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January 21, 2013 12:10 am

Head Start

Students of the Week were Madison Parker, Noah Margwarth, Malisa Nguyen, Jadira Montenegro-Martinez, Chris-topher Keating Jr., Diana Rivera-Montiel, Amanda Mezquita, Adeysha Proudie, Jalaisha Rock, Elaina Lopez, Devin Sheaff, Tiana King-McKay, Kaelyn Hill, Roque Ortiz-Cortes and Jasmine Pardue.

--Alice Thompson

Rockhill Elementary

The following students are Fifth-grade Math Problem Solving Challenge winners for December:

First place--Matthew Mooney, Mason Oberle, Caroline Watts

Second place--Meghan Brown, Tyler Cornwell, Noah Hernandez, Christopher Kushner, Edward Ware, Jason Wilkie

Third place--Alexandra Barch, Jillian Brence, Nabil Collison-Cofie, Emily Hayward, Keith Mankin, Angel Clarke.

The Noteworthy Select Choir of Rockhill Elementary School, under the direction of music teacher Kara List, performed for the SCPS central office staff in the school board chambers on Dec. 19.

--Pat Johnston

Widewater Elementary

The Geography Bee was held Jan. 7. The following students participated: Tyler Sivia, Natalie Hendrix, Marian Kamara, Fathiyah Eyiowuawi, Logan Williams, Adam Echane, Ben Kennedy, Riley Hensley, Zahra Sajjadi and Andre Nesbit.

Winners are as follows:

First place--Andre Nesbit

Second place--Tyler Sivia

Third place--Adam Echane.

The school winner, fourth-grade, Andre Nesbit, will take a written round that will be submitted to the regional competition. Destine Bradshaw is the Focus teacher and judges were Angela Ewald, Chad Armstrong and Kristen McKinney-Nash.

Counselor Melissa Greene recognized the following students for their acts of kindness which was the word of the month for December: Johnan Casiano, Joellaine Duku, Janiya Johnson, Jelsy Kameliz, Eduardo Echeverria, Samato Sok, Hannah Hearn, Delon Pressley, Christian Watson, Evelin Portillo, Faith Mulder, Aiyanna Corbin, Kenneth Carcamo, Darian Years, Keyla Rodriguez, Cheyenne Smith, Emma Schubnel, Emma Gietek, Zara Nti-Brew, Karal Alvarez, Trina Cox, Pamela Benavides-Barahona, Jade Buckles, Davian Garcia, Patrick Sullivan, AJ Gryder, Matthew Allen, Joash Escobar, Vanessa Merrill, Kylan McCulloch, Gus Gonzalez, Moner Ahmad, Tyrek Wright, Andrea Alvarez and Peter Stehly. Students and parents were treated to a special breakfast with a presentation of medals and a book made for each honored student by their classmates.

--Nancy Brothers

Stafford Middle

Michaela Johnson, seventh- and eighth-grade resource teacher, is the 2013 Teacher of the Year. Michaela was chosen by her peers. Cathy Washington, seventh-grade math teacher, and Rebecca Richey, sixth-grade math teacher, were also nominated.

Sixth-graders Camaryn Haley and Briana McCurley are the 2013 School Spelling Bee champions. They will represent the school at the county spelling bee competition in January.

Diana Hildago, Millie Ouk, James Sunderlin and Lilandra Gaddie were runner-ups in the spelling competition.

Seventh-grader Mark Maire is the 2013 National Geographic Bee champion.

--Liz Featherstone

Brooke Point High

The following students received certificates and medals at the DECA District 19 Leadership Conference in December. DECA is an association of marketing students. These winners will advance to the state conference in March.

Kelly Ciccarello finished second and Julie Hembree finished third in Principles of Marketing; Mason Ballard finished second in Marketing Management, Role Play 1; Elizabeth Fauth finished second in test and second overall in Business Service Marketing; Deana Hamlin finished first in marketing test, role play 1 and role play 2, to finish first overall in Apparel and Accessories Marketing; Shikira Sherrod finished first in role play 2 and test to finish second overall in Quick Service Restaurant Management; Stephanie Passley finished first in role play 2-selling and second in role play 1-market planning to finish first overall in Retail Merchandise Marketing; Ivan Ren finished first in test to finish second overall in Restaurant Full Service Marketing; and Autumn Kline finished third overall in Selling.

