BELMAR, NJ — A select group of Belmar Elementary School graduates and teachers were placed in the spotlight at the Board of Education’s June 27 meeting.

Belmar Elementary School PTO awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Class of 2015 graduates who are college-bound in the fall. Hannah Mannion, a graduate of Manasquan High School, will be attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and Communication High School graduate Bridget Woodrow will be entering the University of Maryland.

Their selection was based on several factors, including academic performance, community service, involvement in extracurricular activities and an essay written on the Belmar Elementary School teacher who has most influenced them.

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They were chosen from among nine applicants by the PTO scholarship committee composed of chair Kendy Thompson, Gina Colucci and Carole Turano.

Recent BES graduate Hannah Wilton received a $1,000 scholarship from the Knights of Columbus Spring Lake Council 5611. In presenting her with the Angelo Moliterno Memorial Scholarship, council treasurer Don Ginty said her peer leadership activities— in addition to being recognized by her peers — played a major role in her selection for the award. In the fall, Wilton will be attending St. Rose High School in Belmar.

School Superintendent David Hallman also presented Teacher of the Year awards to fourth-grade teacher Anna Bruzzese and reading specialist Jeanne Alpert. Their selections were based on the relationships they build with students, Hallman said, adding, “They are always willing to do what is best for their students.”



Another Belmar Elementary School graduate — Taylore Fowler, second from right in photo — recently became the youngest Red Bank Regional High School alumna to be inducted into its Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

During a May 3 induction ceremony, the 2010 RBR graduate was honored for parlaying “a valuable degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in music technology into an amazing career trajectory, working for Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, Disney Publishing Worldwide, The Walt Disney Studios, and is currently a Netflix Product manager making presentations in Europe.”


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