Allison P. Daminger

of Pitman High School was among 2,500 seniors nationwide to receive a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. The merit scholars were chosen from about 15,000 finalists based on accomplishments, skills and potential for college success. This year's National Merit Scholarship process began in October 2006 with the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, and the field has narrowed throughout this year.

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Kevin Wilson

of Delsea Regional High School has been selected for the 2008 session of the Governor's School on Public Issues and the Future of New Jersey, scheduled for July 6-19 at Monmouth University. The Governor's School of New Jersey serves artistically and academically talented students who have completed their junior year. Public Issues is one of the program's six schools - four-week residential sessions on six college campuses statewide. Wilson, of Franklinville, belongs to the National Honor Society, DECA and the Foreign Language Club.

Elsie Hewitt

of Williamstown and

Karen Leonardi-Murray

of Newfield were among eight students from Camden County College to be inducted into the New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration Honor Society. Members must rank within the top 1 percent of business students at their schools, two- and four-year institutions. Inductees for 2008 must have completed at least 70 percent of their degree requirements by Jan. 1.

Emily Chellew

of Woodbury, a culinary student at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology, is one of six students statewide to receive a $500 scholarship and an engraved silver plate from the N.J. Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. She submitted an essay for the Garden State Silver Plate Scholarship.

Students at Paulsboro High School and Bunker Hill Middle School, Washington Township, recently raised money for Pennies for Peace, a program of the Central Asia Institute, which helps build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. At Paulsboro, S.U.R.E. (Students United for Respect and Equality) ran the fund-raiser, collecting $156 in pennies during lunchtime. Students also were asked to sign petitions urging Congress to support such efforts. Bunker Hill raised $1,370 by selling cardboard peace signs for $1 each.

The student chapter of the American Marketing Association in the Rohrer College of Business at Rowan University recently won an AMA Outstanding Professional Development Award and a first place in the "Best Use of the Conference Theme" category at the 30th Annual International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans. The organization has more than 250 student chapters.

- Lea Sitton Stanley