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Schools: Lenape High School

Schools: Lenape High School
Lenape High School is the oldest school in the Lenape Regional High School District, which includes its sister schools Cherokee, Shawnee, Seneca, and Sequoia High Schools. Lenape High School started educating students in 1959 and has grown tremendously. This year there are 1,950 students going to Lenape.

There are lots of chances for students to become involved in the school. There is a full range of sports teams, as well as many extracurricular clubs and activities. This school year has already seen some great accomplishments and the school is looking forward to many more.

Lenape is the only school with JROTC on campus. Their JROTC won the highest award for their annual inspection conducted by LTC Michael Anderson from Ft. Dix: Honor Unit with distinction. Other positive clubs at the school include REBEL, which is an anti-smoking group that promotes good choices; and SADD, which stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions.

Like many other schools in the South Jersey area, Lenape has an active Renaissance club. Lenape Renaissance recognizes and rewards academic excellence, personal improvement, and good citizenship. Lenape’s program was honored for its commitment to education with a Mt. Laurel Township Proclamation. Mt. Laurel Mayor John Drinkard, who was a guest speaker at the Renaissance Senior Pinning, ordered the proclamation. Renaissance leaders Ms. Julie Dean, Mrs. Robyn Webb, Ms. Kristi Senechal, and Ms. Linda Sharon, run Smart Cookies, Principal's List and Perfect Attendance Award Breakfast, Bus Driver Appreciation Day, Graduation Car Award, Faculty Picnic, and People’s Choice Awards and Senior Pinning.

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The boy’s basketball team made school history by breaking a 9-year South Jersey record with their undefeated regular season. They also captured the South Jersey and NJ State Group IV Championships. Congratulations go out to the entire team and their coach Mr. Lange for all their hard work, dedication, and spirit. In other sport news, the Lenape girl’s soccer team rebounded in the second half of the Group IV championship game to defeat Washington Township by a score of 3 to 1 on November 11th. Allison Williams scored twice for the girls and Lindsey Walsh snuck in another goal for the Indians. The team is now looking for one more victory, the group IV state championship.

Recently, Lenape High School participated in Accreditation for Growth by Middle States Association. Principals Barry Croll and Mike Bauer would like to thank everyone who participated in the recent visitation of the Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools’ committee for Accreditation for Growth (AFG) during the week of Oct. 25. The committee was very complimentary to our school and community. The students, parents, and staff’s commitment to education impressed them. The final report will be sent to Lenape in the near future. They look forward to their continued growth in the future and their pursuit of excellence.

Congratulations go out to all the sports teams for a great fall season. Special congratulations go out to field hockey coach Harla Pfeiffer who won her 100th career win last month. Ms. Pfeiffer, a Lenape employee for 24 years, has been coaching for nine years. Another coach who deserves some acknowledgment as well is wrestling coach Russ Minuto who was recently inducted into the South Jersey Coaches' Hall of Fame.

During American Education Week, November 14th –20th, the Superintendent of Education, Daniel F. Hicks, recognized the Lenape Regional High School District employees that have worked in public education for over 30 years. These employees work tirelessly to serve our students and communities with care and professionalism. The Lenape High School employees that were honored include the following: Mary Jane Mullen Secretary 43 years, Michael Bauer Principal, North Bldg.36 years, Dennis Wentzel Custodian 34 years, Barry Croll Principal 33 Years, Bud Johnson Assistant Principal Director of Athletics 33 years, Linda Hammond English Teacher 32 years, John A. Roberts Jr. Math Teacher 32 years, Victoria T. Robertson Biology Teacher Science Coordinator 32 years, George Dennison Custodian 31 years, Jack Earl Math Teacher 31 years, Mimi Maseloff Family & Consumer Science Teacher 31 Years, Lynda Miller Registrar 31 years, Russ Minuto Spanish Teacher 31 years, Linda Sharon English Teacher 31 years, B. Gerry Boggs History Teacher 30 years, Michael DiBenedetto Special Education Teacher 30 years, and Michael Dreger School Counselor 30 years.

Lenape is also very proud to have the Science teacher Kate DeSantis educating the high school students. She won Princeton University’s Distinguished Secondary Teaching Award 2004. Ms. DeSantis was one of only four in the entire state to earn the prestigious award. She also teaches classes at Princeton University and is connected with Princeton’s Howard Hughes Institute, where she co-hosts a lecture series focusing on Bioethics.

The Lenape Regional High School district recognizes students and teachers of the month throughout the school year. This month’s Employee of the Month is Eileen Narozny. Eileen Narozny's dedication to her responsibilities as a teacher and department coordinator is second to none. She always takes the time to assist co-workers with questions about technology and has completed technology related projects on time outside her normal workday. Each month a student out of every grade level is recognized as student of the month. I can personally attest to the fact that this award is very special and makes the students feel honored and proud to be a part of the high school and the community. In my Cherokee High school days I was recognized as student of the month, but now its these students that deserve the recognition over at Lenape High School include the following: Richard Wald from the freshmen class; Zachery Simon from the sophomore class; Jamilah Robinson from the junior class; and Taylor Smith from the senior class.

