On Aug. 15, the Super Summer Reader Club will present an Authors Festival at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater. The event, which begins with the game at 7:05 p.m. is for club members and all community members who loves books and reading. Paul C. Grzella / Wochit
Six students from Hunterdon County Polytech’s Teacher Academy and Early Childhood Education Program recently competed at the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference, conducted July 1-7 in Nashville. Each member of the group earned either a gold or a silver national medal.
“These top placements validate the strength of the curriculum at Polytech,” said Natalie Guarino, early childhood and Teacher Academy instructor and advisor for Polytech’s FCCLA Chapter. “We incorporate the material covered in competition in our classes, and we also help our students develop leadership skills. Our students stand out in their presentations.”
Gold medal winners included Emily Brigham and Madison Trevaskiss, who competed together in the Chapter Service Project Display Event. They organized a project titled One Hug at a Time to support the nonprofit Derek’s Hugs, which makes and distributes blankets to hospitals for sick children. The girls made more than 150 blankets to date.
Jessica Rountree also earned gold in the Teach and Train Event. She shadowed a teacher, planned and taught a lesson and created a professional teaching portfolio based on her experience. She presented the portfolio in Nashville.
Jessica Barosi and Caroline Ratanski earned a silver medal in the Focus on Children Event. They planned and implemented a character education program for second graders. A third member of their team, Olivia Deeming, was unable to compete in Nashville, but significantly contributed to the award-winning program.
Kara Kitchen earned a silver medal in the Early Childhood Education Event. She created a professional teaching portfolio that included four lessons she had previously taught at the Polytech preschool. She recreated one of the lessons onsite at the competition.
The FCCLA National Conference not only included the competition, but also workshops, specialized trainings and leadership opportunities for participants.
The Polytech students’ placements at the state-level FCCLA Conference in Cherry Hill, qualified them to travel to Nashville to compete at the national level. For both the state and national competitions, the students presented either a portfolio or a display board with a 10-minute memorized speech on their respective projects. The students tailored their projects based on the event they entered within the competition.
Learn more about Polytech’s Teacher Academy and Early Childhood Education Program by visiting http://www.hcpolytech.org.
ALSO: Five students recently represented Hunterdon County Polytech Career and Technical School at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), conducted June 19-23 in Louisville, Kentucky. Polytech participants included Sara Cantanzaro in cosmetology; Post-Secondary placing 18th; Paul Commarato in automotive refinishing technology placing 28th; Justin Dennis and Guide Hubbard, who partnered for the 3D visualization and animation competition, placing 16th; and Kendra Szikura in Esthetics; Post-Secondary placing 18th.
Polytech’s competitors each earned their spot at nationals with a strong performance at the New Jersey SkillsUSA Championship, conducted at the Garden State Exhibit Center in April. At this competition, Polytech saw 17 students take home first-place gold medals — a school record.
The following Central Jersey residents at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, were named to the spring dean’s list: Adam Giurlando of Bridgewater and Walter Wynkoop of Ringoes. Students must have a grade-point average of 3.75.
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The following Central Jersey residents at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania, were named to spring dean’s list: Jill Gordley of Flemington, Sara Hayes of Scotch Plains, Samantha Homan of Princeton, Kerry Johnson of Dunellen, Christopher O’Neil of Bridgewater. Students must have a grade-point average of 3.5
Colleen Kurtz of Somerset was named to the spring dean’s list at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Students must have a grade-point average of 3.5.
Azusa Pacific University
Keegan Rusinek of Hillsborough was named to the spring dean’s list at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. Students must have a grade point average of 3.5.
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Ezra Lee of Plainfield was named to the spring dean’s list at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Students must have a grade-point average of 3.5.
The following Central Jersey residents received their degrees from Berkeley College this spring:
Dunellen: Cristina Perez*, certificate in medical assistant
Piscataway: Anita Barrow*, certificate in patient care technician; Nichol Carter, bachelor’s degree in management; Maurice Glover, bachelor’s degree in criminal justice; Charletta Raymond, bachelor’s degree in accounting; Samantha Thompson, associate’s degree in criminal justice; Keanna Wilson, bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising and management.
