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Shawnee High School’s Kids For Wish Kids Club Host 4th Annual Magic Show

Medford, NJ – Shawnee High School’s Kids for Wish Kids Club hosted their fourth annual Magic Show on Thursday, February 18.

The show had well over 100 virtual attendees and raised $4,800 for the New Jersey chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Former Shawnee student Jake Strong volunteered his time to provide a fantastic virtual performance.

Club’s Long-Time Advisor Set To Retire

The show was also bittersweet as the club’s long-time advisor, Mrs. Diane Kelly, is retiring at the end of this year.

The club surprised Mrs. Kelly with a magic trick of their own, having dozens of letters from former students appear in her doorway at home in a special surprise.

The club thanked Mrs. Kelly for her years of volunteer work in running the club and her efforts to help the club raise tens of thousands of dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Mrs. Kelly shared: “Having been the Kids-for-Wish Kids advisor as well as the coordinator for the Give Kids the World Village volunteer trip since 2010 has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. To cap off all that time, Jake Strong played a trick at his final Shawnee Magic Show that I will never forget. He enlisted former club members and trip participants to write letters to me to tell about what their time in the club and at the Village meant to them.”

So many former and current students wrote about how “life changing” their time volunteering has been to them. Mrs. Kelly said. “These letters affirmed all the hours and effort that were put into the planning, fundraising, and meetings over all these years really had a positive and long-lasting impact on the students. What more can a teacher ask of her time spent working with teens?”

Mrs. Kelly truly felt that all the students who traveled with her to volunteer and who worked to raise money to grant wishes for kids facing critical illnesses through Make-A-Wish NJ, became her “kids.”

“What a way to take a final bow as I resign from a career that defined who I am as a person,” Mrs. Kelly said. “It will now be a challenge to answer the question, ‘What do you do?’ Thank you to all in the Shawnee Community that supported all the efforts of the Kids for Wish Kids Club for so long!”

About LRHSD

The Lenape Regional High School District’s four high schools – Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee and Seneca – as well as the Sequoia Alternative Program, educate approximately 6,800 students from eight communities in Burlington County.

The communities served include Evesham, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle, and Woodland.

The Lenape Regional District is among the highest-achieving districts in the state, with an average graduation rate of 96% and an average combined SAT score of 1144.

A leader in progressive education, the LRHSD’s mission is to develop physically and emotionally healthy students who excel in an ever-changing world.

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Cherokee Art Students Create Inspirational Art to Honor Black History Month

Cherokee High School’s Creative Arts Media 2 students celebrated Black History Month by creating shadow box silhouettes featuring Black Americans who impacted the course of American history.

Cherokee Art teacher, Deana Guittar, introduced her students to the stylistic works of Kara Walker, an African American established installation artist and professor at Columbia University.

Guittar’s students studied Walker’s signature style of using the art of silhouetting and her choice to work with black and white paper to depict race relations specifically during the 19th century.

Students were asked to design and construct shadow box silhouettes to display the person they selected.

To accompany their silhouettes, students provided written statements regarding their person’s impact on society past and present.

Moreover, students created a set of shoeprints to simulate “stepping into someone else’s shoes” to aid in the viewer’s experience of understanding the life of the selected American figure.

Picture attached: Deana Guittar, Cherokee teacher standing next to shadow box silhouette exhibit.

About LRHSD

The Lenape Regional High School District’s four high schools – Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee and Seneca – as well as the Sequoia Alternative Program, educate approximately 6,800 students from eight communities in Burlington County.

The communities served include Evesham, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle, and Woodland.

The Lenape Regional District is among the highest-achieving districts in the state, with an average graduation rate of 96% and an average combined SAT score of 1144.

A leader in progressive education, the LRHSD’s mission is to develop physically and emotionally healthy students who excel in an ever-changing world.

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ABC NJ Donates Vehicle to Mt. Laurel Twp. Fire Dept.

Mt. Laurel, NJ: Members of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) NJ Chapter were honored to deliver a rescue training vehicle to Battalion Chief Chris Santone and his crew at the Mt. Laurel Township Fire Department. ABC NJ donated this key training tool in thanks for their dedication and support for the town in which the ABC NJ Chapter headquarters resides.

Training is essential to building a rescue team ready for challenging real-life emergencies. This vehicle, which was older and beyond the realm of repairing, will be used specifically in extrication training—safe techniques for removing people from dangerous situations.

Thanks goes to nearby Triple J Recycling & Storage on Sherwood Avenue for storing the car while not in use.

Sam Fiocchi, President of ABC NJ commented, “Supporting the community in which we work is of great importance to ABC NJ. We are indebted to our Fire Department for all they do and are grateful for this opportunity to contribute.” Battalion Chief Chris Santone expressed appreciation right back to the association, “The Mt. Laurel Fire Department depends on community involvement. This donation will help bolster our team’s understanding and skills in emergencies. Thank you for your generous donation to the Mt. Laurel Fire Department.”

About Associated Builders and Contractors:

ABC is a national association representing 11,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms in 69 Chapters across the United States.

Our membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and consists primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.

ABC NJ is the industry’s liaison to federal, state, and local governments and the public at large.

For more information, please visit our website at www.abcnjc.org.

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Donates Meals to Healthcare Workers at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center

Atlantic City, N.J. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City dropped off heart-healthy meals to healthcare workers of AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center – Mainland Campus on Feb. 25, 2021.

