Fourteen Moorestown Friends School students were inducted into the Cum Laude Society and another 11 into world language honor societies May 10. Included among the inductees into Cum Laude Society, a national honor society for independent schools, were seniors

Courtney Brown

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of Voorhees;

Jennielle Jobson,

Winslow Township;

Danielle Lynn

, Cinnaminson;

Kyle Nocho,

Voorhees;

Tara Thomas,

Hainesport;

Sarah Van Cleve,

Lumberton, and

Nadia N. Washlick,

Mount Laurel. Juniors earning the honor were

Kira Adams,

Willingboro;

Emily Jones,

Mount Holly;

Shaina Karasin,

Moorestown;

Julie Martin,

Riverton;

Andrea Onorato,

Voorhees;

Richard Rinaldi

, Shamong, and

Eric Teitelbaum,

Cinnaminson. Named to the Spanish Honor Society (

Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica

) were Courtney Brown of Voorhees; juniors

Morgan Burgess

of Moorestown,

Sarah Rosenbach

of Mount Laurel and

Omari Scott,

Hainesport, and sophomores

Orysia Bezpalko

of Mount Laurel,

Aubrie Campbell

of Moorestown,

Hannah Levy

of Voorhees,

Gabrielle Martinez

of Camden,

Nina Samuel

of Moorestown and

Hannah Spielberg

of Westmont. Named to the French Honor Society (Société Honoraire de Français) was sophomore

Sophia Demuynck

, Mount Holly.

Francesca Nolen, seventh grade, and Rachel Yee, fifth grade, represented Eastampton Middle School in the regional competition of the academically talented program Invention Convention. Each won first place in her grade level at the event in Bordentown on May 2.

Francesca invented the "Classroom on Wheels," an equipped cart for a teacher who needs to travel from classroom to classroom. Rachel created "The Handy Helper Book Hook," enabling a person to read without hands. It is held up by a strap encircling the reader's head. Clips hold the pages open and a reading light is attached.

Students at Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Moorestown, have donated nearly 300 pounds of new and slightly used books to send to St. Francis Primary School in Kingston, Jamaica, as part of the school PTA's annual "Caring and Sharing" project. The two schools are partners, enabling their students to share each others' cultures. In exchange for the books, the Jamaican children sent an Easter bunny, Jamaican jellies and jams, photographs of themselves and examples of their school projects. Linda Dix, director of religious education for Our Lady of Good Counsel, brought the gifts back from an Easter break visit with the Jamaican students.

Gerard J. Dunn is retiring from the Eastampton Township School District after 36 years as the elementary school physical education teacher. Dunn is the only PE teacher the Eastampton Elementary School has had. Prior to joining the district, classroom teachers were the physical education instructors at the school, built in 1956. Dunn was honored at the school's annual Field Day on May 10. The building will close at the end of this school year. The entire district is going to be housed at the middle school location.

Fourth graders in the Medford Lakes School District wrote essays May 11 in honor of Mother's Day. In 100 words or less, they described their mothers' inner beauty. Middle school English teachers conducted a blind judging of the essays. A winner was chosen from each of the three fourth grades at the Neeta School. They were: Megan Bandomer, Katy McGray and Gabby Miller. Each won a mother's day gift.

- Lea Sitton Stanley