• BRAVES IN THE NEWS

     

    ABSEGAMI READ PROGRAM DEDICATES FREE LIBRARY

    On a beautiful, sunny afternoon, the students of the Absegami READ club dedicated their LIttle Free Library at Absegami to Absegami English teacher Christine Ross, who passed away a year ago. The Little Free Library is a box located outside which allows students and the public to borrow a book or share books from their collection with other readers by donating books. READ Club advisor Jaime Howey and the students in the club made the decision to dedicate the library to Mrs. Ross.

    “Christine Ross was such an amazing teacher,” said Howey. “But more importantly, she was a warm, compassionate person who cared so much for the students here at Absegami High School. All of her students knew how much she cared for them, and we know her spirit is here with all of us.”

    The students in the club and from several classes also painted kindness rocks that will be placed at both the Little Free Library and in the Absegami Zen Garden.

    Ross

     

    ABSEGAMI STUDENTS ATTEND YOUTH SUMMIT

    On May 29th, twelve area high schools attended the annual Atlantic County Coalition for a Safe Community Teen Youth Summit at Atlantic Cape Community College.

    Teens listened to various speakers on topics such as school safety, mental health resilience, breathing and yoga techniques, vaping dangers,and peer to peer safety.

    The program was sponsored by Atlanticare and included presenters from the Galloway Township Police Department, Pleasantville High School security officers, the FBI,

    Atlanticare, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office and Atlantic Prevention Resources.

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    ABSEGAMI BAND PERFORMS IN THE PARK AND FOR NEW JERSEY STATE GALA

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    As the spring season is upon us, the Absegami Band program has been extremely active in a
    variety of settings to close out the school year. The Absegami High School Wind Ensemble was
    selected to perform in the 2019 New Jersey State Band Gala on Sunday, May 5 at
    Bridgewater-Raritan High School in Bridgewater NJ. The annual State Band Gala is New
    Jersey’s highest honor for high school bands, and this is the fifth consecutive year that
    Absegami has been represented, currently under the direction of Patrick O’Keefe.
    Serving more than 750 instrumental music students from New Jersey's public high schools, the
    day-long State Band Gala is the culmination of a larger, statewide educational program, the
    New Jersey State Band Festival, which encourages the participation of every high school band
    in the state. The high school bands that perform in the Gala Concert are chosen through a
    series of three competitive preliminary rounds in the three regions of the state: North, Central
    and South. Each year, over 100 high school bands from all over New Jersey participate in the
    preliminary rounds of the New Jersey Band Festival.
    On Friday, May 10, the band premiered a partnership with Galloway Township’s Movie Night by
    performing a “Concert in the Park” at the Municipal Complex. The free outdoor concert provided
    the perfect vehicle to showcase the talent of Absegami’s students with the community. The
    program was made up of all music from the movies, with repertoire from “The Greatest
    Showman”, “Star Wars”, “Harry Potter”, “The Avengers” and many more. Sponsored by the
    music honor society, Tri-M, Absegami students were tasked with organizing the logistics,
    including concessions.
    “Creating events to bring our schools and Galloway community together is so important, and at
    the same time an exciting way to showcase some of the many great things happening at
    Absegami. While a lot of work goes into planning and preparation, the opportunity to foster
    community is a huge benefit. Added performance venues provide the students yet another
    outlet to share their music making. We were so grateful to the couple hundred people that
    came out, and look forward to building on this start in the future.” says band director Patrick
    O’Keefe.
    The Absegami High School Band will be holding its annual Spring Concert on Wednesday, May
    22nd at 6:30 in the Absegami High School Performing Arts Center.

     

