A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood Thursday, June 4, 1998 Page 9
PATIENT CARE 3X7
Father of Car Wreck Victim Speaks to WHS Seniors
Jeff Johnson, who lost his son, Scott, from reckless driving two years ago, spoke to Westfield High School seniors last week, two days before the traditional prom night, on the hazards of driving.
Margaret Teitelbaum, Health Education Coordinator, arranged the meeting with the Holmdel resident.
Mr. Johnson, a Technical Manager with AT & T since 1981, has spoken to 12 high schools in the state over the past two years. After he recently addressed the Juvenile Officers Association of Union County, Sergeant. Jim Schneider said, "Mr. Johnson's presentation was riveting. You could have heard a pin drop."
Mr. Johnson describes his enormous personal loss and explains what he calls the "physics" of what happens during an auto accident. At one time, he was a chemistry professor at the University of Pittsburgh.
The President of the ParentTeacher- Student Association at New Providence High School said, after
Mr. Johnson's talk in April, "Jeff's message is terrific and one that has to be told. It is an emotional story that also teaches the physics of the road."
Jeff Johnson College Men's Club Names
Five Scholarship Recipients
The College Men's Club of Westfield has awarded $20,000 in scholarships to five members of the 1998 graduating class of Westfield High School.
This year's recipients include Eun Sang (Roberto) Ko, Genghis Niver, Thomas Olsen, Benjamin Siegel and Rory Suggs.
The College Men's Club was recently presented a proclamation from the Town of Westfield in honor of its 75th anniversary this year, and in recognition of the financial support it has provided through scholarships to graduating seniors of Westfield High School.
Funds for scholarship awards are generated through dues, fund- raising activities and contributions by members. The Scholarship Committee, consisting of Chairman Melvyn L. Coren, Salvatore Caruana, Gary Fox, Jeffrey W. Moryan and Brian G. Steller, interviewed numerous applicants for this year's awards.
Roberto, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chan W. Ko, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship. At the high school, he participated in the Intern a t i o n a l , Asian, Spanish and Art Clubs and the Westfield Basketball Association, and academically finished in the top 8 percent of the class. He will attend Cornell University and pursue a career in engineering.
Genghis, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edip Niver, received a $3,000 scholarship. He was a member of the Jazz Band, and served as President of both the ATA Youth Group and Velo Club. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the French Club and the Junior Varsity Ice Hockey Team.
Genghis ranks in the top 10 percent of the class and will attend the University of California at Berkeley, where he plans to study medicine.
Thomas, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Olsen, received a $4,000
scholarship and was also selected as the recipient of the Aaron L e v i n e Award, a special reco g n i t i o n granted each year to an outstanding applicant in honor of a former Trustee of the Men's Club.
Thomas ranks in the top 8 percent of his class and achieved a 1600 on the Scholastic Assessment Test. He was a delegation leader for the Model United Nations, magazine co- editor for the Pop Culture Club, and a member of the Saturday Science Club and TV and Film Club.
He was also a Vice President of the YMCA Leaders Club and a peer minister at St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church. Thomas plans to study engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.
Benjamin, the son of Ronnie Siegel, was awarded a $4,000 scholarship. Ben also received the Keith S. Hertell, 2nd Arts Award, a special recognition given to a scholarship winner who is pursuing a career in the arts.
This award is given in the memory of Mr. Hertell, a member of the 1990 graduating class of Westfield High School, who was developing a career as a musician and entertainer.
Ben was a 1997 New J e r s e y Governor's School of the Performing Arts award recipient. He is a member of the Westfield High School Jazz Band, serving as student conductor. He is also a master class teacher for daily band classes at the high school.
Ben also plays on weekends in some of the New York jazz clubs. He has appeared on public television and has been a guest performer with the Garden State Philharmonic, the Kean College Jazz Band, and a guest at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center opening night.
Ben has been a member of the Key, Bike, Spanish and Environmental Clubs. He achieved Eagle Scout status and volunteers his time for several community service organizations. He will attend Indiana University and is planning a career in music.
Rory, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Suggs, was the recipient of a
$4,000 scholarship. He is President of the Student Council and Diversity 2000, and Vice President of the Drama Club. He has been a member of the Choir, C o n c e r t Choir and Chorale and Choraleers.
He has also been a member of the Spanish C l u b , Wo m e n 's Studies and REACH, a youth program against drugs and alcohol. In the community he has been involved in his church choir, the Westfield Community Council and the Obsidian Gents.
He has traveled to Germany with the Westfield Y Youth Group, and to London and Spain with Westfield High School groups. Rory plans to attend Morehouse College, where he will pursue a career in law.
