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The Locker Room & Stars
Outstanding local student athletes and others making a difference in their community.

by Matt Cosentino

The Locker Room
By Matt Cosentino

Star Athlete
Cristella, a sophomore on the Clearview Regional High School girls tennis team, claimed the singles title at the Gloucester County Tournament. She defeated Our Lady of Mercy’s Grace Hamburg in the final, 6-3, 6-2, capping a run of five straight wins in the two-day tournament, all in straight sets. Cristella is the first Clearview player to win the championship since Grace Chell in 2016.

Star Team
After going winless during a rebuilding season in 2018, the Camden Catholic football team showed that it has learned from the tough experience when it opened the 2019 campaign with a 20-14 victory over rival Bishop Eustace. Trey Thorpe rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns and had four tackles to lead the way. It was career win No. 1 for new head coach Gary Onuekwusi, a former player at Temple.

Roster Beat
Team, player and coach news

Chris Meder, a freshman midfielder on the Cherokee boys soccer team, scored his first career varsity goal in the Chiefs’ 2-0 win over Seneca. Meder also assisted on senior Max Wieliczko’s goal in the victory.

The Moorestown girls tennis team took first place at the Haddonfield Invitational thanks to a 3-2 win over Cherry Hill East and a 5-0 victory over West Windsor-Plainsboro North. Second singles Grace Leese, third singles Paige O’Neil and the first doubles team of Julia McBride and Julia Sullivan each had two wins on the day.


Star Student
McKinney, 15, was honored by the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders for winning the title of Miss New Jersey’s Outstanding Teen 2019. She represented New Jersey at the national pageant in Orlando this summer and placed in the top 10 out of 50 contestants. A student at Gloucester Catholic, her future goal is to earn a clinical doctorate degree in psychology.

Star Students
Team Thalassa, an underwater robotics team from Harrington Middle School, was crowned the national champion at the 2019 SeaPerch Challenge, an event hosted by the University of Maryland. The 10 students on the squad were tasked with building a remotely operated vehicle for the competition, which teaches children lessons focused on STEM principles and robotics.

Star Administrator
The latest stop in Shively’s distinguished career in education is Bishop Eustace, where she recently took over as principal and head of school. She has taught a variety of subjects and grade levels in more than 20 years as an educator. Shively also served our country as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force for 10 years, and was one of only 276 female pilots at that time.

Star Team
Real NJ, a youth soccer team based in Medford, captured the 15U national title at the United States Youth Soccer National Championships. Real NJ defeated PA Dominion, 2-0, in the final to cap a thrilling tournament. Real NJ, which consists of players throughout South Jersey, has advanced to nationals three years in a row, taking third in 2017 and second last year before breaking through with the championship.

Star Citizen
Mark McKenna—a real estate agent at Pat McKenna Realtors—made a significant financial contribution to the Lenape Regional High School District to help with repairs to the turf field at Cherokee High School’s football stadium. McKenna is a Cherokee graduate and former member of the football program. Other local organizations that donated to the district included the Marlton Recreation Council, Burns Kull Auto Group, CareOne at Evesham and Re/Max Connection.

Star Citizens
The Gloucester Township Police Department (GTPD) has made a commitment to reuniting lost pets with their owners, and the Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center recently recognized that service with the Animal Angel Award. Since last October, the GTPD has helped locate 112 lost pets, with 88 of them being reunited with their families or adopted into loving homes.

Star Students
Giunta and Starr, students at Rowan College of South Jersey, were recently awarded the 2019 CocaCola Leaders of Promise Scholarship, with each receiving $1,000 to aid with college expenses. Nearly 900 applications were submitted for the scholarship, which recognizes scholastic achievement, community service and leadership potential. Giunta, a Williamstown resident, and Starr, a Franklinville resident, were two of the 207 students selected.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 7 (September 2019).
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