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Warren Township Physical Education teachers, John Tsihlas (Mr. T) and Laura Lamson, have been teaching some unique activities and games to Warren Township Schools’ students, their families as well as students from Dickerson Elementary School in Chester, and educators throughout Somerset and Morris counties.

On Dec. 5, more than 90 Warren Township Schools’ students and their families attended Tsihlas and Lamson’s Family Fun Fitness Night at Central School in Warren. Tsihlas and Lamson planned activities that would be fun for any age group. 

Laura Lamson and John Tsihlas teaching grade 5 students the game Shipwreck during PE Jam at Dickerson Elementary School in Chester. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Warren Township Schools)

The evening started with a game called Shipwreck, Tsihlas as the captain and Lamson as the first mate. This interactive story is narrated by the captain who directs the first mate and the rest of the ship crew to walk the plank, clean the decks, dance like Baby Shark and so much more. The activity integrates creativity, imaginative play, gross motor skills, locomotor skills, fitness and fun. The Central School PTO served healthy snacks to give everyone enough energy for the rest of the evening which included games such as four way volleyball with a jumbo ball and corral the critter! 

The objective for the evening was to showcase activities that the students participate in each week during Physical Education class, but more importantly, to provide an opportunity for their families to play along. 

Tsihlas and Lamson hope that the outreach program taught students and their families that being active and exercising can be a fun. “The looks on the parents’ faces were priceless, I think they may have enjoyed themselves more than the students!”  Tsihlas said in a news release. 

Tsihlas and Lamson also have taken this show on the road. On Dec. 14, both were invited to attend and present at a conference called PE JAM. The conference was conducted at Dickerson Elementary School  More than 50 physical education teachers observed while Tsihlas and Lamson taught the game Shipwreck to a group of grade 5 students. 

“It was a great success, we represented Warren well and received wonderful feedback,” Tsihlas said. “The students and observing educators loved the activity.” 

Belmont University

The following Central Jersey residents at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, were named to the fall dean’s list: Kacey Abitz of Lambertville, Amanda Barbosa, Christopher Bordiuk of Basking Ridge, Denali Dunuwila of Princeton, Rebecca Lewis of Fanwood, Caroline Pabst of Hillsborough, Sierra Pasquarella of South Plainfield, Megan Shaw of Califon and Rebecca Waldron of Milford. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5.

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Campbellsville University

The following Central Jersey residents received their degrees on Dec. 7 from Campbellsville University in Kentucky: Sekou Touissant Harris of Plainfield,  bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and science; Madhu Guda of Piscataway, master’s degree in information technology management; Sreenu Kolipaka of Piscataway, master’s degree in information technology management; Ranjit Mourya of Piscataway, master’s degree in information technology management; Ravinder Reddy Sama of South Plainfield, master’s degree in information technology management.

Coastal Carolina University

The following Central Jersey residents received their degrees on Dec. 14 from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina: Maria Costa of Hillsborough, bachelor’s degree in business administration; Andrew Simmons of South Bound Brook, bachelor’s degree in communication; Stephen Tafaro of Hillsborough, bachelor’s degree in intelligence and national security studies; Zachary Zahn of Glen Gardner, bachelor’s degree in business administration.

ALSO: The following residents were named to the university’s fall president’s list: Trisha Berry of Flemington, Lexa Samer of Westfield, Victoria Schuyler of Manville, Gina Sileo of Hillsborough. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 4.0. ALSO: For the dean’s list: Christopher Altobelli of Branchburg, Mallory Clark of Hillsborough, Victor Cocco of Flemington, Megan Colagrande of Manville, Ian DeLorenzo of Asbury, Krista Kaczka of South Plainfield, Alyssa Kowalsky of Somerset, Lillian Mathews of Princeton, Justin Pavlik, Hanna Schmitt of Basking Ridge and Jennah Santiago of Stirling,  Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5. 

Delaware Valley Regional High School

Employed artist Erica Hutchins tells Del Val students: Learn, diversify, make connections.

