Page 24 Thursday, June 11, 1998 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION
KEEPING OUR SCHOOL BEAUTIFUL... The girls of Brownie Troop No. 498 and Daisy Troop No. 722 worked together to beautify Wilson Elementary School, by donating and planting flats of impatiens for the front of the school. Pictured, left to right, are: Emma Waisner, Samantha Kaufman, Lauren Huff, Kate Young, sitting, Samantha Luscombe, Anna Powell and Elizabeth Kamel.
CHECK MATE... Members of the Scotch Plains- Fanwood Public Schools' Chess Club, consisting of students in grades 1 through 12, participated recently in a Trophy Chess Tournament with the Chess Club of the Faber School in Dunellen. Pictured, left to right, are: seated around the table, tournament trophy winners Jared Lindenberg, grade 2; Kelley Prestridge, grade 3, and Michael Pennica, grade 12; standing, first row, additional participants Gregory Bruno, Tom Ferro, Ryan Ayala, Jesse Bruch, Emily Meehan, Molly Meehan, Mungesh Tamhankar and Edward Kahn; back row, the chessmaster and instructor Jaime Tanaleon, Michael Allen, Joseph Matrale, Christopher Meehan, Brian Schweikert, and Nikolai Chowdhury. Absent from the photo are club members Andrew Clark, Peter Miller, and Michael Miller, grade 3, who was also a tournament trophy winner.
Hi's Eye Recipient of Grant From Westfield Foundation
ACCEPTING GRANT... English and Journalism Teacher Charles Soriano, left, and left to right, Hi's Eye 1997- 1998 Tri- Editors Mark Matthews, Vicky Nusse, and Meghan Corbett, Westfield Foundation Secretary Barbara Ball and Foundation Trustee Dr. Gerry Glasser are shown after the Foundation presented a check for $13,853 to the high school student
MEET THE NEW EDITORS... Westfield High School Journalism Teacher Charles Soriano, left, is show here with Hi's Eye new Tri- Editors for 1998- 1999, left to right, juniors Becky Matro, Caitlin Nish and Sara Carpenter.
Westfield Foundation Secretary Barbara Ball and Trustee Dr. Gerry Glasser presented a check for $13,853 to the Hi's Eye Tri- Editors on May 26. The publication is the studentrun newspaper at Westfield High School.
The grant proposal, which was written by Tri- Editors Meghan Corbett, Mark Matthews and Vicky Nusse on behalf of Hi's Eye, is the second grant the student newspaper has received from the Westfield Foundation. The money will be used to purchase computer equipment, according to English teacher and the paper's adviser Charles Soriano.
"We are so thankful to have the foundation's support. Their generosity will ensure the program's continued success, especially with student interest growing to over 110 students next year and increased demands placed on our equipment," said Mr. Soriano.
Hi's Eye is an independent, selffunded weekly publication and must raise about $20,000 per year through advertising, subscriptions and sponsors to cover publishing costs.
As a result, the paper can only allot a small amount toward improving equipment.
According to Ms. Ball, "The Westfield Foundation's purpose is to make better the quality of life in Westfield.
Hi's Eye is something that clearly does that. The Hi's Eye proposal was extremely well- researched and wellpresented, and what makes it even more impressive is that it was written by students."
Meghan Corbett noted that, "The grant from the Westfield Foundation will enable the Hi's Eye to improve and enhance all of our equipment. We worked hard to write the grant, and it is a compliment to all of us that we won the entire amount we proposed, especially since we were competing against businesses and professional companies."
School Board President Darielle Walsh said she supports the foundation's decision and feels that for Hi's Eye to continue with its independent status, it needs to seek outside funding.
"It is admirables and wonderful that Hi's Eye would go and seek a grant," said Mrs. Walsh.
Westfield High School Principal Dr. Robert G. Petix said, "The people want to hear the student voice and they respect the Hi's Eye. The town believes the Hi's Eye is an integral part of the high school experience."
According to Ms. Ball, funds for
Hi's Eye will again come from the Robert L. Rooke Fund.
