A kindergartener at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Pinardo donated 12 inches of her long blonde hair to salon owner Martino Cartier’s Wigs & Wishes as a sign of support for a family member. One goal of Cartier’s nonprofit is to restore confidence in women battling cancer by gifting them with customized wigs. Pinardo was excited to share her new look with her teachers and classmates.
EASTERN FIELD HOCKEY
The Vikings extended their amazing streak of consecutive state championships to 21 with a 9-0 win over Hunterdon Central in the Group IV final. Sophomore Ryleigh Heck had four goals and two assists to lead the way and senior Tara Somers added a goal and three assists. Riley Hudson, Amanda Middleman, Elise Pettisani and Carlee Thompson also scored in the victory.
Lee, a senior and member of the Cherokee marching band, was awarded the Tournament of Bands Region 1 Group 3 Open Scholarship—an award given to an outstanding mem- ber from each group size and classification that receives not only credit but $500. Out of 41 applicants, Lee was chosen for her essay discussing the values, principles and work ethic that being a part of the band have taught her.
MOORESTOWN FRIENDS GIRLS TENNIS
The Foxes followed up last fall’s magical season with another one, as they repeated as Non-Public B state champs and went all the way to the Tournament of Champions final before suffering their only loss. Senior Renna Mohsen-Breen (pictured) also had a memorable individual season, reaching the semifinals of the state singles tournament.
As a sophomore at Cherry Hill East, Wilson is preparing to go to Southern California to represent her hometown as National American Miss (NAM) Jr. Teen, Miss Cherry Hill in the National All-American Miss pageant. She will compete against nearly 150 other girls for the national title, as well as for the Miss Talent and Miss Photogenic categories.
Grannan, a long-term substitute at Brainerd School in Mount Holly, was diagnosed with metatropic dysplasia at birth, a rare form of dwarfism causing her to stand at 3-feet, 3-inches tall. She is a role model for students and teaches them about why differences make people unique, spreading awareness for all those who may appear different.
CLEARVIEW FIELD HOCKEY
Juniors Allie Palumbo and Grace Trovato each scored a goal to lead the Pioneers to a 2-1 win over Warren Hills in the Group III state final, giving Clearview the first state championship in program history. The Pioneers previously picked up their second sectional crown in three years—and second overall—with a 2-0 victory over Ocean City, and went on to beat Burlington Township in the state semifinals to reach the state final for the first time.
McVay was the recipient of one of the highest awards given by the U.S. government to K-12 grade teachers, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. McVay, a Delran High School science teacher, was presented with the award in Washington, D.C., by President Donald Trump.
SHAWNEE VOLLEYBALL TEAM
During the annual Dig Pink and Teal volleyball game at Shawnee High School, the girls team focused on raising awareness and donations to beat cancer. Selling over 1,000 T-shirts, holding a bake sale and collecting donations for dine and donate, the team raised a total of $5,300. All of the profits will be donated to the Side Out Foundation and the American Cancer Society for breast and ovarian cancer research.
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 9 (November 2019).
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