Visiting artist Erica Hutchins (right) shows her old film camera to Delaware Valley High School art teacher Sarah Ruppert after her presentation to students. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Rick Epstein)

While learning all you can, “make good connections, build your reputation and have a phenomenal portfolio.” That was the advice of Hutchins imparted to Delaware Valley High School art students on Dec. 20 in Studio C107.

Hutchins, who graduated from Del Val in 2008, lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, where she makes a living in art. She was the latest guest speaker in the monthly visiting artist program, hosted by Del Val art teachers Jason Farnsworth and Sarah Ruppert.

Hutchins became interested in photography while a sophomore at Del Val. So she got a job at Pipolo’s Pizza in Milford, where she made enough money to buy a digital single lens reflex Nikon.

Although teaching photography is Ruppert’s specialty, there were no photo classes at Del Val in Hutchins’ day, so she took courses elsewhere and began building her portfolio.

She went on to study photography, drawing, 3D design and art history at Raritan Valley Community College, gaining skills, building her portfolio and making connections. She noted that she was taught by some of the same professors who teach at big four-year universities, but at a fraction of the price.

Since then, while painting, drawing and taking pictures, she has held various jobs, including doing custom framing at Michaels, and working at cafes, farms, and a grocery store. She describes the growth and merging of her separate experiences as “my puddle effect.” One puddle of knowledge grows and overlaps with others. Maybe the puddles “will be a pond” someday. “I’m still working on that,” she said. Hutchins moved to Easton because she knew some people there, and an art community was developing.

Working in a deli, she met a customer who later phoned her to say that world-famous photographer Larry Fink needed an assistant and ask if she’d be interested. Soon she was photographing and archiving Fink’s work, while learning from it. It was “like speed dating with photographs.”

Then she rented a walk-up fine-art photography studio space and made more connections by exhibiting other people’s artwork and putting on comedy, poetry and musical events “to get people up there. You never know who you can meet and what they can do for you later.”

Later she got a job at Easton’s Brick + Mortar Art Gallery and Design Studio partly because she wanted to learn woodworking and partly to get involved in the exhibitions they were hosting. Some of her own work hangs there, and she thanks her teenage job at Michaels for her valuable matting and framing skills.

A friend, who encountered her at Brick + Mortar from time to time, called her to say, “Hey, I’m leaving this job at Lafayette College. Do you think you’d want to pick it up?” He was an art technician, building canvases, minding inventory and doing other work in support of art classes. Her answer was, “Totally!”

Marveling at the power of connections, she told the Del Val students, she got the college art job “purely through a recommendation, purely through someone who saw me do the things I’ve done over the past few years, and saw that I have the ability to do even more than that.”

Farnsworth chimed in, telling the class that the power of making connections and “showing them what you can do” can help “every career path – not just in art.”

She still works part-time at Brick + Mortar. A sample of her activities includes hosting opening receptions, painting a door, making something look antique, salvaging materials and photographing the progress of their projects. She calls it her “fun job.”

“I’ve learned it’s important to learn just as much as you can just in case there’s something someone needs you to do. It’s important to be versatile,” she said.

Delaware Valley University

The following Central Jersey residents at Delaware Valley University in Pennsylvania were selected as peer mentors for the 2018/2019 academic year: Jessica Rodriguez, Colgan Webb of Flemington, Rachel Epstein of Bloomsbury, and Amanda Wengryn of Ringoes. Peer mentors provide first-year students with academic, social, and personal encouragement as they navigate their first year at the university.

East Stroudsburg University

The following Central Jersey residents received their degrees on Dec. 15 from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania: 

Zaria Cyriaque of Plainfield, bachelor’s degree  in hotel restaurant and tourism management.

Emily Tinnirella of Mountainside, bachelor’s degree in hotel restaurant and tourism management.

Megan Romanko of Berkeley Heights, bachelor’s degree in hotel restaurant and tourism management.

Dylan Troutman of New Providence, bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Paul Rallis of Ringoes, bachelor’s degree in exercise science.

Kaitlyn Squires-Black of Flemington, bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Joshua Coleman of Flemington, bachelor’s degree in digital media technologies.

Therese Hipolito of Flemington, bachelor’s degree in political science.

Adam Viola of Branchburg, bachelor’s degree in exercise science.

