Congratulations to Matt Guido who has been selected to receive a 2014 Child Mind Institute Rising Scientist Award. The committee that selected Matt was impressed by his achievement in science courses, commitment to addressing advanced scientific questions, and leadership in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. Matt will receive his award on October 9th and the Science Department will receive a $500 gift in honor of Matt. We are all proud of Matt!
We are proud to announce that River Dell has three seniors who have been named semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program: Matt Guido, Justin Kim, Joon Seok Seo. These students are among 16,000 semifinalists nationwide who have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.
Congratulations to Dana Caplis whose winning film, "Everyone Has a Story" won First Place in the 2014 Jersey Voice Media Festival. The administrator of the festival wrote "We loved the video, specifically the elements of hope and strength. You are clearly a young woman who has no much to say. We're very proud to call you one of our winners."
Mackenzie Drummond and her photograph, Innocence, with Ms. Sasson. Also, Ciara Enright, Mrs. Vander Velde’s student , had an acrylic painting, Looking Beyond, in the exhibition. There were over 400 works submitted to the Fresh Perspectives Exhibition at the Morris Museum; only 50 works were selected.
Mr. Michael O'Toole, adviser to the History Club, reports that several of the club's members are busy working with Oradell's Town Historian, Mr. George Carter. Recently, Mr. O'Toole received an update from Mr. Carter about what the students are doing.
George Carter wrote: “The four volunteers are doing a great job. Henry Wang and John Suozzo are working at the Johnson Library, reviewing old newspapers from 1890 to 1900. I have just heard from John that they are up to 1897, and could be finishing soon. I have looked in on them only rarely, but they appear to be very self-motivated, and do not need mothering.
Morgan Smith and Alison Garcia are helping me in the Local History Room, and both are doing a marvelous job. Both have gone way beyond just marking pictures, and are now trained on entering data into the database, something I let only a few people do. They are both very punctual, and diligent about getting a job finished. They’re very careful about not making mistakes and catching things that slipped through years ago.”
We have some future historians here at River Dell!
Our Select Choir received a GOLD RATING AT THE 2014 NEW YORK CHORAL FESTIVAL, last week at Carnegie Hall. This is the highest rating that a choir can achieve and we are all proud of the group and their director, Ms. Lisa Smith.
Chang Wong (Charlie) Lee, a junior at River Dell High School has been passionately pursuing research on diamondback terrapins in local estuaries under the guidance of Professor Burke at Hofstra University for the past year. He established the mentor relationship with Professor Burke through the elective “Science Research” course offered at the high school under the direction of Dr. Chin Chu. Charlie entered the Northern Jersey Regional Science Fair held in Rutgers University at New Brunswick from March 14th to 15th. His project “Disparities in the Fecal Analysis of Jamaica Bay and Oyster Bay Diamondback Terrapins” finished in the top 12 among 175 entries and won the Symposium Finalist Award. In addition, Charlie also received 1st Place Category Award in General Biology and Field Research Award. Recently, the same project has been selected as one of two winners for 11th grade students in the Young Naturalist Awards organized by the American Museum of Natural History.
The debate team wrapped up a very successful regular season on Wednesday at Cresskill High School, with Bergenfield and Becton also competing. Maintaining River Dell's tradition of outstanding judging, Senior Emily Reynolds again was named judge of the tournament. Senior Henry Wang was awarded the first place overall speaker award, and Senior Leandro Taveras and Junior Joon Seo tied for the second place award. Our twelve wonderful seniors will be missed next year, but we are so proud of them and all they have accomplished! Their coach is Ms. Rachel Geschwind.
Michaela Byrne, Jenna Davidson, Juliette DeTitta received awards from Roscoe Orman, who played Gordon on Sesame Street, at the Montclair Film Festival KIDZ SHORTZ Awards Ceremony on Feb 27th. The students, along with Dan Doran, Caleb Herbst, Soon Kwon, and Mike Totera won honorable mention for their short films. The films will be shown at the Montclair film Festival in May Ms. Stephanie Griffin is their tv/media teacher.