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Star Students: October, 2012

by Editorial Staff, Suburban Family magazine

Kshitijh Meelu, McKinley Tan, Joy Chen and Ravi Bhankharia (pictured)
Mount Laurel
Lenape High School recognized this year’s National Merit Commended Scholars and Semifinalists in early October. This year, 14 students received commendation letters and Meelu, Tan, Chen and Bhankharia were named as semifinalists. High school students who score highly on the PSAT/NMSQT receive Letters of Commendation for their “outstanding academic promise” and some are then eligible to compete for major scholarships.

Robert Vogel
Medford
Vogel, a recent Shawnee grad, was named the winner of Perry Resources’ seventh annual scholarship award. Vogel, 18, stood out from a field of 25 applicants based on his grades and academic achievement, community involvement, leadership, activities, and an essay. Vogel planned to use the $1,000 check toward his first semester at Duke University, where he plans to study biomedical engineering.

Madison Schenkewitz
Mount Laurel
For her community service project, Lenape High School junior Schenkewitz hosted a food drive that delivered. To help the Food Bank of South Jersey, Schenkewitz began passing out fliers to various Mount Laurel residents and, in the end, she was able to collect almost 500 canned goods.

Students of Tatem Elementary School
Haddonfield
On Oct. 3, students at Tatem Elementary walked and biked to school in order to celebrate International Walk to School Day. Though 4,000 events took place in the United States last year celebrating the holiday, Tatem was the only school in the Philadelphia area to partake in the occasion.

Alexander Werbickas
Marlton
Werbickas, a Marlton resident, Cherokee High School graduate, and recent grad of Savannah College of Art and Design, received the Platinum A’Design Award in Milan, Italy. The award was earned for his team of industrial designers’ Smart Media System entertainment system, a program that integrates various media programs into a one-touch screen controller.

Rebecca O’Kane
Cherry Hill
Rebecca was honored on Sept. 25 for her winning entry in the first-ever Healthy Drawing Contest, sponsored by Aramark. The Kilmer Elementary student was selected by high school student government representatives out of more than 100 entries that sought to promote fitness and healthy choices. Her winning design will be featured on shirts worn by employees throughout the district. Rebecca earned several prizes, including a congratulatory plaque.

Scout Brisson, Jaimie Fan and Nicole Varela
Moorestown
Brisson, Fan and Varela were named as semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The girls are among approximately 1.5 million students who are now part of the 2013 program, remaining in the competition for the 8,300 scholarships that will be given out at the end of the school year worth more than $32 million.

Katherine Burns
Haddonfield
Burns, of Haddonfield Memorial High School, was one of five students in the state to score the most points in the BizEd business education camp at Rutgers-Camden, winning herself a brand new Kindle Fire. Points were scored in exercises such as program development, time management and personal branding.

Shannon Igo
Medford
Igo isn’t your typical high school student, or college student for that matter. After taking the PSATs as a sophomore, Igo started receiving offers for college, including an invitation from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts to begin classes this fall. In what would have been her junior year, Igo has just embarked as a freshman in college, where she will major in anthropology.

Eastern High School InvenTeam
Voorhees
The work of this group of students and teachers, which won a $10,000 grant from MIT to pursue their invention of an ultraviolet water filtration and storage device, will be featured on NJTV’s Classroom Close-Up program on Oct. 28. The group of about 15 eco-minded students took part in an invention competition sponsored by the Lemelson-MIT Program, which encourages innovation among youth across the country.

Students of Joyce Kilmer Elementary School
Cherry Hill
After being the first school in the state to receive the official designation of a No Place for Hate school from the Anti-Defamation League, Joyce Kilmer School has once again been recognized for the 2012-2013 school year thanks to the culture promoted by its students, who just wrapped up celebrating the Week of Respect—an effort across the state to combat bullying.

Olivia McGough and Matthew Reilly
Washington Township
Bunker Hill Middle School students McGough, an eighth-grader, and Reilly, a seventh-grader, were the grand prize winners in the school’s Constitution Day Trivia Contest, beating out 37 others by answering all Constitution quiz questions correctly during the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. They each won tickets to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 8 (October, 2012).
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