LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School’s (LHS) annual crime scene “extravaganza,” where Forensic Science students set up fictional crime scenes using skills they have learned in class throughout the school year, will be featured on "Classroom Close-up NJ" on Oct. 7.
The 15-time Emmy Award-winning show highlights innovative projects in New Jersey public schools. It airs on NJTV every Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Through the event, which was led by LHS forensic science teachers Mary Walmsley and Melissa Pelullo, students had the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of DNA sequences, fingerprints, shoeprints, hair samples and insect and toxicology evidence in creating realistic crime scenes for others to solve.
Judges, including Livingston police officers and former forensic science students, had to use clues placed by the students to solve the cases. In addition, the forensic student teams had the opportunity to try to solve each other’s crimes.
This year, the annual event caught the attention of “Classroom Close-up NJ,” which is a co-production of the New Jersey Education Association and NJTV. The show’s producers learned about the project when Walmsley was named Essex County Teacher of the Year.
Walmsley and Pelullo prepared students for this highly anticipated event, which features a unique way to involve the school community as a whole. They explained that, as part of tradition, the names of LHS staff members are used as victims, witnesses, and suspects in the crime scenes.
Shown being interviewed by the “Classroom Close-up NJ” crew are forensic science students Samantha Zorns, Caitlin Danton and Julia Gaudioso.