April School Highlights
MCVTS OUTSTANDING ACTIVITIES – HIGHLIGHTS
The Superintendent is reporting highlights of recent districtwide school/student activities that have occurred since the last Board of Education meeting. These activities involve career, college, community, and business collaboration with various partners to enhance the students' educational programs.
Academy for Allied Health & Biomedical Sciences
The Woodbridge Academy is proud to announce that 12th grade student Adam Tseng has won a National Merit Scholarship and will be attending the Temple University BS/MD program in the Fall.
Thirty-three students participated in the virtual Perry Initiative Program. This program is for female students who may be interested in the field of Orthopedics. Students were able to interface with female orthopedic surgeons to learn about the specialty area, educational requirements and clinical and personal experiences of the physicians.
Nine students participated in the two-day Women in Healthcare seminar that was offered through Rutgers University on March 31st and April 7th. The program was designed to encourage young women to enter the field of health care. The interactive and engaging panel shared their stories and answered questions, posed by the students, regarding their educational and clinical experiences.
Academy for Science, Mathematics, & Engineering Technologies
Edison Academy juniors and seniors spent time educating first and second graders at Lincoln Elementary School and Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Edison about a variety of safety topics as part of Robert Wood Johnson's Safety Ambassadors Program. The topics discussed were Wheeled Sports, Safety In and Around Cars, Falls Prevention, and Pedestrian Safety.
On April 7th - 11th Edison Academy students competed in a Creative Public Speaking Contest against Bergen County Academies hosted by Ja-Tek Educational Startup. The competition involved an Open Submission round where students were asked to create an original 3 minute speech about a topic of their choosing. Students told stories, submitted rants, made speeches and used spoken-word poetry about subjects that were meaningful to them.
On April 12th, Udgita Pamidigantam received the "Innovation" and the "Nokia Bell Labs: Distinguished Research" awards at the New Jersey Regional Science Fair (NJRSF) Competition, a regional Science Fair for ISEF.
The Edison Academy's Science Olympiad Team competed on April 13th through 15th at the New Jersey State Championships. MCA SciOly placed 5th in the state out of 49 teams and won a total of 9 medals.
On April 24th, Dr. Latha Nair and a group of our students hosted the first ever Edison Academy Science Bowl. There were 124 student participants and 36 teams for the all-day competition.
East Brunswick Campus
Michael Rizzi, a 10th grader in Mrs. Sobolewski’s Graphic Design program, received the silver award for his t-shirt design in the NJ SkillsUSA competition.
Students from Mr. Malave’s Architecture Technology program, placed 1st in the Additive Manufacturing contest and the Technical Drafting contest in this year’s NJ SkillsUSA competition. These students will have the opportunity to compete in the national competition.
The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, California celebrated its tenth annual Archer Film Festival empowering female filmmakers, featuring Alana Mayo, President of Orion Pictures, and Anna Heinrich, Head of Production at Reprobates, as keynote panelists. Festival organizers received more than 640 student-produced film submissions from 66 countries around the world. Growing Pains by Jennifer Ruiz-Gonzalez (Senior - Digital Film) was named a 2021 Finalist.
Count Basie Center Teen And College Film Fest 2021: (Red Bank – April 14, 2021) Only a Fool by Gabriel Werts, A Drive through Brooklyn by Caitlin Bieri and Growing Pains by Jennifer Ruiz-Gonzalez were named Official Selections High School Category. And Only A Fool by Gabriel Werts won Best Acting Performance High School and Growing Pains by Jennifer Ruiz-Gonzalez won Best Narrative High School at this prestigious event.
At the 19th Garden State Film Festival 2021, Growing Pains by Jennifer Ruiz-Gonzalez was awarded the Narrative Short High School 2021 winner and Flower Power by Marlayna O’Brien, Henry Ruiz, Jennifer-Ruiz Gonzalez and Sammy Horan was awarded the New Jersey Hometown Documentary Short High School (second runner up) 2021 winner.
East Brunswick Career Development
Seven students competed in the DECA State Competition which was held virtually. The customer service event consisted of a test and a taped interview of the student selling a product. The supermarket careers event consisted of a test and a virtual bagging simulation. Six students received awards: Nicole Johnson, Vinay Laroyia, Paul Principe, Sharon Ramos, Maya Wallenstein, Sharon Rosenblatt
Perth Amboy Campus
Jonaishia Freeman a senior in Computers Systems Technology has received The Leaf Scholarship. The Leaf Scholarship is presented to individuals selected for their academic, social and community involvement and accomplishments.
Richard DeLaMarter, a senior in our Electrical Trades career major, won first place at The NJ Skills USA competition for construction technology, wiring. Richard has qualified for National competition.
Ms. Roy’s Graphic Arts Design program won two first positions for Skills USA 2021 contests. First place for Pin Design was Ottonielle Ramos Hernandez, 11th grade and First place for State Banner Design competition was Elliott Lugo and Hazel Guevara, both in the 9th grade.
Mr. Diemer’s students have been working hard to get all stocked items into our new Point of Sale (POS) system and have entered 100% of the inventory. We have also been working with other shops creating a new fresh look for our program as we upcycled some of the wood frames as well as created new shelf signs and more improvements to come. We have also introduced basic food handling as an introduction to our program transitioning to the Culinary Assisting and Foods Employment (CAFE) program next year.
On April 21st, Ms. Ciesielski’s 10th grade Cosmetology students participated in the first ever virtual Young Women's Conference sponsored by Wellspring of New Jersey