In total 125 meals were curated by the Hard Rock Atlantic City culinary team and delivered to the day and night shift employees of the Heart and Vascular Institute.

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University of Maine Announces Fall 2020 Dean’s List

The University of Maine recognized 4,133 students for achieving Dean’s List honors in the fall 2020 semester.

Of the students who made the Dean’s List, 2,670 are from Maine, 1,366 are from 38 other states and 97 are from 35 countries other than the U.S.

Due to the unusual and challenging circumstances faced this semester amid the global pandemic, the university has modified its Dean’s List policy for the fall 2020 term.

The requirement that students earn 12 calculable credits to be eligible for Dean’s List has been waived.

Instead, students will be eligible 1) if they earned Dean’s List recognition in spring 2020 and have placed all of their fall 2020 courses on pass/fail; or 2) if they have earned a minimum GPA of a 3.5, regardless of the number of credits taken, in fall 2020.

Please note that some students have requested that their information not be released; therefore, their names are not included.

NEW JERSEY STUDENTS (by County/Town)

ATLANTIC COUNTY

Hammonton: Aubrey Martilini

BERGEN COUNTY

Dumont: Gabriella Peluso
Mahwah: Abbie Brooks
Oakland: Gregg Festa, Evan Horenstein, Kayla Lorenc, Liz Murray
Ramsey: Sabrina Sudol, Samantha Sudol
Ridgefield: Daniella Leal Espinal
River Vale: Chris DeMarchi
Teaneck: Dean Williamson
Westwood: Chloe Bilodeau, Alyssa McGlynn
Wood Ridge: Skylar Basich

BURLINGTON COUNTY

Bordentown: Peter Rohrbacher
Marlton: Jessica Firstenberg
Mount Laurel: Sarah Barakat, Jim Conlow
Shamong: Alexandria Lennox

CAMDEN COUNTY

Bellmawr: Darby Casey
Berlin: James Bilella
Blackwood: Brian Cooey, Bria Lamonica, Megan Sinclair
Cherry Hill: Emily Lund
Haddon Township: Paul Dezii

CAPE MAY COUNTY

Cape May Court House: Evan Warburton

ESSEX COUNTY

Bloomfield: Cyril Alo
Essex Fells: Ally DiFilippo
Glen Ridge: Sara Swett
Montclair: Carly Fazendin, Max Gugig, Deanna Kolenovic, Remy Parker
Nutley: Juan Lovill
Orange: Chimezie Ugbuaja
South Orange: Armand O’Keefe
Verona: Garrett Greystone

GLOUCESTER COUNTY

Franklinville: Kristina Littlehales
Swedesboro: Shannon Skilton

HUDSON COUNTY

Jersey City: LouLou Devallance
Kearny: Joey Millroy

HUNTERDON COUNTY

Annandale: Brianna Banko
Bloomsbury: Joseph Bobrowski
Glen Gardner: Alainna Sharp
Port Murray: Jessie Suchovic

MERCER COUNTY
Hopewell: Finn McConaughy
Lawrence Township: Susanna Dapprich

MIDDLESEX COUNTY
Colonia: Parni Monzo
Metuchen: Hayley Raab
Parlin: Sara Griffin

MONMOUTH COUNTY

Atlantic Highlands: Ceejai Schnoor
Manalapan: David Gelb
Manasquan: Riley Brennan
Middletown: Lauren Otterbine
Oakhurst: Sofia Rivera
Sea Girt: Charlie Kane
Spring Lake: Ethan Bailey

MORRIS COUNTY

Boonton: Matthew Eramian
Butler: Haley Florio
Cedar Knolls: Uzile Langa
Chatham: Megan Maltby, Siobhan O’Connor
Flanders: Kacey Roehrich
Gillette: John Dempsey
Landing: Ryan Mangano
Ledgewood: Dillon Miller
Long Valley: Trevor Mount
Morris Plains: Clare Capuzzi
Succasunna: Jon Rheinhardt

OCEAN COUNTY

Brick: Summer Egbert
Cream Ridge: Rachel Gilman
Forked River: Justin Bewley
Jackson: Zack Maynor
Little Egg Harbor Township: Emily Roth
Long Beach Township: Hannah Kline
Manahawkin: Savannah Bickel
Point Pleasant Boro: Courtney Yochim
Seaside Park: Jake Maroukis
Toms River: Luke Goldman

PASSAIC COUNTY

Newfoundland: Tanner Kipp
Paterson: Ashley Martinez
Pompton Lakes: Sydney Landwehr
West Milford: Shaelyn Huber

SALEM COUNTY

Pilesgrove: Matthew Murphy
Woodstown: Kristina Norbury

SOMERSET COUNTY

Green Brook: Emma Reedman
Hillsborough: Rachael Richardson
Warren: Clayton Bush

SUSSEX COUNTY

Glenwood: Tea Brich
Highland Lakes: Thomas Reeves
Lafayette: Freya Drew
Newton: T.J. Mulroy
Sparta: Julia Iannuzzi, Julia Muth
Wantage: Lauren Milks

UNION COUNTY

Cranford: Melanie Smith
Elizabeth: Justin Molina
Hillside: Miguel Dias, Raquel Garmony
Summit: Kayla Balsley, Jaira Mariz De Jesus

WARREN COUNTY

Bloomsbury: Gabbi Kaczynski
Hackettstown: Kayla McLagan
Oxford: Matt Fluta
Phillipsburg: Josh Goldsmith