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Shawnee High School Student Samantha Thomas Accepted to All-Eastern Mixed Choir


Medford, NJ – Shawnee High School Junior, Samantha Thomas, was accepted to the All-Eastern Mixed Choir.

The most musically talented students were selected from the Eastern region of the United States. They will prepare momentously challenging music performed under the leadership of prominent conductors in the biennial event.

A virtual 2021 Eastern Division Honor Ensemble program will take place March 4 through March 6.

Robert Joubert, music teacher at Shawnee, added “We are extremely proud of Samantha. She has worked tirelessly over the last few years to refine her craft, and it shows. This honor is reserved for only the most dedicated and talented students around. She has not only worked to improve her own abilities but contributed in leadership to our program.”

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.

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Shawnee High School Student Capri Mills Donates 5,000 Books to Philadelphia School


Medford, NJ – Shawnee High School Junior, Capri Mills, collected and donated over 5,000 books to the One Bright Ray Community High School in Philadelphia on January 15.

The donation was the cumulative effort of a year’s goal to collect 2,020 books to donate at the end of 2020.

Instead, Capri was able to more than double her goal through social media
campaigns and word of mouth.

Capri added: “I’ve always loved reading and when I learned about the need for more books at One Bright Ray Community High School, I knew I had to do something. Hopefully, this donation will help them have more access to learning.”

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.

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Shawnee High School Teacher of the Year & Educational Services Professional of the Year


Medford, NJ – Shawnee High School proudly congratulates our Teacher of the Year, Renée Toliver, of the World Languages Department, and Educational Services Professional of the Year, Lauren Szemere of the Child Study Team.

Renée Toliver, in her eighteenth year as a Spanish Teacher at Shawnee, has been the head coach of the field hockey team for the past fifteen years and co-advises the Class of 2022.

She also serves on the “VOICES” committee at Shawnee (Various Opportunities for Instructional Cooperative Experiences and Support), where she leads “Collegiality Café’s”, which are opportunities for staff members to run short professional development sessions for other staff members.

She also earned her Master’s Degree in Spanish Language & Culture from the University of Salamanca in Spain.

Lauren Szemere has sixteen years of experience in education, including the last six in her current role as Learning Disabilities Teaching Consultant at both Cherokee and Shawnee.

Lauren works to support teachers, students, and families in academic, social, and emotional learning and currently serves on the Intervention and Referral Services team.

Photo of Shawnee Educational Services Professional of the Year Lauren Szemere credit: Christian Hochenberger

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.