Chin Fong

, a senior at Cherry Hill High School East, is among 30 students nationwide to be named a finalist in Lucerne's annual "The Art of Dairy" contest, sponsored by Safeway, parent company to Genuardi's Markets. More than 9,000 students competed by painting an 8-by-5-foot cow sculpture. All were given the theme "Cows and History" to work with. A winner will be selected from the finalists and his or her school will receive $20,000 for its art department. The student and the teacher who sponsored the student will each receive $1,000.

Joseph DePasquale, of Audubon, received second-place honors for his technical paper and oral presentation titled "Random Subspace Feature Selection for Analysis of Data with Missing Features" at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 2. He was awarded $500 at a banquet last month at the University of Cincinnati.

Two student groups at the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine have been honored. The National Boricua Latino Health Organization (NBLHO) recently picked the medical school's student organization as the winner of its Dr. Helen Rodriguez-Trias Chapter of the Year Award, and the Student National Medical Association chapter at the school has been named the Northeast region's Chapter of the Year by SNMA's national board.

The Dr. Helen Rodriguez-Trias Chapter of the Year award is given annually to the chapter that best represents the organization's ideals, which include recruiting Latinos into higher education, advocating for increased Latino representation in health-related areas and promoting awareness about social, political and economic issues involving Hispanic populations.

SNMA is the nation's oldest and largest medical student organization dedicated to ensuring culturally sensitive medical education and services, as well as increasing the number of African-American, Latino and other students of color entering and completing medical school.

Students of the Camden Forward School are scheduled to display their artwork at the Markeim Art Center, Lincoln and Walnut Avenues, in Haddonfield, through May 24. A reception, with music and a dramatic presentation, will open the exhibit today, 3 to 6 p.m. Prints and postcards will be sold to support the students' art program. The art center and the First Baptist Church of Haddonfield are sponsoring the exhibit, "Building Bridges, Building Lives." It may be viewed 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free. For information, call 856-429-8585.

Students at Haddonfield Memorial High School have scheduled an Art Open House, from 7 to 9 p.m., May 16 in the school art room. They will sell their artwork. The event is a fund-raiser by a group of students working to transform a barren piece of land just outside the art room. They hope to raise a total of $500 for the project. The area is visible from many classrooms and pathways around the school. The goal of the students and their art teacher, Ted Cook, is to create an inspirational, garden environment. Those attending the open house will also be able to tour the school's new art facilities.

Susan Ann Cheetham, who teaches kindergarten at Lindenwold Public School Four, has received a $1,000 Target Field Trip Grant. Cheetham, who was one of more than 16,000 applicants nationwide, plans to use the grant to take 100 students - all of the school's kindergartners - to Johnson's Corner Farm in Medford at the end of this month to pick strawberries. The trip will close out a unit on farm life. Grant recipients were chosen based on a description of a field trip and its objectives, and stated benefits to the students.

- Lea Sitton Stanley