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Amanda Sirisky

, juniors at Pitman High School, have been named delegates to Girls State, scheduled for June 17 through 22. American Legion Unit 49 of Pitman selected the pair from faculty-nominated candidates. Juniors

Jill Patrick

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Amanda Nichole

Rencher

are alternates. Girls State delegates take part in activities modeled after those of state and local government, including lawmaking.

Jerry Cedrone of Washington Township High School is among 2,500 seniors nationwide to earn a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. Cedrone plans to attend Brown University in the fall. Of the more than 1.4 million students who entered the National Merit Scholarship Program this year, about 16,000 became semifinalists. About half of those were named finalists and awarded scholarship money.

Carol Pellicano of Delsea Middle School and Joseph Marrare of Delsea Regional High School are teachers of the year.

Pellicano, a seventh-grade-math teacher, holds a bachelor of science in elementary education from Drexel University, where she is in the Hall of Fame for softball. She earned a master's in education from Marygrove College. She has taught math for 20 years at the middle school and coaches girls' basketball.

Marrare has taught 27 years at the high school. His subject is vending, and the repair and maintenance of vending machines and equipment, which includes plumbing, electrical, electronics, and mechanical work. He has also served as a vending club and activities coordinator. He earned his B.A. from Trenton State and has done graduate work in labor studies and education at Pennsylvania State University and Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Fifth and sixth grade girls from Thomas E. Bowe School in Glassboro recently dined with their sisters, mothers and other women at a local restaurant - and practiced etiquette. The after-school club "Let Girls Be Girls" sponsored the event. Bowe teacher Tameka McNeill runs the club, aimed at giving the girls "life skills needed for survival." The Glassboro Education Foundation budgeted $2,900 for the program, in its second year. This year 30 girls are involved.

Five Rowan University electrical and computer engineering seniors were honored at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 2 banquet, on April 14 at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.

Matthew T. Karnick, Matawan, took first and an $800 prize in the student paper category for his technical paper and oral presentation, "Ensemble Based Data Fusion from Parietal Region Event Related Potentials for Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease." Joseph DePasquale, Audubon, earned a second place and $500 for "Random Subspace Feature Selection for Analysis of Data with Missing Features." Ryan Fillman of Glassboro, Will Collani, Hazlet, and Dan Lenhardt, Hamilton, earned a third place and a $100 award for their micro-mouse robot's performance in a maze competition.