South Plainfield: Lucia Colon*, bachelor’s degree in health services management; Christine Geczy*, bachelor’s degree in general business; Dung Tran, associate’s degree in management
*Denotes students graduating with honors
The following Central Jersey residents at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, were named to the spring president’s list: Duncan N. Roberts of Basking Ridge, Lacey M. O’Dowd of Bloomsbury, Dylan Raposo of Califon, Erin Ann Mack of Flemington, Michelle Lynn Tomevi of Flemington, Clare Marie Moriarty of Pottersville, Sarah Kathryn Riley of Ringoes, Olivia Elizabeth Kaiser of Three Bridges, Deanna Michelle Cohen of Westfield. Students must have a grade-point average of 4.0.
The following were named to spring dean’s list: Paige B. Anderson, Cara E. Grippo, John Alton Gunning III, Samantha Marie Nardi, Matthew Bernard Wilson of Basking Ridge; Ryan Elizabeth Shepherd of Berkeley Heights; Conor P. Ussery of Far Hill;, Kelly Amanda Coyne, Eric J. Mastrull, Brandon Mckool, Bryan Lawrence Sivilli of Flemington; Amanda Marie Owen of Gladstone; Gabrielle B. Choe of Green Brook; Matthew Bryan Nowaczek of Hillsborough; Gregory Joseph Cocchiola, Thomas W. Koester of Lebanon; Tyler Christian Clay of Middlesex; Kelsey Marie Kunich of Milford; Megan Maureen Friscia of New Providence; Matthew Thomas Scull of Piscataway; Emiliana C. Angola of Princeton; Erin Kelsey Leonard of Skillman; Shelby A. Lubowicki of Somerset; Peter Sargent Mebane of Westfield. Students must have a grade-point average of 3.5.
The following Central Jersey residents at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, were named to the spring dean’s list: Soren A. Denlinger of Asbury, John E. Enger of Ringoes, Jane E. Franks of Westfield, Ryan M. Sellar of Hillsborough. Students must have a grade-point average of 3.77.
The following Central Jersey residents at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, were named to the spring dean’s list: Elizabeth Cimei of Annandale, Ryan Cully, KellyElson, Gianna Formisano, Luke Melcher of Basking Ridge, John Barrasso of Bedminster, Meghan Schauer of Belle Mead, Katelyn Hildebrandt, Briana Maddaluna, Clarke Mehmel of Bernardsville, Adriana Cirianni of Bridgewater, Caleigh O’Connor of Califon, Christopher Matthiessen of Flemington, Kristina Murray of Green Brook, Katelyn Jones of Hampton, Caroline Herdje, Courtney Scrivanich of Hillsborough, Emily Bittner, Christopher Cardone of Mountainside, Sara Galik of Ringoes, Jeffrey Rodgers of Scotch Plains, Jessica Pil of Somerset, Michael Darchi,
Theresa DePalma, Michael Fasciale, Ashley Gerckens, Kelly Kristiansen,
Kaitlyn Larkin, Brianne Zelko of Westfield, Alexandra Maravic of Whitehouse Station. Students must have a grade-point average of 3.50.
Frostburg State University
Emily Zengel of Stockton received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland.
Georgia Institute of Technology
The following Central Jersey residents at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, earned faculty honors: Anirudh Joshi of Middlesex, Tze Hsusen Kuo of Basking Ridge and Megan Manalo of Flemington. Students must have a 4.0 academic average.
The following students were named to thedean’s list: Yanni Angelides of Westfield, Elizabeth Campbell of Bernardsville, Niveditha Chalam of Hillsborough, Ryan Davison of Montgomery, Sidharth Eleswarapu of Westfield, Evan Kaplan of Hillsborough, Mitchell Kelly of Westfield, Lakshmi Krishnan of Princeton, Samantha Loop, Arielle Margulies of Scotch Plains, Margaret Nugent of Frenchtown, Katherine Seigle of Peapack, Michael Senoo of Hillsborough, Justin Zheng of Belle Mead. Students must have a grade-point average of 3.0.
Hunterdon County Polytech
Not only does it take artistic talent, but it also takes an unwavering academic focus for Huntedon Polytech students to become members of the National Art Honor Society.
“These students truly are the best of the best,” said Polytech’s NAHS Sponsor Teresa Diaz, who teaches commercial arts and advertising design and 3D animation. “They need to demonstrate scholarship, character and service to meet the member requirements of the national organization.”
Polytech’s NAHS members must take a class in commercial arts and advertising design, 3D computer animation or graphic design – design marketing for at least one semester and earn an A average in that class. They must then maintain an A average once inducted and complete art-related community service projects throughout the year.
