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The Branchburg News • June 2012 • Page 5


Super’s Bowl, AP Tests and Bathroom Wall Scrawl THE


S.H.S SCOOP


By Harsha Honasoge


Wide Variety of Wheels – the Cars, Bikes & Coffee event on May 6 attracted everything from an Econoline Pickup to a Dodge Viper Coupe to a


1940 Ford Deluxe “moonshiner special.” But one of the biggest hits was the award-winning dragster of Rich Wilk of Neshanic Station. Seen above are Rich, Ileen and Bob Bradley, and Joe Cash of Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty, event organizer. Voluntary donations at the free event went to the Meghan Rose Bradley Foundation. Visit www.carsbikesandcoffee.org for info about this and future events.


From my own experiences, the past month at SHS was characterized by routine. Wake up. Go to school. Play tennis. Go home. Sleep. And repeat. But one recent event blasted the monotony for everyone. This, of course, was the bomb threat. Not too long ago, during an- other normal day, a student found a bomb threat written in one of the boys’ bathrooms. Before we knew it, the whole school was evacuated and made to walk all the way to the middle school while the police inves- tigated. Thankfully the threat was fake, but the quest to find the delin- quent who wrote it quickly began. To be honest, I had never known that things written in the bathroom were taken so seriously. The next time I want my voice to be heard, I’ll know where to go.


that this was the most “opportune time” to have the ceremony. Ap- parently, there are too many things going on both before and after AP tests. They evidently failed to real- ize that during AP tests is probably the most inopportune time for the students, for whom the ceremony was being held in the first place. As the school year concludes, the path looks bright for many graduating seniors. Prom, Somer- ville Idol, Man of the Year, and the


Senior Picnic are all just around the corner, while graduation and college are not too far away either. Speaking of college, I’ve heard varied college choices and many different fields of study. The list ranges from Rutgers to Cornell to Lehigh to Carnegie Mellon. Per- sonally, this fall I will be attending the University of Chicago as a pre- med student, with a major I have yet to choose.


Stony Brook Students Win Wildlife Contest – Three fifth graders from Mrs. Burke’s GATE class were Somerset County winners in a


statewide essay and poster contest sponsored by the Conserve Wildlife Founda- tion of NJ. Students explained how the endangered animal of their choice became endangered and what people can do to protect it. Above are seen, from left, Emily Cleary, second place (bobcat); Caroline Kornbrek, first place (fritillary butter- fly); Sage O’Neill, honorable mention (bobcat). – submitted by Toni Burke


Exhibit Reception at PCNJ on June 15


The Printmaking Center of NJ (PCNJ) will hold an exhibition recep- tion on Friday, June 15, 6-9 pm, celebrating four artists who worked with master printers to create original prints. Artists exhibiting in “Four by Four: 4 Artists and 4 Master Printers” are Ibrahim Ahmed, Joe Ciardiello, Diana Gonzalez Gandolfi and Joe Waks. Refreshments will be served. PCNJ, at the intersection of River Road and Station Road near the North Branch train stop, is open to the public at no charge Tuesdays through Fridays from 10am until 4pm, and Saturdays from noon to 4pm. Further info: www.printnj.org, 908-725-2100.


As that fiasco blew over, it was replaced by new and more pleas- ant things, such as the first annual Super’s Bowl. In this tournament, there were three teams, one from the SHS faculty, one from the Van Derveer Elementary School faculty, and one from the Somerville Middle School faculty, all competing in flag football games against each other to raise money for the Somerset Food Bank. Along with teachers and spec- tators, the SHS Marching Band was also in attendance. By the end of the tournament, the Van Derveer fac- ulty won first place, while SHS came in second and SMS came in third. Speaking for the whole SHS student body, I think it is safe to say that the SHS faculty team really needs to step its game up! We lost to a school of 1st graders! It’s like losing a foot race to a turtle.


In other news, the Honors Awards Ceremony was recently celebrated, to recognize all the students who made Honor Roll or High Honor Roll in the first three marking periods of the year. The event was supposedly a wonderful, special evening, though many juniors and seniors wouldn’t know, because the ceremony was right in the middle of AP tests. When someone asked about the terrible date, the administration only said


Brownies Learn About Pet Care – Brownie Troop #60684 of Branchburg learned all about being a vet and taking care of pets. Dr. Pacifico


of Flemington Veterinary Hospital gave the girls a full tour of the hospital and explained the daily activities. –submitted by Michele Jones, co-leader


Midland’s Teacher of the Year is from Branchburg – Francine A. Giorello of Branchburg was named The Midland School’s Teach- er of the Year in the 2012 round of colleague-nominated awards. Other award winners included Nancy Fitzgerald of Hillsborough (Related Service Provider of the Year), Melissa Bowlby of Flemington (Paraprofessional of the Year), Cheryl Slegers of Long Valley (Job Coach of the Year). Seen above, from left, are: Nancy Fitzgerald, Melissa Bowlby, Francine A. Giorello and Cheryl Slegers. – submit- ted by Brianne Rabouin


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