Anyone interested in joining The College Men's Club may call Membership Chairman Mitch Evans at (908) 232- 6910 or write to The College Men's Club, P. O. Box 841, Westfield, 07091.
FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY… Union County Freeholder Linda d. Stender of Fanwood, far left, presents a resolution of appreciation to Fanwood Rescue Squad Captain Jeffrey Downing, First Lieutenant Susan Davis and Treasurer Robert Kruthers in celebration of the squad's 50th anniversary. The allvolunteer organization was launched in 1939 with a single LaSalle ambulance and operated out of the old Fire Hall as part of the Fanwood Volunteer Fire Company. It was chartered as an independent volunteer force on January 29, 1948, and answered its first call on May 7, 1948.
Mrs. Vernick Offers Scouts Contest to Draft Ordinance
Cub Scout Leader Tom Madaras of Pack No. 273 in Westfield recently invited First Ward Councilwoman Gail S. Vernick to speak with his pack as a representative of municipal government during National Volunteer Week.
During her presentation, Mrs. Vernick proposed a contest to see which scout could draft an ordinance geared toward public safety, with a trophy offered to the winner.
The idea was well- received by the pack, according to Mr. Madaras, who also expressed enthusiasm for the contest.
"My intent in proposing this contest was to invite involvement on the part of our youth in municipal government," Mrs. Vernick explained.
"I was not sure what type of response the proposal would get, but the exuberance displayed by the cub scouts was very heartening, and it made me realize that opening up the contest to all scouts was the fair and just thing to do," she added.
"In light of that, I was pleased when Margaret Miller, Director of the Washington Rock Girl Scout Council, likewise thought the proposal was a good one," she continued. "With the assistance of Washington Rock and the Watchung Boy
Scout Council, letters of information and instruction will be sent to all district- wide leaders."
The leaders will decide how their troop will draft the ordinance. They may prefer to have their troop brainstorm together and draft one ordinance, or propose dividing the troop into groups, Mrs. Vernick revealed.
Other leaders may deem individual efforts to be the best way for their troop to proceed. The leaders of each individual troop will determine whether their troop is old enough to participate in this endeavor.
"The children should spend time over the summer thinking of laws they would like to see enacted, to help protect our children and our community," Mrs. Vernick said.
"Then, when school resumes, the scout leaders can begin the contest," she added.
By the middle of October, each leader will select the ordinance they deem the best and submit it to Councilwoman Vernick, who is the governing body's Chairwoman of Public Safety.
Trophies will be awarded at the Municipal Building for the best ordinance drafted by a brownie, a cub scout, a girl scout and a boy scout, announced Mrs. Vernick.
YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT… First Ward Councilwoman Gail S. Vernick is pictured with members of Cub Scout Pack No. 273 and their leader, Tom Madaras. Mrs. Vernick proposed a contest for the scouts to draft an ordinance addressing public safety, in which both the Watchung Area Boy Scout Council and the Washington Rock Girl Scout Council will participate.
MOVING STORY... Students at School One Elementary in Scotch Plains recently enjoyed a dramatic musical performance entitled Dear America, which was presented by the New Jersey- based acting troupe, the Pushcart Players. The story centered around a young Jewish woman who immigrated to the United States following World War II. As she travels across America, she hears many stories about America's history, which she retells in letters to her niece. The School One Parent- Teacher Council Cultural Arts Committee sponsored the performance. Woman's Club Members
Donate Books for Library
Nearly 700 new books for youths and children were recently donated to the City of Camden Library by the
Woman's Club of Westfield and other New Jersey Women's Clubs which are members of the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs (NJSFWC).
The books were collected in support of the General Federation of Women's Clubs' "Libraries 2000 Project." The collection was made at the 104th Annual Convention of the NJSFWC, held May 5 to 8 at the Cherry Hill Hilton in Cherry Hill.
Attending from the Woman's Club of Westfield were Nita McHugh, President; Pat Campbell, Nina Foley, Marjorie W. Wieseman, Sally Brown, Grace West and Juanita Shacklett.
At the convention, Carol B. Hancock, a member of the Woman's Club of Westfield and of the Mountainside Woman's Club, was installed as President of the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs. There are 360 clubs, with 18,000 members, in the New Jersey State Federation.
It was announced during the convention that $170,000 raised through a special state project led by NJSFWC State President Cathy Southwick will be distributed as grants to women's shelters in each of the state's 21 counties.
Various department workshops, round table discussions, presentations of awards and business sessions were also held at the convention, and resolutions covering a wide range of issues were approved by members.
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Eun (Roberto) Sang Ko Genghis Niver
Benjamin Siegel Thomas Olsen