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Mr. and Mrs. Timothy G. Mericle of Seattle, Washington have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Angela Marie Mericle, to Paul Douglas Newman. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Jacobs of Mountain Lakes, formerly of Westfield, and Mr. and Mrs. L. Mark Newman of Lake Tahoe, Nevada and Del Mar, California.
The future bride graduated from Washington State University and is a National Sales Manager with Archer Management Services of New York City.
Her fiancé, a graduate of Oxford Academy in Westbrook, Connecticut, is a Senior Bank Trader with
Knight Trimark Securities in Jersey City.
An October wedding is planned.
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Two Local Girl Scouts Receive Gold Award
SCOTCH PLAINS — Two members of Senior Girl Scout Troop No. 561, Monica Anderson of Scotch Plains and Allison Breidenstein of Fanwood, received the highest award in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award, on June 10.
The Gold Award is awarded to Girl Scouts who demonstrate extensive leadership, service to others, career exploration and interest in earning project patches. The award candidate must also design and carry out a Gold Award project which exemplifies a commitment to herself, her community and the future.
Monica is a junior at Mount Saint Mary Academy. She has been a Girl Scout for 11 years. For her project, Monica ran a Health and First Aid Seminar for approximately 280 chil
dren from Fanwood, S c o t c h Plains and surrounding communities.
The children traveled from station to station and l e a r n e d about many aspects of medicine, safety, first aid and health from health professionals.
At school, Monica is an honor student, captain of the Junior Varsity field hockey team, a tutor, and active in the Hope Club and Peer Ministry. She is also a member of the Precisely Right precision figure skating team of Morris and has been employed by the Bridgewater Sports Arena as a party hostess and skate guard.
Allison is a graduating senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and has been a Girl Scout for 13 years. She is an active member of the First United Methodist Church and for her Gold Award project, she started a new program through the church called
“Let’s Bring Lunch.” Her project involved bringing lunches and visiting parishioners who were unable to attend church regularly.
Her school activities included running cross country and track and membership in Students Concerned for the
Needy. She is employed at Steak ‘n’ Ale in Mountainside as a h o s t e s s . Allison will be attending Kean University in the fall, where she plans to major in psychology.
Monica was presented her pin by senior troop adviser Pat Wagner and her Gold Award project adviser, Maura Berger. Allison was presented her pin by senior troop adviser Kathy Alonzo and her Gold Award adviser, The Reverend David Harwood, Senior Minister of First United Methodist Church in Westfield.
Proclamations were presented to the girls by Mayor Geri M. Samuel of Scotch Plains and Mayor Maryanne S. Connelly of Fanwood. Ms. Wagner presented Allison and Monica with numerous resolutions and letters of commendation including those from President Clinton, Governor Christine Todd Whitman, the State Senate and Assembly, Mount Saint Mary Academy Directoress Sister M. Clair Eloise and Guidance Counselor Pat Bixel, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carol B. Choye, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Principal Dr. David L. Heisey, the National President and the Executive Director of Girl Scout USA and President Dolores Kresge and Executive Director Margaret Miller from Washington Rock Girl Scout Council.
Avery William Born to Wentas
Marianne and James Wenta of Westfield have announced the birth of their son, Avery William Wenta, on Wednesday, June 9, at Overlook Hospital in Summit.
Avery weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces and measured 20 inches in length at birth.
He joins his brothers, Andrew, 8, Austin, 7, and Aaron, 3, and his sister, Aimee, 5.
Avery’s maternal grandparents are Thomas Fitzgerald of Upper Saddle River and Port St. Lucie, Florida, and the late Maureen Fitzgerald.
Mary Wilson of Westfield is the baby’s paternal grandmother.
Graduates of Union Catholic Garner Academic Awards
SCOTCH PLAINS – One-hundred and fifty-two students graduated from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains on June 5 during the school’s 33rd commencement.
The ceremonies were led by Assistant Principal Michael Marotti, with Sister Percylee Hart, Principal, welcoming the Class of 1999 and their guests. Religion teacher Allan Wright gave the invocation, while Mary D. Modlin, Director of Guidance, announced that scholarships and grants awarded to students in the graduating class totaled over $5.5 million.
Frances Brennan, a teacher of French and English at the school, was the commencement speaker. She encouraged the students to look to the future as a challenge and an adventure. Music for the ceremony was provided by the Union Catholic High School Band under the direction of John Colaiacovo.
Co-Valedictorians Elizabeth Anne Lee and Sherry Susan Varghese spoke about their years at Union Catholic and the events and activities that made the Class of 1999 unique and memorable. Both students received the General Excellence Medal.
Academic excellence medals were presented to the following students: Albert Nodar of Westfield, for French; Gina Frances Hernandez of Scotch Plains, for Religion, and Joseph Gregov of Scotch Plains and Christopher Brian Sandiford of Fanwood, for Social Studies. Christopher also received the Perfect Attendance Award.
Other local graduates included Matthew Price, Erica Schweikert and Thomas C. Williams of Fanwood; Christine Intrabartolo and Thomas
Werner of Scotch Plains, and Tiffany Crane, Tiana Mayes and Margaret Stewart, all of Westfield.
Nick Dovidio Receives Improvement Prize At The Pingry School
WESTFIELD — Nick Dovidio of Westfield won the Improvement Prize in The Pingry School’s eighth grade for the 1998-1999 academic year.
Nick was among 16 Pingry seventh and eighth graders who were the winners or received honorable mention in the categories of Scholarship, Citizenship and Improvement.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Dovidio of Westfield.
Mike Idland Receives Scholarship to SUNY
WESTFIELD — Mike Idland of Westfield has received a John Fantauzzi ’58 Scholarship to attend State University of New York College at Cortland beginning in the fall.
A 1999 graduate of Westfield High School, Mike has been an active member of Peer Ministry at St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. He was also captain of both the F.C. Hudson Valley United Club Soccer Team and varsity soccer team.
The John Fantauzzi ’58 Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen who are the children of immigrants to the United States.
Mike, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Idland of Westfield.
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