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Magnet HS Student Joins Ambassador Program in China
SCOTCH PLAINS — Sophomore Brian Raiff of Westfield, a student at the Union County Magnet High School for Science, Mathematics and Technology, spent three weeks this past summer touring China through the People To People Student Ambassador Program.
He was selected on the basis of his academic record and the results of a personal interview with delegation leaders.
Through the Student Ambassador Program, students meet with peers and their families in the hosting country and learn about each other’s life style.
Brian stated, “The homestay experience with the family is really great because you become familiar and empathize with their every day lives. They also gain an understanding of the United States and our standard of living.”
“Facilities were very run down and the classes were cramped. It did seem everyone had the materials they needed. Despite the popularity of soccer and basketball, ping pong still remains as an ever-popular sport,” he said.
Brian also traveled within the Student Ambassador Program. Last year, he traveled to South Africa as
part of a peace-keeping delegation. Next summer, he plans to participate in the Ambassador Program in Australia.
For additional material about the Magnet High School, please call Corinne Wnek at (908) 889-3800, Extension No. 201.
CHINESE CONNECTION…Brian Raiff of Westfield, a sophomore at the Union County Magnet High School in Scotch Plains, is shown with a momento of the three weeks he spent in China as a member of the People to People Student Ambassador Program.
ANNUAL RAKE-A-RAMA...Members of the Hi’s Eye staff recently held its annual Rake-A-Rama fundraiser for the Westfield High School newspaper which helps bring in the more than $20,000 needed to run the award-winning publication. Pictured, left to right, are: Derek Lartaud, Julia Gates, Aubrey McGovern, Liz Nicol and Kristin Pastir as they take a break from their leaf raking efforts. The Hi’s Eye is one of only seven weekly high school newspapers in the country.
Jumble Store Schedules Annual Holiday Sale
The Jumble Store of the Junior League of Elizabeth-Plainfield, 110 Walnut Avenue in Cranford, will hold its Annual Holiday Sale this Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the upstairs portion of the store.
Gifts and decorations for the holidays, as well as holiday clothing, will be featured at the event. Refreshments will be available.
A special raffle will be held during the sale. Chances to win a handpainted children’s stool featuring scenes from “The Cow Jumped over the Moon” will be available for $1 each. The winner will be announced on Friday, December 18.
All proceeds from the store will benefit community service projects.
The Junior League is an organization of women committed to improving their communities through the action and leadership of trained volunteers. Membership is open to all women over age 21 regardless of race or creed.
For further information, please call (908) 709-1177.
Westfield Schools Schedule Free Holiday Concerts
WESTFIELD – Westfield Public Schools has announced its schedule of holiday concerts. The public is invited to attend all these free events.
On Monday, December 7, at 8 p.m., the Northside Elementary Strings Concert will take place in the Roosevelt Intermediate School Auditorium.
On Tuesday, December 8, the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Vocal Concert will be held at 8 p.m. at Roosevelt School. A Band and Vocal Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Tamaques Elementary School.
On Wednesday, December 9, at 8 p.m. in the Roosevelt School Auditorium, the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Instrumental Concert will be presented.
On Thursday, December 10, Washington Elementary School will host a Band and Vocal Concert at 7:30 p.m.
On Monday, December 14, the Southside Elementary Strings Concert will take place in the Edison Intermediate School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, December 16, Franklin Elementary School will hold a Choral Concert, and Band and Vocal Concerts will be presented at Jefferson Elementary School and at McKinley Elementary School. All three events begin at 7:30 p.m.
On Thursday, December 17, the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grade Vocal Concert will take place in the Edison School Auditorium, while Wilson Elementary School will host a Band and Vocal Concert. Both start at 7:30 p.m.
On Monday, December 21, at 7:30 p.m., the Westfield High School Choral Concert will take place in the high school auditorium.
On Tuesday, December 22, a Band Concert will be held at Franklin School at 7:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, January 12, an Instrumental Concert will be performed in the Edison School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, January 13, the Westfield High School Symphony Orchestra Concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
NA’AMAT Chapter Sets Gift Wrap Event
WESTFIELD – The Medina Chapter of NA’AMAT USA will hold a gift wrapping event on Thursday and Friday, December 10, 11; Monday, December 14; Thursday, December 17; and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, December 21, 22, 23, and 24, at Kaybee Toys on East Broad Street in Westfield.
The event began on November 29. A selection of children’s and adult’s Christmas and Hanukkah wrapping papers will be available.
Items purchased at Kaybee Toys and from other stores may be wrapped at the event. Contributions are requested.
The Medina Chapter of NA’AMAT is the local chapter of international charitable organization which raises funds to support the needs of women and children locally, in the United States, and in Israel.
