2012-04-05 / Schools

N.B. BOE recognizes achievements of students

BY DEANNAMcLAFFERTY Staff Writer

NORTH BRUNSWICK — A North Brunswick Township High School student recently received an award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).

The Board of Education at its March 28 meeting recognized Victoria Schamper for winning the 2011-12 Philadelphia Area Aspirations Award. According to physics teacher Roger Weiss, Schamper was one of only eight students to receive the award.

NCWIT is a coalition that works to increase diversity in IT and computing across the spectrum from grades K-12 through college education and on to academic, corporate and entrepreneurial careers. The award winners are selected for their computing and IT aptitude as well as their leadership ability.

Schamper is a member of the Varsity Robotics Club and helped the team place fourth nationally at the 2011 FIRST Robotics Competition in St. Louis last April.

“She is an integral part of the robotics program and a great student in both the classes I have with her,” Weiss said.

In addition to her award, Schamper was granted an award to give to the high school, which she presented to Principal Pete Clark.

The board also took time to honor bus driver Juan De la Cruz and bus aide Charlotte Manna for their roles in saving the life of a choking student in February. After a seventh-grade special education student accidentally swallowed part of a pen, De la Cruz performed the Heimlich maneuver three times while Manna supervised the other children on the bus.

“You don’t hear about bus drivers or aides and very rarely do they get a ‘thank you,’ but they are part of a fleet that transports 5,000 kids on buses day in and day out,” Superintendent of Schools Brian Zychowski said. “We are lucky enough to have trained and honorable staff that did the right thing without thinking.”

The board recognized several other staff members and students at a March 21 conference meeting. Proclamations were read for the Linwood boys basketball team; President’s Volunteer Service Award winner Apoorva Bhupathi; “Brain Bee” competitor IbancaAnand; Hansel Rodriguez of the Student Innovation Competition; the North Brunswick Township High School Mock Trial team; the DECA Club; participants in the Middlesex County Consumer Bowl; and ESL (English as a second language) teacher Marcelino Garcia for his Greater Media Magic 98.3 “Teacher Who Makes Magic” award.

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