has been selected to travel to NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia this spring to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS).
The Clinton Township resident has been selected as one of 216 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of NCAS. Christopher, an Engineering Science major at RVCC, expects to graduate in May 2017.
The five-week online scholars program, which was held in January and February, culminates with a four-day on-site event in May at Langley Research Center. The program offers students the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and others as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach.
The on-site experience at NASA includes a tour of facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts.
NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars is a project funded in part by the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, which is committed to the recruitment of underrepresented and underserved students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to sustain a diverse workforce.
After graduating from RVCC, Christopher plans to transfer to a four-year school to pursue a bachelor’s degree in either mechanical or aerospace engineering and then enter a master’s Ddgree program abroad in aerospace engineering. His career goals include working at NASA as an engineer, focusing on propulsion innovation.
For more information, contact National Community College Aerospace Scholars at [email protected] or by phone at 281-483-0493. For additional information, visit: http://ncas.aerospacescholars.org/. For more information about MUREP, visit www.nasa.gov/education/murep.
Readington Township Middle School
Laden with sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, and even a tent, 65 students, many dressed in pajamas, camped out after school in the Readington Middle School library on Feb. 26, for the school’s annual sixth-grade read-a-thon. In addition to silently reading books of their own choosing, the students listened to Dr. Seuss stories read aloud by teaching staff members, read to each other in pairs and small groups, and then worked on designing a Dr. Seuss banner.
The four-hour event raised $1,655 in pledges from families and friends for St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in North Branch. The Read-a-Thon participants will take a field trip to St. Hubert’s in April to present the check and to see how their donation will benefit the animal welfare center.
ALSO:Evan Glas, an eighth-grader from Readington Middle School, bested a field of more than 30 middle school students to become the local You Be The Chemist Challenge® Champion. He will be joined by seven other students whose scores were high enough to represent Hunterdon County at the state-level competition on April 16.
Developed by the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF), the You Be The Chemist Challenge® is a question-and-answer competition that motivates fifth to eighth grade students to sharpen their knowledge of chemistry concepts and their real-world applications. Students compete for prizes at the local and state levels, and the ultimate prize of a trip to Philadelphia to vie for college scholarships. The Challenge program relies on partnerships between community members who seek to foster student engagement with science, including industry, schools, universities and community organizations.
The 2016 Chemistry Bowl Challenge was conducted at Readington Middle School. After correctly answering dozens of chemistry and general science questions over multiple rounds of competition, Evan was declared the Hunterdon County Challenge Champion. The first runner-up was Benjamin Van Zanten, and semi-finalists were Danny Corbin and Bowie Shreiber. They will advance to the New Jersey State You Be The Chemist Challenge® in Florham Park on April 16. The trio participated in the district’s virtual learning partnership and took science courses online.
The following top-placing students have also earned a chance to compete at the state level: Allison Vandal, Michael Breslow, Patrick Hanrahan, Jack Loyd. Each of the top finalists was awarded a medal to commemorate their success.
The winner of the state competition will receive an expenses-paid trip to Philadelphia to compete in the National Challenge,on June 20. At the national level, state winners from across the country will vie for the title of You Be The Chemist Challenge® Champion and a total of $18,500 in college scholarships. For more information about the You Be The Chemist Challenge® competition, visit www.chemed.org.
Readington Township: Three Bridges School
How do students at Three Bridges School show respect? By wearing their pajamas to school, or course! Pajama Day was the culmination of the school’s recent Week of Respect.
During the week of March 7, the school focused on respect, talking about being respectful to classmates, teachers, families and friends. On March 10, students and staff wore sneakers to school to show that they can make good choices and stomp out bad ones. Pajama Day, conducted on March 11, reminded the students to not give up on their dreams. Daily morning announcements were made to remind students to be respectful at all times – at school, at home, and in the community.
Rochester Institute of Technology
A team of Rochester Institute of Technology students, including Ryan Sidebottom of Whitehouse, took second place at the annual Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition conducted March 11 to 13 at the University of Maine.
San Diego State University
Kimberlee Bernstein of Glen Gardner was named to Scholars Without Borders at San Diego State University in San Diego, California. The honors society is dedicated to promoting international exchange and service and recognizing scholarly achievement in an international context.
Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School
Five students from the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School in Bridgewater were recently recognized for their contributions in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The complete list of students, along with their respective awards and categories are:
Catherine Chen of Warren: silver key, critical essay; honorable mention, flash fiction
Rea Rustagi of Hillsborough: silver key, humor
Kristine Chin of Hillsborough: honorable mention, science fiction/fantasy; honorable mention, flash fiction
Alicia Clark of Bridgewater: honorable mention, poetry
Madison Hill-Glover of Bridgewater: honorable mention, poetry
The Pingry School
A record number of Pingry students were named to the CJMEA (Central Jersey Music Educators Association) Region II High School Orchestra. For the first time, five students auditioned and earned the honor in the same school year: juniorSean Wang of Warren, sophomoreAlyssa Chenof Pine Brook, sophomoreEthan Chung of Livingston, sophomoreRebecca Linof Morristown, and freshmanFelicia Ho of Warren.
Wang, a trombone player for seven years, likes to point out that it is the only instrument that utilizes a slide, “which also gives it a special set of characteristics and techniques compared to other instruments in the brass family. The trombone has an incredible range of tones, from a broad and dark tone to a light and airy one.” He has performed in Pingry’s band and Jazz Band, saying, “These experiences have helped me learn how to fit into an ensemble.” Wang plans to continue playing trombone in college.
Chen, a flute player for six years, was drawn to the instrument for its expression of emotions and colors. “For example,” she said, “in some pieces, the flute can be played to sound like butterflies, while, in others, the flute can imitate loud drums.” Chen is involved with band and Glee Club at Pingry and attends the Manhattan School of Music Precollege, both of which have provided experiences in sight-reading and rehearsing in an orchestral environment.
Chung, a cellist for eight years, is captivated by the instrument’s “deep, mellow sound.” At Pingry, Chung plays in the orchestra and in a quartet that he co-founded with three other Pingry students. He is also a member of the Youth Symphony ensemble at the New Jersey Youth Symphony. His long-term goal is to play in a college orchestra or college chamber music group.
Lin, a violinist for the past decade, plays in Pingry’s orchestra, the Abbey Orchestra at Delbarton, and the ASTA (American String Teachers Association) music program at Rutgers. Looking to the future, she plans to continue playing the violin so that she can make music with other musicians, whether in a college orchestra or a chamber music group.
Ho, a violinist for six years, adores the instrument, saying, “The violin is truly a wonder. It can imitate all kinds of instruments in the string family— the dark voice of the cello or the resonant voice of the viola — while adding its own high notes.” In addition to playing for Pingry’s orchestra since Grade 4, Felicia has played in the intermediate region II orchestra for three years, and the intermediate all-state orchestra for two years. Along with the violin, she has been a pianist for more than a decade.
University of Delaware
The following Central Jersey residents at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware helped to raise $1.7 million for pediatric cancer research at UDance, one of the nation’s largest dance marathon fundraisers: Jamie Alexanderof Flemington, Mia Barkel of Hillsborough, Cassidy Dixonof Bernardsville, Jaclyn Gaffney of Bridgewater, Alyssa Hartstein of Scotch Plains, Katie Heidgerd of Bridgewater, Samantha Lehnerof Warren, Caroline Luckstone of Whitehouse Station, Courtney Martin of New Providence, Meghan McGrathof Scotch Plains, Christina Rolchigo of Basking Ridge, Elena Weed of Flemington.
University of Scranton
Bridgewater residentAlyssa Rodemann,a student at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania, was among 11 University of Scranton students, nine faculty and staff members, and two alumni who presented research projects and led workshop sessions at the Eastern Psychological Association annual meeting conducted in March in New York City.
Warren Township Middle School
Alexander the Great (a.k.a. Warren Middle School Principal Robert Comba) visited a virtual ancient Greek agora (open air marketplace) on March 18, as part of a creative sixth grade social studies unit.
Under the guidance of library media specialist Cynthia Cassidy, sixth-graders were tasked with creating a modern day business plan for a mythological Greek god or goddess, including what products/services would be offered and where in the agora the storefront should reside. (Feuding gods/goddesses might not make the best neighbors, for example.) Businesses in the sixth-grade agora include Poseidon’s Amazing Aquarium and Artemus’s Sporting Goods Store.
The following Central Jersey residents at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, were named to the fall president’s list:Navneet Goraya of South Plainfield,Thomas Zamorski of Frenchtown. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 4.00.
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