December 18, 2013 at 12:31 AM
WEST ORANGE, NJ - With a school population of nearly 3,000 students, it's not surprising to know that something is always happening in the student population at West Orange High School. What the students have been up to, however, may surprise you:
Family Career, and Community Leaders of America
On Nov. 25, members of the WOHS Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, (FCCLA) attended the annual New Jersey State–FCCLA Fall Leadership Connection, held at the Pines Manor in Edison. WOHS students competed in events with 41 schools statewide.
WOHS members Chantelle Patel, Krishna Patel, Ashley Walker, Jessica Castellones, Malawi Allen, Heather Cohen, Iveth Gonzales, Ariana Ruggerio, and Jasmine Miller received the First Place (Gold Medal) award for the Cupcake Challenge.
The Cupcake Challenge requires a teams or indviduals to create original recipes from scratch that must include carbonated beverages as an ingredient. The winning cupcakes were judged on taste, texture, appearance, creativity of the cupcakes, as well as the quality and creativity of the display.
Malawi Allen and Jasmine Miller also took First Place in the "Web Connect" event. Students designed a website for their schools' FCCLA chapter. (Go to: westorangefccla.org). The website’s goal is to educate members, school officials, parents, and the general public about the importance of FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences programs.
Ashley Walker, Melissa Hinojosa, and Claretta Bellamy won Third Place for their Child Development competition titled “Caregiver Carry-All.” In this event an individual, or team event students who serve as caregivers and/or are part of a Child Growth and Development Class, create an activity bag that prepares a child for a trip to the zoo and that addresses developmental needs and multiple intelligences.
Ariana Ruggiero, Mattie Touzeau, and Iveth Gonzales, earned a Silver Medal for creating a lamp using recyclable and reusable materials in the “Go Green” event.
Natalie Narcisse earned a Silver medal for event titled “Consumer Clout.” an indvidual event challenging consumer knowledge.
Treble Choir, Honors Chamber Choir, and Student Council Members Visit Seniors
On December 12, members of the West Orange High School Treble Choir and Honors Chamber Choir, directed by Ms. Cynthia Rowberg, made a holiday visit to Green Hill, Inc, the Degnan House, and Woodland Valley to sing holiday songs with residents.
After singing Hannukah and Christmas songs, the West Orange High School Student Council representatives distributed specially created holiday cards designed by the West Orange High School Art Honors Society.
“We love having students from the local community come to Green Hill to perform for, and to engage with residents,” said Green Hill Resident Concierge Maggie Frank. “Our elders loved the holiday music that West Orange High School choir students shared with us. The holiday cards were a special treat too.”
“We are continuously looking for new and exciting ways to reach out into our community. It was very rewarding to see the seniors smile as they received our greeting cards and listened to our Chamber Choir spread joy through songs,” said WOHS Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Operations & Activities Kim Mancarella.