March School Highlights
East Brunswick Campus
Michael Cappiello, Principal
April 13, 2022
- Film Festivals
Four Digital Film students were selected to the 20th Garden State Film Festival.
- 20th GARDEN STATE FILM FESTIVAL -- Jersey Shore Arts Center -- Asbury Park
Official Selection Student High School Animation -- Head in the Clouds by Aldan Ortiz
Official Selection Student High School -- A Self Portrait by Caitlin Bieri
Official Selection Student High School -- Wander by Marlayna O'Brien
Official Selection Student High School -- Transcend by Maya Zeidman
Three Digital Film students were Official Selections at 14th Kent Place Film Festival. Screening to take place April 7 at Kent Place School.
- 14th KENT PLACE FILM FESTIVAL -- Summit
Official Selection -- Creative Block by Caitlin Bieri
Official Selection -- Wander by Marlayna O'Brien
Official Selection -- Transcend by Maya Zeidman
- Three Digital Film students were Official Selections at the eighth RTF Media Fest. Screening will take place April 9 at Rowan University.
- 8th RTF MEDIA FEST + AWARDS 2022 -- Glassboro
High School Film Competition Nominee / Official Selection -- Only A Fool by Gabriel Werts
High School Film Competition Honorable Mention / Official Selection -- Creative Block by Caitlin Bieri
High School Competition Nominee / Official Selection -- The Inner Workings of a Normal Mind by Aryan Shah and Aldan Ortiz
- Three Digital Film students were Top Film Selections at the prestigious Film Now Festival 2022-- to take place at the historic Ambler Theatre in Ambler, Pa.
- FILM NOW FESTIVAL 2022 -- The Ambler Theater -- Ambler, Pa.
Top 3 Animation -- Heatwave by Jordlyn DeLeon
Top 3 Experimental -- A Self Portrait by Caitlin Bieri
Top 3 Animation -- The Inner Workings of a Normal Mind by Aryan Shah and Aldan Ortiz
- Battle Of The Classes -- East Brunswick Campus students participated in a Battle of the Classes weekly event March 28 through April 1. Students in their respective grade levels had daily dress-up themes, penny wars, attendance competitions, trivia contests, hallway decorating, scavenger hunts, and morning challenge contests during this spirt week.
- Artwork -- Students from Mrs. Sobolewski’s Graphic Design program delivered artwork to children in Cameroon via a project we participate in yearly called the Memory Project. We received word from the children of Cameroon that they received their artwork and were extremely excited.
- Horticulture Expo -- East Brunswick Tech FFA members entered 38 horticulture and floral design arrangements in various classes at the New Jersey State FFA Horticulture Expo competition.
The results are:
First Place: Isabel Miranda, Loriann De Sousa Rego, Lilly Clements.
Second Place: Kira Steeber, Adriana Leroux, Loriann De Sousa Rego, Dania Peralta, Madeline Borghaus, Lilly Clements.
Third Place: Conor Donegan, Jessenia Betancourt, Joseph Connolly.
Fourth Place: Dania Peralta, Lisa Piatkowski, Rose Cruz-Duran, Samantha Glazner, Samantha Weiner.
Fifth Place: Brianna Richardson, Kayla Romero, Elizabeth Pineiro.
Loriann De Sousa Rego placed Best in Fresh Floral Division.
Our FFA Floral CDE team placed eighth in the state.
- University -- Darrion Brown and Cheyenne Busch, seniors in the Theatre program, were accepted in Pace University’s BFA Program. This is a very competitive program.
- Skills USA -- Natalie Evans, a sophomore in our Architecture Technology program, is a finalist in the SkillsUSA Job Interview competition. She will compete again on April 9.
- Competition -- The DECA Club recently competed in the New Jersey State DECA Competition, which was held in Atlantic City. The results are as follows:
Customer Service Finalists: Sharon Ramos, Vinay Laroiya, Benjamin Emma
Supermarket Career Finalists: Anthony Ramirez, Casey Toth, Philip Emma
Individual Event Winners Customer Service: Sharon Ramos, Vinay Laroiya
Individual Event Winners Supermarket Careers: Anthony Ramirez, Philip Emma
Overall Event Winners Customer Service: Sharon Ramos first place, Benjamin Emma fifth place
Overall Event Winners Supermarket Careers: Anthony Ramirez sixth place
John Jeffries, Principal
April 13, 2022
- CMET – Ninth-graders in CMET designed and built bridges out of balsa wood and glue. Dr. Weinstein measured the bridges and tested the load capability up to and after failure. The following team had the highest load-to-weight ratio: Sahasra, Soumya, and Archisha, seen here with their bridge remnants.
- Merit Scholarships --We are delighted to announce that eight seniors from the Class of 2022 qualified as finalists for National Merit Scholarships based in their PSAT/NMSQT scores during the 2020-21 school year. Finalists were chosen out of over 2 million individuals who took the PSAT in October 2020, so 0.7 percent were named as finalists. The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of 15,000 is now in progress. Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered this spring. Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state- representational basis.
- Leadership Conference -- Congratulations to our FBLA students who participated in the New Jersey State Leadership Conference at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City. Two of our students won their elections to state office: Shagun Khare won reelection to State Parliamentary (2022-2023) and Esha Venkatanarayan won State Officer and Treasurer for the 2022-23 school year. Additionally, of the 75 competitors from the Academy, 54 students made the top 10 finals, four students placed fourth, 11 students placed third, two students placed second and 17 placed first in their events. All students who placed in the top four are eligible to attend the National Conference in Chicago this summer.
- Quiz Tournament -- Twenty-one teams braved the weather to attend the Middlesex County Academy Middle School Invitational, a National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT). Quiz bowl is a game in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge, including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, popular culture, sports, and more.
