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Outstanding members of the local community who are making a difference.

by Staff

Star Athlete
Bella Pescatore
Pescatore, a senior on the Moorestown Friends girls tennis team, made her final season with the Foxes a memorable one. She won the South Jersey Interscholastic Championships without dropping a set in six matches. It was her first title in the prestigious tournament after finishing second the last time it was played in 2019. Pescatore also claimed the Burlington County Open first singles crown, led Moorestown Friends to a sectional championship and suffered her only loss in the quarterfinals of the state singles tournament.

Star Student
Diya Shyam

The Voorhees Breakfast Rotary Club announced its Community Service Award winners for 2021, and Shyam is being honored as the Voorhees Selfless Student of the Year. A junior at Eastern, Shyam is active in girls soccer, DECA and Interact, and has been particularly involved with the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. She is the student representative for the Voorhees Cultural and Diversity Committee, sharing a high school perspective on community issues. Shyam will be recognized at an awards ceremony in January.

Star Educator
Kimberly Mileszko

Mileszko, a Child Study Team Student Job Developer for Lenape Regional High School District, is one of two finalists for USA Today’s Best of Humankind Awards in the Educator of the Year category. Mileszko was recognized for her responsibilities in helping place students from the TAP (Transition to Adult) Program—for the special needs population ages 17-21—into work settings that match their skills. She has created partnerships with local businesses, fostering a mutually rewarding relationship that thrived virtually. Winners will be announced in December and Mileszko could take home a $1,000 prize.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 7 (October 2021).
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