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Star Students: May, 2012

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine
Moorestown Friends School Cum Laude Society (pictured)
Fourteen juniors and seniors were inducted into the Cum Laude Society on May 10, a national honor society for academically challenging independent schools. Pictured (from left): Front, Maraina Adams, Simone Stanley, Margaret Fischer, Reena Karasin, Brianna Howarth and Eva Gelernt; back, Liana Hershey, Matthew Eckart, Phillip Hege, Edward Barrett, Joseph Kiernan, Sophia Aguilar, Spencer Bard and Daniel Salowe.

Bryana Bonfanti
Bonfanti, a special education and psychology double major with a minor in deaf studies at The College of New Jersey, was awarded this year’s Blue & Gold Award and The Annie F. & Kate Stout Scholarship for her outstanding leadership at her school. While maintaining a 3.8 GPA, the Voorhees native served as president of her class for three years, vice president of ZTA Sorority, and a member of three honor societies.

Priya Patel
Mount Laurel
Patel, a senior at Lenape High School, was the only Burlington County student to be named a National Merit Scholarship winner and one of 88 New Jersey students to be chosen for the $2,500 scholarship. She’s part of a very small group: Only 1 percent of the 22,000 nationwide entries were selected as semifinalists and only 8,300 students won.

Emily Maness, Anthony Rossi, Gabriella Linden and Katelyn Van Mater
These Thomas Jefferson Elementary School fourth-graders were named Students of the Month for Diligence last month. They were nominated by teachers and recognized by the school principal with a special certificate.

Sam Udotong
Udotong, a senior at Cinnaminson High School, received a $2,500 National Achievement scholarship. Awarded to only 700 students nationwide, the scholarship is given to black high school students with excellent PSAT scores and academics. Udotong will study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall.

Joseph Kiernan
Kiernan was accepted into the New Jersey Scholars Program this year. Kiernan was one of 39 students in the state selected to attend a five-week residential summer program at the Lawrenceville School, where students explore important educational and cultural topics. This year’s program is titled “Immigration: Demographic Disaster or Cultural Recreator?”

Madeline Bowne
Cherry Hill
Bowne, an eighth-grader at John A. Carusi Middle School, placed second in the national 2012 C-Span video documentary contest, dubbed “StudentCam,” for her self-produced film on women’s rights. She was one of eight students awarded in her category and received $750 in addition to bragging rights.

James A. Garfield Elementary School’s first-grade students
These students were tasked with reading 1,000 books in four months by the Mayor’s Book Club. Their reward, should they succeed: $1,000 to purchase new reading materials for the classroom. But the class raised the stakes and read 2,000 titles, earning their promised reward, a party with the mayor and two books for each student to take home.

Alec Goldfarb
Mount Laurel
Goldfarb won a DownBeat Student Music Award in April. He took home a first-place win for Original Composition in Outstanding High School Performances for his piece entitled “Pendulum.” Goldfarb plays guitar and is a senior at Lenape High School.

Alexander Glass and Madlyn Kates
Cherry Hill
These middle-schoolers reached the state level of the PTA Reflections Art Competition and took home awards for their respective categories. Alexander, a sixth-grader at Rosa International Middle School, received an Award of Excellence for Musical Composition, and Madlyn, an eighth-grader, received an Award of Excellence for Photography.

Danny Pak, Chloe Cho, Jason Kim, Michelle Xu and Josh Chazin
Five talented Voorhees Middle School students were selected to play in the 2012 South Jersey Middle School Band, an invitational group consisting of musicians from multiple schools. Eighth-grader Danny Pak is 1st Chair clarinet; Chloe Cho, Jason Kim and Michelle Xu play clarinet, and Josh Chazin plays percussion.

Sokol Pacuku
Pacuku, a junior at Cherokee High School, was named a student of the month for May, after he demonstrated selflessness to help a fellow classmate. When asked to tutor a struggling freshman, he volunteered without asking anything in return, teachers say.

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