Friday, October 12, 2012
Watchung Hills send 12 to Manhattan event to discuss anti-bullying efforts.
A dozen Watchung Hills Regional High School juniors, along with social studies teachers Mary Sok and Cara Yuknis, were invited to take part in the Common Sense Media Town Hall discussion held at Manhattan’s LaGuardia High School on Oct. 2nd. One of a number of programs throughout New York City, the “Talented, Thoughtful & Talkative Teens!” event marked Digital Citizenship Day, and was sponsored by MTV and Common Sense Media. Because of their leadership and initiatives in addressing anti-bullying behaviors, the Watchung Hills group had been invited to cross the Hudson to share some of their successes with the audience. Chief among these was the “Not in Our Schools” video, which the Hills students had helped create last year in the “Facing …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
More than 93 perent of Watchung Hills Regional's recent graduates continue education.
Watchung Hills Regional's Class of 2012 was a smaller class, with 474 graduates, but the students held the same lofty goals as their predecessors: the students submitted 2,555 college applications to 356 different schools across the country and overseas. And while prestigious Ivy League schools continue to draw top students' interest—100 applications to eight Ivy League schools with 14 students accepted—many are finding two-year schools a way to start college careers. WHRHS Director of Guidance Catherine Angelastro told members of the school's board of education at the Sept. 6 board meeting the number of students attending two-year schools such as Raritan Valley Community College continued a three-year increase to 17.9 percent of the …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Much of the team has played varsity together for three seasons.
The Watchung Hills Regional High School football team is getting ready for the 2012 season. Heavily laden with seniors, the squad looks to have a strong showing this fall.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
School moves up four spots from 2010 survey.
A new ranking of New Jersey schools by New Jersey Monthly magazine puts Watchung Hills Regional at no. 44, based on the such criteria as the school environment, student performance and educational outcomes. The magazine ranked 328 schools in the state for the article. The survey is the magazine's first since 2010, when Watchung Hills came in at no. 48. This year's top school in the ranking was New Providence High School. Accoridng to the magazine, the rankings were calculated by Ringwood-based research company Leflein Associates, based on several areas of school performance and effectiveness. The criteria includes the school environment (average class size, number of AP classes offered, faculty with advanced degrees), school performance (…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Adam Riess, an alumnus of Watchung Hills Regional High School and the New Jersey Governor's School in Madison, talked to current Governor's School students at Drew University, according to a report.
Nobel Prize winner Adam Riess, an alumnus of Watchung Hills Regional High School and the New Jersey Governor's School in the Sciences, talked to current students of the Governor's School on Wednesday, according to a Star-Ledger report. The Governor's School is a summer program for academically talented high school students held at Drew University in Madison and at Rutgers University's Piscataway campus. Riess attended the school of Sciences at Drew in 1987 and was turned on to physics by Drew Professor James Supplee, the chair of university's Physics Department. On Wednesday, Riess showed off his medal to students and explained the 1998 discovery of dark matter that won him the Nobel Prize for physics in 2011, the newspaper said.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Group announces plans for a memorial fountain at school track.
Watchung Hills Regional High School principal Tom DiGanci will officially retire at the end of this week, and on Monday evening, the WHRHS Parent Teacher Organization hosted a dinner at Prezzo Italian Restaurant in Warren in his honor. Dr. DiGanci started at WHHS in 1972 teaching history and has spent his entire career in the Watchung Hills school system with 33-years at the high school and a brief seven-year stint at Watchung's Valley View School. Over those 40-years, Dr. DiGanci has filled many roles; history teacher, assistant and head wrestling coach, assistant girls track coach, head coach boys track and girls cross-country, vice principal and principal. He also supervised the summer recreation program of Warren Township, taught …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Parents, friends and faculty join in the celebration and graduation of the Class of 2012.
Several hundred parents and family members attended the graduation ceremony for the 477 graduating seniors at Watchung Hills Regional High School, from the setas of the air-conditioned Performing Arts Center. The event was moved inside due to the extreme heat. Medical teams stood by in case of emergency, and beverages were being handed out to everyone to keep cool. Parents were seated in the auditorium and the students watched their fellow classmates from other class rooms. The graduating class of 2012 incldued (boldface denotes top-10 students in the class; asterisks note Honor Society members): Danielle Laura Adams, Amar Adusumilli, Raul Marcelino Aguilar, Syed Shaham Ahmed, Sam Al-Aali, Cassius Christopher Ali, Zoë Apollonia Ambinder, …
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Watchung Hills Regional's student-run event finds an appreciative audience.
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Saturday, June 16, 2012
The annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life at Watchung Hills Regional High School was held Friday, with about 400 cancer survivors, supporters and family members expected. The fundraising event includes an all-night vigil with luminaria placed in memory of the victims of cancer, a special dinner and lap around the track by cancer survivors, and activities and games for the supporters to participate in.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Watchung Hills Regional coaches taking clinics to Green Brook, Watchung.
Watchung Hills Regional varsity basketball coaches Justin Salton and Sandy Whelan will be showing tomorrow's clutch players the tips and tricks needed to improve their games in the coming weeks, at their Hoops Camp at Watchung Hills. The annual program for basketball players of all ages—and all skill levels—tips off June 25, and features a regular daily camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Watchung Hills Regional, and intensive camps for younger, less experienced players at Valley View School in Watchung and Green Brook Middle School. The schedule is: The camp's specialty weeks include morning sessions from 9-11:30 a.m., and afternoon sessions from 12:30-3 p.m. Campers attending specialty week camps at Green Brook will receive officila camp …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
44 years of coaching has brought wins and more for Norm Hewitt.
When talking to Hillsborough High School baseball coach Norm Hewitt, he made one thing clear: His players and the game at hand was more important than the thought of his compiled wins. "Coaches don't win games, players win games," Hewitt said. Coaching for more than four decades, Hewitt gives most to the credit to his wife, Peg, who is been at his side "since I was 15 years old." Hewitt, a Watchung Hills Regional High School grad, beat his alma mater last week to earn his 600th career coaching victory. The Hewitts have been married for 44 years and Norm said he would not be in coaching had it not been for his wife. "I was out of coaching for three years after I got out of college," Hewitt said. "Peg said 'I know you love the game and I …