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by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine

Mahaa Ahmed
Washington Township
Ahmed (pictured), a Washington Township High School junior, showcased her impressive science project and won first place at the 32nd Annual Marie Curie Fair in Oaks, Pa. Called “Arsenic Removal from Drinking Water Using Various Absorbents,” Ahmed’s project shined in the environmental science sector and earned her scholarships from both Drexel University and the University of the Sciences.

Eastern Indoor Drumline
Voorhees
Students from Eastern Regional High School’s indoor percussion ensemble took the stage in the Wildwood Convention Center and captured the 2014 Tournament Indoor Association’s All-Chapter Championship. The drumline competed against ensembles from seven states and was promoted to a higher class as a result of winning the title. This marks Eastern’s second gold medal in a row.

Devon Hartsough
Mount Laurel
Hartsough, a senior at Lenape High School, was awarded the Outstanding Student & Scholarship Winner by the Burlington County Advisory Council on Women. The scholarship is awarded to a young woman who exemplifies community service, academic excellence and leadership in order to be a role model for other young women. Hartsough has traveled around the country in her commitment to empowering women; she has spoken in Atlanta on a girls’ empowerment panel, and participated in an Equal Rights Amendment panel in Rhode Island, along with many other achievements.

Madeline Bowne
Cherry Hill
Sixteen-year-old Cherry Hill East High School student Madeline Bowne won the grand prize of C-Span’s Student Cam Competition with her winning documentary titled, Driving Under the Influence (Of Cell Phones), depicting her issues of the dangers of texting and driving. The grand prize is worth $1,500 and was picked as the best out of 2,335 entries across the country. Bowne has been creating and entering her documentaries since eighth grade and has won the contest once before.

Mary Kate Donahue
Marlton
Donahue, a Cherokee High School senior, won this year’s Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge for her children’s book If No One was Different, a work she wrote and illustrated herself. At the awards ceremony in late May, Donahue was greeted by a variety of local leaders, including the associate executive vice president of B’nai B’rith International, the creator of the writing initiative.

Imani Robinson
Mount Laurel
Lenape High School junior Robinson was accepted into the New Jersey Future Educators Association. After her official induction by the NJEA, she will travel to The College of New Jersey to receive leadership training for her position as a student officer.

Nick Musulin, Craig Cassidy, Abbey Wiker and Shawn Tuman
Marlton, Mount Laurel, Medford and Tabernacle
Four students from the Lenape District, one from each of its high schools, were recognized at the end of May for their commitment to community service. Cherokee High School’s Musulin, Lenape High School’s Cassidy, Shawnee High School’s Wiker and Seneca High School’s Tuman have each accumulated more than 300 hours of community service in their schools and communities.

Moorestown Friends School Students
Moorestown
Team No. 1 of Moorestown Friends School took first place at the Elementary Science Olympiad Tournament, which aims to improve students’ knowledge in the field of science. Team No. 1 placed first in the Tennis Ball Catapult, building a mechanism that launched a ball 2 to 5 meters, and second place in several other events.

Madison Lee
Moorestown
Moorestown pianist Lee was awarded the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program Award of Excellence for the 2013-2014 assessment season. The Center Certificates are awarded three times a year to students achieving the highest scores in their assessment centers. Having obtained the required score of an 80 on the theoretical portion, Lee also excelled in the performance assessment, earning her the prestigious certificate.

Elizabeth Haddon Elementary Students
Haddonfield
After collecting cans throughout the school year and receiving donations from the local Wegman’s supermarket, students at this Haddonfield elementary school participated in “We CAN Help” in late May. The students, split into two teams, competed against their classmates to create the strongest structures out of more than 500 collected canned goods, all of which were later donated to the St. Paul’s Church Food Pantry.

Ezra Brooks, Rong Xiang and Hannah Lam
Cherry Hill
Three Cherry Hill East students were accepted to the Governor’s School, a tuition-free, summer, residential program for high-achieving high school seniors who have an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. They are Brooks, Rutgers School of Engineering; and Xiang and Lam, Drew University School of Sciences.

Seth Erlanger
Mount Laurel
Lenape High School student Erlanger was named the 2014 New Jersey High School Business Student of the Year for his achievements in community service, academics, leadership and dedication to business education. The New Jersey Board of Education presented Erlanger this prestigious award in May.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 7 (September, 2014).
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