The returning members of Polytech’s NAHS will help pick up these service projects and more in the 2017-18 academic year. The following is a list of those who were inducted on June 7: President, Ari Arnone; Vice President and Chair of Awards & Ceremonies, Virginia Karmondi; Secretary, Destiny Thorne-Kovacs; Treasurer, Jacob Lazarek; Historian, Matthew Donahue; Parliamentarian, KimberlyPongracz; Chair of Public Relations, EvvyAnna Catanzareti; Chair of Activities, Michele Motta; Dylan Doremus, Clare Dougherty and Art Scholarships.
Also on June 7, the art students and teachers gathered for a scholarship ceremony. Scholarship recipients included: National Art Honor Society: Most Dedicated NAHS Member, $250, Ari Arnone; Your Future Creation Scholarship, $250, AriArnone; Commercial Arts/Advertising Design & 3D Computer Animation led by Teresa Diaz: Highest Grade Point Average, $100, Virginia Karmondi, commercial arts; Highest Grade Point Average,$100, Ari Arnone, animation; Best Attendance, $100, Darling Calix, commercial arts; Best Attendance, $100, MicheleMotta, animation; perfect attendance, $50, Michele Motta, animation; highest fundraising, $93.50, Ari Arnone, 10% of his sales $935; best portfolio scholarship- $1,000, Ari Arnone; graphic design and marketing, led by Cindy Dailey; highest polytech GPA: graphic design I: am session- $250, Jacob Simonds; highest polytech GPA: graphic design I: pm session,$250, Destiny Thorne-Kovacs; highest polytech GPA: graphic design II: $250, Kim Pongracz; most improved designer: graphic design I: am session, $150, Peter Wasitowski; most improved designer: graphic design I: pm session, $150, Clare Dougherty; most improved designer: graphic design II, $150, Kim Pongracz; 111studios: best portfolio, $1,000, Grace Brobst; graphic design I: best portfolio, $1,000, Ryan Suydam; student voted best designer: graphic design I: a.m. session, $200, Ryan Suydam; student voted best designer: graphic design I: p.m. session, $200, Destiny Thorne-Kovacs; student voted best designer: graphic design II: $200, Grace Brobst; Financial Need Scholarship: $2,000, Grace Brobst; and, not to be left out of the June 7 awardee list, Christopher Terepka received a $500 scholarship in the morning at yet another arts-related event. Hunterdon Rotary Clubs. The North Hunterdon Rotary Club then picked Terepka as the grand-prize winner and presented him with the scholarship. Terepka will continue designing at the Fashion Institute of Technology in the fall. Visit http://www.hcpolytech.org/
HCVSD Education Foundation
The Hunterdon County Vocational School District Education Foundation was established last year to provide scholarships and financial assistance to district students. One student from each sending district was awarded a $1,000 scholarship in memory of Ella Haver, a life-long supporter of academics in the county and pioneer in community activism, who passed away this year. This year’s scholarship recipients were:
Darling Calix of Hunterdon Central; Darling will return to Polytech to finish the commercial arts and advertising design program
Olivia Deeming of North Hunterdon; Olivia will attend Towson University to pursue a secondary education in math degree
Tiffany Mazeika of Delaware Valley; Tiffany will attend a cosmetology program in New York.
Emily Taborelli of Voorhees; Emily will return to Polytech to finish the cosmetology program.
Christopher Terepka of South Hunterdon; Chris will attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City to pursue fashion design.
The Education Foundation also provided an additional $2,000 to students who applied for financial assistance for the 2017-18 school year.
Education Foundation members include area businesses, parents and community representatives who support the mission sets of HCVSD and CTE education.
“In a short year, the Hunterdon County Vocational School District Education Foundation has made great strides in organizing and raising funds to support students in the county,” HCVSD Superintendent Kimberly Metz said. “Because HCVSD is the only county school representing all students who reside in Hunterdon County, the foundation is doing important work to ensure that students from our area can work toward their career goals.”
The following Central Jersey residents at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York are performing research during the 2017 summer break as part of the summer scholars program: Matthew Nanna of Califon, Serena Columbro of Flemington and BritneyMazzetta of Milford.
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Knights of Columbus
The Fourth Annual Knights of Columbus Collegiate Scholarship awards were presented on May 28. The scholarship is offered to active members of Our Lady of Lourdes in Readingoton who will be, or are, attending college or technical school. It is based on the student’s involvement in church and community activities, and their commitment to charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism.
