Bill Lange

has been selected teacher of the year for Lenape High School. Fellow teachers nominated the 36-year teacher for the honor, and a committee of faculty and administrators made the final selection.

Lange, who teaches history to 10th and 11th grades, received kudos for using technology, as well as current events, to enliven his subject.

During his tenure as varsity basketball coach, from 2001-2006, the team broke records and claimed three conference titles, one South Jersey title and one state title.

Lange graduated from Camden Catholic High School and St. Joseph's University, and has taught at Overbrook High School, Philadelphia, and Bishop Eustace High School, Pennsauken. He has taught history at Lenape since 2001.

A team of fifth graders from Moorestown Friends School placed second, winning five of the 12 events, in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood regional competition of the New Jersey Science Olympiad on May 2 at Park Middle School. Eight teams, drawn from grades 4 through 6, took part. The Moorestown Friends students took first in Bottle Music, Barge Building, Egg Drop, Write It/Do It (K'nex) and Chemistry. Team members were Moorestown residents Emma Cain, Aerin Cox, Joe Slawek, Morgan Sloan and Ward Taggart; Voorhees residents Lauren Crudele and Dan McGinn; Mount Laurel residents Kim Gaiser, John Leibundgut, Sam Madamba and Robby Sheffield; and Gina Tamburri of Cinnaminson.

The Burlington County Principals and Supervisors Association on May 3 honored Nicole Gallagher, an eighth grader at Cinnaminson Middle School, and senior Esther Tetruashvily of Cherokee High School. The association also bestowed the outstanding administrator Golden Lamp award on the principal of Cherokee High School North, Linda C. Rohrer.

Nicole received $750 and kudos for projects including gathering supplies for soldiers in Iraq and raising money to fight childhood cancer.

Tetruashvily, who plans to enter the College of New Jersey in the fall, received a $2,000 scholarship. She was recognized for academics and SAT scores, as well as community activities, including working to raise awareness about human trafficking.

Schools in the county could submit one nominee each for the eighth grade and senior award. Nominees had to write essays, and high school candidates were interviewed.

- Lea Sitton Stanley