Michael Grafals

of Collingswood, who graduated from Rowan University on May 16, has won a Fulbright scholarship to Spain. Grafals hopes to study Spanish literature, literary theory or comparative literature at the Complutense University of Madrid during his Fulbright year. He majored in English and education at Rowan and student-taught juniors at Haddonfield Memorial High School. He will teach English to high school students in Madrid. Grafals' plans include pursuit of a doctorate in English literature.

Since 2005, the associate artistic director for the Arden Theatre,

Amy Dugas Brown

, has led audition workshops with students at Camden City Creative Arts High School as part of a long-term partnership between the school and the Philadelphia theater. Her first students are now seniors, who attended their last workshop May 13. Through their high school career, they saw 20 productions at the Arden and received master classes from visiting actors, playwrights and directors.

A team from Cherry Hill's Clara Barton Elementary School is among 30 New Jersey teams to earn a berth at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, set for Saturday through Wednesday in College Park, Md. The team took second in its division in the state contest. First- and second-place teams advanced. On the team are fifth-graders

Andrew Shivery


Maria Walton


Kendi Balli


Dustin McGunnigle


Louis Katsikis

; fourth-grader

Jake Walsh

, and third-grader

Bo Gray


Alex Shivery

is the parent coach. Odyssey of the Mind aims to provide creative problem-solving opportunities. Problems range from building mechanical devices to interpreting literary classics.

Twelve Camden County high school seniors each will receive a $1,000 college scholarship from the Comcast Foundation. The Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program recognizes leadership skills, academic achievement and community service. The recipients are

Nadiera Young

of Camden, Camden Academy Charter High School, who plans to attend Seton Hall University;

Alan Bass

, Cherry Hill, Akiba Hebrew Academy, Muhlenberg College;

Sheri Cohen

, Cherry Hill, Cherry Hill High School East, University of Delaware;

Jennifer Mitchell

, Cherry Hill, Cherry Hill High School West, Holy Family College;

Rebecca Kiely

, Collingswood, Camden Catholic High, Georgetown University;

Kristin Marchese

, Gloucester City, Gloucester City Senior High, Ursinus College;

Ruby Gonzalez

, Pennsauken, Pennsauken Technical High, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey;

Sara Storer

, Sicklerville, Timber Creek Regional, Drew University;

Alyssa Leone

, Voorhees, Eastern Regional, Tufts University;

Paige Raroha

, West Berlin, Gloucester Township Technical High, Camden County College;

Elizabeth Gercke

, Westmont, Haddon Township High, Northeastern University, and

Myah Tolbert

, Lindenwold, Lindenwold High, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Ruby Gonzalez

, a senior at the Pennsauken Campus of Camden County Technical Schools, received a $250 scholarship from the Pennsauken/Merchantville Rotary Club. Gonzalez, of Pennsauken, plans to attend Richard Stockton College in the fall. She has been active in her school's Interact Club, volunteering at Ronald McDonald House and reading to students at local elementary schools.


Anehita Oribabor

of Pennsauken was one of 14 Moorestown Friends School students to earn honors in the National French Contest, an annual exam open to schools nationwide. Students are tested in listening, reading comprehension, and grammar. Oribador earned an honorable mention, which went to students placing in the 80th to 89th percentile among test-takers in the Philadelphia region.