Scotch Plains residents Kelly Lawrence and Olivia Tobey, rising seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, are participating in the year-long 2018 Waksman Student Scholars Program (WSSP).
Joined by their W+H teacher Dr. Susan Zusman, the girls began the program by spending three weeks in July at the Summer Institute at Rutgers University, during which they received intensive training on STEM research projects.
The scholars program provides opportunities for high school students and their biology teachers to participate in, and contribute to, a research project in molecular biology and bioinformatics.
This year’s research project focuses on the DNA sequence analyses of genes from duckweed, a fresh water aquatic plant, which is of interest to the scientific community because of its use in bioremediation and its potential use as a biofuel. Students used current molecular biology lab protocols to isolate and analyze the duckweed genes. They sequenced the DNA samples to determine if they are similar to genes from other organisms using bioinformatics programs and accessing databases used by research scientists every day.
“Going into the program I thought that I would gain a more fundamental understanding of bioinformatics. Not only did I learn more about bioinformatics, but I learned new lab techniques and new things about plant biology,” Lawrence said. “I really enjoyed gaining bioinformatics and lab experience with one of my friends. The things I learned during the program will surely help me on a Pre-Med track in college.”
The students and Zusman enjoyed learning the techniques needed to be part of a federally funded research program at the Waksman Institute.
“It was an intensive course that was difficult but very interesting. I’m very impressed with the girls,” Zusman said. “They did some things that blew my mind.”
During the 2018-19 academic year, these students will assume leadership roles in the W+H Honors Research course sharing their knowledge and guiding the research directions under the tutelage of Zusman. Tobey and Lawrence will be teaching assistants for the Honors Research in Molecular Science and Technology course during the upcoming school year.
“I’m very excited to help my classmates learn and hope that they enjoy and are interested in the subject matter,” Lawrence said.
Students enrolled in the course at W+H will have the opportunity to submit DNA sequences to be published and used by the scientific community.
“This technology is the future of science,” Zusman said. “Most bio and chem labs are using this technology now and it just keeps improving. This will be the basis for medicine and this is where the future is. That’s why it’s so important that kids get a chance to learn this.”
“This is an incredible opportunity and continues the upward trajectory of our research initiatives at Wardlaw+Hartridge,” added Dr. Bob Bowman, Upper School Head.
Coastal Carolina University
The following Central Jersey residents received their degrees on Aug. 3 from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina: Jaclyn Novak of Lebanon, bachelor’s degree in psychology; Douglas Pastore of New Providence, master’s degree in coastal marine and wetland studies; Maeve Stewart of Stockton, bachelor’s degree in intelligence and national security studies.
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Delaware Valley University
The following Central Jersey residents received their degree in May from Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania:
Sarah Fenwick of Hillsborough, bachelor’s degree in animal science
Laura Hoelzel of Middlesex, bachelor’s degree in equine management
Tracy Homann of Clinton, bachelor’s degree in food science
Bonnie Kwasnik of Stockton, bachelor’s degree in biology
Rebecca LaRitz of Flemington, bachelor’s degree in conservation and wildlife management
Amber Librizzi of Hillsborough, bachelor’s degree in equine management
Ashlyn Parise of Skillman, bachelor’s degree in animal science
Benjamin Philhower of Princeton, bachelor’s degree in horticulture
Angelica Rivera of Raritan, bachelor’s degree in small animal science
Shaina Roselle of Milford, bachelor’s degree in small animal science
Sara Rountree of Stockton, bachelor’s degree in small animal science
Samantha Sherman of Belle Mead, bachelor’s degree in small animal science
Domonique Thorne of Rocky Hill, bachelor’s degree in equine science
Amelia Vanden Berghe of Milford, bachelor’s degree in counseling psychology
Hailey Waldron of Bridgewater, bachelor’s degree in small animal science
Jenny Li, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science at Kean University, was recognized by the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) for her research mentorship of women and underrepresented minorities.
