May School Highlights
Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences
Juniors Willian De Faria, Michaela Chee, Alisha Malhotra, Akshita Sanjay and Serin Vargu-hese won 2nd place in the Middlesesx County Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest on May 5th. The students created an audio PSA entitled “I Wanted to Be Remembered.” They were recognized by Freeholder H. James Polos for their work. Prior to their award, the students had a chance to drive a golf cart through a simulated course with a New Jersey State Trooper. All of the students wore goggles impairing them so they would have an “experience” to understand the dangers of drinking and driving.
Ms. Veilleux continued to add to the school’s continental knowledge. The freshman class completed a grade level project in which a map of Asia was created. The map included political boundaries, cultural information and geographic features. The map proudly hangs in the hall across from last year’s map of Africa. We are looking forward to the “future” for the next continent.
Seniors Neel Patel and Jacinda Pujols were recognized at the Greater Middlesex County Athletic Luncheon honoring sportsmanship on May 11th. Neel and Jacinda have been student leaders on their teams throughout their time at the Academy and epitomize good sportsmanship
Senior Ruchit Patel was recognized at the NJSIAA Scholar Athlete Luncheon on May 15th. He was a co-captain of the soccer team and was awarded a $1000 scholarship at the luncheon. Ruchit has earned the title of valedictorian of his class and will be attending John Hopkins University in the fall.
Junior Vraj Shah was selected to attend American Legion Boys State this summer. This program is wonderful opportunity for students to learn how government and politics work. Vraj was selected through a competitive interview process by the Edison American Legion.
Sophomores Mahima Singeetham and Srivarsha Kaloth provided a sample of Indian dance for those in attendance at the Academy Open House. Health and physical education teacher Mr. Funari coordinated this activity to provide parents and guests insights to our school.
The junior varsity softball team won the district softball tournament at the East Brunswick Campus. Coach Frank and the team were excited at their victory and a successful season.
The annual prom was held on May 20th. Students dressed in their finest and enjoyed a night of dancing with their friends at the Woodbridge Renaissance Ballroom. Seniors Kevin Lynch and Jillian Ventrone were voted prom king and queen by their peers. A special thanks to Mr. Turner and the senior class president Cassie Miller and senior class vice president Vidhi Patel for a job well done. A great time was had by all.
The end of May brings the traditional recycling fashion show. Sophomores in Ms. Yeye’s English class take their readings and apply them to creating a fashion outfit from recycled goods. Students cheer each other as they “walk the red carpet” and hear how their out-fits are “green.”
Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies
Senior Aidan Benderly was honored at the Greater Middlesex Conference Sportsmanship Luncheon held at The Pines Manor on May 11th. Aiden joined sixty-four other athletes from the GMC in being recognized for displaying a high level of sportsmanship on the soccer field.
Aidan Benderly was also honored at the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Award Banquet on May 15th for his performance in the classroom and on the athletic field.
The Rotary Club honored Abdullah Shareef as the Academy Senior of the Year at the May 5th Awards Dinner. Abdullah received a plaque and a $500 scholarship for his outstanding community service. Ms. Simmons, Mrs. Simon and Dr. Russo, as well as all the students of the month for school year 2015 – 2016 were in attendance.
The Board of Chosen Freeholders of Middlesex County recognized the Edison Academy for participating in the McFOODS Drive for the past sixteen years at their meeting on May 5th. Juniors Avneet Randhawa and Stephanie Almeida represented the school and received a certificate at the Freeholder meeting.
The following Safety Ambassadors gave presentations at James Monroe Elementary School on May 16th: Abdullah Shareef, Sonali Patel, Rajul Bothra, Taslim Soomar, Ajaita Saini, Swapnanil Deb and Neehar Peri.
The Academy held its annual formal dinner dance on May 27th at the Armory in Perth Amboy. Approximately 65 students and staff enjoyed an evening of food and fun.
Aidan Benderly was selected to represent the Edison Academy at the 2016 Greater Middle-sex Conference Soccer Senior All Star Game.
The Academy had another excellent season of competition in the New Jersey Science League. The physics team ranked second, the chemistry team ranked fourth and the biology team ranked fifth.
Students receiving plaques included:
Mrinal Nakhre 2nd
Kevin Tang 13th
Kunal Adhia 5th
Poojit Hegde 10th
Anjali Gupta 21st
Akshat Gokhale 2nd
Amrut Nadgir 4th
Collin Draper 9th
The Academy has been accepted into the 2016 Waksman Student Scholars Program. Sophomore Anjali Gupta has been selected to represent the Academy at the Summer Institute in July.