The students over at Lenape are also taking notice of what is going on in their world and local community. The students may not have been considered the youth vote in the past election, because they were young to vote, but they were not too young to get involved. Lenape students were determined to have an impact on this election by helping set a national voter turnout record. They registered 357 new voters! Through a national non-partisan program called Freedom’s Answer, Lenape was one of thousands of high schools across the country encouraging students to seek ten voting pledges each – and then reminding them of their pledge on Election Eve. “We didn’t ask people to pledge to vote for this candidate or that party,” said Lenape senior Jen Hsu. “We asked them to pledge to vote to honor all those who have risked so much through the years for our freedom.” According to its web site, the Freedom’s Answer program is designed to engage young people in the political process – so that when they become 18, “they will also become lifetime voters – and some will become lifetime leaders.” “We’re not Generation X” proclaims senior Jessica Zawrotny. “When the Twin Towers fell, a new generation rose! We are that generation, and we are determined both to take part and to have our voices heard.” The pledge-gathering goal of every student is to “Take Ten” – and they say that can happen in one evening, by asking parents, grandparents, Uncle Fred, Aunt Tillie, and the neighbors on both sides. But many students did more – seeking pledges at the Lenape football games, or at local community events, or throughout their neighborhood. Lenape Student Council Advisor Brain Laddey explained: “This is a kind of real-life civics we can’t teach in the classroom. It is participation in the real thing, they were excited by it because it made them a part of history-and empowered a whole new generation to have its voice heard.” The students want everyone to know, as senior Adam Lamboy said, that “anyone could come to our web site, at www.FreedomsAnswer.net, and pledge to vote right there online.” Senior Tyler Cram added: “We may be too young to vote, but we’re old enough to lead.”

Eight Lenape students and Student Council Advisor Brian Laddey attended the first Burlington County Youth Service Conference and Exposition at the Enterprise Center of Burlington County College's Mount Laurel Campus. The event was designed to familiarize student leaders from across the county with volunteer opportunities available to them, as well as to teach some of the skills necessary to lead volunteer projects. Lenape's delegation was also involved with running the event. Students Dan Wolf and Jessica Zawrotny presented a student workshop entitled "Challenges Faced by Student Leaders" and History Teacher/Student Council Advisor Brian Laddey presented a workshop called “Developing the Leader Within You.” Lenape's Student Council President Adam Lamboy delivered a speech explaining the school's Operation Santa Claus event.

Special Education teacher Kathy Waldron worked with Physical Education teacher Beth Taubman to form a partnership between adaptive and regular Phys. Ed classes. The Unified Athletics Team participated in the Special Olympics Sports Expo in Lawrenceville, NJ, where students attended clinics in Bocce, Golf, Soccer, and Basketball. Says Ms. Tubaman of the program, “The benefits have been amazing for everyone. It helps students learn about differences in abilities and adapt their own physical abilities to promote teamwork. New friends have been made, and the students are having fun while learning. Ms. Waldron says, “The Special Olympics has motivated students to become more physically active.”

Lenape High School and its students are seeing a number of awards, which shows that they are excelling in areas inside and outside of the classroom. Medford Mayor Christopher Myers gave the township's first-ever service awards to more than 40 people and organizations, including Lenape High School, for their participation in disaster relief efforts after the summer flood. Principal Barry Croll commended the entire Lenape staff for their tireless efforts in transforming Lenape High School into a home for the homeless and a command center for the American Red Cross. Special thanks went to Lenape’s excellent custodial staff.

Scholastically talented seniors Laura Coffey, Brian Correia, William Jannen, Sivan Kenig, Matthew Miller, Sayantan Niyogi, Michelle Tetreault, and Candace Tomkiel. Received letters of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program. These students placed among the top five percent of more than one million students who entered the 2005 competition by taking the 2003 Preliminary SAT National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Evelyn Ku was recognized as NMSC Semi-Finalist. She has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards that will be offered next spring.

Mr. Hessler was the teacher of the year and he continues to be a helpful, patient and understanding adult for the students to look up to. “Be kind. Every person you meet is fighting a difficult battle.” This quote is posted in Mr. Hessler’s classroom and it inspires him and all his students to be the best person they can be. Thirteen years ago, Mr. Hessler knew that he wanted more out of a career and his life’s work when he left a lucrative, but unfulfilling job at Firestone for a teaching position at Lenape. Happy with his decision, the energetic Mr. Hessler now teaches AP Physics, College Prep Physics, advises the Chess team/club, advises the National Honor Society, builds homes for Habitat for Humanity, coaches Boys’ JV Soccer, and teaches computer classes to Lenape Regional High School District staff members.

An upcoming event is the Lenape Band Parent’s Fall Craft Show. It will be held on Saturday, November 27th, from 9am to 3pm at Lenape. There are spaces still available so you can call the school at 609-654-5111 for information. There will be tons of crafters so there’s sure to be something for everyone. There will also be refreshments in the cafeteria.

The year is almost over and soon everyone will need to purchase a new calendar. If you have relatives or friends who yearn for a look at Medford, now is the time to order your Lenape High School Art Calendar, filled with original art work from Lenape students. Rebecca Rector, our School Photographer, Art Teacher and Art Club Advisor, compiled the high quality work from Art Club students. The calendar is only $12.00 and proceeds will benefit the Art Club. Contact Mrs. Rector at rrector@lrhsd.org or call the school for more info.

Lenape High School is located on 235 Hartford Road in Medford. You can reach the high school by phone at 609-654-5111. Or you can visit the District’s website at www.lr.k12.nj.us. From here you can access Lenape High School’s home page and read about upcoming events.

For more information about what’s going on in our local schools, and what today’s students are up to, visit our South Jersey Schools page.


Author: Margo Harvey

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