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Star Students: March, 2012

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine
Frances Owens (pictured)
Owens was the only Shawnee student selected for the 2012 All-National Mixed Choir. The program involves the selected students from all across the United States, with a final performance of all ensembles at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Christine Goins
Cherry Hill
Goins, a senior with a 3.4 GPA at Cherry Hill East, was nominated by Congressman Jon Runyan for appointment to the United States Naval Academy, based on scholastic, physical and medical evaluations and many laudable personal characteristics. She received a certificate of congressional recognition for her achievement.

Spencer Wondolowski
Washington Township
Whitman Elementary School fourth-grader Wondolowski recently was honored by American Legion Post 521 for taking first place in the annual Veterans Coloring Contest. He beat out more than 500 contestants to earn the award. He then moved on to the Gloucester County competition, where he also claimed first place.

Priya Patel and Rachel James
Mount Laurel
These students were recognized as National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, out of thousands of high school students nationally. The girls are at the final judging level, for a chance to win a scholarship worth $2,500 or more. Winners are chosen based on academic records, two sets of test scores, a written recommendation from school officials, extracurricular activities, leadership experience, and a written essay.

Alexander Brennen
Washington Township
Chestnut Ridge Middle School eighth-grade student Alexander Brennen was one of only 100 students who qualified to compete in the state portion of the National Geography Bee. On March 30, this worldly student will compete for a coveted spot in the National Tournament during the state competition at Rowan University.

Anna Kim and Dan Miller
Cherokee students Kim and Miller both won individual plaques for second and third place, respectively, at the Burlington County Math League last month. The school’s math league also placed first at the competition, where 10 schools faced off.

Julia Taylor
Taylor, a junior at Cherokee High School was selected as a Student of the Month for her entry in the “This I Believe” national essay contest. Aside from her writing skills, Taylor also contributes to the community, cooking casseroles to donate to local food banks. Her teachers described her as “a well-rounded mature, and bright young lady.”

Eric Landis
Cherry Hill
Landis, a seventh-grader at Carusi Middle School won the schoolwide Geographic Bee, following a series of written and oral assessments, and moved on to compete in the regional competition.

Monica Theibault
Theibault, an Eastern High School student, scored top marks on the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) National Examination for High School Students. She scored first among roughly 100 selected German students from the South Jersey Chapter of AATG.

Anjali Akula
Akula, a fifth-grader at Moorestown Upper Elementary School, took third place in the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children student Art and Writing Contest. She wrote and illustrated a poignant story titled Poverty of Resources.

Caroline Beckett
Beckett, an Elizabeth Haddon School fifth-grader, got a little messy at recess; she helped out at the second annual “Dig It Week,” planting vegetable seeds in the school’s public outdoor garden and speaking to reporters about growing vegetables. The garden will eventually turn out fresh produce for the school’s cafeteria.

Sonia Kangaju, Jenna Hopkins, Audrey Harasaki, Soha Aslam, Hridiya Shah, Gianna Salvato, Marinel Kimenker, Hannah Lerfeld and Claire McFadden
Cherry Hill
These young singers have what it takes. Out of hundreds of students from across the state, these nine Cherry Hill elementary school students successfully auditioned and were selected to perform with the All State Elementary Chorus in May. Sonia Kangaju, of Thomas Pain Elementary, is ranked fourth in the state.

Jeff Dean
Mount Laurel
Lenape student Jeff Dean took first place in the Business Procedures category at the 2012 Future Business Leaders of America Regional Competition, which recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 1 (March, 2012).
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