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Star Students: February, 2012

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine

Katelyn Ballaeur (pictured)
Washington Township
In an essay contest sponsored by Bells’ Home and School Council, fourth-grader Ballauer has earned a chance to learn exactly what it is that Principal Domenick Renzi does. For Ballauer’s winning essay, she will get to play principal for a day. The contest was not a required part of the curriculum, although Renzi said he received numerous essays from grades 1 through 5, but Ballauer’s creative ideas stood out from the rest (like having a week to honor grandparents and a day to appreciate the janitor).

Jacklyn Pezzato
Pezzato, a junior at Shawnee High School, has been awarded the Widener University High School Leadership Award. The university honors local high school students who embody courage and the ability to effect positive change on others. Pezzato is being recognized for her leadership and responsibility to her school and her community.

Morgan Griffith
Mount Laurel
Lenape High School senior Griffith was named a 2012 YoungArts Merit Award Winner. YoungArts, a national organization that celebrates young performing artists, awarded Griffith for her six song submission to the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts YoungArts competition, in which she performed songs in English, French, Italian, English and even Latin.

Giancarlo Viesti, Gabe Donados, Caitlyn Reistle, Jordynn Stallard, Kade Cornelius
Washington Township
These Thomas Jefferson Elementary School students were honored by Principal Jeffery Pollock as January’s fifth-grade Students of the Month. It was an extra-special honor for the students, as they were selected during the school’s celebratory Month for Kindness.

Sujin Kim
Kim, a sixth-grader, was chosen as a student representative to present a check to the Invisible Children organization, as part of a middle school service day at Moorestown Friends School. The school raised $624 during the fair, where they hosted representatives from Invisible Children to learn more about the organization, which attempts to put an end to the use of child soldiers in Uganda and restore war-torn central African communities.

Kevin Sampson
Our Lady of Good Counsel eighth- grader Sampson, 13, received St. Joseph's Preparatory School's highest academic award for students, the Ignatian Scholarship. This $7,000 annual scholarship is awarded to just 25 incoming Prep students, for high academic achievement, a 99 percent score on the entrance exam, and outstanding leadership qualities.

Elizabeth McGinley
Mount Laurel
McGinley, a sophomore, was named as Lenape High School’s Student of the Month for January. She was nominated by her peers and teachers for academic excellence and embodying the community spirit of the school.

Yasmine Abdou, Chris Robertson and A.J. Seibert
Cherry Hill
Cherry Hill Board of Education Superintendent Dr. Maureen Reusche selected these three Carusi Middle School students as her “new artists in residence.” The students will have their artwork displayed in the Malberg Administration Building for the entire school year.

Jamie R. Zhang
Zhang, a junior at Eastern, is a 2012 Merit Scholarship Competition semifinalist, an honor earned by less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors each year. By scoring the highest on the PSAT/NMSQT qualifying test, Zhang can move into the finalist level this spring by earning high marks on the SAT, demonstrating high academic performance and obtaining endorsement by the school.

Haley Oberg
Oberg, 18, of Haddonfield Memorial High School, organized a book drive to help improve the Lanning Square Elementary School library. She collected more than 2,000 books to donate to the library and hopes to continue her efforts as part of volunteer group Quixote Quest, where she has been a member since sophomore year.

Erica Rubin
Cherokee student Rubin was selected to serve as the 2012 state board secretary for the New Jersey Association of Student Council. Rubin was chosen after attending the NJASC Convention hosted by The College of New Jersey.

Jessica Wang
Cherry Hill
Stockton Elementary student Wang won the Colgate “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures” Art Contest with her healthy teeth-inspired artwork. Jessica received a $500 savings bond and her winning artwork is featured in 2012 Colgate calendars. In addition, her school will receive a $500 grant from Colgate.

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