"Mr. Rooke truly believed that Westfield was a special place, and we think he would be delighted to know
that his money is going to Hi's Eye,"
said Ms. Ball. Commenting on the grant, Vicki Nusse said, "I hope that people realize our newspaper is a professional organization. This grant will really help next year's staff and hopefully bring Hi's Eye to an even higher level."
Dr. Glasser, an editor of the Hi's Eye in 1948, cited the paper's "outstanding reputation" as the primary factor for the foundation's decision to approve the grant.
"I'd like to see the Hi's Eye continue to do the great things it has done in the past," he said.
"( Hi's Eye) is one of the most significant aspects of the high school program, not only because of its long tradition of providing uncensored news, but also because for 65 years, it has demonstrated a commitment to the school community to hear student voices," said Dr. Petix.
The new staff, which was formally announced on May 18 and which puts together the final three issues of
Hi's Eye, is composed of 27 editors. The tri- editors who will lead the paper and be responsible for its editorial direction next year are Sara Carpenter, Becky Matro and Caitlin Nish. Managing editor, which was formerly a single position, has been split into two jobs. Tim Caprario will handle advertising as Managing Editor of Advertising, while Sara Burnett will take over as Managing Editor of Business.
Philip Jan will be responsible for graphics and photos as the new Managing Editor for Graphics and Design.
The news editors for 1998- 1999 are David Goldberg, Rachel Laskow and Aly Rentrop. Kitty Fromtling, Jessica Hu and Elizabeth Ancharski will serve as the Opinion and Editorial Editors.
Lisa Gorbaty, Lauren Todaro and Jen Chiesa will act as Features Editors. Taking over as Sports Editors are Megan Shutts, Jeff Diamond and Lindsay Totams.
Under Beth Satkin, the new Managing Editor for Iris which is the newspaper's entertainment section, will be Peter Abdelmessiah, Francine Chow, Suzanna Skolnik- Smith and Alicia Starkey will serve as Arts and Community Editors.
Working with Tim Caprario and Sara Burnett, Katie Gildea, Mark Kosierowski and Adam Gregory will act as Advertising Editors. Toby Weisslitz will be staff cartoonist.
"With such a qualified and hardworking staff, I am looking forward to continuing the Hi's Eye's
tradition of excellence during the 1998- 1999 school year," said Caitlin Nish.
Math Students Score High On National Examination
Middle school students in the Scotch Plains- Fanwood public schools annually participate in national mathematics examinations with consistently excellent results.
Students at Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains recently scored in the top one third of all schools in the New York/ New Jersey region on the American Junior High School Mathematics Examination (AJHSME) for the third consecutive year of competition.
Top scorers from Terrill who attained the "honors" level on the 1997 examinations included Elena Goetz, Matthew DeNichilo, Brian Kaplan and Caitlin Mahony. Park Middle School student Matthew Ortyl also earned an "honors" level score.
Over 200,000 students from more than 3,000 schools nationwide participated in the examinations, and honors level scores were achieved by less than 1 percent of those taking the national test, according to Scotch Plains- Fanwood school district spokeswoman Kathleen L. Meyer.
Based on Terrill Middle School's performance on the AJHSME, and the school's top student scores for the last three years, Terrill mathematics teacher Barbara Jost was selected to receive the Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished Junior High/
Middle School Mathematics Teaching. She was honored at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference in Washington, D. C. earlier this year.
Among Ms. Jost's past students whose collective scores also contributed to her recognition were Catherine Mangan, Kaliq Chang and Brian Maroney in 1996, and James Kao, Michael Loewinger, Ankur Dalal, Amanda Rice and Justin Ross in 1995.
Terrill mathematics teachers David Blackman and Michael Klimko reported that in Continental Mathematics League competitions this year, the school's sixth- grade students placed second among sixth- grade teams in the New York/ New Jersey/ Connecticut region, and 16th nationally out of 360 schools participating in the contest.
