Emily Gazzara,

a fifth grader at Marlton Elementary School in Evesham Township, brought in the clowns with victory in an essay contest. Emily topped all entries in the contest, sponsored by Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth. Students throughout the Delaware Valley could take part by writing on "I want to be the healthiest kid because . . .."

Marlton Elementary teachers Carolyn Lance, Joan Bailey and Denise Tollefson attended a workshop given by the circus, then directed their students to write submissions. Circus judges crowned Emily, yielding her a circus ticket for each of her classmates and a family four-pack of tickets to the show.

But that wasn't the best part: Three circus clowns showed up in her classroom. Third graders Gabrielle D'Andrea and Julianna Holshue also won recognition for their essays, each scoring a family four-pack of tickets to the circus.

Seniors Christopher Hurley of Cinnaminson High School, Brittany Lovett of Holy Cross High School, and Wuchen Andy Xu of Delran High School have received $2,500 college scholarships from Panera Bread. They were recognized for academic performance, school and community service, and essays they wrote on what "breaking bread" means to their families. They will receive their awards at a ceremony and dinner at the Panera Bread bakery cafe in Delran next month

The Junior ROTC unit at Lenape High School has been named Honor Unit with Distinction by the Army. The unit received the honor after a recent inspection by Col. Anderson of Fort Dix. It was the fourth time the unit has received the honor. Eighty-four cadets were present at the formal inspection. Col. Fred Sherrer and Sgt. 1st Class Henry Gantt command the unit.- Lea Sitton Stanley