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Star Students: March, 2010

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family
Mitchell Dominguez (pictured) is an accomplished violinist at all of 13 years old. The Marlton Middle School eighth grader started playing the instrument at 51/2 and has been the concert master on the Rice Elementary and Marlton Middle School orchestras for nearly the past eight years. As he starts his fourth year as a member of the Temple University Center for Gifted Young Musicians, Dominguez also boasts being the concert master for the All South Jersey Orchestra for sixth through eighth grades. His love of music is evident, and he cites Tommaso Vitali’s Chaconne as his favorite piece to perform. The touted musician is a star in the classroom as well. Currently he takes high-school level mathematics courses and participates in his school’s Battle of the Books club. When he’s not busy hitting the books or bringing a classical arrangement to life, Dominguez can be found roaming the ice as a defenseman for the Marlton Middle School Chiefs ice hockey team. On March 21, you can catch the talented young man when he performs as part of the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge’s Serenade for Wildlife. Visit for details. Delsea Regional High School juniors Michael Ret and Jessica Niwore have been selected as the school’s nominees for the 2010 Governor’s School of New Jersey summer program in the fields of sciences and engineering and technology, respectively. Ret, who has med school in his sights, is a sax-playing member of the National Honor Society who has also earned spots on the Superintendent’s and Principal’s lists. Niwore, who hopes to pursue a NASA career in aerospace engineering, was Delsea’s 2009 student ambassador for the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar and has twice been recognized by the U.S. Achievement Academy. The Governor’s School is a four-week residential scholarship program, held on three state-college campuses, for academically stellar students going into their senior year. The next generation of Woodwards, Bernsteins and Alboms is taking shape at Washington Township High School. The Patriot, the school’s newspaper, has just won a handful of awards from the Garden State Scholastic Press Association. Current students singled out include seniors Luke Verrillo, who received an honorable mention for reviews and entertainment and Kevin Whitehead, who garnered an honorable mention and a third-place award for sports writing. Recent grads similarly feted but not pictured were Sarah Hollins, who took second place in reviews and entertainment; Miranda Steinman, the first-place winner for feature writing; and Christina Alberichi, also a first-place winner, for artwork and illustration. The talents of a group of at-risk teens have blossomed recently, when their recent entry in the Philadelphia International Flower Show earned them second place in the window box and lamp post contest category. Working with horticulture teacher Kevin Faust, the students—court-mandated attendees at the Juvenile Justice Commission-run Phillip M. Costello Preparatory Academy in Tabernacle—created arrangements in a window box and a hanging basket that the judges deemed “a vibrant use of plant material and intriguing asymmetry.” C-o-n-g-r-a-t-u-l-a-t-i-o-n-s are in order for Grace Carita, Jade Mickens and Jackson Brown who recently spelled their way to the top three slots in Delran Middle School’s Annual Spelling Bee. Carita was the 8th grade champ, followed by Mickens who was crowned the overall champion in addition to the 7th grade leader, and last but not least, Brown was the victor for the 6th grade class. All three winners will now compete in the Burlington County Spelling Bee. Good Luck! Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family, March 2010.
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