Twelve students competed against 780 students from throughout New Jersey in the 2016 New Jersey State Science Day. The New Jersey State Science Day Program provides for competition between individuals and teams of secondary New Jersey school students. Students compete in the subjects of biology, chemistry, physics and integrated sciences. The Academy received 5th place in the school competition. In the team categories, the Academy finished 11th in Biology, 19th in Chemistry, 4th in Physics and 1st in Integrated Science.
For the first time in many years, the Academy students celebrated Math Week, May 13th – May 18th. The celebration included:
The Academy Math League hosted a screening of The Man Who Knew Infinity at Big Cinemas in Edison on May 16th. The audience was treated to a Q&A session with producer and Princeton Mathematics Professor Manjul Bhargava after the movie.
Many Academy students and five teams participated in the team/relay competition. The sophomores lead by Poojit Hegde and Kunal Adhia won a trophy for first place.
Four teams participated in the Academy Moody’s Competition. The sophomore team, Johnathan Wang, Kelley Chau, Malavika Vivek and Anjali Gupta, won the trophy for first place.
On the last day of Math Week a morning assembly took place for all Academy students. The Math League Adviser, Mrs. Vaksman, and the Club President, Lyndon Shi, awarded medals, trophies and certificates to the Academy Math League Team and to several Academy students.
East Brunswick Campus
The School of the Arts, Digital Filmmaking hosted the 2nd Annual Reel Film Festival on May 5th and 6th. The festival included over 40 films from each grade level. The films showcased many diverse artistic forms of cinematic expression and were well received by all who attended.
Senior Skye Waters received a Community Service Award from the East Brunswick Chapter of AARP on May 10th. Ms. Water’s community services both in and outside of school made her a clear choice to receive this award. The generosity of the East Brunswick’s AARP will help Ms. Waters as she plans to attend college in the fall.
The School of the Arts, Dance performed their annual Spring Dance Concert On May 12th and 13th. The works were choreographed by Ms. Cleo Mack and various professional artists. The students performed amazing works that showcased their choreography and the artistic talent of the program. The event was very well received.
East Brunswick Campus hosted the Fourth Annual Inspire 5K on May 15th. The Inspire 5K is a race to honor the memory of 2006 graduate Paul Chrzaszcz who tragically passed away. The purpose is to set up a scholarship fund in his name to a graduating senior. This race is also in partnership with East Brunswick Tech’s mission to establish healthy lifestyles in our school district. Over 250 people participated in the race. It is especially noteworthy that each campus in the district had students and faculty participate in the race which truly exhibits what the Inspire 5K is all about.
Four Digital Film students were selected to the 42nd Annual NJ Young Filmmakers’ Festival held at Thomas Edison National Historic Park in West Orange on May 21st. The winners were:
2nd Place – Senior Deanna Rivera “Watermelons”
3rd Place – Sophomore Kimberly Hansen “White Crayon”
Honorable Mention – Juniors Dianna Torres and Jasmine Gutierrez “SLIP”
The EB Tech FFA Chapter attended the annual NJ State FFA Convention held a Monmouth University May 25th – 27th. The students did an amazing job and came home with the following awards:
1st Place in State – Quiz Bowl Team
2nd Place in State – Tim Janis for Agricultural Sales
3rd Place in State – FFA Chapter Scrapbook
EB Tech FFA Chapter received the Silver Rating
East Brunswick School of Career Development
HOSA hosted a blood drive set up by the American Red Cross 0n May 31st. The event was a success with many of the students and staff willing to donate to this great cause. The drive collected a total of thirty two pints. The Red Cross was pleased with the outcome and we look forward to hosting this event again next fall.
Freshman Nicholas DellBeni has completed a 10 week course to become a Junior Docent at the Staten Island Zoo. Junior docents assist the Education Department by interpreting the zoo’s animal collection to the zoo’s visitors by participating in educational programs and special events. Nicholas will now to eligible to volunteer his time by educating visitors through presentations, exhibits, and bio facts.
The senior prom will go down in history as one of the most memorable. The East Brunswick Campus shares the prom with the Woodbridge, Perth Amboy and Piscataway Campuses. Lenier Smith and Melody Bialkowsky were elected as prom king and queen for the East Brunswick Campus. What made this special was that Melody has been home sick but was able to make it to the prom in her wheelchair. When elected prom queen, everyone in the room from every school stood up and cheered for her, chanting Melody’s name. Lenier gave up his crown and placed it on Melody’s date so the two could dance together on the floor. It was a very emotional time and a great moment for our schools.
Perth Amboy Campus
Senior National Technical Honor Society Member Heidy Siguenza was selected as a recipient of the 2016 John H. Poteat Scholarship in the amount of $1000.
