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Star Students: August, 2012

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine

Christine Goins
Cherry Hill
Goins (pictured), who was accepted into the Honors Engineering program at Rowan University, is a great example of a student who achieved enough balance in high school to excel both academically and athletically. She is going to major in civil engineering and minor in mechanical engineering at Rowan, where she was awarded multiple scholarships. Goins graduated from Cherry Hill East with a 3.56 GPA and was awarded the Senior Academic Recognition, all while competing in four different sports and earning 10 varsity letters.

Michael Bochey and Courtney Smoyer
Mount Laurel
These Lenape High School seniors were presented with the Mount Laurel Rotary Club Community Service Award at their graduation ceremony in June. Both students received $1,000 scholarships based on their outstanding community service over the course of their academic careers.

Vatsal Gandhi
Gandhi, a 2012 Eastern High School graduate, wanted to help his teachers when he found out that 34 of them were going to be laid off his sophomore year. Gandhi began research to find ways to use green energy to cut the budget without laying off teachers, then presented his research in a paper to the University of Pennsylvania research internship he participated in last summer. Since then, Gandhi—who is headed to Duquesne University, where he will be studying pre-med before attending the Temple University School of Medicine—has continued his green energy research and credits his supportive teachers for their help.

Zahabya Mama
Zahabya Mama, 17, a rising senior at Moorestown High School, takes more than a regional approach when it comes to community service: Her efforts have expanded across the globe. She raised $400 for school books for children in Vietnam. She recently returned from the country, where she visited with students in the organization Friends of Street Children.

Nicole Sandelier
Washington Township
This Washington Township senior was recently awarded the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship for her strong leadership skills, academic achievements and commitment to community service. Sandelier was recognized for her busy schedule, which included four years of varsity softball, work with organizations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and her involvement in school as a freshmen transition counselor.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 6 (August, 2012).
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