. For the last 4 weeks, Interact students have been helping out in the community. On October 1st and 15, students volunteered their time by unloading pumpkins for the First Congressional Church of River Edge. In those 2 days, they helped unload over 3000 pumpkins. On October 7th, 25 students showed up and helped with the Harlem Wizards game. Some students helped serve dinner, some helped with the meet and greet and collection of tickets. Some students got into selling souvenirs and one student got picked to be in the game as a referee. Intereact is the student group that is a part of Rotary and its advisers are Olga Sagalchik and Jeanne Massaro.
Last week, the students enrolled in our Syracuse University Sport Management class had the opportunity to visit Metlife Stadium where they received a tour and heard about careers in sport management. In addition to the tour, they attended seminars and were able to interact with professionals. Mr. Dennis Sasso is the teacher.
The varsity Debate Team got off to a great start. Seniors Emily Dimaulo-Milk and Jeein Youn were undefeated and won the first place team trophy. Emily also was named the day's best speaker. Senior Lauren Chen was determined to be the Outstanding Judge of the tournament. All of River Dell's competing teams had winning record. The debate was held at Cresskill High School and the other attending schools were Ridgefield Park, Becton, Bergenfield, North Bergen, Leonia, and Wood-Ridge. We are looking forward to another strong season. Go Hawks! Ms. Barbara Connolly and Ms. Rachel Wolczak are the team advisors.
On Wednesday, 10/5, the Bergen County Sheriff’s office visited the SUPA Forensic Science classes.
Detective Ryan Magnotta presented a criminal investigation of a murder in Ramsey, from 2006, that was solved by the BCI; Bergen County Criminal Investigative Unit.
Officer Hagopian brought his partner, ‘Flash’ the K9, to demonstrate how the dog is able to detect drugs and to discuss under what conditions the officer and K9 may search. The SUPA Forensic Science teacher is Ms. Joanne Pawlowski.
We are proud to announce that River Dell has a National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalist: Caroline Chan. In addition, we have nine Comnmended Students: Jae Ahn Sing, Jacob Campbell, Ji Min Choi, Emily DiMaulo-Milk, Min Ji Hong, James Kim, Jotaro Kurachi, Zachary Liu, Emma Tombaugh. Congratulations to all of these outstanding seniors.
SUPA Forensic Science classes were outside on the first day of classes at RDHS investigating a crime scene. Did they forget anything? That will be one of the topics to explore this year. Ms. Pawlowski is their teacher and these students have the opportunity to earn 4 Syracuse University college credits for this course.
On June 4th and 5th, several students participated in Viacom's Moguls in the Making competition that was held in New York City. One of River Dell's teams won the grand prize of a personal laptop for each student. The winners are: Greg Sarafian, Michael Vasile, Samantha DeLorenzo, Michael Boyle, and Kenny Mason. Dr. Chin Clu is advisor to The Invention Club.