West Orange Public School News

 From left Principal Hayden Moore, WOHS Junior’s Hannah Rudoltz and Susannah Crowell, and WOHS Guidance Counselor Madelin Fernandez-Perez. Credits: West Orange Public Schools
Branden Mangan Credits: West Orange Public Schools
  From left to right – Hazel students Jonathan Strozyk, Jeremy Morocho, Sanayah Stewart, July Hernandez, Maria Cabezas and Sebastian Rivero. Principal Ed Acevedo stands in the rear. Credits: West Orange Public Schools

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Awards and honors keep piling up for West Orange students.

Two WOHS Juniors to Attend Prestigious Governor's School of New Jersey.


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 West Orange High School Juniors Hannah Rudoltz and Susannah Crowell have been accepted into the Governor's School of New Jersey for the summer. Both girls are part of the Institute for Math and Science, are at the top of their class academically, and participate in several extra curricular activities in and out of school.

 “A high GPA and lots of extracurricular activities are what the Governor’s School is looking for when they choose students to participate in the elite program,” says West Orange High School guidance counselor, Madelin Fernandez- Perez. “Hannah and Susannah have a strong interest in math and science and are motivated to embrace every opportunity.”

Governor's School of New Jersey is a unique summer program committed to meeting the educational needs of academically talented high school students who have completed their junior year. It is an intensive residential learning experience held at Rutgers University and Drew University.

“I am proud of both Susannah Crowell and Hannah Rudoltz for their acceptance into the Governor's school. I am also proud of their academic achievements here at WOHS.  Their hard work and accomplishments are an inspiration for all Mountaineers past and present,” adds West Orange High School Principal Hayden Moore.

To find out more about the West Orange High School small learning communities specializing in advanced educational opportunities in specific subject areas, visit the West Orange High School website at For more information about West Orange Public School go to:

Senior Wins Second Place for Solo Musical Performance at the NJ Thespian Festival

West Orange High School Senior Branden Mangan received second place for Solo Musical performance at the New Jersey Thespian Festival held recently held at Kean University. Branden has performed with many regional companies including the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts and last summer at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Smoky Joe’s Café.

Branden can be seen next as John in Miss Saigon, being performed at West Orange High School on April 18th, 19th, and 20that 7:30PM, and on Sunday, April 21st at 2:00PM in the West Orange High School auditorium.

The International Thespian Society requires strict and competitive performance criteria to be met world-wide by performers to achieve this recognition. Branden’s achievement adds another award to the trophy case of the award winning West Orange High School Drama program.

The WOHS International Thespian Society Troupe mission is to ‘honor student excellence in the theater arts” with a motto of “Act well your part; there in all the honor lies.” The trip to the New Jersey State Thespian Festival was sponsored by the WOHS Drama Booster Club, who raises funds to support the drama club students in pursuit of artistic excellence and pride in WOHS through attendance at theater competitions, theatre camps and trips. The West Orange High School Drama department provides an award winning theater program open to all students. To learn more visit

Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen Gives Capitol Flag to Hazel Students


 When the students and faculty participated in the Valentines for Veterans program, they were excited enough.  But recently the school received a surprise package from Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen: an American Flag that had been flown over the United States Capitol Building, and an autographed congressional letter of congratulations from the Congressman himself.

 Students from K-5 created handmade cards which were collected by the Congressman's office and given out at the Lyons VA Veterans Hospital and East Orange Veterans Medical Centers.

“Our students did an amazing job of showing great character and care for our veterans,” enthused Hazel Elementary School Principal Ed Acevedo. “We are very proud of their thoughtfulness and empathy for others.” The United States flag will replace the current flag in Hazel’s administration office and the letter will be mounted on the wall above. Hazel Elementary School is one of seven (7) neighborhood schools in the West Orange school district providing full day kindergarten through fifth grade classes. For more information on the Valentines for Veterans program contact Hazel Principal



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