SPECIAL DELIVERY…Girl Scout Troop No. 941 of Evergreen Elementary School in Scotch Plains recently delivered a baby basket to Ife Olasogba of East Orange, center, the proud mother of a baby boy born at Overlook Hospital on October 31. The girls delivered the basket in honor of Girl Scout Founder Juliette Low’s birthday. Scouts, pictured left to right, are: Lauriana Lotito, Lauryn Adams, Tiffany Pasko, Linda Evins, Amanda Bobyack, Elizabeth Halpin, Catherine Kaiserman, Heather Pasko, Kristen Barry, Brittany Kane and Kayla Martin.
Roosevelt Intermediate Pupil Wins Community Award
WESTFIELD — Justin Harris, an eighth grade student at Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield, was selected as the Roosevelt winner of the 1999 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards recognition program.
Justin received an award from Principal Ken Shulack and his Guidance Counselor Brenda Benimeo.
Justin helped to get the town services to clean up a vacant lot in his neighborhood. His work with his neighbors and the mayor resulted in an improvement in the Town of Westfield.
Justin said in his application, “I decided to get involved because I
MODEL STUDENT…Justin Harris, an eighth grade student at Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield, was recently selected as the Roosevelt winner of the 1999 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards recognition program. Pictured, left to right, are: Roosevelt Guidance Counselor Brenda Benimeo, Justin Harris, and Roosevelt Principal Ken Shulack.
wanted to see changes in my neighborhood. My father has always taught my brother and me to have pride in where you live.”
Justin’s award as the school winner has been forwarded to the state for consideration. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards provides a unique opportunity for young people to be recognized for volunteer service.
Each state winner received $1,000, a silver medallion and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for several days of recognition events, including an awards ceremony and a Congressional Reception at the Capital.
Jermal A. Quinn Joins Pre-Deployment Event
SCOTCH PLAINS — Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jermal A. Quinn recently participated with more than 15,000 Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coastguardsmen in a pre-deployment exercise in the Eastern Pacific Ocean while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, homeported in Bremerton, Washington.
The United States Navy Fleet exercise, Pacific Joint Task Force Exercise (PAC JTFEX), involved more than 15 ships and fixed wing aircraft and helicopters from the USS Carl Vinson Battle Group and USS Boxer Amphibious Ready Group with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked.
United States Navy and Marine Corps forces were joined in the exercise by Air Force, Army, National Guard and Coast Guard units, as well as units from Canada and Japan.
PAC JTFEX was designed to evaluate and assess Petty Officer Quinn’s ship, which was deployed in November to the Western Pacific Ocean and the Persian Gulf.
The ship participated in real-time war games against other United States forces and conducted extensive damage control, communications and tactical warfare drills in controlled battle group environments, with emphasis placed on operational and material readiness.
Petty Officer Quinn graduated Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains in 1990. He joined the Navy in November of 1995.
William Sukovich Reports for Naval Duty
SCOTCH PLAINS — Navy Lieutenant Commander William Sukovich, the son of Patricia A. Sukovich of Scotch Plains, recently reported for duty at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia.
His rotation to a new duty station exemplifies the worldwide assignability of Marines and Sailors. This flexibility allows naval forces to protect United States national interests around the world while providing a visible deterrence for regional conflicts.
Lieutenant Commander Sukovich graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in 1977. He joined the Navy in July of 1988. He is a 1988 graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick where he obtained a bachelor of arts degree. He graduated Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1992.
WHS Students and Graduates Recognized as AP Scholars
WESTFIELD – Twenty-eight seniors and recent graduates of Westfield High School (WHS) have been named as Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars by the College Board in recognition of their achievement on the AP examinations administered in May of this year.
Four WHS students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students include Anisha Ambardar, Nishant Mehta, Rishi Talreja and George Wu.
Thirteen WHS students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
The students who earned this award were Tara Bhandari, Meghan Corbett, Colleen Donovan, Alice Kelman, Eunsang Ko, Ilka Netravali, Kathryn Nowicki, Thomas Olsen, Eric Pidkameny, Alexander Smith, Ryan St. Clair, Ian Wolkoff, and Andrew Zachar.
Eleven WHS students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Examinations, with grades of 3 or higher.
The AP Scholars are Christine Bonavita, Christine Giameo, Lois Harry, Sarah Lechner, Sarah Mullen, Kate RichlinZack, Stephanie Schraeter, Diane Shineman, Andrew
Stein, Zeel Tamboli, and Susan Wilson.
Of this year’s award recipients, Tara Bhandari and Ilka Netravali are both seniors. Both have also been named National Merit Semi-Finalists.