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Alexis Jemal Wins First Place In Annual Essay Contest
WESTFIELD — The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association has announced that Alexis Jemal, a senior at Westfield High School (WHS), has won first place prize in its twelfth annual Essay Contest. Alexis read her winning essay at the recent ceremonies commemorating the anniversary of the birth of Dr. King.
This contest required students to read a quotation by Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. about nonviolence and to write an essay discussing if Dr. King would still be a follower of Gandhi today. Students also wrote about whether Dr. King’s beliefs about nonviolence have been successful.
All essay submissions had to be 1500 words in length and typed.
Alexis was awarded a new computer and color printer for her first place prize essay. Two other WHS students, Dania Aguero, Ushma Dedhiya, won second and third place prizes of $100 and $50 savings bonds respectively for their essays.
Edward Harry, Kyle Swingle and Maggie Wei, also students at WHS, received honorable mention.
“To help those of us who want to practice nonviolent action,” Alexis wrote, “remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King [who said] ‘Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever’ and the words of his hero [Gandhi], ‘There have been tyrants, and murderers in history, but they have always fallen. Always...Think of it.’” Alexis Jemal
DECA Students Announce Winners of Essay Contest AND THE WINNERS ARE…The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School DECA
Chapter, an Association of Marketing Students, announced the winners of its Free Enterprise Essay Contest for high school students entitled, “What the Free Enterprise System Means to My Future.” Pictured, left to right, are: DECA student Rob Bugg, essay winners, Jonathan Hyman, Eun Jin Lee, Latasha Nehemiah, and DECA student Eric Konzelman.
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School DECA Chapter, an Association of Marketing Students, announced the winners of its Free Enterprise Essay Contest for high school students.
The topic of the contest was “What the Free Enterprise System Means to My Future.” Cash awards were presented to the top entries.
Senior Jonathan Hyman won the first place prize of $100; Senior Eun Jin Lee won the second place award of $50; and the third place winner was Senior Latasha Nehemiah who received $25.
The contest was part of DECA’s series of activities designed to promote the Free Enterprise System. A major focus of the campaign was to reach out to high school and middle school students.
DECA students visited classes to explain the benefits of Free Enterprise, particularly as it relates to individual freedoms and incentives. In targeting students, DECA wanted to impress upon them that they should take full advantage of the opportunities available, and that they can reach their goals.
DECA students take a related Marketing class at the high school and are
given instruction in economic areas as well as in Marketing Principles.
Sophomore Eric Konzelman said of the project, “We felt that other students should know more about our Economic System, and the great opportunities and advantages to all of us.”
Fanwood Library Prepares New Children’s Programs
FANWOOD – The Fanwood Memorial Library Children’s Department has announced its new roster of storytimes and children’s programs.
In-person registration will begin on Saturday, February 20, at 10:30 a.m. and will end on Friday, February 26, at 4:30 p.m. Registration is required. There is no fee for the programs. Each program lasts approximately one half hour.
Two-year old storytime with crafts will begin on Tuesday, March 2, and will continue on consecutive Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. The program will end on March 23.
A parent or guardian must accompany the child. Pre-registration is necessary. Attendance will be limited to ten children.
Three and four year old storytime with crafts will also begin on March
2 and continue on consecutive Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. The program will end on March 23.
Parents must be present in the Children’s area of the library. Children younger than three may not attend the program. Pre-registration is necessary. Attendance will be limited to 15 children.
A storytime for children aged four to five will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. beginning on March 3 and concluding on March 24. Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 15 children.
Family storytimes will be held on Monday evenings, March 1, 8, 15, and 22, at 6 p.m. Children of all ages are welcome to attend.
A parent must join children under age four. Pre-registration is not required.
Symphony Orchestra Holds Enrichment Programs
MUSIC MAN…Westfield Symphony Orchestra’s principle trumpet player, Don Batchelder, recently presented an interactive music enrichment program to the preschoolers at Wesley Hall Nursery School at the Methodist Church.
WESTFIELD – Westfield Symphony Orchestra’s principle trumpet player, Don Batchelder, recently presented an interactive music enrichment program to the preschoolers at Wesley Hall Nursery School at the Methodist Church.
Mr. Batchelder’s program, “Pied Piper of Music,” combined sound and movement, invention, imagination and listening skills. Using cues from such trumpet standards as Revelle, Charge!, Fanfare, and Taps, the children performed the familiar tasks of waking up, brushing teeth, marching and going to sleep.
Through demonstration, the children were introduced to a variety of trumpet types and the moods they set, from the high pitch of the piccolo trumpet to the low notes of the fugal horn.
Mr. Batchelder also illustrated the method of making a trumpet-like device from plastic tubing and a funnel. This exercise presented the opportunity to teach the children the importance of valves to vary the sounds the trumpet makes.
