MONTVILLE, NJ – An Eagle Scout was honored and a Girl Scout working towards her Gold award had her club approved at the Feb. 4 Montville Township Board of Education meeting.

Michael Benno, a senior at Montville Township High School, was honored by the board with a proclamation thanking him for his Eagle project. Benno supervised a team of scouts, friends and family who restored the nature trail beside Cedar Hill Elementary school, which Benno attended, installing boardwalks and improving drainage. The team also improved the “outdoor classroom” at the school, painting the metal picnic tables and mulching the area. (Read about the project here.)

Board President Charles Grau thanked him for his work at the school and congratulated him on his accomplishments.

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The board also passed a resolution allowing a non-stipend paying club at the high school called “Women in STEM,” which is part of the Girl Scout Gold award project for MTHS junior Isabella Kruger. Kruger told TAPinto Montville that the first meeting will probably be Feb. 26, and that she was a member of Lazar’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) club for two years.

“I got the idea for my club after some brainstorming, and remembering my time in the Lazar club,” she said. “I’m interested in the STEM fields but don’t know which one I’d like to go into and I figured there are many young women at the high school in a similar situation.”

Kruger said that in November, she was in Boston at the Science Museum and attended a women in STEM event, connecting her with several speakers who have agreed to teleconference at meetings of the new club. She also has ideas for lab activities, and wants members of the Montville community to speak at weekly meetings. She said chemistry teacher Kelly Van Horn, whose class she took both this year and last, will be the advisor.

Superintendent of Schools René Rovtar said she thinks it is an “exciting idea.”

Vice President Michael Palma said it is commendable when students want to fill a void and leave schools better than when they attended them.

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