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Star Students: October, 2013

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine

Melissa Abrams, Elizabeth Hallinan, Rachel Allen and Jennifer Pacitti
Cherry Hill
Cherry Hill students Abrams, Hallinan, Allen and Pacitti were recently honored at a Cherry Hill Public Schools Board of Education meeting for their documentary, From Tyranny to Triumph: Turning the Tides at Saratoga, which focused on the famous American Revolutionary War battle. The four girls spent more than 1,000 hours last year creating the documentary, which placed 13th in the National History Day competition in June.

Quidest Sheriff
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine fourth-year student Sheriff was awarded a scholarship from the United Health Foundation’s Diverse Scholars Initiative, to be used to help her pursue a career in medicine. The goal of the United Health Foundation Diverse Scholars Initiative is to help build diversity in the health workforce. Sheriff has a science degree in biological sciences and developmental psychology from Rutgers University. She is also the founder of a non-profit organization called Orthodox GEMS, which helps young women.

Marissa Hacker
Eastern High School senior Hacker was chosen by Youth Service of America and the Festival of Children Foundation to serve as a National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador. As one of only 51 Youth Ambassadors selected from across the nation, Hacker received financial support and training to lead a project designed to draw New Jersey’s attention to the importance of social programs for kids with special needs. Hacker was chosen through a highly competitive application process that weighed the potential of her project proposal to create substantive change for New Jersey’s youth on a large scale.

Kendall Connolly, Kayla Golas and Julianna DeNittis
These seventh-grade students from Moorestown Friends School were awarded the top three places in the Burlington County Soil Conservation District’s 2013 poster contest, themed “Where Does Your Water Shed?” Connolly, Golas and DeNittis were awarded first, second and third place, respectively, along with cash prizes for their submissions. Their posters were originally created as part of an assignment for a sixth-grade Earth and Space Science course.

Olivia Poscius
Seven-year-old Poscius recently completed the graduation requirements for the Suzuki Method Book 1, a type of teaching that is noted for its use of parental involvement and frequently scheduled recitals.?Poscius completed the requirements by way of a solo piano performance, in which she performed the entire book of songs by memory.

Joe Kiernan
Moorestown Friends School student Kiernan recently competed as part of Team USA in the International Geography Olympiad in Kyoto, Japan. Kiernan, a resident of Haddonfield, was one of just four students from across the nation given the opportunity to represent the USA in its first Olympiad ever. The team finished 14th overall, earning the highest score among teams entering the competition for the first time.

Hunter Holroyd
Mount Laurel
Holroyd, a Lenape student, was selected to participate in the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program. During the program, he participated in an eight-week internship at a Department of Navy laboratory. The purpose of the program is to introduce students to new fields of interest, including science and engineering.

Josh Toro and Jonathan Munilla
Moorestown High School’s Toro and Munilla were recognized by the National Hispanic Recognition Program for their academic excellence. These two needed a junior year cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and to be one quarter Hispanic or Latino in order to be awarded this recognition.

Ryan Bentz
Camden County College engineering science major Bentz was selected to receive a Research & Development Council of New Jersey Merit Scholarship. Bentz holds a 3.7 GPA average, is a computer-aided engineering design tutor, is the communications officer for the CCC Engineering Club, and is a member of both the American Society for Civil Engineers and Engineers Without Borders.

Kimberly Cardenas, Jay Park, Sarah Sosland, Mahir Sufian and Valarie Wilson
Cherry Hill
Cardenas, Park, Sosland, and Sufian, all students at Cherry Hill East, and Wilson, a student at Cherry Hill West, were selected as semi-finalists for the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Qualifying students must show an impeccable school record and achieve high-ranking SAT scores. The students will continue on in the competition in the spring.

Ryan Andrews, Nick Curcio, James Gallicchio, Kevin Hornibrook, Evan Kim and Nick Venuto
Washington Township
Andrews, Curcio, Gallicchio and Hornibrook of Chestnut Ridge Middle School, along with Kim and Venuto of Orchard Valley Middle School, used their summer to prepare for a science competition this fall that will require the creation and programming of a robot to be used to bring supplies into disaster areas. They learned how to build the robot out of Lego pieces and how to program it to move autonomously.

Taunton Forge Elementary Students
CBS Philadelphia’s Carol Erickson was at Taunton Forge Elementary School for the unveiling of the school’s two-year-long Rain Garden project. Several students at the school participated in the creation of the garden, which uses the heavy run-off water from the school’s roof to water the plants rather than flood the area.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 8 (October, 2013).
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