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Cape Christian Academy

On December 12, Cape Christian Academy held their annual Christmas Concert, titled, "Joyful & Triumphant", at Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Erma. The students entertained their guests with a variety of traditional and contemporary holiday worship music, through a blend of vocals, instrument and dance.

Cape May City Elementary

Mrs. Stephanie Neuman, of Cape May City Elementary School, has been tailoring her lessons around a gingerbread theme. The students are writing gingerbread stories, doing gingerbread math, reading all types of gingerbread literature, and finally making gingerbread houses.

In other Cape May City Elementary news, Mr. Joe Picard and Mr. Bob Smith from City Hal delivered pizzas to Mrs. MacNaughton's and Mrs. Lucas's second grade classes on December 12. The classes designed posters on how to keep our waters clean. Mr. Bob Smith said these were the best posters he had ever seen and they were displayed at the Cape May Convention Center during the FEMA Convention.

Lower Cape May Regional

Lower Cape May Regional High School has been awarded a $2,500 grant through the H&R Block Budget Challenge — a teen financial literacy program that rewards high school classes for mastering real-world budgeting and personal finance decision-making. Lower Cape May Regional High School is one of 15 winners nationwide.

The learn-by-doing educational approach of the H&R Block Budget Challenge allows students to experience activities like paying bills, managing expenses, saving money, investing in retirement, paying taxes and more in the safety of a classroom. The program was created to help address the need for more financial education in the classroom.

Only 7 percent of high school students1 are financially literate and fewer than 30 percent of adults report being offered financial education at school or college. The state of New Jerseycurrently requires a one-semester course in financial education to graduate.

“We’re honored to be among the top-performing schools in the country for the H&R Block Budget Challenge,” said Lee Pierce, business/technology teacher at Lower Cape May Region High School. “Financial literacy is important to the future success of our students and we’re thrilled there’s such a hands-on platform through which they can learn.”

The H&R Block Budget Challenge is free to high school teachers and home school educators. Participants play classroom against classroom and student against student, competing for $3 million in grants, scholarships and cash prizes in the 2014/2015 school year. Three simulations will launch this spring and teacher registration is open at HRBDS.org.

For more information on the H&R Block Budget Challenge, visit hrbds.org.

Soroptimists International is a global organization that has a chapter in Cape May County with a membership of 64. Their focus is to empower women and young girls, granting awards and fundraising to support those in need in Cape May County. Co-Chairs of the event were Stace Pashuck and Mary Rose Bispels.

On November 15, the GIRLZ RULE conference was held in Lower Cape May Regional High School. This is a free conference subsidized by the Soroptimists International of Cape May County for Cape May County girls in grades 5 and 6. Three workshops were offered to give young girls the tools they need to succeed such as Healthy Diet Habits presented by Annemarie Chelius of ACC Culinary Arts, Exercise through Zumba presented by Mirsha Serra and Kim Gunst of NCM Fitness Center and Cyber Safety and bullying presented by Sgt. Denise Holt of Wildwood Crest Police Dept. Free breakfast and lunch was served.

The keynote speaker at lunch was Kelsey Wise, and former Soroptimist award winner who spoke about the importance of a positive outlook.

An important component of the conference is the presence of the of Lower Cape May Regional High School juniors and seniors who were chosen to participate for their leadership skills. The high school ladies, under the supervision of their advisor, Mary Rose Bispels, were assigned to and acted as mentors for the younger girls. Mrs. Bispels is a teacher at LCMR and is also a Soroptimist. Middle Township

Middle Township High School recently announced the Honor Roll for the 1st marking period.

Distinguished Honor Roll

1st Marking period

Grade 9: Giovanni Berardis, Brayden Carr, Sophia Ellis, Emily Kelley, Jasmine Lohn, Tathya Modi, Urvi Patel, Logan Sartori, Alyssa Sittineri, Jenna Sittineri, Zachary Waldron. Grade 10: Noah Barrett, Emma Carlson, Natalia Donohue, Skylar Gentilini, Jenna Herlihy, Wyatt McCart, Laura McKaig, Matthew Meredith, Khushbu Patel, Nuwapa Promchotichai, Alexandra Robinson, Christina Santo, Zack Thomas, Gabrielle Toth, Rachel Wade, Ruby Washington. Grade 11: Kaitlin Bailey, Robert Church, Elliot Dingler, Laura Dingler, Madeline Ellis, Ana Grace Fangayen, Lauren Gardner, Jessie Godwin, Tzu Hsieh, Amina Kosbayeva, Hannah Loftus, Jennifer McCann, Sean McMullen, Kaylee Parker, Hannah Sill. Grade 12: Alyssa Brittingham, Deep Desai, Matthew Fazio, Taylor Franchville, Joseph Hand, Janelle Harris, Ryan Herlihy, David Hicks, Cortney Laing, Alexus Lindholm, Carly Ridgway, Kyle Riggins, Matthew Spisak, Rebecca Thompson, Jacob VanOsten, Jennifer Williams, Victoria Wolford, Sarah Zarfati.