“This positive feedback and recognition of my research mentoring work of the last several years is super motivating,” said Li, who was awarded the NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award at the organization’s annual summit in Texas.
The award recognizes exceptional mentorship, high-quality research, recruitment of women and minority students, and efforts to lead undergraduates in computing-related fields, and cites the importance of faculty mentors whose support influenced their student’s educational and career path.
“Kean students benefit immensely from having access, one-on-one, to a researcher and professor of Dr. Li’s expertise,” said Patricia Morreale, Ph.D., executive director of Kean’s School of Computer Science. “She encourages her students in a positive, engaging manner that allows them to be very successful.”
Li’s mentoring has led to the publication of 20 co-authored papers. She has mentored more than 70 students, of whom 40 percent are women and 60 percent belong to minority groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields. Li was also recently featured in the 2018 edition of the NJBIZ Vanguard Series, which recognizes the unsung heroes of higher education in New Jersey.
“I am always thrilled about students creating new technologies and applications with my guidance and support,” said Li.
The enrollment of women in Kean’s computer science and information technology programs has increased 25 percent in the last two years. With Li as a faculty adviser, Kean also has an Association for Computer Machinery Women chapter which organizes career fairs, guest speakers and information sessions to help members achieve success in computer science and information technology fields.
Le Moyne College
Jack Vajda of Clinton was named to the spring dean’s list at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5.
Lucas Blecker of Berkeley Heights is conducted neuroscience research this summer at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Viewing salary data causes college students to lower their earnings expectations, but it does not affect their choice of major or their perception of future job security, according to a study by the Education and Employment Research Center at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. The study also finds career services counselors are a critical source of guidance for low-income and first-generation college students.
“It is one thing to make data available. It is another for students to understand and use the data well,” said Michelle Van Noy, associate director of the Education and Employment Research Center and a co-author of the study. “With increasing amounts of publicly-available data on employment outcomes, we wanted to understand their actual impact on students and their decision-making.”
Van Noy and fellow researcher Alex Ruder developed an online survey focusing on six broad areas of study: business, education, health, humanities, social science, and STEM. They showed each student either (a) the median salary in his or her field of study, or (b) the salary range and job security in that field, or (c) no salary information. Then, they asked students to estimate their future earnings and job security and to rate their likelihood of completing a degree in their current major.
The researchers contacted nearly 50,000 Rutgers University students and received 4,916 completed surveys in response. Key findings include:
- Asked to estimate what their earnings will be five years after graduation, students who viewed the median salary or salary range in their field had significantly lower earnings expectations than those who viewed no salary data.
- The sharpest drop occurred among business and STEM students. Those who viewed the median salary or salary range lowered their expected earnings by up to $10,000. The researchers theorize these high-paying fields cause students to form pie-in-the-sky conceptions.
- The median salary proved more sobering than the salary range and job security statistics in all fields, highlighting the importance of how colleges and universities present their earnings data.
- Viewing the median salary or salary range did not influence students’ choice of major or expected job security, suggesting that earnings data is just one small piece of their decision-making process.
- Low-income and first-generation college students were less likely to rely on their family for help in selecting a major and more likely to turn to the university’s career services counselors. (At Rutgers, a new course brings this information right into the classroom.)
“While data on employment outcomes can be important and valuable, there are limits to how much this information influences students’ decision-making about majors and careers,” Van Noy said. “Students factor in multiple influences and sources of information, and they need exposure to a variety of experiences and supports to help in this process.”
This study is part of ongoing research funded by the Russell Sage Foundation and two National Science Foundation grants.Visit https://smlr.rutgers.edu/sites/default/files/documents/Centers/eerc_majorchoice_issue_brief_final_0.pdf to read the full 12-page issue brief and visit https://smlr.rutgers.edu/content/education-employment-research-center-eerc to learn more about the Education and Employment Research Center.
