Grover Cleveland Middle School Student Honored by Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education

Michael Medina with Marissa Blodnik and Jane Kinkle, his mentors for the project Credits: Mr. Medina

WEST CALDWELL, NJ—The Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education on Monday recognized Grover Cleveland Middle School eighth grader Michael Medina for his participation last month at the youth summit on world food security at Rutgers University.

Medina, the youngest participant in this year’s conference and the only eighth grader in his group, authored an essay on water and sanitation in modern, urban India and presented his paper, based on his “key factor” as part of a roundtable of students before educators in the agriculture field.

The student worked with Jane Hinkle and with Marissa Blodnik, a program associate-agent with the Essex County 4-H, in preparing his paper on food security.

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As a result of his participation in the conference, Medina was named a Norman Borlang Scholar, in honor of the “Founder of the Green Revolution.”

Borglang is an American agronomist and humanitarian, whose initiatives in agriculture have led to extensive increases in world food supplies. He is credited with saving more than a billion people from starvation.

For his efforts, Borlang has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

Medina’s paper will be in the running for submission for possible presentation at a two-week summit on world food security at the University of Iowa. The student also may enter next year’s competition.

On another topic at Monday’s open conference session of the Caldwell-West Caldwell school board, superintendent of schools James G. Heinegg announced that he will give an update on state review of the district’s proposed construction referendum items at the school body’s regular public meeting on April 17.

A resident at Monday’s conference session suggested that school officials approach local members of the New Jersey Assembly for help in obtaining state approval for construction funding.

Heinegg replied that the board usually consulted with local Caldwell and West Caldwell officials about referendum funding, but he said the district may reach out to state legislators to expand its efforts.

School business administrator Thomas Lampe also announced at Monday’s meeting that Beacon College had applied to use James Caldwell High School facilities for one of its programs on June 1.

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