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Jayson Kolb completed a 50 mile running race at Bear Mountain State Park in New York on May 5. He placed 7th overall in the North Face Endurance Challenge and 3rd in his age group in a time of 8 hours, 25 minutes, 27 seconds.

The following Branchburg students were recently inducted into the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School National Technical Honor Society: Graphic Communications - Samantha Schnitzer; Performing Arts – Dance - Kaitlin Marino; Performing Arts – Theater Arts - Kerry Ann McKenna; Health Occupations - Kelsey Mazellan and Jessenia Scott.

Alec Aloia and Andres Gonza-

lez of Branchburg, members of the Stronghold Soccer Club team, trav- eled with their team to Orlando in January to participate in the Kick-It

3v3 World Chamionship Tourna- ment at the ESPN Wide World of Sports facility. The boys competed in the under-13 age bracket. The team enjoyed a great run, advanc- ing into the single elimination rounds where they made it to the quarter finals. The boys finished the tournament within the top 10 teams in the championship and are ranked within the top 20 teams in the nation.

Megan Osika of Neshanic Sta- tion recently completed her fresh- man year at The College of New Jersey making the dean’s list both semesters as well as being inducted into two honor societies, Sigma Tau Delta & Triota. Megan will be working on campus in the fall as a university tutor.

Justin Hollander graduated from the Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark and re- ceived his juris doctor (JD) degree with a concentration in intellectual property law. While at Seton Hall Law, he studied international hu- man rights in Chamonix, France, and Geneva, Switzerland, and served as an academic advisor at the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University in South Orange. Hollander received his BA from Muhlenberg College, where he captained the varsity lacrosse team, and received his MBA from Monmouth University. He plans to sit for the bar exam in New Jersey and New York in July.

Girl Scout Beautifies Park Trails

One of the birdhouses assembled, painted and installed by Deanna Conforti By Deanna Conforti

As a Girl Scout of 10 years, I have completed many commu- nity service projects, from cooking meals for SHIP to sewing quilts for babies in children’s hospitals. For my gold award, I strived for a project that would benefit my community and directly affect my hometown.

I met with Branchburg Recre- ation Director Glenn Burrell and learned the town wanted to im- prove Stala Park in Neshanic Sta- tion, but due to budget constraints, the only improvement to this space was a nature trail.

To add to the park, I assembled, painted and installed bird houses

around the trail. In doing so, I hoped to attract more birds to the nature trail so that the people in the community would be able to enjoy their beauty. I hope that the people in the town can see the bird houses in the park and want to utilize this space that our community has provided for us, whether to take a walk with their friends and family through the trail or to just enjoy the nature of our town on their own.

This project has allowed me to give back to my community and has given me a sense of accom- plishment knowing I was able to help out.

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