Seton Hall University
The following Central Jersey residents at Seton Hall University in South Orange were named to the spring dean’s list: Annandale: Benjamin Bala, Sara Fetzer, Louis Motta; Asbury: Jianna Almeida, Thomas Callari, Troy Desavino, Benjamin Santoro; Basking Ridge: Danielle Del Duca, Elizabeth Dennis, Sara Eslami, Rajan Gupta, Cliff Nash, Samantha Reina, Annika Springsteel, Vinay Trambadia; Bedminster: Nelson Mercado; Belle Mead: Leah Milano, Christopher Owens, Nikita Tripathi, Kristin Youngberg; Berkeley Heights: Stephanie Bade, Stacy Barrantes, Dylan Burns, Melissa Cronin, Jessica Kelly, Pasquale Mele, Reena Yaseen; Bernardsville: Gregory Lobo; Bound Brook: Nicholas Koeller, Patrycja Nalesnik, Michael Pacheco; Branchburg: Nicholas DeCristofano, Jeremy Grabiec, Alex Lopes, Colleen Murphy, Kelcey Sheeley, Catherine Way, Laura Way; Bridgewater: Kerianne Asea, Daniel DeMaio, Julia Dugenio, Jacob Greenstone, Christina Grzybowski, Lauren Hall, Brittney Hendelson, Natalie Kenny, Kimani Key, Alexander Lyszyk, Emma McMasters, Milan Montelibano, Joseph Padula, Sean Sali, Anthony Tammara, Hung Wong, Alicia Wright; Califon: Kevin Namendorf; Clinton: Kayla Sible, Kelsey Sible; Dunellen: Mark Skrzyniarz; Fanwood: John Ferry, James Sherry; Far Hills: James Devine, Hunter Waldis; Flemington: Anna Bambaci, Filippo Bambaci, Patrick Carolan-Belvin, Alexandra Cardillo, Tamanna Desai, Kalli Hartman, Shannon Kirdzik, Mark McGuire, Edward Shoemaker, Jennifer Steele; Franklin Park: Ava Davis; Frenchtown: Robert Bella; Glen Gardner: Conor Krauss; Green Brook: Leanna Caswell, Amanda Irvin, Nicole Pagano, Luke Rizzoli; Hillsborough: Patrick Burd, Nicholas Cizin, Stacie Elfo, Beuk Forrest, Athena Frade, Gem George, Luke Manjooran, Nayan Mehrotra, Marquise Moseley, Isha Naik, Michael Patullo, Mariam Rahman-Vyas, Naomi Shuyama, Brianna Simons, Christine Sun, Roman Tatevosov, Alan Vartabedian, Ashlei Watson, Ailiya Zaidi, Anthony Zannella; Lambertville: Joseph Ippolito; Lebanon: Luca Faschi, Olivia Franklin, Alan Phillips, Nicole Prager; Manville: Sheila Barrios, Courtney Carr, Marianne-Grace Datu, Luis Monterroso, Elizabeth Poplawski; Middlesex: Eliza Marie De Guzman, Rachel Dougherty, Catherine Esposito, Marissa Guiducci, Erin Hendrzak, Ragen Reddick, Karly Sarnowski, Gurpreet Singh, Samantha Todd, Brittany Tomore, Danielle Tomore; Mountainside: Isabella DiCosmo, Michael Dicosmo, Benjamin Gillo, Connor Lawrence, Alexander Lopez, Meghan Mailley, Kevin Pereira, Nicole Sforza; New Providence: Jessica Haspel, Maha Khan, Kelly Price, Caraline Smith, Emily Lee; North Plainfield: Carlotta Atkins, Amelia Baijnath, Stephen Barna, Leslie Junco, Nicole Peregrina, Jamel Wilson; Piscataway: Karen Cherian, Andrea Delucia, Amber Ingram, Miten Patel, Abigail Pumm, Lisa Rodriguez, Alexandra Ross, Yash Wagle; Pittstown: Lauren Harding, Matthew McDevitt; Plainfield: Oluwayomi