Each application was reviewed and rated by the scholarship committee. The four winning candidates wre: Brendan Raiman, Victoria Destefano, Hunter Forestiere and Maggie Powick. Each recipient received a scholarship of $1,000.
The following Central Jersey residents at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, were named to the spring dean’s list: Jessica Hoff of Lambertville, Caroline Miller of Princeton and Darlene Walaski of North Plainfield. Students must have a grade-point average of 3.50
The following Central Jersey residents at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, were named to the spring dean’s list: Alexa Antonelli of Mountainside, Paula Batoon of Somerville, Tadd Bindas of Ringoes, Andria Bonanni of Basking Ridge, KatherineBrodde of Milford, Edward Campbell of Basking Ridge, Tristen Cascio of Westfield, Jacqueline Cassano of Berkeley Heights, Natalie Castello of Middlesex, Rachel Colwell, Nicole Conca of Basking Ridge,Mackensi Considine of Bernardsville, Brian Cranston of Berkeley Heights,Troy Demers of Milltown, Tyler Dencker of Scotch Plains, Nicole Dillon of New Providence, Mary Catherine Greeley of Mountainside, Denise Grohn of Somerville, Katherine Husted of Martinsville, Gina Jadelis of Scotch Plains, Louis Kavouras of Basking Ridge, Nicholas Klacik of Hillsborough, Sierra Lesiak of Scotch Plains, Theresa Lotano of Westfield, Robert Lynch of Bedminster, Caitlyn Mannino of Scotch Plains, Evan McElheny of Westfield, Taylor Mongno of Bridgewater, Steven Muentener of High Bridge, Michael Murray of Westfield, Kelly Nash of Stirling, Paul Nemergut of Hillsborough, Matthew Nerger of Flemington, Heather Noblett of Basking Ridge, Stephanie Ostrowski of Annandale, Elizabeth Pagano of New Providence, Matthew Parmett of Berkeley Heights, Robert Petrelli of Neshanic Station, Devin Racaniello of Scotch Plains, Jana Rothman of Bridgewater, Victoria Schubert of Hillsborough, Alanna Schwarz of Milltown, Kristen Semple of Bridgewater, Emma Talis of Whitehouse Station, Trevor Tuthill of Basking Ridge, David Warner of Skillman, Olivia Whitmer of Plainfield.
The following Central Jersey residents at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, were named to the spring dean’s list: Erin Hanlon of Hillsborough, Anjali Prior of Princeton, Pearl Whistler of Bridgewater.
Middlesex County College
The following Central Jersey residents were named to the spring dean’s list at Middlesex County College:James Issler of Bound Brook; Claire Lacy, Rebecca Ridzy of Bridgewater; Migelanne Acosta, Arvin Bachtiar, Katina Gonzales, Iyannah Harris, Calvin Nemeckay, Carlos Pareja-Garcia of Dunellen; Anbar Yaqoob of Franklin Park; Brandon Bickerton of Green Brook; Alyssa Yili of Hillsborough; Heather Lundgren of Martinsville; Kelly Boyle, Olivia Carl, Zachery Cerebe, Antonino Dimaggio, Alexander Galvan, Alejandra Hoyos, Sarah Kramer, Sheila Leonard, Alexa Mayer, Michael McGuire, Janice Mirambeaux, Douglas Pettit, Gina Santoro, Brian Semone, Neal Udsen, Henry Viswat of Middlesex; Han Le of North Plainfield; Mary Agtarap, Teneeshia Artenant, Ma Blanche Asuncion, Terrance Bell, Tara Bobal, Kaylah Brown, Jorge Bueno, Lee Burrell, Nikki Bustillo, Jasmine Buttar, Hongxin Cai, Marcos Chanto, Samuel Chew, Ashley Cuasquer, Tiffany Cummins, Gabrielle Delfin, Suneeta Diwaker, Ayoub Elannani, Shreya Gandhi, Michelle Gebhardt, Jocelyn Grek, Judy Han, Dereck Harvey, Gillian Hatcher, John Ho, Urooj Iqbal, Osman Jouejati, Aly Jouejati, Shekha Kotak, Maria Largacha Spencer, Dana Lauria, Ryan Levy, Kristy Lo, Michael Mabini, Shawn Mahmood, Joseph Majorczak, Khadijah Malone, Rosa Mina, Emily Montalbano, Sarfraz Muhammad, Corey Norton, Nina Nunez, Parth Patel, Aktaben Patel, Dhruminkumar Patel, Kunj Patel, Dhaval Patel, Purav Patel, Harsh Patel, Nilay Patel, Hiralkumar Patel, Nidhi Patel, Jaykumar Patel, Sahil Patel, Gloria Perez, Helina Persaud, Karuna Pun, Sarai Rodriguez, Reece Ronquillo, Uzma Sandhu, Samantha Schnur, Franka Seen, Monica Smith, Ayad Taha, Alexis Taylor, Michael Trumbauer, Kirk Truong, Paula Ulyak, Martha Varma, Ela Jenn Velasquez, Nancy Villanueva, Ashley Ward, Matthew