Finally, the children had the opportunity to participate in a dramatic rendering of “Oh Where, Oh Where
Has My Little Dog Gone?” by listening to musical cues.
Cindy Heinbach, Wesley Hall’s Director, observed, “Mr. Batchelder was able to sustain the attention of 120 children and facilitate them to listen to what the music was telling them to do. We hope that this is only the first in a series of assemblies that our students will share with Westfield Symphony Orchestra. It was terrific!”
According to Helene Gersten, Marketing Vice President for the symphony, educational outreach is a key element of the symphony’s mission. She states that the symphony can meet the needs of schools and organizations for music enrichment through interactive, age-specific programming.
Mrs. Gersten will conduct a teachers’ workshop at Wesley Hall, including lesson plans demonstrating the interrelationship between music and reading as follow up to the “Pied Piper of Music” presentation.
For more information about the Westfield Symphony Orchestra and its music enrichment programs suitable for use by schools and organizations, please call (908) 232-9400.
Mairen Priestley Elected To Student Council Board
WESTFIELD — The New Jersey Association of Student Councils (NJASC) has announced that Mairen Priestley, a junior at Westfield High School, has been elected to its 1999 Executive Board. Mairen, who is an officer in the Westfield High School Student Council, will serve as the treasurer of the state organization.
Mairen was chosen for the position of treasurer by the presidents of student councils from other New Jersey schools at a recent statewide meeting of the NJASC. Prior to being elected, she delivered a speech before her peers.
The NJASC Executive Board, which the NJ State Department of Education and the National Association of Secondary School Principals has endorsed, has monthly meetings at member schools during which student leaders from across the state have the opportunity to work together on issues facing high school students.
During the year, the New Jersey State Board of Education requests that each NJASC officer attend and
speak at one of the State Board of Education meetings.
“I feel honored to have been elected to the [Executive] Board,” said Mairen. “I’m looking forward to the experience of working with student council officers from other schools and representing Westfield High School at state meetings of NJASC.”
WYACT Sponsors Raffle To Win Carnival Cruise
WESTFIELD – The Westfield Young Artists’ Cooperative Theatre (WYACT) is sponsoring a “Carnival Fun Ship” raffle as part of a series of fundraisers to support its productions.
The prize is a seven-night, allinclusive cruise aboard a Carnival ship to the Caribbean islands or other popular destinations (Alaska not included).
The drawing will be held on Saturday, April 24, at WYACT’s “Cabaret,” with the theme “Comedy Tonight!” at the Cranford Dramatic
Club. The winner does not have to be present.
WYACT, a non-profit organization, holds several fundraisers to support the cost of its productions, including canister drives, car washes and the annual “Cabaret.”
The theater group, which performed Carousel at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark last summer, will present Oliver!
there this summer. Raffle tickets will cost $10. For information and to purchase tickets, please call (908) 233-3200.
Myrna McManus Selected As Teacher of Year at UC
SCOTCH PLAINS – Myrna Faye Eades McManus, a Scotch Plains resident, has been selected by Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains as its Outstanding Teacher of the Year for 1999 and one of the Archdiocese of Newark’s Outstanding Educators for 1999.
Mrs. McManus was selected for her dedication and commitment to Catholic education, according to school spokeswoman Bernadine Liebrich.
She was honored at a Union Catholic Faculty Reception, and will also be recognized by the Archdiocese of Newark at the annual Teacher Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, May 5, at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel.
A Social Studies teacher at Union Catholic since 1978, Mrs. McManus became the department Chairwoman in 1986. She was instrumental in the introduction of computers and technology into the school’s curriculum. She also helped to pilot the Anytime Anywhere Learning Program at the school.
While Mrs. McManus teaches mostly honors and regular courses, her skills have influenced class levels ranging from remedial to accelerated and advanced placement, Ms. Liebrich maintained.
She also serves as moderator of the Service Club, which participates in school functions and many community-wide activities.
Prior to her tenure at Union Catholic, Mrs. McManus was a teacher and Coordinator for grades 4 to 6 at St. Bernard’s School in Plainfield. She began her teaching career at St. Anne’s School in South Carolina.
A native of Monticello, Illinois, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from Sacramento State University in California. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts and her New Jersey Supervision and Curriculum Certification in Social Studies from Kean College in Union.
While at Kean, she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the National Honor Society, for achieving a 4.0 grade point average in graduate school. She has taken additional classes at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York and at LaSalle
University in Philadelphia. She is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association, the National and New Jersey Council for Social Studies, the National Council for Geographic Studies, the National Council for History Education, Inc., and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
The Teacher Recognition Program was established eight years ago and is sponsored by the Office of the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Newark. It honors teachers who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication and commitment to Catholic education and principles.