Babayemi, Matthew Benjamin, Kyshaun Foster, Joseph Garces, Catherine Gbogi; Princeton: Natalie Diaz, Thomas Kwan, Victoria Ling, Jillian Szczepanski, Katina Vosinas; Raritan: Laura Cavanagh, Peter Desantis, Russell Hawkins, Vinitha Raju; Ringoes: Jennifer Lopuzzo; Rocky Hill: Brandon Sabinsky; Scotch Plains: Darby Debonis, Alexandra Gale, Samantha Hui, Cara Lamastra, Shannon Reilly, Dante Trigo, Erica Waltsak, Allison Yashay; Skillman: Stephanie Diiorio, Kaela Mulligan, Emma Murphy; Somerset: Cristian Ayala – Castillo, Ryan Lenczewski, John Mercado, Ian Murphy, Sabri Patel, Tanika Roach, Kate Snyder, Kevin Suresh; Somerville: Rodine Borja, Ryan Johnson, Philip Tomale, Jared Tuazon, Suzanne You; South Plainfield: Brooke Barry, Cj Dudek, Michael Freddy, Veronika Jastrzebski, Christopher McNeil, Meagan Praul, Olivia Tarnawska; Stirling: Gabrielle Apuzzo, Benjamin Hands, William Vorrius; Stockton: Jorge Castro; Warren: Cameron Banks, Cailey Dahl, Kelsey Ferruggia, Elizabeth Fitzsimmons, Emma Franconeri, Joseph Gitau, David Klinger, David Miller, Emma Pearson; Watchung: Christian Logan, Caitlyn Webber; Westfield: Matthew Archambault, Gabrielle Brennan, Christopher Colon, Mary Cornwell, Jenna Iorio, Luke Iorio, Caroline Massa, Nicholas Rizzi, Margaret Schantz, Elizaveta Sidorova, Elizabeth Sottung; Whitehouse Station: Douglas Woolever, Derrek Beeck.
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Christoper Marrone of South Plainfield received a doctor’s degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on March 23.
The College of New Jersey
The following Central Jersey residents at the College of New Jersey were named to the spring dean’s list: Aannandale: Kelly Gallagher, Ernest Monaco, Michelle Parkhurst,Courtney Voorhees, Molly Walsh; Asbury: Karley Panek, Nicole Tampone; Basking Ridge: Cristina Acosta, Christopher Au, Daniele Campbell, Samantha Carney, Angela Cheung, Martha Sofia Fuentes Lucio, Thomas Gunning, Eric O’Keeffe Harding, Austin Harper, Emily Hirsch, Anna Kisker, Catherine Metcalfe, Anil Salem, Benjamin Zhou: Bedminster: Devan Barbuty, Lauren Schmitt, Courtney Smith, Belle Mead: Cassidy Bergeron, Shannon Byrne, Bryan Chen, Samantha Garhart, Jessica Goldman, Linda Jones, Eliana Kent, Kaitlin Kocinski, Maxwell Lemon, Maggie Leppert, Caroline Parent, Nicholas Veronsky: Bernardsville: Richard Gruters, Richard Zaher; Bloomsbury: Chelsea Boszczuk, Henry Collins; Branchburg: Alexander Antonelli, Nitya Dhanaraj, Jennifer Massa, Luke Pacini, Dominique Pisani, Erik Rano; Bridgewater: Nicholas Acevedo, Rishav Agrawal, Sean Artfitch, Grace Bartolett, Chloe Blanton, Sarah Blanton, Nicolas Bolle, Amanda Brewer, Samuel Bucek, Meghan Calabrese, Bryan Cook, Kimberly Cook, Matthew Cook, Sara Dessino, Ian Dominic De Los Reyes, Alyssa Dixon, Faris El Akbani, Alyssa Estrada, Paul Giordano, Elizabeth Hansen, Patrick Hansen, Hubert Hsu, Evelyn