More than 100 Watchung Hills Regional pupils attend Raritan Valley Community College event.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Annual program features original presentations—don't miss this year's show.
The Watchung Hills Regional annual Spring Festival of the Arts offers a nearly-overwhelming array of artistic expression by students at Watchung Hills, from fashion and sculpture, to drawing and painting, video productions and dance. For the dance ensemble, the show includes a premiere of original choreography, and this year's presentation will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday nights. Tickets to the show at the school's Performing Arts Center are $10 ($5 for students; seniors free) and are available at the door. WHRHS Dance Teacher Marisa Joshi encourages everyone to "Come out and support these talented dancers and choreographers as they present an evening of new dance works."
Watchung Hills Head Coach Mike D’Alessandro sets summer softball camp.
Watchung Hills Regional head softball coach Mike D’Alessandro along with his daughter Kristen will be leading fastpitch fundamentals clinics for young players at this summer's Warrior Softball Camp. The camps will run Monday through Thursday for two consecutive weeks beginning July 8—15. The morning session each week will be for girls entering grades 2 – 5 while the afternoons will be for girls entering grades 6 - 9. Friday of each week will be reserved as a rain date. Per the Warrior Softball Camp website, “this all around skills camp teaches the fundamentals of fastpitch softball in an enjoyable setting. The camp focuses on hitting fundamentals, throwing mechanics, base running techniques, infield and outfield play and small ball …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Sandra Hockridge and advisory council to be honored by Watchung Hills BOE.
Sandra (“Sandy”) Hockridge, who will retire after 26 years as Watchung Hills Regional High School’s Adult School director/administrator, has compared her position to that of an artist who is faced with a huge, blank canvas that has to be filled in with all kinds of themes, colors, motifs. Every year a new canvas must be filled in, yielding to the tastes, preferences and needs of the viewers. It is a task Hockridge has successfully completed for almost three decades. “I’ve enjoyed my run here: the environment, the energy, the supportive administration, the cooperation and help of the Buildings & Grounds people. I think I’ve given a lot, but I’ve gotten a lot back," Hockridge said. However, as Hockridge steps away, the Adult School itself …
Emotional Watchung Hills Regional Hall of Fame induction ceremony highlighted by a father's praise for his heroic son.
The annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Watchung Hills Regional offers a chance for students to praise former teachers, and teachers to praise former students; sometimes, former classmates can share praise among each other. And while Friday's annual ceremony including all of these, it was highlighted by an emotional recalling of inductee Matthew Kantor's accomplishments and honors by his father. Kantor, who was praised for "giving his all" in class and on the cross country team by teacher Chris Gibson, dropped out of college after only a few weeks to enlist in the U.S. Navy in pursuit of his dream of becoming a member of the elite SEALs. He succeeded where all but a very few fail, and became a member of the Navy SEAL team five. The …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Visit 16 Handles Yogurt Saturday night to help support the choir's future travels.
After a trip to the Virginia International Music Festival, the WHRHS Chorus picked up a quartet of trophies in recognition of their skilled performances. Such journeys benefit the students, not only by exposing the students to other high-level performing groups but also in the opportunities to perform before larger groups. But the choir's trips require lots of fundraising—and on Saturday, the choir is hosting a fundraiser at 16 Handles Yogurt everyone can help with. The store will donate 10 percent of all proceeds from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.— which will go towards future trips for the choir. There will also be a donation jar for any further donations anyone would like to make. And best of all, performances by some of the award-winning WHRHS …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Franklin High School Sweeps at major track competition held at Hillsborough High School.
An estimated 650 or more students that are part of boys and girls track teams from high schools throughout the county came together for Tuesday's Somerset County Championships held at Hillsborough High School. The students participated in 15 events that included running, jumping and throwing, starting after school and continuing until the skies got dark. About 1,500 attended. Coming out on top of the boys and girls rankings were the teams from Franklin with the highest ranking Patch town Hillsborough, which captured a second for the girls and fourth for the boys. Women - Team Rankings - 16 Events Scored 1) Franklin High School 137 2) Hillsborough High School 90 3) Montgomery High School 50 4) Bernards 49 5) Ridge High School 45 6) …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Register now to participate in tenth annual event.
The 10th annual Bob Beckert Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk will be held on June 2 at Watchung Hills Regional High School in Warren. Bob Beckert, who grew up in Warren and was raising his family with wife Nancy in Watchung, was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 2004 while traveling on business. He was a devoted husband, father of four children, successful businessman and an active volunteer in the community. Beckert was a member of Watchung Hills’ state high school championship cross country team and continued to be an active runner as an adult. His friends and family believed an annual run was a fitting way to honor Beckert's love of running, community, youth and fun. All of the profits of the event fund scholarships for …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Elizabeth Jewett set to begin July 1.
Elizabeth Jewett will become superintendent of Watchung Hills Regional following the retirement of Frances Stromsland, as the school's board of education unanimously approved a resolution to hire her Monday. Jewett is currently the Verona school district's director of Instructional Studies, overseeing the district's curriculum. She was acting superintendent for the 2,200-student K-12 school district for a six-month period in 2011 as that district transitioned to a new superintendent. "I'm truly humbled and honored to be selected to be the next leader of the Watchung Hills Regional High School district," she said. She said Watchung Hills Regional was a "highly achieving district that is characterized by outstanding educators, a highly …
But another leaves school in the cold.
This week, Newsweek magazine is reporting its "America's Best High Schools" rankings, and once again, Watchung Hills Regional is among the state's and nation's best. The school comes in at no. 42 for the state's schools—about 10 spots higher selective schools are taken from comparison—and the 514th best in the nation. Contrast that with the rankings posted two weeks ago by U.S. News and World Report, which left Watchung Hills Regional unranked. The difference? The U.S. News rankings do not score test results, instead focusing on participation in AP classes and the state HSPA test results. Newsweek says its list "is based on six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per …