Garcia of Piscataway; Gabrielle Dandrea, Maxine Lomax of Plainfield; Whitney Alderman, Sam McGowan, Amber Scalera of Princeton; Kenneth Chapman, Pranav Desa, Katies Hiraldo, Maxiel Liz, Jhordy Ortiz, Adam Timari, Sommer Williams of Somerset; Kessica Raimondo of South Bound Brook; Yesenia Alvarez, Jamie Donato, Shenne Dugtong, Johny Khalaf, Kasey Walsh, Georgette Zegarra, Sara Abdeljaber, Alejandra Aguilar, Mary Bach, Wesley Bowe, Jenna Calderone, Alyssa Capone, Gabriela Castillo, Brian Csobor, Brian Cullen, Hayley Dow, Anthony Eggert, Jack Gillis, Jack Green, Thomas Heim, Jenna Hogan, Kaitlyn Hughes, Soha Khan, Christopher Kuberiet, Erik Loreng, Victoria Maino, Eric Makowski, Ryan McCue, John Meehan, Lauren Miceli, Erika Mont, Aubrey Nastarowicz, Bryan Palacios-Jolon, Scott Pietschker, Brittany Santos, Johna Sbailo, Hermala Sewdat, Mary Simmonds, Kirsty Sperr, Claudia Tantillo, Brittany Titus, Ellie Tom, Lauren Yanick, Conny Zavala, Irys Pineda of South Plainfield; Daniel Gallagher of Warren.
Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania, hosted rising high school juniors and seniors on campus for a series of six Career Exploration Camps that provide aspiring collegians an opportunity to experience and learn more about exciting professions and residential life on a college campus.
The Career Exploration Camps at Misericordia University are for students who want to explore academic camps in biology, chemistry-biochemistry sciences, communications and media, literature, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology.
The following Central Jersey residents participated in the annual camps: JustinHowowitz of Warren, Claudia Ostertag of Martinsville and Iman Andujar of Hillsborough.
For more information or for the 2018 camp, contact Jolene Miraglia at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 570-674-6391.
Mount St. Mary’s University
The following Central Jersey residents at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, were named to the spring dean’s list: Samantha Barbato of Stockton, JoelleDebrot of New Providence, Geanna Donnelly of Warren, Natalia Hinton of Plainfield, Michael Pilone of Milford, Justin Trinity of Annandale.
Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart
On June 13, 32 young men graduated from Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart. The 15th Commencement Exercises were preceded by a Baccalaureate Liturgy with Monsignor Thomas J. Mullelly presiding over the celebratory Mass. After Mass, the attendees gathered in the gardens and Alumni Courtyard of Kalkus House (formerly Manor House) on campus.
Graduating eighth-grader William Bryce Thompson VI of Ringoes was chosen to give the speech on behalf of the Class of 2017.
The recipients of Sacred Heart Honors were then announced:
In the spirit of Goal I, a personal and active faith in God, this honor was presented to Matthew Lepre of Hillsborough.
In the spirit of Goal II, a deep respect for intellectual values, this honor was presented to Hayden Messina of Princeton.
In the spirit of Goal III, a social awareness that impels to action, this honor was presented to Cooper Sugden of Princeton.
In the spirit of Goal IV, the building of community as a Christian value, this honor was presented to Zakir Zaidi of Princeton.
In the spirit of Goal V, personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom, this honor was presented to Evan Lilienthal of Princeton.
Raritan Valley Community College
Somerville High School graduates planning to attend Raritan Valley Community College in September are invited to apply for the Somerville Fire Department Fire Police scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The $500 scholarship provides financial support to a Somerville High School graduate who attends RVCC.
The Somerville Fire Department Fire Police worked with the RVCC Foundation to establish the scholarship as a way to give back to the community.
This past year’s scholarship recipient was Chelsea Castro of Somerville. Castro, who graduated from RVCC in May with an associate’s degree in health science, is the scholarship’s second recipient.