At the seventh- grade level, student Brian Curcie was one of eight national scoring leaders who had perfect scores on all five tests in the competition. Terrill's eighth- grade mathematics team was the regional winner in the Continental Mathematics League examinations, with Park Middle School also ranking among the region's top schools.
A TEAM EFFORT... Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School DECA students, left to right, Adam Baumwoll, Jeffrey Gillie, Adam Koster and David Gewirtz, present Ray Pardon, President of the Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association (SPBPA) with an Honory Life Time Membership award. DECA students were responsible for putting together a publication of the 1997 Scotch Plains Business and Service Directory with a joint collaboration of the SPBPA. DECA is association of marketing students. Terrill Middle to Honor
Its Outstanding Writers
Nine students will be recognized for their outstanding writing talent during the annual awards event at Terrill Middle School on Thursday, June 18. The honored students are winners of statewide or nationally recognized writing contests, or have had their work selected for publication.
Carolyn Barnett was named a trophy winner in the March issue of The High School Writer, Jr. High Edition for her work entitled "A Time of Great Panic." Thomas DeCataldo and David Baumwoll both published personal narratives in the same publication.
Kathleen Donovan and Susannah Grossman were local winners of the National Council of Teachers of English Promising Young Writers Contest. The contest is judged by the
English Department at Terrill Middle School. Kathleen Donovan went on to become a national winner in this contest. She is one of 13 national winners in the state of New Jersey.
Elena Goetz received an honorable mention for her poem in the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English writing contest. She was honored at a reception in Bridgewater where her poem was read by the Freehold Drama Club. Her poem was published in the 1998 N. J. C. T. E. anthology of work titled, Here I Am.
Kristen Baird, Kim Testa, and Eric Yang were winners of the eighth grade poetry contest at Terrill Middle School. Their poems will be published in The Anthology of Eighth Grade Poetry this fall.
Toastmasters Plan Cookout To Celebrate Summer July 9
Toastmasters of Westfield will celebrate the summer season with a cookout on Thursday, July 9, at the home of former club President Jane Boyer in Westfield.
The club will emphasize in the coming year a mentor program to move new members faster and more efficiently through the speaking program, according to spokesman Jack Pfanne.
It was also announced that club member Debbie Krajcik of Cranford will be the area governor for Toastmasters.
Ms. Boyer will serve as Toastmaster of the meeting scheduled for tonight, Thursday, June 11, from 8 to 10 p. m. Dorothy Zjawin of Roselle Park will give the opening talk.
Speakers for this meeting include Bill Hund of East Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania, Steve Bacque of Linden and Sandy Aptecker of Mountainside.
Evaluators will be Max Florville of Metuchen, Todd Schwartz of Scotch Plains and Bill Hetfield of Plainfield. Noel Crawford of Mountainside will be the Master Evaluator.
Others who will be involved in the meeting are Darrick Sampson of Westfield, serving as Timer; Ms. Krajcik, acting as Grammarian, and Michelle Tropper of Scotch Plains, who will be the "Ah" counter.
Toastmasters meet in the First Savings Bank on South Avenue in Fanwood, across from the train station. The entrance to the downstairs
meeting room is through the ATM room.
The club provides a supportive and positive learning environment for men and women to learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking.
For more information, please call Mr. Pfanne at (908) 276- 7935.
Runnells' Alzheimer Group To Hold Meeting on June 18
The next Caregiver Alzheimer Support Group sponsored by Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County will meet from 1 to 2 p. m. next Thursday, June 18, in the Family Conference Room of the facility, located at 40 Watchung Way in Berkeley Heights.
The professional support, education and information group for caregivers and family members of those afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease is held on the third Thursday of each month.
The group is open to the community, free and is led by Kathleen Balascio, a Runnells Specialized Hospital licensed social worker.
The support group shares information on research updates, practical care techniques and a list of community resources for the disease. There is also discussion of the frustrations people experience in caring
for those with Alzheimer's Disease. Additional meetings are scheduled for July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19 and December 17.
Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County sponsors the meetings in conjunction with the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
For further information on this wheelchair- accessible program, please call (908) 771- 5835.
