WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- The Wood-Ridge Intermediate School Student of the Month, new Music Scholarships and key upcoming events were the highlights of the Wood-Ridge Board of Education meeting Monday evening in the Auditorium.

Keith Lisa, Wood-Ridge Intermediate School principal announced Anthony J. Onnembo as Student of the Month for May. He said Onnembo was "...outgoing, athletic, friendly, conscientious with his work, and helpful in class. He always strives to do well and not afraid to ask for help." His subject is math and outside of school is involved in soccer, track and baseball, and his role model is his father.

In his Superintendent's Report, Nicholas Cipriano noted some upcoming events throughout the district including a car wash fundraiser, spring concert and art department reveal, Torch Run, WRIS drama play, academic awards night, schools' moving up days, DARE graduation and the high school graduation. He noted all those events and dates wil be on the district's website calendar.

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Cipriano also announced that Wood-Ridge student Richard Conte, who attends the South Bergen Jointure District's (SBJDLC) Lodi Campus will be that school's valedictorian. He also said to look for the flag display on the high school's front lawn over the Memorial Day weekend. It is project of teacher Sean Rutherford and his students who research Wood-Ridge residents who've served in the military, and plant a flag in their honor over the holiday weekend.

The Board also approved four newly created scholarships for the Class of 2019 music students. They include One Gold Award for Outstanding 6 year participation in Glee Club, Concert Band and Pep Band for $200; One Silver Award for Outstanding 6 year participation in Glee Club or Concert Band or Pep Band for $100; and two Bronze Awards Outstanding participation in Glee Club or Concert Band or Pep Band at $50. The scholarships were funded through fundraising efforts and through the student activity fund, according to Albie Nieves, Board president.

The Wood-Ridge Mayor and Council will host the unveiling of the proposed recreation fields at Wesmont Station on Monday, June 3. While some members of the BOE will be in attendance, they will not be on the dias (or stage) during the presentation, said Nieves during the Hearing of Citizens.


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