Emporia State University

Mike Awad of Piscataway received a master’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, on Dec. 14.

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

The following Central Jersey residents at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania were named to the fall dean’s list: Morganne Bennett of Hillsborough, Noelle Cheh of Flemington, Matthew Cohen of Bridgewater, Sarah D’amore of Milford, Erin Doherty of Bound Brook, Jessica Dorf of Clinton, Brianna Graziano of Berkeley Heights, Amy Kapushinsky of Milford, Jessica Ludwig of Milford, Maximillian Lunsmann of Ringoes, Brianna McCabe of Flemington, Melissa O’Brien of Bridgewater, Emily Petras of Bloomsbury, Jaclyn Pillinger of Hillsborough, Alexa Russo of Branchburg, Claire Sheats of Somerville, Alyssa Smorra of Bound Brook, Kira Solt of Hillsborough, Xinyi To of Berkeley Heights, Chelsea Valderas and Peyton Williams of Flemington, Matthew Weger of Bloomsbury, Marianna Zaman of Bridgewater. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.60. 

League Foundation Scholarship

The League Foundation provides financial resources for America’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer high school seniors entering their first year of institutions of higher learning. The league’s scholarship application opens annually in January and closes in April with awards distributed in the summer of each year.

Since 1996, League Foundation has awarded 144 college scholarships totaling $320,500 to self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) graduating U.S. high school students and or U.S. military base high cshool, based on the following achievements: a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; significant involvement in community service; and acceptance to an accredited U.S. college or university

The Foundation began as a grass-roots organization with the support of League Members (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender United Employees at AT&T). Through the years, the organization has grown into a national scholarship fund reaching all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories,  with support from corporations, individuals, and other LGBTQ organizations.

League Foundation awards include: The Laurel Hester Memorial Scholarship (one award annually); The Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship (one award annually); The Stonewall Empowerment Scholarship (one award annually); The League Foundation Scholarship (up to eight awards annually); and The League DFW Scholarship (one award — 2019 only).

Applications are available through April 14. Find out more at http://www.leaguefoundation.org.

Lebanon Valley College

The following Central Jersey residents at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania, were named to the fall dean’s list: Jessica Katzenberger of High Bridge, Ashley Dotey of Middlesex. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.4. ALSO: The following student-athletes competed for the Flying Dutchmen fall athletic teams: John Branowski of Pittstown and Salvatore Lombardino of Manville. 

Misericordia University

The following Central Jersey residents at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania, were named to the fall dean’s list: Victoria Allegro of Bridgewater, Sarah Bender of Raritan, Dominic Campanale of Branchburg, Hailey Conroy of High Bridge, Patrick Demichele of Bridgewater, Katherine Hahn of Watchung, Conall Joyce of Stockton, Christopher Lynn of Basking Ridge, Tara Malara of Whitehouse Station,  Emma O’Callaghan of Peapack, Julia Regnault of Basking Ridge, Ryan Romaine of Bloomsbury,  Mikayla Simanski of Glen Gardner, Gavin Sudano of Skillman, Katherine Tota of Clinton, Christina Celona of  Mountainside, Megan Kieltyka of Scotch Plains, Jessica Knowles of Garwood, Evelyn Logie of Scotch Plains. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.55.

Raritan Valley Community College

Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Visual and Performing Arts Department will present: I.S. + I.A.D., an exhibition of work by RVCC independent study students and current students and alumni from the Interior Architecture and Design program, Jan. 22-Feb. 8, in the Art Gallery at the college’s Branchburg campus.

“Dunlins Sprints Pavilion,” by Sharmily Patel, digital concept drawing, created Fall 2018 (Photo: ~Courtesy of Sharmily Patel)

An artists’ talk will be presented on Friday, Jan. 25, from 5 to 6 p.m., in the Art Gallery, followed by a reception from 6 to 7 p.m. Both events are free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

This exhibition, organized by RVCC faculty members Darren McManus and Virginia Smith, includes student work in ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and interior architecture and design.