The Somerville Fire Department Fire Police perform the duty of serving the residents of Somerville as a volunteer organization. The annual scholarship is made possible through individual fundraising activities by Somerville Fire Police members and the organization plans to continue it in future years.
The RVCC Foundation is the fundraising arm of RVCC.
For information about applying for the Somerville Fire Department Fire Police scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year, or to learn more about the RVCC Foundation, contact Sarah Lott at the Foundation, 908-526-1200, ext. 8411 or email@example.com.
Sarah E. Post of Basking Ridge was inducted into the Tau Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau internatinal, honor society of nursing and health sciences, at Quinnipiac University in North Haven, Connecticut.
Saint Mary’s College
The following Central Jersey residents at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana were named to the spring dean’s list: Samantha Santamaria of Asbury and Molly O’Rouke of Basking Ridge. Students must have a grade-point average of 3.6
Saint Peter’s Preparatory School
James C. DeAngelo, principal of Saint Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, announced that 20 freshmen of the 245 students in the Class of 2020 were selected as Magis Award winners at the end-of-year assembly in June. The Magis, or “the more” Award recognizes outstanding freshmen for their emerging leadership among their class. L
Plainfield resident Bryson Shipman was also recognized for his genuine care and concern for his fellow students, and his recognition that the team is more important than any individual.
Seton Hall University
Christian Arax Krommenhoek of Clinton received a bachelor’s degree in education, summa cum laude from Seton Hall University. Christian served as historian for Kappa Delta Pi International honor society for two years, and was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Denisha Petty-Evans of Bridgewater received her degree from Siena College in Loudonville, Kentucky, this spring.
St. Lawrence University
Allison Herdje of Hillsborough was named to the spring dean’s list at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Students must have a grade-point average of 3.6.
The Heroes’Legacy Scholarship Program
Marianella Romero-Pegeron of Bound Brook was a winner in the Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship for Children of Fallen or Disabled Service members. Marianella will be attending Suffolk University in the fall.
The College of Saint Rose
The following Central Jersey resident of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York were named to the spring dean’s list: Faith Cannizzo of Hillsborough and Matthew Kydala of Annandale. Students must have a grade point-average of 3.5
The University of Vermont
Kat Tischenko of Berkeley Heights was presented this spring with the University of Vermont’s Fraternity and Sorority Life Most Improved Greek Scholar award.
University of Scranton
Lauren Armenti of Basking Ridge graduated magna cum laude from the University of Scranton’s honors program this spring.
Westfield Public Schools
The five-week long Westfield Public School District’s Extended School Year Program for pre-school through high school students is designed for targeted students and provides special education and related services during the summer.
In addition to fulfilling a state mandate intended for public schools, Westfield’s program focuses on maintaining and strengthening students’ academic skills to prepare them for the new school year.
In its 15th year in Westfield, the program runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through August 9. Specialists are available in Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Behavior/Social Skills, Orton-Gillingham Reading, along with special education teachers, paraprofessionals, and a registered school nurse.
According to Michael Weissman, Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services, “For the most part, our own faculty and related service providers work with the children in the summer, resulting in instructional consistency and efficiency all year round. The added benefit to the in-district program is that it continues to save us hundreds of thousands of dollars, since we would otherwise be required to find out-of-district facilities for these students.”
A total of 161 students are enrolled in the program with the pre-school through fifth grade program held at Washington Elementary School, while Westfield High School is the location for grades six or higher. Some students are enrolled for “related services” only and attend weekly sessions with therapists. Related and supplemental services are an integral part of the program that helps students advance toward attaining their annual goals.
This summer one of Westfield’s new Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) classes is preparing to enter Edison Intermediate School with teacher Janice Colbert in September. “Classes are designated as ABA where the science of ‘behaviorism’ is applied to make meaningful changes in students’ actions,” said Joanne Ryan, Supervisor of the Extended School Year. “The ABA technique breaks down skills into small components, taught one on one with a reinforcement used to gain a favorable behavior.”
“All of the students enrolled in our Extended School Year program are selected based on an established regression-recoupment analysis which demonstrates that a student experiences significant regression over breaks from school,” Ryan added. “The maintenance of academic skills is vital, as well as the social and therapeutic activities offered to our students.”
Western New England University
The following Central Jersey residents at Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts, were named to the spring dean’s list: John Shahpazian of New Providence and Carly Skibinski of Milford. Students must have a grade-point average of 3.30.
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