Cranbury School Honors Student And Teacher Accomplishments

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CRANBURY, NJ – The Cranbury Board of Education is using both scheduled meetings this month to recognize teachers and student achievements during the year.

The first part of the recognition took place at the May 12 meeting, and the second will take place this week, according to the board’s agendas.

On May 12, the board recognized several groups of students for their accomplishments during the school year including the Science Olympiad team, Odyssey of the Mind students, Scholastic

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Writing Award honorees, Spelling Bee and Geography Bee participants, S.I.TE. Invention students, National Current Events League student honorees and Le Grand Concours student honorees, according to the published agenda.

The board also congratulated fourth grade inventors for their work at the school’s

annual S.I.T.E. program exposition.

Through this program, students learn about the invention process by choosing a problem of interest to them that can be addressed by an invention, brainstorming ideas, and researching, designing, building, and testing their inventions, according to the agenda,

Three inventions were chosen to represent Cranbury School at the Regional Exhibition which will be held in June at Rutgers University in New Brunswick: Christopher Rinaldi’s “Boogie Pack,” Alexander Aizley’s “No-Drip Cone,” and Keira Hughes’ “Spectacular Spice Pot.”

The board thanked Carol Rogaski for overseeing the S.I.T.E. invention process, and is looking  forward to hearing the results of the Regional Exhibition.

The Odyssey of the Mind program continued to expand.

This year, the program was opened to include interested students in grades K-2, according to the district.

On March 14, Cranbury School had 14 students in grades K-2 and 35 students in grades 4-7 participate in the Odyssey of the Mind tournament in Woodstown.

According to the district, “an incredible display of hard work, teamwork, and dedication was seen by all.” Two teams advanced to the State Tournament, including the team of Abby Diamond, Keira Hughes, Julia Tharney, Anika Padmasola, Faria Majeed, Andrew Ferrante and Avery Gordon, who placed second for their problem of “Experiencing Technical Difficulties.”

The team of Julius Boucke, Kyle Keegan, Armaan Ahmed, Oleg Brennan, Rohun Chivate and Kieran McKenzie placed second for their problem of “Runaway Train.”

Congratulations were given to the students, Odyssey of the Mind Co-Coordinators Christine DeJesus and Susan Lepardo, as well as the volunteer parent coaches for their time, talent, and support, according to the agenda.

Cranbury School also competed in the Regional Science Olympiad competition in January.

This was Cranbury’s sixth year participating in the Science Olympiad and the team placed 13th in the tournament.

Two event teams placed in the top six at the tournament.

Honorable mentions go to Augustine George for placing fourth for Elastic Launched Glider and to Miranda Cai and Eva Zhu for placing sixth for Fossils.

The board congratulated Deanna Jaworowski and the members of Cranbury’s Science Olympiad Team: Augustine George, Daniel Li, Keefer Wu, Aurora Yuan, Eva Zhu, Shray Awasti, Miranda Cai, Kevin Chen, Michelle Chen, Alan Gu, Anna Lin, Jonathan Lin, Lauren Liu, Uma Mani, Suraj Mukkamala, Hannah Quan, Isabel Sethi, Sophia Teng, Akhil Chennuru, Sam Harshbarger, Amy Huang, Simon Hwang, Daniel Lin, Michael Lin, Nisha Mani, Andrew Markau, Shane Spring, Vlad Stepanov, Andrew Xie, Claire Xu and Christina Xu.

In April, Cranbury School middle school French students participated in the Le Grand Concours, a written test, taken by thousands of French students nationwide, in which students compete against others with similar educational backgrounds.

The district announced that 10 students earned rankings in the top ten nationally.

Special commendations go to Isabelle Kinney who ranked second nationally, Julia Thomson and Emilia Ferrante who ranked fourth nationally, Elise Root and Gwenyth Schilling who ranked fifth nationally and Kaitlin Stewart who ranked eighth nationally.

The remaining five students who took the Grand Concours examination ranked 11th, 13th (2 students), 14th and 15th, respectively, according to the district.

The board thanked Denise Gordon Miller for overseeing the students who participated in the exam, and Janelle Wilkinson for their continued commitment to those students involved in the French program.

The National Current Events League – Each marking period, middle school students are assessed on their understanding of national and global news.

The following students have distinguished themselves with the highest scores over the course of the school year – Sam Harshbarger (eighth grade), Jonathan Lin (seventh grade) and Daniel Li (sixth grade).

In February, middle school students participated in the annual Spelling Bee including Ryan Benattar, Carol Berner, Jonathan Chen, Grace Cooke, Bay Daily, Emilia Ferrante, Molly Frain, Caroline Gibson, Amy Huang, Sameer Joshi, Daniel Li, Jonathan Lin, Lauren Liu, Sonal Mallick, Nisha Mani, Andrew Markau, Liam Massey, Thomas Murray, Jillian Palumbo, Elise Root, Isabel Sethi, Vlad Stepanov, Rebecca Tang and Sophia Teng.

Emilia Ferrante was the winner.

Congratulations to Carol Berner and Amy Huang for placing second and third, respectively.

Thanks to Erica Kauffman, Elizabeth Grimaldi, Teresa Leary and Beth Chen for coordinating this year’s Spelling Bee.

Special thanks are extended to this year’s judges, Michelle Baird, PTO Co-President, and Board of Education members Karen Callahan and Ash Hadap.

The Geography Bee was held in January and included 12 participants: Sophia Teng, Daniel Li, Liam Massey, Drew Staples, Eva Zhu, Julia Patella, Colleen Wiseman, Michael Brown, Michael Lin, Sam Harshbarger, Emma Borden and Uma Mani.

Liam Massey won the Geography Bee, with Sam Harshbarger and Michael Brown placing second and third, respectively.

Liam later took a written examination and qualified to participate in the State Geography Bee competition.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Annually, this organization recognizes student writers for their efforts in various genres, according to the district.

This school year, the following Cranbury School students were recognized: Emilia Ferrante received a Silver Key award in poetry for “Girl Against;” Nisha Mani received an honorable mention for her short story “Vengeance;” Uma Mani received a Silver Key award for her personal essay/memoir “Soaked in India;” Shane Spring received an honorable mention for his personal essay/memoir “Being Happy with Yourself;” Jonathan Lin received a Silver Key award in journalism for “Death with Dignity” and Isabel Sethi received several recognitions, including: Silver Key award for her short story “Forever,” honorable mention for science fiction/fantasy piece “Fotia Asteria”, Silver Key award for her humor piece “Misconceptions of Being An Asian,” Golden Key Award in poetry for “No-one Knows” and an honorable mention for her personal essay/memoir “You’re Wrong.”

 Isabelle is the first Cranbury School student whose work will be sent to the national recognition program for her poem, “No-one Knows,” according to the district.

The second part of the awards will be during Tuesday night’s board meeting, according to the agenda.

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