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Star Citizens: February, 2012

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine

Jake Koerner (pictured)
Mount Laurel
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, along with the March of Dimes, presented one of their four Shining Star Awards to 12-year-old Koerner. The Mount Laurel boy, a beneficiary of the March of Dimes’ care, received his award in an early February ceremony, alongside his honorary guest, Philadelphia Phillies’ relief pitcher Kyle Kendrick.

Diana Grande
Mount Laurel
Grande, 17, organized a program to educated people in the Lenape school district about the dangers of bullying. Grande promoted her program to all the district schools and gained some recognition from State Sen. Diane Allen. Her persistence and dedication earned her the highest Girl Scout honor, the Gold Award, a prestigious award earned by only about four percent of all Girl Scouts.

Bret Harte Elementary School
Cherry Hill
This school’s students, teachers, staff and families recently collected 665 pounds of food to benefit the Food Bank of South Jersey. Accompanied by parents, volunteer students delivered the food to the food bank and restocked the shelves by hand, all with the intentions of feeding local citizens in need.

Douglas Sell
Sell has been named the 2012 Citizen of the Year by the Moorestown Service Club Council. The council, consisting of local organizations like the Lions Club, Rotary Club and Y Service Club, honored Sell for his dedication to Moorestown programs like the Moorestown School Board, the United Way of Burlington County and Urban Boatworks.

Joseph S. Holman
The chairman of Holman Enterprises received the 2011 Citizen of the Year award from the Penjerdel Council of Philadelphia. The Penjerdel Council recognized the Moorestown resident for his continued success, in business and in charity, with Holman Enterprises’ seven Burlington County auto dealerships.

Amy Mallon
Rutgers-Camden freshman and Voorhees resident Mallon has been working with nonprofits for more than 5 years, raising money for multiple Sclerosis and breast cancer and volunteering at organizations all across the South Jersey area. Her commitment to helping others has earned her one of the 10 spots in the school’s Civic Scholars program.

Christopher Sempier
Cherry Hill
Local tot Sempier started a toy drive for orphans in Haiti–and he’s only 3 years old. After hearing of needy children in other nations, he and his family led his class to gather a large collection of toy cars, jump ropes, balls and school supplies for orphans affected by the 2010 earthquake. The donations will be distributed in Haiti this month.

AJ Mattia and Alexis Waters
Washington Township
Mattia, a Bunker Hill Middle School sixth- grader and Waters, a seventh grader from Orchard Valley Middle School, have teamed up to organize the Future Acts club. The club participated in Washington Township’s 2012 Helping Hands Super Bowl Hoagie Sale, which raised money through hoagie sales to benefit local families suffering with life-threatening diseases. Last year’s fundraiser raised $30,000.

Branden Ronchetti
Ronchetti, 17, recently organized a project that helped 132 needy families in Burlington County. Ronchetti rallied volunteers to help him cook and distribute a hot and healthy dinner at the Marlton United Methodist Church, benefitting the Christian Caring Center and the Interfaith Hospitality Network’s needy families. For his efforts, the Cherokee High School senior earned his Eagle Scout award.

The Beane Family
Chris and Mimi Beane recently donated $4,770 to the Lourdes Intensive Care Nursery. The Beanes, who received care for their three children, Matthew and Sean, 8, and Christopher, 4, at Lourdes’ nursery, have been raising money for the past five years with their Beane Boys “No Frills” Golf Outing, to benefit struggling local families.

Nasim Badat and Mary Lamielle
Badat and Lamielle were selected to receive 2012’s Camden County Freedom Medals. Awarded to community members who work to represent the ideals of Martin Luther King Jr., the two joined the list of 13 Camden County residents awarded at an event on Jan. 20.

Kevin Motylinski
Motylinski, a junior at St. Augustine Prep, took on a community service project that served double duty: to beautify the Birchwood Lakes Colony Club and provide a clear path for Medford’s voters. Motylinski, as part of his Eagle Scout charity project, constructed a landscaped brick walkway and installed lighting outside Birchwood Lakes’ community clubhouse.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 12 (February, 2012).
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