Monday, February 25, 2013
The children—and their small businesses—are our future.
A group of students in Moorestown High School's Junior Achievement program got a hands-on lesson in entrepreneurship earlier this month. Through a partnership between Junior Achievement of New Jersey, the Mind Your Own Business program and the Fred Baxter Foundation, local entrepreneurs were brought into the school to inspire the students and help them "explore their potential as innovators," according to a release. The purpose of the program was "to really allow the students a day to monopolize what they learn in the classroom," said teacher Adam Roth. As an example, Roth explained that the students were handed pipe cleaners and given 10 minutes to use them to create a product—"a take on instant coffee"—and sell it. "The students were so…
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The high school Interact Club will host its annual 'Soup for the Soul' fundraiser this weekend.
For the 13th year in a row, Moorestown High School's Interact Club will host "Soup for the Soul" at First Presbyterian Church. The event, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, will benefit Philabundance, one of the region's largest food banks and hunger relief organizations. Event co-chair Shannon Keeler said she and her classmates are hoping to outdo last year's Soup for the Soul, which raised $2,000 for the Food Bank of South Jersey. "Every person that comes can make a difference," said Keeler, "because there's a lot of hungry people ... We've worked hard. I hope we're able to donate a lot to Philabundance." A ticket—$9 for adults, $6 for kids—gets you a refillable soup bowl and bread, as well as desserts and refreshments. There'…
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Hundreds of people filled the Moorestown High School gym for the Sean Fischel Memorial Wrestling Tournament.
Sean Fischel never cared much about whether he was winning or losing his wrestling matches—he just wanted to have fun. But he was definitely a winner Friday night. Hundreds of people gathered inside the Moorestown High School athletic center Friday for a wrestling tournament held in Sean's honor. The tiny 7-year-old—who always had a smile on his face, according to those who knew him—died last month after losing a long battle with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), an extremely rare immune system disorder. Ed Nice, president of the Grapevine Youth Wrestling League, of which Sean was a member,organized the tournament in the boy's honor. All the proceeds went to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Sean's mother, Kimberley Muse …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A tournament to honor the memory of the 7-year-old Moorestown boy, who died from a rare disorder last month, will be held Friday at the high school.
The Moorestown Youth Wrestling team will host a charity tournament Friday in Sean Fischel's memory, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The 7-year-old Moorestown boy died last month after losing a long battle with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), an extremely rare immune system disorder. Sean was a member of the youth wrestling team. Coach Ed Nice described him as, "A great little kid ... He was always smiling. It didn't matter if he was winning or losing, he always had a smile." After Sean's passing, support poured in from all across the region, Nice said, with a number of other youth wrestling teams making donations in Sean's memory. The Marlton team just recently made a $1,…
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Students and staff at Moorestown High School honored the late civil rights leader for the 44th year in a row Friday.
Moorestown wasn’t the scene of any significant milestones or speeches in the Civil Rights Movement, and yet as it approaches Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it holds a very unique distinction. According to staff at Moorestown High School, the school was one of—if not the—first in the country to honor the late Dr. King with an assembly in the wake of his assassination. Linda Dickason, who teaches advanced placement government and politics, has helped organize the assembly since 1985, when she became an advisor to the student association, or student government. But it was the students who first came up with the idea back in 1969—months after King’s assassination in April 1968—of holding an assembly around the civil rights leader’s Jan. 15 …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Moorestown High School's 2012 graduation rate was virtually unchanged from 2011.
Moorestown High School has the fourth highest graduation rate in Burlington County, according to numbers released by the state Department of Education (DOE) last month. Moorestown's 2012 graduation rate of 95.64 percent—down just slightly from 95.66 in 2011—puts it behind only Cinnaminson (96.68), Cherokee (96.44) and Shawnee (95.75) among the 20 high schools listed in the report. High school principal Andrew Seibel explained that the roughly 4.5 percent disparity isn't due to dropouts, but rather students who are receiving special services or attending alternative schools and didn't graduate in four years, which is what the state's formula is based on. "We see very, very few dropouts here," Seibel said, noting that the number is less …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Share your photos and video from the pep rally here.
Moorestown High School capped off its Spirit Week with pep rallies Friday—one during the day and one at night—in the school's athletic center. The day was dubbed "Class Unity Day," with students from each grade competing against each other in a variety of challenges: floor hockey, volleyball and soccer, to name a few. The events were punctuated by routines from the school's cheerleading and dance squads, and accompanied by music from the high school band—as well as a spirited rendition of the YouTube hit "Gangnam Style," performed by Moorestown teachers. Hey high schoolers, share your photos and/or video from the pep rally by clicking on "Upload Photos and Videos" above.
Monday, November 26, 2012
The Moorestown teenager was critically injured in a June car accident. She continues to make progress, including talking and moving, after being comatose for weeks.
A fundraiser to support a severely injured Moorestown teen is scheduled for Nov. 27 in Cinnaminson. Brianna Wittman was days away from graduating from Moorestown High School this June when a car accident on I-295 left her in critical condition. She was in a coma for several weeks, and has made slow but steady progress after a recent surgery. She’s now able to talk and move more of her body, her family reports. Currently, Wittman is in a rehabilitation center, working on recovery, according to posts on her CaringBridge website. The Cinnaminson Friendly’s is sponsoring a fundraiser for Wittman on Nov. 27 from 5 to 10 p.m. There will be balloons and prizes during the night and all are welcome, the family said on a CaringBridge post. The …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
We ran this story on Brandon Pugh earlier this year. Read on to find out more about the BOE's youngest-ever member.
The trajectory of Brandon Pugh’s life could have looked so much different. For the first several years of his childhood, he couldn’t speak. His family took him to see doctor after doctor, none of whom had answers. They told the Pughs their son might never speak—in all likelihood, he wouldn’t—and he might have to be under adult supervision for the rest of his life. Then one day, when he was 6, he started talking. And all the other pieces fell into place. “I guess you could link my service to that,” Pugh said. “I was told I’d never overcome that, and as a result, since I did, I kind of look for ways to give back, cause I view it as being very fortunate to be able to speak now … I was blessed so much. It’s probably the origin of why I serve…
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
While researching Thornton Wilder's play, Moorestown High School theater director Greg Harr stumbled across a unique Moorestown connection to the classic work.
When Thornton Wilder wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning three-act play Our Town, he intentionally wrote it so parts of the stage—props, sets, scenery—would be bare, allowing his audience to fill in the blanks with their own lives. Wilder wanted his audience to see their town in Our Town. But it came as a bit of a shock to Moorestown High School theater director Greg Harr, while preparing for the school’s fall production of Our Town, when he discovered Moorestown’s unique connection to Wilder’s classic play. One night, while flipping through the afterword of an edition of Our Town, Harr stumbled across a passage explaining how the play’s crucial wedding scene was inspired by the 1935 wedding of Wilder’s brother, Amos, and his wife, Catherine …