Huszar, Alexandra Jasko, Neil Jhawar, Manlin Jia, Ryan Jin, Andrew Koury, Jordyn Kowal, Daria Leddy, Brendan Lenox Jr., Matthew Liebers, Emily Litwin, Priya Mansukhani, Philip Marton, Emma Muldoon, Paul Mulholland, Tanisha Nair,Olivia Ortelli, Kerry Silverman, Akhila Tetali, Alvin Tran, Sara Weingartner; Califon: Ryan Daly, Abigail Flagler, Braden Kirk, Ryan Solomon, Louis Symanski; Clinton: Samantha Palahnuk, Austin Pelliciari, Rishi Singhal; Dunellen: Kevin Mcgrath; Fanwood: Gabriella Guardascione, Samantha McCallion, Leonardo Ramos, Danielle Scheu, Jonathan Tam, James Wright; Far Hills: Mitchelle Abuna; Flemington: Kelly Bielecki, Rosemary Bill, Christian Carey, Brandon Chadwick, Kelly Colleran, Maria Degenova, Dana Deluca, Lauren Desimone, Marissa Devincenzo, Nolan Devoe, Andrew Dyer, Evelyn Ehasz, Sophie Gardner, Anita Genovese-Mahoney, Isabella Giannattasio, Zachary Greco, Cassandra Halper, Jacquelyne Hankard, Ashley Haug, Elzbieta Kaczmarek, Jaclyn Kephart, Meagan Kern, Alexa Kinney, Scott Krees, Gwendolyn Krol, Leah Lafevre, Amanda Levitt, Allison Lyles, Samantha Mastriano, Meghan Mcquade, Daniel Mecadon, Mark Meddleton, Melissa Meddleton, Hope Melick, Megan Migliore, Jillian Murray, Amy Napoli, Jared Posselt, Kaitlyn Potter, Lois Reilly, Elisa Rios, Shawn Rumrill, Stephany Rumrill, Jenna Salerno, Natalie Segers, Saloni Shah, Jasmine Smith, Alana Sueskind, Kelli Sulsona, Morgan Tarrant, Emily Torgerson, Holly Torsilieri, Alexander Van Orden, Emma Webb; Franklin Park: Isabella Ciccone; Frenchtown: Emma Eisenbeil, Devin Errico, Devyn Montemarano; Glen Gardner: Amanda Cabot, Megan Cerwinski, Jessica Fielding, Ryan Young; Green Brook: Bianca Arena, Kelly Hogerty, Ashly Kang, Samantha Murray; Hampton: Dana Christensen, Shahrez Nadeem, Samantha Perry; High Bridge: Sabrina Nassi, Dylan Novick, Kayla Taylor; Hillsborough: Allison Alvaro, Jonathan Andersen, Kaitlyn Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Lara Becker, Emily Beggiato, Lyra Biancamano, Kelly Boccippio, Christina Buz, Jake Cohen, Jared Constantine, John Costello, Paulina Costello, Keri D’Angelo, Erica Daugherty, Anthony Defilippo, Britini Fricke, Isabella Gallo, Sean Gates, Melissa Gibson, Alexa Harwood, Christopher Johnson, Erik Johnson, Jaclyn Kaletski, Trevor Mackinnon, Brett Magliaro, John Mcdonald, Alexandria Medawar, Julia Meisterich, Amanda Muller, Caitlin Musumeci, Jessica Naroden, Briana Ostrowski, Marri Erica Pe Benito, Samantha Petruzela, Olivia Phelps, Lucas Pick, Vanessa Piwtoratsky, Daniel Ponsini, Devin Portilla, Hiba Rahman-Vyas, Jessica Ramsey, Jessica Richter, Gabriel Carlo Salazar, Catherine Spano, Alana Staskiewicz, Nicholas Tabernero, Nikita Taneja, Anna Walsh, Adam Walton; Lambertville: Cassandra Barrett, Shane Carey, Justin Huebner, Amelia Ortman, Jesse Riegel, Sarah Voorhees; Lebanon: Adriana Burton, Sara Fernandes, John Hanley, Madison Hynoski, Lisa