Junior Brian Arocho and sophomore Edwin Collado were both named to the Greater Middle-sex Conference All-Gold Division team for their outstanding play during the varsity baseball season.
The Perth Amboy Campus Green Team teamed up with several master gardeners from the City of Perth Amboy to transform several areas of the campus grounds into flower gardens. Freshmen Vincent Fotia, Jacob Perry, Alexander Rodriguez, and Eugenio Barahona along with Sophomores Aaron Rodriguez, Souleymane Diallo, and Ibrahim Kamara were instru-mental in completing this project.
Seven Perth Amboy Campus students donated their hair to the charity “Children With Hair Loss.” Joeimi Torres-Arzuaga, Angeline Rodrigues, Victoria West, Miranda Nunez, Melissa Vargas Joshua Reyes, and Maria Petricorena each donated a minimum of 8 inches of their for this noble cause.
Senior softball shortstop Mariel Ynoa-Lopez was selected as a Greater Middlesex Conference All-Star player and will participate in the upcoming All-Star game.
Senior softball third baseman Lauren Velez was selected as the Greater Middlesex Confer-ence Player of the Week for her stellar offensive performance in the GMC Tournament win over South Amboy where she hit 2 home runs in the game.
Varsity Softball Second Baseman Daisy Arocho was recognized as one of the thirty five best freshman softball players in the state by NJ.com. She was featured in their “Freshman Phenoms” article and slideshow on their website.
Senior soccer player Eduardo Tafur was honored as the NJSIAA Scholar Athlete for the Perth Amboy Campus. Eduardo was a standout player on the varsity soccer team for the past four years while maintaining a 3.4 GPA. Eduardo also received a $250 scholarship at the awards ceremony.
Senior Heidy Siguenza was honored at the Middlesex County Principals and Supervisors Association Outstanding Student Banquet for her commitment to excellence in the class-room as well as her volunteerism in the community and leadership in our school.
Piscataway Campus/Piscataway School of Career Development
Mrs. Ricciardi’s adult cosmetology students volunteered their time this month at the High-land Park High School “Ladies Night Out” providing mini manicures, up-do hairstyles, and makeup.
Piscataway Campus debate team competed in its second debate this year against South Plain-field School District on May 24th. The two topics of debate were: Criminals should be rehabil-itated instead of institutionalized and The Patriot Act should be repealed in America today. Both debate teams appreciated being judged by the following distinguished panel of judges: Mr. Rogers, South Korean English professor and former debate competitor; Mr. Sosnowski, retired principal; and Mrs. Goldstein, our Student Assistant Counselor. Throughout the debate season it has become evident that Piscataway Campus continues to excel in articulation, critical thinking skills, and research. Piscataway started off strong and won the first round, however South Plainfield won the next three rounds. Congratulations to the following debaters of Piscataway: Bryan Pena, Dejah Williams, Derrick Register, and Marina Bhati. Piscataway’s culinary and bake shops served a delicious lunch to all the participants in the debate.
Mrs. Adams’s environmental science and biology classes attended two field trips on May 5th and May 20th. The first was a trip to the Meadowlands Environmental Center where students were tasked with monitoring the water in the estuary for dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, and salinity. Students also used nets to catch small samples of the wildlife that use the estuary as a breeding ground including grass shrimp and small fish. Back in the lab, the classes discussed how each organism plays an essential part in the ecosystem around the estuary and indirectly in the lives of human beings. The second trip was broken into two parts: first a tour of the Middlesex County Landfill in East Brunswick Township and then a tour of the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Sayreville. During both parts, students traced the paths of different types of waste from the time it leaves their houses around Middlesex County to the time it ends in one of these facilities. On both trips, students were shown how New Jersey’s value of wetlands has changed over time as we try to transform areas that were once used as dumping grounds with little value to areas we protect as we see that they contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of our area and the wildlife in it.
The Piscataway Skills USA Chapter received a $300 donation from the Rotary Club of Piscat-away to reaffirm the positive role our students have in our community. The award was presented to Mr. Terry Housel, Chef Rastelli and Chef Povinelli by Mr. Fred Cassaday, Vice President and Mrs. Sandra Kennedy, President of the Piscataway Rotary Club.
Carsten Boethig from New Jersey Manufactures Insurance Company came to speak to the senior class about safe driving and the dangers of drinking and driving on May 20th.
The Green Team celebrated the ground breaking for our garden project on May 24th.
Josh Zeises from American Addiction Centers provided presentations to the sophomore and junior classes on Friday May 27th. Topics included: motivation, the dangers of drugs and alcohol, and why choosing a positive path for their future is important.