    Absegami STEAM Tank

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    A group of Absegami students has made it to the final round of the NJ STEAM tank competition
    hosted by the New Jersey School Board Association, the New Jersey Association of School
    Administrators and the New Jersey Association of of School Board Administrators. The three
    students, Sofia Graziano, Ronald Canlla, and Yash Patel, created an app called “Radihint”
    which uses artificial intelligence to take in an image (either xray or MRI) and return a diagnosis.
    The group presented their idea to a panel of judges and recently found out they are among an
    elite group of 36 high schools out of 560 original submissions chosen to move on to the final
    state final round in October.
    “This is an amazing accomplishment by our students,” said Absegami Science Supervisor Ron
    Schmid. “Sofia, Ron and Yash are to be congratulated on their idea and the execution of that
    idea.. The STEAM Tank contest is a wonderful program established by the NJSBO and
    provides real world science and math applications that follow the curriculum we have
    established here at Absegami.”
    STEAM Tank consists of three regional challenges for three grade levels: elementary, middle
    and high school. The competition asks the district teams to invent something new, to modify an
    existing product, or to identify a situation or real-world problem that needs resolution. Teams are
    provided criteria and a panel of experts judge their designs and/or solutions. Selected teams
    pitch their ideas to the judges in the designated regional locations, and winners of the regional
    competitions advance to compete at the STEAM Tank finals during NJSBA’s annual Workshop
    Conference held at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Oct. 22 and 23, 2019.
    The awards ceremony will take place at the New Jersey Education Association’s Convention in
    November 2019.

     

     Cleanup at Forsythe Refuge 

    Interact

    Absegami High School’s Interact Club joined numerous Boy and Girl Scout troops and
    other community members to rid the Edwin B. Forsythe Refuge of debris that could harm the
    wildlife in celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 27.
    This event has been occurring for at least 15 years. This year, 102 participants attended
    and collected 156 bags of trash that contained 500 pounds of solid debris such as wood planks,
    PVC pipes and even appliances.
    Keena Graham, the visitors service manager for the Refuge, stated, “We thank you guys
    for helping with the cleanup. This place allows a great habitat for birds, and so when there’s
    plastic lying all over, it’s highly upsetting because these birds cannot ingest the waste. The
    cleanup helps make their nests efficient, clean, and results in raising healthy babies and having a
    great generation of all sorts of animals for everyone in the future to enjoy.”
    Margot Sullivan, a member of the Friends of Forsythe Refuge and volunteer at the
    information center, was very pleased with the turnout. “It’s very nice to see enthusiastic kids
    come out and help a great cause. Throughout the years, we have accumulated many interesting
    items such as a shoe and a toothbrush. Overall, the fact that people are taking action is so
    important since the world desperately needs to be protected especially now as the issue of
    climate change grows! ”
    “Doing this event was very exciting, and I felt I was apart of something bigger to help
    save Earth” Said Absegami Interactor David Ahn.
    Groups of volunteers were sent out to different parts of the Refuge and were provided
    with bags for both trash and recycled items, gloves, and trash pick-up tools to efficiently clean
    the habitat. Additionally, the Friends of Forsythe provided the community members who assisted
    with the cleanup with foods and drinks to enjoy. For more information about the Edwin B.
    Forsythe Refuge, visit https://www.fws.gov/refuge/edwin_b_forsythe/.

     

    Absegami Interact - MS Walk 2019

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    To raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, Absegami’s Interact Club, along with
    community members, participated in the annual Walk MS held on Sunday, May 5th in Ocean
    City, NJ. While there, ten Interactors took part in many activities, including greeting the
    participants, cheering on the walkers and offering refreshments and treats from Shriver’s Salt
    Water Taffy & Fudge at the finish line.
    Absegami Interactor Chandni Surti volunteered from 8:00am to 12:00pm.
    “It was wonderful to see the community come together for this great cause, even in the
    rain,” she stated. “The energy is infectious, the staff is helpful, and the walkers are enthusiastic,
    and that’s why Walk MS has become one of my favorite events to do.”
    The event was organized by the Delaware Valley chapter of the National Multiple
    Sclerosis Society to raise money for people who have been affected by MS, a disabling disease
    of the central nervous system that damages nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms
    include numbness, speech impediment, lack of muscle coordination, blurred vision, and fatigue.
    Nationally, with almost 300,000 volunteers and fundraisers annually, Walk MS has raised more
    than $1 billion towards the mission of ending MS.
    For more information about multiple sclerosis and the National Multiple Sclerosis
    Society, visit nationalmssociety.org or call 1-800-344-4867.

     

    Absegami HS FBLA Participates in Egg Harbor City Cleanup Day & Wins $250

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    Absegami High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members participated in the 12th
    Annual City Wide Cleanup Day in Egg Harbor City on May 4th. The students collected and bagged garbage
    and recycling items from the streets of Egg Harbor City and set them along the roadside for the city and
    ACUA to pick up. After the cleanup, participants were invited to the lake for a community BBQ and to
    enter a drawing for a cash prize. Absegami FBLA won 1 of 12 cash awards of $250 given at the event –
    one for each year the cleanup has been held – and will use the money toward future leadership
    conference expenses.

