FRHSD News Briefs, June 12


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Freehold Township High School students Ava Geissel, Ryan Lockard and Angelina Ferraro will spend a week at Long Island University’s Entrepreneurship Academy this summer. The program is open to high school leaders who plan to major in business in college. As part of the program, they will participate in leadership development, visit corporations and attend business lectures about marketing analytics, careers in investing, entrepreneurship and fashion/entertainment.

Samantha Borenstein, a junior at Howell High School, has been selected to attend the Harvard Summer School, a selective residential summer program, for the Introduction to Computer Programming course. The course gives students the opportunity to master a portion of Harvard’s computer science introductory course, from the basic principles of computing to more advanced topics such as arrays and strings. Through the program, students also have the opportunity to explore life at Harvard University and in the surrounding city, as well as to attend seminars taught by Harvard faculty.

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Staff members from across the Freehold Regional High School District were recognized at the 2019 Monmouth County Superintendents’ Roundtable Teacher/Educational Services Professional Recognition Reception. The luncheon was held on May 23 at Monmouth University, West Long Branch.

This year’s honorees from the district were: from Colts Neck High School, Lorin Ottone, English teacher, and Racheal VanDeVusse, school counselor; from Freehold High School, Sharon Spiers, English teacher, and Amy Remishofski, school counselor; from Freehold Township High School, Elizabeth English, English teacher, and Irene Roake, school nurse; from Howell High School, Jennifer Hier, technology education teacher, and Camille Mussari, student assistance coordinator; from Manalapan High School, Bharathi Srinivas, science teacher, and Jill Bayuk, school counselor; and from Marlboro High School, Thomas Sandoval, mathematics teacher, and Claire Bentley, school nurse.

Elizabeth English was presented as the 2019 Monmouth County Teacher of the Year, according to a press release from the Freehold Regional High School District.

Howell High School’s Fine and Performing Arts Center program has added more awards to its trophy case after the Entertainment Technology Video program returned from the 2019 NJ High School Film Challenge with five wins.

“Setting Sail,” directed by Isabella DeFabritus, took home Best Overall Film in addition to Best Screenplay (writers Sean Villa and Juliana Santamauro) and Best Actress for Juliana Santamauro.

The short “Fostering Hope,” created by Olivia Douglas, Joan Connolly, Lulu Chouha and Mitch Ritter, took home second place for Best Drama. The all-junior team of Sophie Genovese-Mester, Victoria Kral, Lily Fraser, Danny Fischer and Maggie Orsino walked away with Best Use of Prop for their film “Paper Dolls.”

The New Jersey High School Film Challenge was hosted by Jackson Liberty High School, Jackson. The day included workshops with industry professionals, hands-on learning with equipment and an awards show and screening of the winning films.

To see more of the Howell film projects, visit HowellFPACVideo on Youtube.

Manalapan High School sophomore Gianna Schember has been selected as the Freehold Regional High School District’s 2019 Teen Driver Safety Flag and Banner Contest winner.

Each year, the district invites sophomores to put their design skills to work, creating a flag that conveys a positive message about teen driver safety. A winning design is selected from each high school, securing the designer a guaranteed parking spot for their senior year, according to a press release.

From the six finalists, a district winner is selected to have their design made into a flag and a banner. Gianna was selected as this year’s winner for her design warning students to put down their cell phone while driving. A flag featuring her design will fly at every FRHSD school and a banner will hang in each cafeteria for the upcoming school year.

The Freehold Township High School community surpassed last year’s “Coins for Kids” fundraising efforts to benefit the pediatric wing of CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township.

For a few months earlier this year, buckets brought around by peer leaders were available during lunch for anyone to drop in their spare change. All that spare change added up, resulting in $2,500 raised for the CentraState Healthcare Foundation. This year’s funds will be used to purchase a bubble wall. This portable device can be rolled into a child’s exam room and distract them while procedures, like inserting an IV, are being performed, according to a press release.

The “Coins for Kids” initiative was created by health and physical education teacher Frank Gualtieri and coordinated through the Peer Leadership program led by adviser Sean Leahy.

Freehold Township High School had 26 students attend the New Jersey Technology Student Association (TSA) conference on April 13. The students competed in 14 events in a variety of design and technology-based problem-solving activities. Three students qualified for the National TSA Conference in Washington, D.C., this summer.

Freehold Township’s winning students were Ben Schornstein and Nathan Nestor, third place in software development, and Olivia Lieberman, third place in prepared speech. Jessica Kaiser earned a recognition award for serving as the NJ-TSA state vice president for the 2018-19 school year.

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