The exhibition highlights the artwork of students who have participated in an independent study from the Spring, Summer or Fall 2018 semesters. Advanced art students at RVCC work with individual instructors in their various fields of interest on projects of an advanced nature. Students develop a more independent studio practice than in a classroom situation, facilitated by a concentrated opportunity to develop their own ideas and visions. Additionally, this exhibition will showcase the work of current students and alumni from RVCC’s Interior Architecture and Design program.

Gallery hours are Mondays,  to -8 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 3 to 8 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m. Contact the Visual and Performing Arts Department at 908-218-8876.

RVCC is at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg. Visit http://www.raritanval.edu.

Readington: Whitehouse School

In 1916, Whitehouse and Whitehouse Station wanted to build a consolidated school. Before that time, there were as many as 11 one-room school buildings in this district. The land was purchased for $500 from the Burdette family’s farm. The original building shown above only had four rooms for Grades 1-8. The first day students walked through the front doors was Sept. 7th, 1918, and the first “school bus” was in 1924: a horse and buggy.

Additions were made to the original 1918 building in the late 1920s and again in the 1930s. In 1958, they added the gymnasium which also served as the cafeteria and as the auditorium with a stage for assemblies.

In 1966, they added the wing that now hosts first grade classes. Art was still taught in the basement until 1992 when the next addition was added, forming the center of the school that houses the Library and Music Room. And in 2004, the addition was built that completes Whitehouse School as we know it today. The office, two kindergarten rooms, and the Cafetorium were added to the first floor. At that time, the upstairs was constructed for all of the second and third grade classes.

The staff and students at Whitehouse School in Readington closed out 2018 with a bang by taking a teamwork approach and celebrating Whitehouse School’s 100th birthday in several ways. According to Principal Ann T. DeRosa, these included:

  • Devoting the December newsletter to the topic in an old-fashioned style format, courtesy of the school’s highly-skilled Wendy Reardon.
  • The entire school had a six-hour celebration of knowledge research endeavor. Students stayed with their classroom teachers and another buddy staff member, in a one-room schoolhouse model, and researched aspects of life from 1918: Schooling; Communication and Technology; Entertainment (toys and games, movies, music, and sports); Home Life; Transportation; Energy (heating, lighting, cooling, and power); Financial (average cost of things); Historical Events; Famous People Born in 1918; and Random Facts of Interest.
  • Once the research was completed, students used what they learned as the basis for a door-decorating contest. All doors were judged by a panel, using a predetermined assessment rubric. Cheri Matteo’s second-grade class won the contest. As part of this project, classes did a Gallery Walk to read the doors as they added to their knowledge base and learned more about “then” versus “now” comparisons.
  • Each child also received a copy of a photograph of the school as it looked back in 1918. Classes then went outside to look at  the current building to see what has changed and what has remained the same!
  • The school’s annual PAJAM! (pajama dance party) was dedicated to celebrating the birthday, facilitated by the very energetic Karen Kozal.
  • Dana Pierro designed a banner in honor of the 100th Anniversary Celebration and the school had it custom-made to hang in the gymnasium.
  • Video expert, Lori Yukniewicz, also made a video to commemorate the anniversary.

Rotary Clubs of NJ scholarships

The Rotary Clubs in Central Jersey are offering an international scholarship for students who are interested in pursuing further study abroad. Applicants must live in Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union or Warren counties, and must be interested in planning a career in one of the following subject areas: peace and conflict resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and economic and community development

Candidates must be accepted to a foreign university at the time of application. The scholarship is competitive, and the main factors considered are a scholar’s experience, the graduate program of study, and career goals. Of added importance is having a plan with a clear-cut purpose.  Additional information may be found in the Rotary Foundation Section of http://www.rotary.org, or by contacting Eva-Pia Reich at evapiareich@gmail.com

Applicants should send their resume, college transcripts, and proposal (to include the program of study and a description of a career path) to Eva-Pia Reich, 24 South Shore Road, Denville, NJ 07834.  he deadline to apply is May 1, 2019 with interviews to follow. 

Seton Hall University

Auditions for the Seton Hall University Choir and Orchestra are open to the public now through Friday, Jan. 25. Anyone who is interested in exhibiting his or her musical talents can audition for the ensembles.