     

    Interact at Edwin B. Forsythe  

    Absegami High School’s Interact Club joined numerous Boy and Girl Scout troops and other community members to rid the Edwin B. Forsythe Refuge of debris that could harm the wildlife in celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 27.  This event has been occurring for at least 15 years. This year, 102 participants attended and collected 156 bags of trash that contained 500 pounds of solid debris such as wood planks, PVC pipes and even appliances.

                Keena Graham, the visitors service manager for the Refuge, stated, “We thank you guys for helping with the cleanup. This place allows a great habitat for birds, and so when there’s plastic lying all over, it’s highly upsetting because these birds cannot ingest the waste. The cleanup helps make their nests efficient, clean, and results in raising healthy babies and having a great generation of all sorts of animals for everyone in the future to enjoy.”  Margot Sullivan, a member of the Friends of Forsythe Refuge and volunteer at the information center, was very pleased with the turnout. “It’s very nice to see enthusiastic kids come out and help a great cause. Throughout the years, we have accumulated many interesting items such as a shoe and a toothbrush. Overall, the fact that people are taking action is so important since the world desperately needs to be protected especially now as the issue of climate change grows! ”

                “Doing this event was very exciting, and I felt I was apart of something bigger to help save Earth” Said Absegami Interactor David Ahn.  Groups of volunteers were sent out to different parts of the Refuge and were provided with bags for both trash and recycled items, gloves, and trash pick-up tools to efficiently clean the habitat. Additionally, the Friends of Forsythe provided the community members who assisted with the cleanup with foods and drinks to enjoy. For more information about the Edwin B. Forsythe Refuge, visit https://www.fws.gov/refuge/edwin_b_forsythe/.

      

    Absegami HS FBLA Donates “Chemo Care Bags” Filled with Love and Hope to Nemours

    Absegami High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members prepared “Chemo Care Bags” in hopes of brightenting the days of children battling cancer, and delivered them to Nemours/Alfred I Dupont Hospital for Children on Monday. Their efforts were part of a statewide community service project in which they raised money to purchase the items through a staff denim day, a sub sale and a few bake sales. The bags themselves were provided through the NJ FBLA state office during the recent state leadership conference. Last week, junior FBLA members assembled the bags in the afternoon after taking SATs at the school. And, on Monday, with adviser Dawn Kosko, outgoing FBLA President Akshay Sheth and incoming FBLA Co-Presidents Priya Parikh and Moise Dembele delivered the bags to Nemours. Each bag included items such as coloring books, crayons, mini play-doh, itunes gift cards, playing cards, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, chapstick, and mints. Danielle Fizzano, Administrative Assistant for Child Life Creative Arts Therapy & School Programs, accepted the donation on behalf of hospital and told the students that the items will be useful to not only their pediatric cancer patients, but also their families. She said that she would be taking the wagon full of bags to the oncology unit where they would be distributed, and thanked Absegami FBLA for taking the  time to make the bags and personally deliver them. Nemours is a pediatric health system of hospitals serving children and families throughout the Delaware Valley. More information can be found at their website https://www.nemours.org/.

     

    Absegami FBLA Students Excel at State Leadership Conference, Advance to Nationals

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    Over 2,500 students from throughout New Jersey, including 21 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
    members from Absegami High School, participated in the NJ FBLA State Leadership Conference, held at Harrah’s
    Waterfront Convention Center in Atlantic City March 20th – March 22nd.

    True to the conference’s theme, Absegami students were “Leaders in Action,” and were ranked among the state’s
    best not only in competitive events, but also in community service. Seven Absegami students now advance to the
    FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas from June 29th – July2nd.
    Laura Mayfield, a freshman, won 1 st place in the Introduction to FBLA event, a 60-minute objective test on the
    FBLA organization, bylaws, competitive event guidelines, creed and national goals.
    The team of Kishan Patel, a junior, and Yash Patel, a senior, earned 2 nd place for their 2-part entry: a prejudged
    project and state presentation in Computer Game and Simulation Programming. They created a game to test
    members’ knowledge of FBLA, writing their code “from scratch” to create an interactive game that entertained
    and educated players. Madison Burns, a junior, placed 3 rd in the state for her 2-part entry: a prejudged project and

    state presentation in Digital Video Production. She developed a video around the assigned topic of

    Giving Tuesday and was recognized for her ability to create an effective video to present an idea to a specific audience.
    The team of Emanuele Gioia, a junior, Aarsh Patel, a senior and Akshay Sheth, a senior, achieved the 4 th place
    award for Banking and Financial Systems, a 2-part competitive event which included a collaborative objective test
    and an on-the-spot role play which presented them with a scenario encountered in the financial business
    community.

