Six seniors from Cherry Hill High School East traveled to New Orleans as Habitat for Humanity volunteers over spring break:

Seth Breggar, Allison Dolin, Bernadette Finck, Stephanie Kemp, Stefan Knecht

and

Elise Radziwill

. The students also volunteer for Burlington County Habitat for Humanity.

The South Jersey Coaches Association of Boys Athletics has named David Schmotzer, a senior at Cherry Hill High School West, the Olympic Conference's most courageous athlete. Schmotzer, who has a shortened right forearm and plays varsity soccer and basketball, was nominated by his coaches. The honor goes to an individual who has overcome obstacles and served as an inspiration.

A team of fifth graders from Moorestown Friends School placed second, winning five of the 12 events, in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood regional competition of the New Jersey Science Olympiad on May 2 at Park Middle School. Eight teams, drawn from grades four through six, took part. The Moorestown Friends students took first in Bottle Music, Barge Building, Egg Drop, Write It/Do It (K'nex), and Chemistry. Team members were Moorestown residents Emma Cain, Aerin Cox, Joe Slawek, Morgan Sloan and Ward Taggart; Voorhees residents Lauren Crudele and Dan McGinn; Mount Laurel residents Kim Gaiser, John Leibundgut, Sam Madamba and Robby Sheffield; and Gina Tamburri of Cinnaminson.

Cherry Hill student newspapers and staff members have been honored by scholastic press associations. Eastside, at Cherry Hill High School East, received a first-place award from the American Scholastic Press Association, which also named the sports section No. 1 in the country. At Cherry Hill West, the Lion's Roar earned a second place.

In addition, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association honored three West seniors: Rebecca Friedman, a second-place award for single-page presentation/writing; Daniel Salvato, third place in single-page presentation/writing; and Jae Choi, a certificate of merit for portfolio of work.

Stockton Elementary School teachers Stacey Carusi and Erika Wolf have been selected to attend the Arkema Science Teacher Program in August. Arkema is a chemical manufacturer. The teachers will participate in hands-on activities at the company's King of Prussia research center. Physical science, life science, earth science and technology are to be covered. Stockton will receive a $500 donation for their participation. Arkema sponsors the program for teachers of grades three through six. Carusi teaches third grade, Wolf fourth.

Men of Note, from Cherry Hill High School West, earned the crown at the 2007 International Championship of High School A Cappella for the second consecutive year. The group competed April 21 at Lincoln Center against regional semifinalists from across the country to take the title and the $1,000 prize. The group comprises senior student/directors Spencer Cowan and Tim McHale; seniors Marc George, Matt Van Dyke and Chan Chie-Weh; and juniors Ryan Applegate, Clark Brown, Malcolm Cooper, Richard Crandle, Dan Faber and Kurt Knecht. Christine Bass directs them.

Rianne Cueto, a sophomore at Cherry Hill High School West, won the New Jersey Daughters of the American Revolution Columbus Day essay contest. The Haddonfield chapter of the DAR sponsored her entry, which has moved on to national competition.

Frank N. Messina of Haddonfield has been appointed to the board of directors of the Camden County College Foundation. Messina, owner and principal of allRisk Property Damage Experts, will serve a two-year term ending in 2009. The nonprofit foundation raises private dollars to support college projects and services.

- Lea Sitton Stanley