Infosino, Michelle Kearsley, Caroline King, Katherine Reese, Madison Yurgel; Manville: Brielle Formanowski, Ramon Quinonez, Karli Ramirez; Middlesex: Liarose Chacon, Brian Di Vincenzo, Nicholas Dimaggio, Kathryn La Capria, Theresa Orth, Cole Santucci, Nicole Semon, Melissa Weiss, Rachel Zook; Milford: Matthew Cunningham, Patrick Cunningham, Coreen Gilligan, Jessica King, Adam Novotny, Kyle Olszak; Millington: Christopher Kalb; Mountainside: Alanna Namit, Connor Sottosanti; Nehsanic Station: Kelly Pimenta, Taylor Barrett, Anastasia Cintron, Cameron Cornell; North Plainfield: Brigiette Garcia, Maxwell Mellies, Alyssa Webster; Piscataway: Nicole Huang, Jarrett Locke, Natalie Louie, Benjamin Millington, Eunice Olugbile, Brian Peng, Miguel Velez; Pittstown: Olivia Brand, Harrison Cortellesi, Alaina Mchugh, Aaron Weiss, Owen Zimmerbaum; Plainfield: Jarod Haskett;
Raritan: Carlie Horton, Aaron Lee, Katelyn Morgan, Dhruvi Patel, Parth Patel, Amanda Statkevich, Ringoes: Mary Atkeson, Jenna Atzert, Martha Barabas, Kerstin Baran, Meghan Bedard, Amanda Dallenbach, Ryan Galik, Nathan Gambrill, Cecelia George, Brianna Gosselin, Chandler Hubert, Hannah Pitchford, Austin Yeager; Rocky Hill: Jillian Farley; South Plainfield: Melissa Novak;
Scotch Plains: Ryan Abramowitz, Celina Beattie, Alexandra Burns, Emma Calabrese, Sara Calabrese, Daniel Clarke, Justin Cunningham, Stephen Deduck, Victoria Germano, Leighton Heisey, Elizabeth Hom, Michele Hom, Jane Lestarchick, Emily Margulies, Alexis Marta, Taylor Scott, Alexandra Shapiro, Gabriel Sta. Rosa, Kaitlyn Wilson; Sergeantsville: Abigail Rizzo;
Skillman: Patrick Lee, Ruha Reddy, Akshaya Srinivasan, Emma Young, Anna Zauner, Danielle Ziering; Somerset: Moriah Dunn, Niharika Mamillapalli, Christopher Minick, Layla Tinio, Julia Vanzini; Somerville: Julia Gonzalez, James Loewen, Luke Prothero, Jenna Schwartz; South Bound Brook: Adrian Rodriguez; South Plainfield: Danielle DeVizio, Alyssa Esposito, Sara Reineke, Monica Spooner; Stockton: Alessandra Baggitt, Allijah Bennett, Gabriella Bongiovanni, Christopher Guest, Darrell Kreider, Justine Rosikiewicz, Hope Vandegrift; Warren: Emily Almeida, Shellen Arora, Samantha Askin, Sophie Cohen, Carlie Goode, Carolyn Sturm, Annalise Suitovsky, Alyssa Titus, Richard Wu; Watchung: Tyler Goldmann Knight, Jeffrey Konzelman, Holly Liebau, Brianna Walker; Westfield: Lauren Androconis, Brigid Barber, Sarah Broughton, Maxwell Cerra, Katherine Crowley, Shannon Devitt, Justin Fernandez, Michael Gagliardi, James Hunter, Julia Kuzman, Emmy Liederman, Maria Lizzo, Griffin Morgan, Corinne Petersen, Grace Pfeifer, Emily Posyton, Molly Skowron, Kristen Villane, Tiffany Youssef; Whitehouse Station: Julie Antonello, Madison Heft, Melissa Heintz, Lauren Marton, Alexa Moore, Samantha Rosenblatt, Kristin Sorrentino, Julia Vitale, Lauren Webster. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5.