    Business education teacher and Absegami HS FBLA adviser, Dawn Kosko, was also recognized on stage at the
    conference for her 5 years of service to the organization. The chapter as a whole was featured in outgoing
    community service vice president Kevin Kennedy’s farewell for it’s contribution to the statewide community
    service initiative, Penny Wars on Prematurity, through which the Absegami FBLA chapter raised over $1,200 for
    the March of Dimes.

    The statewide conference included an opening session with state officer candidate speeches, a motivational
    speaker, over 40 onsite competitive events, a new “Shark Tank” event, and “tracks programs” that gave students
    the opportunity to learn about a business field of interest through a series of workshops that included college
    panels, practitioners panels and leadership training in entrepreneurship, marketing, finance and supply chain.
    The Absegami High School FBLA chapter, a relatively new chapter in its 5 th year of reactivation, is working toward
    building community business partnerships and holding events to raise money for students to compete on the
    national level. To become a sponsor, professional member, or to make a donation, please contact FBLA Adviser,
    Dawn Kosko, at dkosko@gehrhsd.net.

     

    ABSEGAMI BAND VISITS GALLOWAY SCHOOLS FOR MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH

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    Last week, members of the Absegami High School Band visited schools in Galloway
    Township to celebrate “Music In Our Schools Month”. Led by Absegami band director
    Patrick O’Keefe, the band greeted students at Arthur Rann Elementary, Reeds Road
    School, Roland Rogers School, Smithville Elementary and Galloway Township Middle
    School as they arrived for their day with upbeat pep songs that made the students want
    to even start an impromptu dance party at Roland Rogers. The band students paraded
    through the hallways at the end of arrival time.
    “We got a wonderful welcome this morning from both the students and teachers,” said
    O’Keefe. “We don’t often get the opportunity to work with the sending schools, so this
    was the perfect time to do it. While it was fun for our Absegami students to revisit their
    old schools, it was a great chance for the elementary and middle school kids to see
    what they could be a part of in the future. Seeing everyone dance, laugh and sing along
    to start the morning was the perfect celebration of music in our schools.”
    Absegami High School performing arts department supervisor and assistant principal
    Leslie Madison agreed. “It is so important for for our younger students in Galloway
    schools to see that joining the music program while they are in elementary school has a
    positive impact on their future. Educational studies agree that students who are
    exposed to the arts and who participate in the arts at young ages become better
    students academically and better citizens in the future. Absegami High School’s
    Performing Arts are a proud part of this community, and it’s nice to share what we do
    with the other schools and the community as a whole.”

     

     

    ABSEGAMI DRAMA PREVIEWS MUSICAL PRODUCTION AT GREATER EGG HARBOR BOARD MEETING

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    At the board of education meeting of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District on Monday, March 11th, the Absegami Emanon Players debuted a preview of their upcoming production of their musical production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Singing “Heaven On Their Minds” and “What’s the Buzz?”, the cast of 35 students was lead by soloists Grace Vu, who is playing Judas Iscariot, Coby Alavez, who is playing Jesus Christ and Sydney Mullin, who is appearing as Mary Magdalene. Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of the last week of the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. The musical goes up on the Absegami stage on Friday, April 12th and Saturday, April 13th at 6:30 PM and on Sunday, April 14th at 3:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased online at ahs.booktix.com.

     

    ABSEGAMI ROBOTICS CLUB TAKES FIRST PLACE AT ROWAN UNIVERSITY

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    This past Saturday the Absegami Robotics Club participated in the SeaPerch competition at

    Rowan University. The competition, sponsored by the Navy, has students building a tethered

    underwater rover. The students, Adib Osmany, A.J. Vandergrift, Ryan Wishart and Skylar

    Rhodes were asked to build a robot that could complete an underwater obstacle course as well

    as a mock rescue of a damaged robot. They submitted a report on their build and defended their

    modifications in a symposium. Our team took first place in the pool events and second place

    overall. They look forward to competing again next year and have a strong chance of moving

    on to nationals.