Rodgers & Hammerstein Representative to Speak In Preparation for Carousel
Education Fund of Westfield Receives $15,000 Earmarked
For Technology in Schools
The Education Fund of Westfield has received $15,000 earmarked for technology in the Westfield Public Schools as a result of the recent dinner/ dance fund- raiser, "Passport to Education."
In addition to the ticket purchasers, the merchants who participated, and Comcast @ Home for co- sponsorship, the Westfield Fund has acknowledged the efforts of committee chairs Darryl and Debbie Walker and committee members Chris Molloy, Connie Shaffer, Elena Schatz, Judy Kape, Denise Shea, and Darielle
Walsh. The Education Fund of Westfield, a non- profit organization whose purpose is to support and enhance the programs in the public schools, is in the process of expanding its Board of Directors.
For more information, please call (908) 233- 9459 or write to the Education Fund of Westfield at P. O. Box 2221, Westfield, 07090. In the last two years, the Fund has contributed a total of $6,000 in school- wide grants and $5,000 in teacher grants for classroom programs.
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark, in collaboration with the WYACT will present Rodgers & Hammerstein's
Carousel at the Victoria Theater on the Friday through Sunday, July 17 to 19, and Thursday through Sunday, July 23 to 26.
In preparation, WYACT will welcome Tom Briggs, a representative from Rodgers & Hammerstein, who will offer a lecture on Friday, June 12, at 7: 30 p. m. in the Community
Room of the Westfield Municipal Building on East Broad Street in Westfield.
When asked about the WYACT production, Mr. Briggs said, "We are always looking for ways to introduce the next generation to the musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein. Nothing accomplishes this more profoundly than offering the children the opportunity to perform these shows."
There is no charge for the lecture and the public is invited to attend.
Historic Preservation Award to Be Presented
Tonight in Westfield
The Westfield Historic Preservation Commission (WHPC) will hold its Sixth Annual Commendation Awards Reception tonight, June 11, at 8 p. m. in the Town Council Chambers and Rotunda of the Westfield Municipal Building, located at 425 East Broad Street. The program is free and the public in invited.
The reception will recognize property owners who consider the town's heritage and generally- established historic preservation standards when making decisions concerning expansion, alteration, restoration and maintenance of buildings and grounds. Eleven awards will be presented.
Local Professor Shares Fulbright Experience
Dr. Barbra Bari of Westfield, a Professor of History at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, spoke to the New Jersey Fulbright Chapter on May 9 at Kean University in Union.
She discussed her Fulbright experience in Germany, saying she fulfilled the goals as explained in her initial proposal. Dr. Bari commented that she now feels as much at home in Germany as she does in Westfield.
Each year, Dr. Bari returns to Germany to do further research. She will travel to that country to research "Women's Catholic Congregations in 19th Century Prussia" during a 1998- 1999 sabbatical from the College of Saint Elizabeth.
Dr. Bari has also published numerous works, including the book "Women and German Industrialization 1871- 1914."
She was recently appointed to the New Jersey Catholic Historical Records Commission, and was selected for the New Jersey Case/ Carnegie Professor of the Year award.
For further information on Dr. Bari's research, individuals may call her at the College of Saint Elizabeth at (973) 290- 4324.
Ms. Torok Recognized By a Former Student
Beverly C. Torok, a teacher at Westfield High School, has been recognized as an outstanding educator by the University of Richmond.
Each year first- year students at the University of Richmond have the opportunity to formally designate the high school educator who has had the greatest influence on their intellectual growth and achievement. This year, Lauren McGovern, a member of the University of Richmond's Class of 2001 and a 1997 graduate of Westfield High School, has recognized Ms. Torok as that person.
"I believe Ms. Torok was the most influential person in my high school career. She was not only my coach but also my confidante, friend, role model and surrogate mother.
"She taught me how to be tough in the face of adversity, and from her I learned how to be a great leader. With her help, I began to discover myself and who I was and who I wanted to be," said Ms. McGovern.