Andrew Robertson

, 21, a double major in physics and math at Rowan University, has earned a National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship. The award, covering tuition, fees and health insurance, is for studies in a graduate program in science and engineering. An annual stipend of about $30,000 for up to three years is included. Robertson, of Mickleton, plans to enter a doctoral program at the University of Maryland and study atomic molecular optics. The American Society for Engineering Education administers the fellowship, awarded by the Department of Defense to individuals who have demonstrated aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. Robertson graduated from Salesianum High School, Wilmington.

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Matthew Marzolf, a senior at Washington Township High School, has received kudos from principal Rosemarie Farrow for beautifying the school's main entrance as a project to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. Members of Boy Scout Troop 81 and Marzolf's family helped him raise two walls and landscape the area. The PTO paid for materials.

Twelve of the more than 860 staffers in the Washington Township School District have been selected as 2006-07 teachers of the year. Honored at a school board meeting were Deborah Small, kindergarten, Grenloch Terrace Early Childhood Center; librarian Karen Criscillo, Bells Elementary School; Mary Jo Babiowski, fourth grade, Birches Elementary School; Linda Cullen, special education, Hurffville Elementary School; Michael DiGennaro, fourth grade, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School; Maryann Garten, fourth grade, Wedgwood Elementary School; Kimberly Haines, second grade, Whitman Elementary School; Patricia Bernhardt, eighth-grade reading teacher, Bunker Hill Middle School; Robert Scardino, drama, Chestnut Ridge Middle School; Robert Rourke, sixth-grade social studies, Orchard Valley Middle School; and, from Washington Township High School, Deborah Carchidi, social studies, 11-12 building, and Donna Esposito, math, 9-10 building. Parents, community members and students may nominate teachers; teachers and administrators at each school select the winners.

Bells Elementary School, Washington Township, sent a contingent to the Camden County Children's Songfest on April 21. Joining more than 220 children from Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties were Christine Visconti, Dionna McCoy, Claudia Griffo, Olivia LaLena, Marianna Alshay, Sarah Mead and Jessica Cathcart. They learned Irish songs and dances, then performed that afternoon at Haddonfield Memorial High School.

Also from Bells Elementary School is a fifth grader named most improved reader by the Phillies organization: Ricardo Hernandez. He is scheduled to be honored before the Phillies' game June 1 against the San Francisco Giants. The Phillies organization selects honorees from nominees submitted by teachers.

Seven fifth graders from Hurffville Elementary School, Washington Township, sang and danced in a scene of the Rowan University Opera Company production the weekend of April 21-22. Appearing in Countess Maritza were Angelina Capcino, Samantha DiJosie, Amanda Malandrino, Taniya Mathiy, Jamie Mitchell, Samantha Pollere and Aubrey Rooney.

Washington Township juniors Jim Tumolo and Craig Hobbins have been selected to attend the American Legion Jersey Boys' State Conference scheduled June 17-22 at Rider University. Sponsored by the American Legion, Boys' State aims to inspire good citizenship and develop leadership. Selection is based on academics, character, and interest in state government.

Seniors in Rowan's civil and environmental engineering program took second in a poster contest conducted by the New Jersey Section of the American Water Works Association. Danielle Scrivani, Vineland, N.J., and Daniel Giacobbe, Howell, N.J., displayed their work, "Photodegradation of NDMA," at the association's annual conference in Atlantic City in March and presented their work at the MidAtlantic Industrial and Hazardous Waste Conference in Cincinnati.

- Lea Sitton Stanley