     

    ABSEGAMI GIRLS WIN FIRST PLACE AT COLLEGIATE COMPUTER SCIENCE COMPETITION

     

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    On February 8th and 9th, Absegami students Sydney Mullin, Emory Hsieh and Michelle

    Sanchez traveled to the University of Pennsylvania to win first place in FemmeHacks, a

    collegiate female computer science competition. The competition was the first of its

    kind when it first started and featured presentations and networking with women

    programmers and executives in computer science fields.

     

    ABSEGAMI READ PROGRAM HOLDS POETRY SLAM

    Poetry Slam

    On February 28th, the Absegami READ program held a student-organized Poetry Slam

    event which featured 47 separate students who presented works from poets as varied

    as Robert Frost, Pablo Neruda, William Shakespeare, Lord Byron, Maya Angelou, e.e.

    cummings, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes and Shel Silverstein to Dr. Seuss,

    Kendrick Lamar, Queen and Blink 182. Some students even presented original poetry

    which they had written themselves.

    “This is the first time we’ve held an event like this,” said Absegami English teacher and

    READ program sponsor Jaime Howey. “I am so proud of all of the students who read

    today. And the audience was so receptive to all of it. We hope to make this a regular

    event for the future.”

    Student presenters included Jayla McNamara, Haleigh Schafer, David Wilborn, Radhika

    Pandaya, Ryna Malone, Alex Rupsee, Pratham Millu, Lilynn Custodio, Dharamraj

    Jadav, Sydney Mullin, Hariom Brahmbahatt, Chloe Cramutola, Matthew Vibora, Moise

    Dembele, Yasmin Mourad, Adwoa Mensah, Maria Lorge, Dhara Patel, Priya Parikh,

    Hari Patel, Jack Foley, Niko Zelinka, Jada Patrick, Ritika Patel, Frances Deibert, Jana

    Baligod, Jasmin Vu, Andrea Brandt, Lauren Crowley, Laiba Khan, Mia Moran, Derek

    Michael, Victoria Axelsson, Rebecca Silipena, Kevin Ritz, Ask’Ary Moore, Long Bach,

    Zuhal Aqul, Lia Opperman, Mana Dasondi, Tulsi Shah, Camaad Jones, Gianna

    Pezzotti, Josh Robles, Cassandra Destefano, Maya DeStefani and Hayley Reahm.

     

     

    ABSEGAMI FORENSICS PLACES TWO FOR STATE TITLES

    Drama

    The Absegami High School Forensics Team traveled to compete in the New Jersey

    Drama Forensics League State Championship this past Saturday at Raritan High

    School in Hazlet, New Jersey. Absegami had 11 separate entries in the state

    championships and two place for the state championship. Bryan Wright took third place

    in the state of New Jersey for dramatic monologue and Claire Dell-Priscoli took fourth

    place for After Dinner Speaking. In addition, Absegami won six separate awards for two

    wild card categories. In TV/Film Monologue, Sunrose Rousnee took third place overall,

    Lauren Walden took 4th place overall and Andrew Ngo took fifth place overall. In

    Improvisational Monologue, Andrew Ngo took first place, with Jon Martinez finishing in

    second and Sunrose Rousnee finishing in fourth place.

     

    Financial Advisor Speaks to Absegami FBLA Students About Career Opportunities

     

    Joseph Karlsen, Financial Advisor and Managing Director of Compass Financial, an Ameriprise Financial franchise, spoke with Absegami HS Future Business Leader of America (FBLA) students about his 24 year career path and how it took some unexpected turns during a recent meeting. From his early days “cold calling” customers, he drew from the experience of having to “make a sale” into building successful relationships with customers. He explained how he entered the banking industry and partnered with the staff at local branches to start to get to know potential clients and determine their needs rather than focus solely on making a sale. He went on to explain how compensation worked for an employee paid on commission in contrast to one who was paid a salary.

    FBLA students asked questions such as “what motivated you to leave your previous job and start your own business?” Mr. Karlsen responded with the benefits of “being your own boss” but added that starting your own business was not without risks. At the conclusion of the presentation and discussion, Mr. Karlsen fielded questions from FBLA members with individual questions, congratulated all of them on being part of a great business organization that will help them get started with their college and career planning, and encouraged them to pursue their interests as future career opportunities. For more information on the investment services available through Compass Financial, please visit their website at https://www.ameripriseadvisors.com/team/compass-financial.

