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Seneca JROTC Students Place First in CyberPatriot Challenge


Tabernacle, NJ – Five motivated Seneca High School Air Force Junior ROTC (JROTC) students, led by Freshman Chris Cerra, earned first place in the unit’s inaugural CyberPatriot Challenge Season.

The team earned First Place in the Gold Tier, All-Service Division. Team members were freshman Chris Cerra, freshman Luke Handt, sophomore Lea Mota, freshman Liam Knox, and junior Lauren Smith.

Seneca High School JROTC CyberPatriot Challenge winners. Pictured back row from left: Seneca Freshmen Liam Knox, Luke Handt, and Chris Cerra. In the front row are Seneca Sophomore Lea Mota (left) and Seneca Junior Lauren Smith (right). (Photo provided)

“This is huge,” explained Seneca JROTC Instructor Lt. Col. Greg Sevening. “They earned 1st place for the Gold Tier for all teams competing in New Jersey!”

CyberPatriot is a National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines that are vital to the future of our Nation.

During each of the three rounds of competition, the team endures 6 hours of simulated cyber scenarios where they must secure various virtual networks to score points.

This competition pits Seneca students against their peers across the nation and even against JROTC teams overseas. They placed into the Gold
Division (second highest division) after competition in the first two placement rounds.

The first two rounds were placement rounds to separate the teams into equal playing fields: Platinum, Gold, and Silver.

The competitions were held on the following dates:

Round 1: 13 Nov. 13, 2020
Round 2: 11 Dec. 11, 2020
Round 3: 22 Jan. 22, 2021

All practices have been virtual. Students also had to compete virtually, which was a challenge. “The amazing LRHSD and Seneca Staff provided the cadets outstanding technical support to connect and compete,” noted Sevening. “Without them, we would not have been a success.

“I am so proud of Chris Cerra and the entire team,” Sevening added. “Seneca JROTC is a cadet led program and both MSgt Brooks and I push the cadets to show initiative and take action. They were presented the opportunity to set up a team, but it was up to them to organize, train, and execute; we merely advised and enabled. They wanted it and they did it!”

“Our students setting up this team was an amazing story on its own; they created an opportunity for future cadets to compete here at Seneca High School. Finishing in first place for the state of New Jersey in their division was icing on the cake.”

“This school year has presented Seneca Students with many challenges and each time they have met them head on. Today marks the culmination of yet another challenge,” Sevening continued. “We are looking forward to the bright future of Seneca’s newest extracurricular competition team as they increase their knowledge, appreciation, and abilities in the cybersecurity domain.”

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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Seneca’s Aidan Winters Named Senior Student Spotlight Award Winner


Tabernacle, NJ – Seneca Senior Aidan Winters is being honored as the Senior Student Spotlight winner for October.

The award is given by Assemblyman Ryan Peters, who celebrates a different senior each month, “in light of the difficult year they are navigating and the achievements they are accomplishing.”

In the Facebook Post through which he announced the winner, Assemblyman Peters noted that: “Winters completed his US Army Basic Combat Training and will complete training to become a Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Specialist upon graduating his senior year.”

Peters added, “He’s been described by his superiors as a great soldier and natural leader and still finds time to excel in school and on the Seneca Golden Eagles football team. Thank you for choosing to serve this nation, Aidan. It is one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have.”


About LRHSD

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

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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Seneca’s Julia Greeley Named Senior Student Spotlight Award Winner

Tabernacle, NJ – Seneca Senior Julia Greeley is being honored as the Senior Student Spotlight winner for October.

The award is given by Assemblyman Ryan Peters, who celebrates a different senior each month, “in light of the difficult year they are navigating and the achievements they are accomplishing.”

Julia was nominated by Chad Devino, a School Counselor at Seneca. Devino explained that when he heard of the award he, “thought of Julia first thing because of her academic and athletic prowess. Julia is a scholar athlete and I knew she was a force when she first came out for XC in the fall of her freshman year. Julia moved over to pole vaulting her sophomore year and has been dominating every year. Julia is the full package and my favorite thing about her is that her accomplishments don’t go to her head. She is humble, kind and will always strive to be better. She is personable, outgoing, and will go far in this world.”

In the Facebook Post through which he announced the winner, Assemblyman Peters noted that, “this award fits Julia perfectly. She’s been described by her peers and faculty as, ‘never taking the easy way out, never doing anything halfway and never quitting.’ Those traits will carry her well through life beyond high school.

“Julia is a scholar athlete who ranks #1 in her class and is one of the best pole vaulters in Seneca’s school history. Although she has broken a ton of records, she’s described as humble and puts her all into her education as well. I have no doubt Julia is destined for great things.”

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, NJ.

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.