The Princeton Area Community Foundation
The Princeton Area Community Foundation has awarded more than $98,000 in scholarships to 35 high school and college students.
The Community Foundation awarded $42,700 to 18 high school students who will begin college this fall, and renewed another $55,850 in scholarships to 17 college students who will return to classes in September.
“We are very proud of these hard-working students, and wish them success as they continue their education,” said Jeffrey M. Vega, President & CEO of the Community Foundation in a statement. “We are thankful for our loyal donors who have created scholarship funds so we can help these students.”
Among the honorees are:
Hunterdon County: North Hunterdon High School: Frank, Ada, and Elizabeth Compton Scholarship (1 year), Mikayla Simonski, Misericordia University: $4,550
Voorhees High School: Frank, Ada, and Elizabeth Compton Scholarship (1 year), Connor Strohm, Rutgers University: $4,550
Union County: Cranford High School: Macklin Soccer Scholarship (1 year), Margaret Roman, University of Maryland: $1,000, Macklin World Language Scholarship (1 year), Andrew Rojo, Boston College: $1,000
For the full list of new and renewed scholarships, visit http://pacf.org/2018-scholarships-announced/.
For more information about creating scholarship funds at the Community Foundation, contact Elizabeth B. Wagner at email@example.com or 609-219-1800, ext. 12.
The Princeton Area Community Foundation promotes philanthropy and builds community across Mercer County and central New Jersey. It helps people and companies make effective charitable gifts and awards grants to nonprofits. Since its founding in 1991, the Community Foundation has grown into an organization with more than $170 million in assets and made grants of more than $126 million, including $20 million in 2017.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School
Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison capped a productive year of service activities by presenting a check for $3,065.50 with funds raised through business ventures conducted by eighth-graders. The funds will be directed to the MicroDreams Foundation, which empowers women in third world countries to use loans to build their own profitable businesses.
“Despite our relatively small size, the Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School has had a vast reach, one that has made a significant and positive impact in lives across the country and around the world,” said Corinna Crafton, Middle School Head. “Our small division of fewer than 100 students completed nearly two dozen off-campus service learning activities and even more on-campus awareness and fund raising activities during just one academic year.”
Students across the three grades in Middle School worked to restore local habitats and packed many tons of food for distribution to needy families in and beyond Central Jersey. In addition, they taught each other about childhood and adult cancers, raising money in the process to donate to worthy research organizations. Current events informed their service as they learned about disaster recovery and then took action by adopting a school in Houston that was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. W+H students connected with students and teachers there to learn what they needed and then completed a project of gathering, packing and shipping the many supplies and books the school needed to reopen its doors.
Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School students also extended their learning by making personal global connections with individual students at The Riverside School in Kenya. They spoke in real-time with other middle school students many thousands of miles away, in the process learning they have so much more in common, including a love of sports, technology, memes, and having fun.
Six W+H students were recognized with service awards at the Middle School graduation ceremony in June: Aarush Dharyan, Nicholas Ji, Ananya Murlidharan and Kunal Patel of Edison, Faizah Naqvi of South Plainfield and Jennifer Lynn Vargas of Dunellen.
Union Catholic Regional High School
Mike McCabe, Union Catholic’s head track and field and cross-country coach, was named one of N.J’s most influential people in high school sports by NJ.com.
McCabe, despite losing 2016 Olympian Sydney McLaughlin, among the greatest high school track and field athletes in New Jersey history, still guided the UC girls track and field team to its fourth straight State Non-Public A Championship, a fourth straight undefeated season, and the No. 1 ranking in the state this past spring. McCabe, who also led UC to the 2017 State Non-Public A Cross-Country title, was by selected No. 19 on NJ.com’s list that went 50 deep.
Last month, the Westfield resident was chosen by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as New Jersey’s girls track and field coach of the Year for 2018.
It was the fifth year that the USTFCCCA has selected a boys and girls Coach of the Year for each state, and McCabe has been honored every year. After being chosen as the N.J. boys Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA in 2013, McCabe, who completed his 15th year as head coach at UC, has now captured the girls award four straight years.