Honor Roll

1st Marking Period

Grade 9: Sabrina Andryczak, Dominic Arizzi, Caitlyn Boone, Justin Camp, Brianna Carter, Kayla Cubenot, Elise Fiore, Margaret Fossett, Sean Geary, Robert Giulian, Tre'Shawn Harris, Keaton Holcomb, Brian Hoy, Zachary Hurtado, Brandon Kelley, Carly Krieg, Noah Leaming, Alexa Leininger, Kallie Leonik, Matthew Linkewicz, Julia Mapes, Travis Marshall, Brent McClure, Bridget McLaughlin, Paige McMonagle, Ruth Moya, Justin Moyer, Jesse Pearson, Derek Perdomo, John Poindexter, Myesha Sapp, Timothy Sawyer, Chloe Selover, Camryn Simmerman, Emma Stanford, Miranda Targum, Delaney Tice, Hannah Toth, Brielle Trombetta, Zachary Wyatt. Grade 10: Nikolas Anagnou, Dylan Blood, Stephen Bosacco, Nicole Bowden, Anika Buchanan, Maura Campbell, Trent Canter, Ajahla Cathie, Marcello Conte, Kade Day, Jeffrey DeVico, Kelsey Dunlevy, John Eidenberg, Payton Faulkner, Emma Fiorucci, Rachael Flannery, Joe Fulford, Montanna Gallagher, Sarah Gass, Matthew Gavenda, Kelly Geary, Kathryn Gimeno, Tyler Haring, Matthew Harris, Naadirah Harrison, Daniel Harvey, Madison Hawk, Brooke Hippen, Kelsea Howard, Emmanuel Jones, Sydney Lloyd, Alyse Lord, Yone' Martin, Shaiye McNeal, Bailey Mericle, Jake Mericle, Georgette Morrison, Olivia Nelson, Maribeth Novsak, Matthew Palko, Jennalyn Peteani, Kassandra Ramos, Tori Reichle, Ryan Renza, Alison Risko, Brittany Robinson, Michael Roselli, Bridget Ruskey, Brandon Schmale, Steven Shaw, Peter Terenik, Amanda Udowenko, Emily Wannen, Samantha White, Destiny Williams, Sierra Williams, Raymond Wilson. Grade 11: Nina Adoranto, Brenden Bond, Alexis Bostard, Crystal Bratten, Presley Braun, Samuel Bright, Renin Broadnax, Blake Brown, Timothy Brown, Malia Caminos, Evan Carr, Hannah Catanoso, Robert Cline, Lucas Colea, Reid Cowan, Devon Curran, Christopher Delgado, Jennifer Fox, Julianna Garcia, Elena Garrison, Iyanah Gayle, Timothy Gear, Paige Grady, Cara Heenan, Amelia Ianiro, Dillon Keller, Samantha Kershaw, Samuel Lagana, Terry Luker, Ann Mallett, Wendy Mayerson, Kimberly McGowan, Catherine McTighe, Christopher Menear, Devon Nagle, MacKenzie Oliver, Taylor Plitnick, Samantha Pyffer, Brianna Reef, Nicholas Robbio, Megan Rusco, Ashley Ryan, Edward Salvador, Casie Salvadore, David Salvo, Andrea Sarmiento, Summer Sides, Ariel Skinner, Nicholas Stella, Thomas Sykes, Megan Thomson, Alexine Tice, John Wade, Lee Warner, John Warren, Conner Wynn. Grade 12: Lauren Anderson, Ming' Xia Bey, Paige Cantz, Martin Caron, Nadine Case, Alexandria Chero, Lawrence Chiappelli, Connor Clark, William Coughlin, Daniel Crews, Gabrielle Crippen, Celena Cruz-Lawson, Sean Cullen, Austin Day, John Denis, Robert DiPeso, Giuseppi Durso, Molly Faulkner, Michael Feraco, Connor Flannery, Chelsea Fossett, Nicole Fox, Nicholas Garcia, Joshua Geiger, Rachel Geisinger, Samantha Gerhard, Morgon Goranson, Ashley Graff, Kaitlyn Greenberg, Traijhon Greer, Matthew Guido, Alyssa Haines, Brandon Haring, Janie Harrison, Joshua Hartem, Charley Hengstler, Summer Herlihy, Stephen Hoy, Taylor Ivens, Mark Konczyk, Jeffrey Laing, Brandon Lee, Justin Lent, Justis Marriaga, Rashid Marrow, Kristi Maund, Austin McClure, Valerie McMonigle, Matthew Mills, John Mooers, Ashley Moorman, Chelsea Morrisey, Katherine Mutter, Lauren Novsak, MicKayla O'Neill, Sabrina Randles, Anastasia Rebyak, Jacob Rinkus, Brandon Robinson, Christopher Robison, Patricia Rubcich, Estefania Salinas, Taylor Schad, Victoria Shappell, Mariah Smith, Anton Smolka, Abigail Stahler, Jonathan Stites, Samantha Suhonen, Johnny Toyenst, Miranda Urquhart, Nathaniel Wall, Cheyenne Warren, Kamren Watkins, Jonathan Whipple.

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