Five local high school seniors recently earned scholarships through the National Merit Corp.

Danielle L. Gorman

of Moorestown High School was among 2,500 students nationwide to receive a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. Merit scholars were chosen from among about 15,000 finalists based on accomplishments, skills, and potential for college success.

National Achievement Scholarships, valued at $2,500 and honoring 700 of the nation's top black students similarly selected, went to:

Antony Ghaly

, Cherokee High School;

Kira L. Adams

of Willingboro and Moorestown Friends School; and

Michaelle L. Bond

of Burlington and Holy Cross High School.

Steven T. Roach

of Willingboro and St. Mary's Hall-Doane Academy was one of 100 black students nationwide to receive a corporate-sponsored National Achievement Scholarship, whose amounts vary. Roach's award is sponsored by Rohm & Haas Co. and recognizes interest in areas tied to the chemical industry. This year's National Merit Scholarship process began in October 2006 with the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and the field was narrowed throughout this year.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has selected

Richard Keegan

, a vice principal at Maple Shade High School, as New Jersey Assistant Principal of the Year. He also received the Burlington County Principals and Supervisors Association's Golden Lamp Award, for educational leadership.

Shawnee High School entrepreneurship seniors earned honors at the Business Idea Competition, sponsored by the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Brian Gilligan

received $400, a finalist trophy and the Southern Regional Trophy for his "Scholastic Nutrition."




Haven Rader

each won $200 and a semifinalist trophy for "The Life Monitor" and "Care and Ride Services," respectively. An honorable mention award went to

Dave Rickert


Adam Requa

for their "Crab Shack." This was the first year Shawnee competed in the event.

Regina Reilly

, school nurse at Nokomis School, has been nominated by the Medford Lakes School District for the Governor's Recognition Award. Before joining the district four years ago, she worked as a part-time school nurse at Medford Memorial Middle School and Springville Elementary School, Mount Laurel. The award honors quality of relationships with students, staff and parents, as well as support given classroom instruction and the overall school environment. Reilly holds degrees from Seton Hall University and The College of New Jersey. Previously, she was an operating-room nurse at Virtua Hospital, Voorhees.

Emily Watts

of Moorestown, a sophomore at Moorestown Friends School, won the 10th-grade competition in the New Jersey Arbor Day Art Contest, sponsored by the New Jersey Tree Foundation. Watts received a medal and a $50 gift certificate. Junior

Sarah Connell

of Cherry Hill placed third among 11th graders in the contest and received a certificate.