The award is chosen based on how a team finishes at their state championships, the number of different events in which athletes qualified for the state championships,, individual championships, and how a team stacks up to its performances in previous years.
In addition to all its team championships this past spring, one of the biggest highlights of UC’s season came when the Vikings broke its own state record by running 58.30 to place fourth in the girls shuttle hurdles at the New Balance Nationals at the University of North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, North Carolina.
UC’s 58.30 broke the state record of 58.38 that it set at the 2015 East Coast Relays in Randolph Amaya Chadwick, led off for UC with a 13.9 split. Felicia Quainoo then went 14.2. A’Liyah Thomas followed with a 15.4, and Brianna Ewing anchored with a 14.6.
Also at New Balance Nationals, UC finished ninth in the distance medley relay in a school record and a NJ #2 12:09.53, ninth in a school record and NJ #4 47.38, sixth in the 800 sprint medley in 1:46.13, and ninth in the 1,600 sprint medley relay in a NJ #2 4:03.66.
In the DMR, junior Alexandra Borik led off in 3:46.91. Freshman Avery Jordan followed with a 1:00.98 400 carry. Sophomore Leena Morant then ran 2:18.94 in the 800, and junior Jerika Lufrano anchored in 5:02.72. The 12:09.53 shattered the school record of 12:17.53 that the Vikings ran at April’s Blue Devil Relays in Westfield
In the 4×100, Kira Alexander, Sydney Tucker, Khamil Evans, and Felicia Quianoo combined to run 47.38, breaking the school record of 47.42 that the Vikings ran at the Penn Relays in April.
UC also ran NJ #2 times in both the 4×400 (3:47.08) and the 4×800 (a school record 9:10.04).
Individually, Chadwick won the high hurdles at the Meet of Champions in a NJ #1 and personal best 13.77. Lufrano broke three school records with times of 5:02.38 in the 1,600, 10:49.87 in the 3,200, and 17:45.79 in the 5,000. She also won the 3,200 at the state Non-Public A Championships, and was seventh in the 3,200 at the M of C. Morant ran a NJ #2 2:10.61 to place second in the 800 at the M of C.
Submitted by Jim Lambert
University of Scranton
Temple Salatiello of Lebanon studied abroad during the spring 2018 semester in Wollongong, Australia. ALSO: Nicole Angiuoli of Glen Gardner was inducted into the Institute of Management accountants (IMA) honor society.
Westfield High School
The Westfield High School Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the 2019 National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis next March, as part of the Music for All National Festival which organizers say “celebrates outstanding music-making by the nation’s finest high school and middle school scholastic ensembles.”
“This is by far a momentous accomplishment for our instrumental music program,” says WHS band director Christopher Vitale. “This is the first invitation for our school and we are only the fifth school in New Jersey to receive an invitation in the festival’s 28-year history.”
Vitale said the invitation is “not your ordinary performance opportunity” as there are over 20,000 concert band programs across the country. “To be selected to perform at this festival is the highest accolade a band can receive,” he added.
An excerpt from the invitation sent by Eric Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Music for All, praises the WHS wind ensemble for having “achieved the level of musical performance and artistry worthy of being featured on a national stage.”
“Performing at the 28th annual Music for All National Festival is a prestigious honor and achievement,” Martin writes. “It places the Westfield High School Wind Ensemble in the extraordinary position of modeling to the world the results of performance excellence and a commitment to quality music education.”
Thomas Weber, district supervisor of visual and performing arts, applauds Vitale and band director Trevor Sindorf for “continuously encouraging their students to reach their highest potential.”
“Performing at the New Jersey Music Educators Association conference last year and now being selected to perform at the National Concert Band Festival is proof of that effort,” Weber said.
While in Indianapolis, members of the WHS Wind Ensemble will participate in a variety of activities, including leadership seminars, instrument master classes, ensemble clinics and social gatherings with other selected schools.
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