Westfield Foundation Reveals Youth Employment Program
Once again, the Westfield Foundation is sponsoring its Youth Summer Employment Program.
Started in 1983, this project makes grants to non-profit agencies and organizations in Westfield to fund the salaries of high school and college students for summer employment.
Agencies receiving a grant select their own student employee. In the past, many students have gained valuable work experience in their particular field of interest, and the agencies, in turn, have benefited from this extra qualified help.
Students have had the opportunity to work in offices and in direct service programs with children and the elderly, according to Foundation spokeswoman Betsy Chance.
Funds for this project come from the Foundation’s unrestricted funds and from donations made by individuals and businesses for this special project.
Those interested in supporting this long-standing program may send their donation to the Westfield Foundation, P.O. Box 2295, Westfield, 07091.
Agencies wishing to augment staff this summer are urged to forward
their letter proposals to the Westfield Foundation by Thursday, April 1.
Proposals will be reviewed and awards will be based on need and the availability of funds. Those selected will be notified by Saturday, May 15.
Women’s League Plans Black History Event
The Older Women’s League (OWL) will hold a program of poetry readings and dramatizations to celebrate African-American women on Saturday, February 20, at 10 a.m. at the Connection for Women and Facilities, Morris Avenue and Prospect Street, Summit.
The program, “Black History Lives Through the Lives of Women Who Made A Difference,” will be presented by Jo Ann Reddick Guest.
The meeting is open to the public and is free. Refreshments will be served.
For further information, please call Miriam Dickman at (908) 2725671 or Gretel Weiss at (908) 7558951.
Foothill Club to Hold Luncheon and Auction
MOUNTAINSIDE – The Foothill Club of Mountainside will hold a luncheon and Chinese Auction on Thursday, March 4, at noon at B.G. Fields Restaurant in Westfield.
The program will be presented by the Ways and Means Committee.
Members should bring donations for an Easter Food Basket for needy families. Guests are welcome to attend.
A luncheon with entertainment will be held on Thursday, April 22, at noon at the Somerville Elks Club. The cost will be $28 per person.
For more information about the meeting, please call Genevieve at (908) 232-3626. For reservations for the April 22 luncheon, please call Rose at (908) 232-4043.
Arsenic and Old Lace On Tap At Cranford Dramatic Club
The endearing comedy classic,
Arsenic and Old Lace, is the latest production by the Cranford Dramatic Club, beginning this weekend on Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20 at 8 p.m.
The club’s theater is at 78 Winans Avenue, Cranford.
The production, which is directed by Peggy Seymour and assistant director Madge Wittel, is the story of the Brewster sisters who entertain occupants of their boarding house. The sisters have two brothers, one who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt and another who is mysterious.
The sisters will be played by Jane Aulenbach and Carole Mancini. The brothers will be portrayed by March Chandler and Rich Sibello. The supporting cast includes John Duryee, Matt Nazzaro, Howard Kerbbs, Melissa Loderstedt, Bob Pells, Tim Bryk, Ed Wittel and Fred Cuozzo.
The production will also be held on Friday and Saturdays, February 26 and 27, and March 5 and 6. All shows will begin at 8 p.m.
For ticket reservations, please call the Cranford Dramatic Club box office at (908) 276-7611.
SPBPA Announces Special Workshop
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association will sponsor a workshop, “Is Employee Leasing for You” at its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m. at CEO Executive Suites at 1812 Front Street in Scotch Plains.
Mike Jaronsky, a representative of Abel Leasing in Cranbury, will speak about some of the advantages of employee leasing including personnel administration, group medical coverage, 401(k) retirement plans, and other employee benefits.
The workshop is open to the public. For reservations, please call Steve Goldberg at (908) 322-5733.
Union Catholic Announces All Honor Roll Students
SCOTCH PLAINS – Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains has announced the Honor Roll standings for the second marking period.
Matthew Price, Christopher Sandiford, Thomas C. Williams and Edward Winsor of Fanwood achieved first honors.
Kathryn Schurtz and Erica Schweikert of Fanwood earned second honors.
Taras Puzyk of Mountainside earned first honors.
Jaime Bennett, Joseph Gregov, Allison Mack, Nicole Manziano and Brian Reagan of Scotch Plains earned first honors.
Laura Boes, Laura Colon, Christine Intrabrtolo and Thomas Werner of Scotch Plains achieved second honors.
Leanne Kacsur, Lisa Mortkowitz and John Wilkinson of Westfield earned first honors.
Katie Behr, Tracey Doherty, Albert Nodar and Margaret Stewart of Westfield achieved second honors.
Students must earn a grade point average of 3.6 with no C’s or D’s to be eligible for first honors. For second honors, students must hold a grade point average of 3.0 with only one C and no D’s.
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