The Scholastic Bowl Team ended the regular season with a third-place finish and a 12-4 overall record. At the district tournament earlier this month, the team finished fifth.

The NJROTC Rifle Team had a strong performance in the recent Secretary of the Navy Postal Match. Of the nearly 3,000 cadets who participated in this event nationwide, Anne Slota placed in the top two percent and Kirk Sawyer and Christopher Sweat finished in the top 10 percent. Overall, 12 of 16 team members who participated finish in the top third. Team members are Captain Kirk Sawyer, Anne Slota, Chris Sweat, Eric Coppenrath, Robert Allison, Erica Molnar, Sumner Stone, Charles Gilmore, Dominic Thome, John Reinboldt, Josephine Baron, Francesca Chambers, Darell Lawrence, Logan Robertson, Mercedes Brandstetter, David Bouchard and Jeremy Fenske.

The Marching Black-Hawks performed before a crowd of about 50,000 fans at the Russell Athletics Bowl Game on Dec. 28, in Florida. The band members played with others from schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, Illinois and North Carolina, creating a marching band with about 600 musicians and more than 300 dancers and cheerleaders. A video of their performance can be found at 2GzwlLs.

After auditioning, a number of Brooke Point musicians were selected to play in the the All-County and All-District bands. All-County Band members were: Jessica Fillis, third chair flute; Summer Mensah, fourth chair flute; Julia Kroeger, 11th chair flute; Toni Clement, 13th chair clarinet; Stephen Winham, 14th chair clarinet; Chris Ware, 20th chair clarinet; Danielle Dias, 21st chair clarinet; Allison Moran, 24th chair clarinet; Jimi Hendrick, first chair bari sax; Valerie Perham, fifth chair French horn; Anthony Biscardo, fourth chair trumpet; Calvin Mann, seventh chair trumpet; Kat Kameda-Ramsey, fifth chair percussion; first alternates: William Hornick, alto sax and Kathy Abdallah, bari sax.

Playing in the All-District Band on Feb. 1-2 at Massaponax High School will be: Summer Mensah, fourth chair flute, symphonic band (eligible for all-state audition); Jessica Fillis, fifth chair flute, symphonic band; Nikki Tushoski, eighth chair flute, symphonic band; Julia Kroeger, fifth chair flute, concert band; Stephen Winham, third chair clarinet, concert band; Toni Clement, 13th chair clarinet, concert band; Allison Moran, 24th chair clarinet, 16th chair clarinet, concert band; William Hornick, fourth chair alto sax, symphonic band; Jimi Hendrick, first chair bari-sax, symphonic band (eligible for all-state audition);

Valerie Perham, second chair French horn, symphonic band (elligible for all-state audition); Andrew Lewis, ninth chair trumpet, symphonic band; Anthony Biscardo, 10th chair trumpet, symphonic band; Calvin Mann, 17th chair trumpet, symphonic band; Zach Phillips, fifth chair baritone, concert band. First alternates are: Rebecca Cammuse, piccolo; Darien LaPorta, tenor sax; Kathy Abdallah, bari sax and Tyler Grimsley, French horn.

Student Natalie Morgan has organized a group to participate in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics on Feb. 2 in Virginia Beach. Students planning on taking the icy dip include Morgan, Owen Clemens, Mimi Clemens, Steven Worcester, Brenden Delgado, Jacob Phillips, Madison Davis, Zach Barger, Bethany West, Sophie Obert, Donyae Johnson, Jackie Heins, Justin Stewart, Megan Weitekamp, Morgan Frazier, Sydney Andrews, Valine Fisher and Alex Miller. People can support these students by donating online at marea/default.asp?did= 0&teamid=212469.

Brooke Point's teacher of the year is drama teacher Lisa Cover-Tucci; service employee of the year is assistant bookkeeper Julie Cooper; and first class first-year teacher of the year is counselor Courtney Portell.

The girls varsity basketball team will hold its annual "Think Pink" game Jan. 25 against Colonial Forge. The game promotes breast cancer awareness, and survivors will be honored after the game. The game starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $6. Those under age 6 or over 55 are admitted free.

--Laura Hutchison

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