- Food Drive -- The Interact Club is holding a food drive for REPLENISH (formerly MCFOODS). All of our grades are collecting food. Students are competing for the first prize (a pizza party) or second prize (an ice cream party). The ninth-graders are currently in the lead with 85 pounds of food collected.
Perth Amboy Campus
Brian Bilal, Principal
April 13, 2022
- Proficiency Assessment -- The New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJGPA) was administered to our 11th-grade students March 15 and 16. Makeup tests were not necessary because 100 percent attendance was achieved.
- Food Drive -- The Interact Club hosted a food drive during March and April. All donated food will be distributed to the Replenish Food Pantry.
- YAB -- Student members of the Youth Advisory Board participated in a Covid-19 Vaccine for Teens virtual town hall event on March 15. It was hosted by Empower Somerset and the Empower Youth Advisory Board.
- Awareness -- March is Self-Injury Awareness Month. Students were provided with self-injury and self-harm information. All Information and hotline numbers are posted throughout the school and on an information table in the hallway outside of the guidance department.
Nicole Slade, Principal
April 13, 2022
- License -- Ms. Ciesielski had two senior cosmetology students take the New Jersey Cosmetology and Hairstyling State Board Theory Exam and both were very excited to have passed. This means they will be receiving their licenses.
- Our Career and Technical Expo winners are:
1st place -- Ms. Roger’s Health Technology students, Isra Sheraz, Ishal Shahid and Angelina Hanna
2nd place -- Ms. Roy’s Graphic Design students, Mi’Lah Clark, Raniya Burkett, Diana Jimenez and Kevin Ibarra-Varela
3rd place -- Mr. Diemer’s Culinary Assisting and Food Employment (C.A.F.E.) students, Henry Velez, Dimitra Manolakis, Amy Chevez and Matthew Barona
- Portraits -- We celebrated Women’s History Month with daily announcements honoring famous women. Graphic Design students displayed portraits they created of their favorite famous women in the front mall of our school.
- Competitions -- Ms. de la Cruz and Ms. Roy, Skills USA advisers, took students to compete in various competitions this month.
Graphic Design students competed in the following categories:
Promotional Bulletin Board
Custom Automotive Painting (in collaboration with Auto Collision)
State Banner Design
Auto Collision students competed in:
Custom Automotive Painting
Collision Repair Technology
Culinary students competed in:
Robert Fuller, Principal
April 13, 2022
- HOSA Competition - The Following Students represented The Woodbridge Academy at the NJ State HOSA Competition. All 1st and 2nd Place finishers qualify to the HOSA National Competition.
- 2nd Place Shrihith Golugula Disha Garg
Emergency Medical Technician
- 2nd Place Yash Dixit Ahdaf Zaman
Biomedical Lab Science
- 4th place Deeksha Chinta
Home Health Aide
- 3rd place Namratha Chembeti
- 2nd place Himasri Konatham
- 5th place Anika Bhatnagar
- 2nd Place Liesha Yenduri
Human Growth and Development
- 3rd place Katie Fu
Medical Law and Ethics
- 4th place Prisha Gattu
- 1st place Ridhimaa Thaker
- 5th place Rayan Ahmed
- 1st place Aarnika Gharse
- 3rd place Kisha Patel
- 2nd place Aadithiya Bharanidharan
- 1st place Sachin Aravind
- 4th place Anika Bukkapatnam
Health Career Photography
- 2nd place Sharanya Jairam
- 1st place Anushka Tripathi
- 2nd place Shiven Sakunala
- 4th place Deepa Subramanya
- 5th place Dhanashri Balamurugan
Job Seeking Skills
- 1st place Diya Nair
- 2nd Place Shreya Dutt
- 4th place Bhavesh Manne Navneeth Murali Rishi Mittal Hael Raj
Creative Problem Solving
- 2nd place Niyati Patel Mukund Maurya Simran Duggi
Health Career Display
- 4th place Nicole Chang Saanvi Mushti
- 3rd place Ibraheem Akhtar Tej Kondeti Kabir Singh
- 1st place Nader Zahran Pruthviraj Golvepalli Ravi Sangani Anshul Voleti Arulmozhivarman Balamurugan Keshav Jwalapuram
Public Service Announcement
- 4th place Aryan Bansiwal Arush Bhardwaj Dev Dwivedi Shreesaran Satapathy
- Shaping Foundations - Anirudh Koneru, Pooja Shah, Cayla Xue, and Liesha Yenduri are the co-founders of Shaping Foundations, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for rare diseases. Shaping Foundation’s mission statement is to advocate, raise awareness, and fundraise for rare diseases.
As youth members of the rare disease community, the Shaping Foundations team has a youth volunteer program. They now have volunteers from over 10 countries, and they are always looking to involve our youth volunteers in the rare disease community with activities such as interviewing patients, writing articles, creating graphics, or working on our podcast.
Shaping Foundations also believes in forming partnerships with other rare disease advocacy organizations and companies involved in the rare disease community. One of their partners is Rocket Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biotechnology company that works to develop genetic therapies for rare childhood disorders.
- Rocket Pharmaceuticals - This past Rare Disease Day, February 28th, 2022, Rocket Pharmaceuticals personally invited Anirudh, Pooja, Cayla, and Liesha to attend their event in New York City at the Nasdaq MarketSite Building. A presentation about Shaping Foundations was also played during this event, and it was a wonderful opportunity for the four cco-founders to not only listen to but also network with the guest speakers and Rocket Pharmaceutical employees at the event. They were able to speak to patients, advocates, and healthcare professionals, including Dr. Moris Danon, the researcher that discovered the rare disease focus of the event, Danon Disease.