LIVINGSTON, NJ – At Monday’s Board of Education meeting, three proclamations were presented honoring Livingston students, their advisors and clubs for achievements. They read as follows:

NJ Society of Accountants Certified

Whereas, the NJ Society of Certified Accountants rewards high school students for their academic excellence, interpersonal skills and interest in the CPA profession;

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Whereas, Jennifer Baron, Crystal McDonald and Lauren Naphtali were selected as 2014 scholarship recipients, receiving between $7,000 and $8,000 in scholarship money;

Whereas, Valerie Pronko teaches these outstanding students;

Whereas, the students were presented with the awards at the 54th Annual Scholarship Awards ceremony held on April 24 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel;

Whereas, they also met their CPA mentor who will work closely with them through their collegiate undergraduate programs;

Whereas, this is a wonderful achievement deserving official recognition;

Therefore Be It Resolved, the Livingston Board of Education congratulates these students and wishes them continued success.


Future Business Leaders of America

Whereas, the Future Business Leaders of America’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development;

Whereas, Livingston High School (LHS) students competed in the NJ Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference, March 27-28, at the East Brunswick Hilton, testing their business knowledge and skills;

Whereas, LHS students were recognized in a broad range of business and career-related areas, winning first place in six different categories with 20 students overall qualifying to compete this summer in the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn.;

Whereas, first-place awards were earned by Josh Schuftan, Michael Druckman, Dylan Camche for Business Financial Plan; Dan Zhu for Business Math; Kevin Xiang for Introduction to Business; Jeanna Qiu for Public Speaking 1; Justin Leff for Word Processing; and Jeremy Jeong, Tracy Cheung, Wendy Peng for Public Service Announcement;

Whereas, Colleen Cornell and Alanna Seid serve as advisers;

Therefore Be It Resolved that the Livingston Board of Education congratulations these students and wishes them continued success.


NJ Idea Competition

Whereas, The Rothman Institute of Fairleigh Dickinson University annually awards high school students for their innovative ideas and business proposals;

Whereas, a panel of judges awarded the “Big Ideas” by three Livingston High School marketing students in the 11th Annual NJ Idea Competition;

Whereas, Rachel Shaiman created “Parking Pal,” a smartphone friendly app that gives the user a “real time” view of how many spots are available in a parking lot at any given time. “Parking Pal” uses aerial images of parking lots to determine open spaces. Parking lots can be checked from anywhere by anyone who has the app;

Whereas, Alex Bauer created the Auto-Collapsible Crab Trap for commercial fisherman. The trap includes a timer and if the trap is not recovered within a set time, a release mechanism is activated allowing the crabs to escape without harm. The release mechanism also contains a GPS device in case a trap is lost, so that it can be recovered; 

Whereas, Michael Patton developed The Greenhouse Gas Filter, which attaches to the exhaust pipe of vehicles and helps break down the environmentally-harmful chemicals that the car produces. The system then turns the once harmful compounds into something safer for our environment. The student envisions selling the product to governments who would sponsor the device’s use as part of their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Whereas, the students are taught by Tammy Franz and Merle Geham;

Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Livingston Board of Education extends its gratitude for these “Big Ideas” and wishes these students future success.