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Stars
October 2018

by Staff

Star Students
MOORESTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL STUDENTS
Serena Lin  an d Dylan  Zhou are semifin alists in  the 2019 Nation al Merit Scholarship competit ion . The group of 16,000 semifinalists will narrow down to 7,500 winners in March. Lin, who comanaged the varsity girls basketball team, atten ded a leadership conference in North Carolina and received a silver medal from the National Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards. She  has a chan ce of winning one of these scholarships alongside Zhou,  who competed on the boys varsity cross  country team, was a MATHCOUNTS   coach for Lower School studen ts and  managed his school’s fencing teams.  —Dylann Cohn-Emery

Star Student
MICAH STRUBE
 WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP
A community effort led by high school student Strube resulted in 200 blankets being donated to children  in hospitals. Strube  recruited 2 00 elementary students to help seniors at Washington Township High School design and put together blankets that they later handed out to  the residents of the Ronald McDonald House and Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. —Alexis Weaver

Star Citizen
DELIZE PATTERSON
VOORHEES
Listening to the radio in the car with her mom turned into a legislative journey for 12-year-old Patterson. Overhearing a report that New Jersey didn’t have a state muffin had Patterson asking herself, ‘Why not?’ Patterson was able to draft a bill that later was passed declaring Blueberry Cheesecake as New Jersey’s state muffin with the help from her mother and Assemblywoman Carol Murphy. —Sarahjane Massaud 

Star Teacher
KIM DICKSTEIN  
HADDONFIELD
Haddonfield Memorial High School English teacher Dickstein was invited to attend the annual meeting of the Carter Center Board of Councilors at Emory University. Dickstein has been working tirelessly to get her long- time friend, Garang B uk Buk Piol, from Southern Sudan to Emory for his masters. Piol’s story inspired Dickstein to create a GoFundMe, which has raised $67,575  so far. —Sarah Camp

Star Teacher
DOMENICK RENZI
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP
Gloucester County Teacher of the Year Domenick Renzi, who teaches basic ma th at Wedgwood Elementary, wrapped up his 2017-2018 year. Renzi showed off what he  experienced this past year with members of the Glouce ster County Curriculum Consortium. The state Teacher of the Year finalist recapped his eventful year with a presentation highlighting th e various seminars he was invited to, his presentation at the NJEA, as well as the leadership conference he attended last fall. —Sarah Camp

Star Citizens
JEFF REIM AND BARBIE SUE MCCRANE
GLOUCESTER COUNTY
Reim and McCrane were recognized for their 30 years of service working  in  the county’s Parks and  Recreation Department Summer Theater Program. The two exemplified the service they are providing for these kid s an d the community as a whole. —Sarahjane Massaud 

Star Students
AMANDA HUGHES, KAELYN CHARNITSKY, SAVANNAH WILLIAMS
SWEDESBORO
Girl Scouts Hughes, Charn itsky and Williams were recently recognized for the hard work they put into their service project Foster Karing Kits. The three girls achieved the Girl Scouts Silver Award, the second-highest award in the organization. The kits consisted of 30 duffel bags packed with personal hygiene items and toys to gift cards for boys and girls in foster care. —Sarah Camp

Star Citizen
BRITTANY SCHMIDT
WEST DEPTFORD
Sin  ce a young age, Schmidt has enjoyed cleaning up her neighborhood by picking up litter along the streets. The 19-year-old college student was honored with a Volunteerism Award from New Jersey Clean Communities Council along with being one of 10 students chosen from 40 Pennsylvania colleges to receive a merit scholarship for her community service. —Sarahjane Massaud

Star Citizen
DAVID L. STEINBERG
HADDON HEIGHTS
Stein  berg is being recognized for his passion for peace as he has been chosen as a 2018 Nobel Peace Prize nominee. His book entitled My Enemy in the Mirror—Finding Peace in an Unpeaceful World has led him on a four-year discussion on peace, how he tries to achieve  it and how others can as well. Being  one of 331 candidates for the prize,  Steinberg remains humbled by the  nomination alone.  —Sarahjane Massaud

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 8 (October 2018).
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