The choirs and orchestra are led by Jason Tramm, assistant professor and director of choral activities for the College of Communication and the Arts. Tramm is also the artistic director and principal conductor for the MidAtlantic Opera, where he conducted the first two of the three-part “A Prayer for Peace” concert trilogy with the Seton Hall University Choir at Carnegie Hall in 2015 and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in 2017.

Now in his seventh year at Seton Hall, Tramm said he came to Seton Hall because it was the “perfect fit for me to do my dream job of teaching full-time, performing and working with the wonderful ensembles and community.”

He added, “What makes Seton Hall so unique is how students, faculty, administration and staff who come from different backgrounds in the community come together to enjoy the time here and perform. We all spend time together like a family.”

The choral program will perform in several events this spring. This February, the Chamber Choir will be featured with the Opera New Hampshire at Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Seton Hall Choral Program and the University Orchestra will perform their spring concerts at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) on May 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are limited, but free to the public and should be reserved by contacting the SOPAC Box Office at 973-313-2787.

Those who are interested in auditioning for one of the university’s choral programs should contact Tramm at jason.tramm@shu.edu. More information about the Seton Hall University Choral Program can be found at http://www.shu.edu/choral-program. 

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison ias announced the Upper School honor rolls for the first trimester of the 2018-2019 academic year. To qualify for Honor Roll, a student must achieve a GPA of 87 or higher, without rounding, with no individual grade below 73. To qualify for Honor Roll with Distinction, a student must achieve a GPA of 93 or higher, without rounding, with no individual grade below 83.

Honor Roll with Distinction– freshmen Faizah Naqvi of South Plainfield, Anna Claire Sems of Bernardsville, Shiv Tickoo of Scotch Plains, Jenelle Valera of Piscataway; sophomores  Alex Caiola of Westfield, Samuel Chang of Somerset, Mikayla Cole of Plainfield,Jason Kisare of Bridgewater, Camila Martinez of Scotch Plains, Michael Peruzzo of Westfield, Isabella Sena-Cash of Scotch Plains, NadiaValcourt of South Plainfield; juniors Ryan Brace of Scotch Plains, Zachary Brown of South Plainfield, Emily Calderon of North Plainfield, Brianna Chambers of Somerset, Logan D’Amore of Scotch Plains, Wilson Huang of Plainfield, Sydney Johnson of Somerset,  Arun Lakshman of Westfield, Judith Minnium of Scotch Plains, Kallie Schildge of Westfield, Kevin Vasquez of North Plainfield, BenjaminWang of Plainfield; and seniors Anshuman Apte of Watchung, Alexandra De Sousa of South Plainfield, Stanislav DeLaurentiis of Plainfield, Jaden Dugenio of Branchburg, Kelton Estabrook of Plainfield, Aubrey Mackay of Plainfield, Timothy McDonald of Dunellen, Matangi Melpakkam of Piscataway, Ayush Menon of Scotch Plains, Sandy Miller of Westfield, William Rehwinkel of Scotch Plains, JJ Stueck of Scotch Plains, Mia Sutton of Westfield, Alexandra Vargas of Dunellen, Erik Wang of Plainfield and Max Wu of Plainfield; 

Honor Roll– freshmen Vincent Alvarez of South Bound Brook, KoriBrown of Plainfield, Tenajah Eldridge of Plainfield, Rose Kassam of Scotch Plains, Nathaniel Valcourt of South Plainfield; sophomores Carlos Amaya of Plainfield, Olivia Brown of South Plainfield, Olivia DeSousa of South Plainfield, Kynise Dixon of North Planfield, Saleem Ibraheem of Piscataway, Tyler Jones of Scotch Plains, Nyela Liverpool of Plainield, Taliyah Williams of Plainfield, Able Xu of Somerset; juniors Daniel Hoffman of Berkeley Heights, Clare Jeffery of Westfield, Nate Kolmodin of Mountainside, Louise Lu of Plainfield, Neha Mandalapu of Warren, AJ Massaro of South Plainfield, Mayah Nissim of Scotch Plains, Elizabeth Ostrowski of South River; and seniors Hrithik Bawa of South Plainfield, Nicole Kimm of Watchung, Alexandra Lack of Westfield, Kelly Lawrence of Scotch Plains, Gerald Ringler of Watchung, Mika Walker of North Plainfield, Zachary Weiss of Westfield, Edward Zhang of Scotch Plains.

Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School

 Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School in the Somerset section of Franklin is one of approximately 1,800 schools worldwide to implement the AP Capstone™ Diploma program ― a program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for college success, such as research, collaboration, and communication. The program consists of two courses taken in sequence: AP® Seminar and AP Research.

Students who score a 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing earn the AP Capstone Diploma™. This signifies outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. Students who score a 3 or higher in both AP Seminar and AP Research (but not on four additional AP Exams) earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™.

Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School will start offering AP Seminar in the fall of 2019.

“This innovative program gets a broader, more diverse student population ready for college and beyond,” said Oguz Yildiz, Lead Person, in a news release. “The program gives our teachers more leeway with curriculum choices, so their students can access more challenging coursework and sharpen their reading and writing skills.”

In AP Seminar, typically taken in 10th or 11th grade, students choose and evaluate complex topics through multiple lenses; identify credibility and bias in sources; and develop arguments in support of a recommendation. AP Seminar is a project-based learning course. Official AP Seminar assessments include research reports, written arguments, and presentations completed during the academic year.

In the subsequent AP Research course, students design, execute, present, and defend a yearlong research-based investigation on a topic of individual interest. They build on skills developed in AP Seminar by learning how to understand research methodology; employ ethical research practices; and collect, analyze, and synthesize information to contribute to academic research. Like AP Seminar, AP Research is a project-based course. Each student’s official AP Research score is based on their academic paper, presentation, and oral defense.

“We’re proud to offer AP Capstone, which enables students and teachers to focus on topics of their choice in great depth,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president for AP and instruction at the College Board, in a news release. “This provides terrific opportunities for students to develop the ability to write and present their work effectively, individually and in groups — the very skills college professors want their students to possess.”

In partnership with the higher education community, the College Board developed AP Capstone so students can practice skills that serve them well in college and career. Colleges and universities have voiced their support for the program.

Trine University

Michael Meisenbacher of Basking Ridge was named to the fall president’s list at Trine University in Angola, Indiana. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.75-4.0.

University of Notre Dame

Christine Arcoleo of Bridgewater was named to the dean’s list at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business in South Bend, Indiana. Students at the business college must achieve a grade-point average of 3.72.

Westfield Municipal Alliance

The 6th Annual Palooza Contest finalists will be recognized on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the student center at Westfield High School. Westfield students, in grades 1 to 12, created posters, poetry, and PSA’s themed “Westfield, We Have Better Things To Do: Healthy Choices, Everyday Choices.”, for substance abuse prevention.

The night of recognition is opened to the community and light refreshments will be served, sponsored by the Westfield Municipal Alliance. The Alliance Community Connections meeting will take place at the same location following the Palooza recognitions.

For details, contact Louise DeDea at westfieldalliance@gmail.com or Kerri Oligino at westfieldalliance2@gmail.com

Western New England University

Sushant Darshankumar Bhatt of Piscataway, received a master’s degree in engineering management on Oct. 15 from Western New England Univesity in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Mountainside resident Aidan O’Keefe, a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, took part in an intensive hands-on research project in Japan. 

York College of Pennsylvania

The following Central Jersey residents received their degrees on Dec. 19 from York College of Pennsylvania: Stephanie Baginski of Branchburg, bachelor’s degree in nursing, cum laude; Chase Kelly of Green Brook, bachelor’s degree in computer information systems; Jake Marshall of Bridgewater, bachelor’s degree in business administration. 

ALSO: The following were named to the fall dean’s list: Grace Carlsen of Bridgewater, Gina Cillo of Ringoes, Kacie Coughlin of Belle Mead, Brett Locker of Basking Ridge, Sean McQuade of Hampton,Julia Oostdyk of Asbury. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.50.

Student and School news appears Fridays. Email: cnmentro@mycentraljersey.com

 

 

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