     

    Absegami High School FBLA Celebrates FBLA-PBL Week 2/20

     

    Absegami High School’s Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) celebrated National FBLA-PBL Week from February 3rd through February 9th with a variety of activities planned for each day. The week began on Sunday, February 3rd with FBLA members “sharing their story” on social media. Adviser Dawn Kosko shared her FBLA story dating back to her high school days when she placed 5th in the NJ State “typing” competitive event (using an old IBM Selectric typewriter.) Each morning during the school week on Gami TV, the school community was reminded of the day’s events, including a “kick off” day on Monday where students continued to share the benefits of FBLA membership, Tuesday when FBLA members gave out “Be a Star-Join FBLA Starburst Stars” to non-members to promote the organization, Wednesday which was “adviser appreciation day” and “professional business attire day” when members “dressed to impress,” Thursday when FBLA members received “How to Do Your Banking” booklets courtesy of First National Bank of Absecon to celebrate “financial literacy and career awareness day,” Friday when members celebrated their FBLA spirit by wearing FBLA polo shirts and t-shirts, and Saturday when planning started for an upcoming chapter community service
    event “ChemoBags.” Also, FBLA members’ lockers were decorated with posters thanking them for all they do to make FBLA a success.


    As a follow up to the week, FBLA raised $200 during a recent teacher denim day to participate in the ChemoBags service challenge where the members will purchase items and make up “goody bags” to donate to children undergoing chemotherapy. Additional events planned for Career and Technical Education (CTE) month in February include a presentation for business classes on the subconscious language of body and dress by the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and a professional member guest speaker, Michael DeCicco of Chico and Sons Subs and Pizza, during the February FBLA meeting on starting and running a small business successfully.

     

    ABSEGAMI FORENSICS COMPETES AT EASTERN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL

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    The Absegami High School Forensics Team traveled to compete in the Eastern
    Regional High School Forensics Competition in Voorhees, New Jersey this past
    Saturday. Winning individual awards were Simone Graziano, who finished in 6th Place
    in Comedy Monologue, Connor Morrissey, who took 3rd Place in After Dinner Speaking,
    Bryan Wright who won 2nd Place in Drama Monologue, Courtney Jones, who took 1st
    Place in Humorous Oral Interp. and 4th Place in Drama Pairs with Andrea Brandt and
    Connor Morrissey & Coby Alavez, who took first place in Drama Pairs.

     

     

    Absegami FBLA and Interact Students Participate in 15th Annual MLK Day of Service

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    Over 50 students from Absegami High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Interact Club participated in the 15th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at Stockton University’s Galloway campus on Monday. After the opening session, students selected service projects and decided on the Circle K activities which included crafting bracelets and preparing care packages for Army veterans; designing pillows for childhood cancer patients; creating baby blankets; and making pet toys for dogs and cats. Akshay Sheth, President of the Absegami HS Chapter of FBLA, has been participating in the Martin Luther King Day of Service for the past four years. Sheth said it is important to spread Dr. King’s message through acts of service on a daily basis. “It is important to not only volunteer on this one day out of the year, but also make volunteering a regular part of our daily lives,” he said. Sheth enjoys participating because it “helps strengthen our community and assists others in need,” he said. The MLK Day of Service is held annually at Stockton University and at thousands of other locations throughout the country. Stockton’s event is coordinated by the Office of Service Learning.

     

    Interact Clothing Drive 

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    Absegami High School’s Interact Club collected 764 pieces of clothing to benefit the Atlantic City Salvation Army from

    January 9th to 11th.Students, teachers, and staff came together to support the drive. The homeroom of Mr. Charles Breitzman

    won a free bagel party for contributing 302 items to the cause. Captain Frank Picciotto, Commanding Officer of the Salvation Army, presented a

    certificate of gratitude to Interact President Ryan La before Interactors and their adviser, Mr. Friend, helped load the bounty into

    Mr. Picciotto’s van.The donations will be distributed for various purposes. Some of the clothing will go to Salvation Army’s thrift shop,

    which raises funds required for the organization to facilitate such as its soup kitchen, assistance for the homeless,

    and overnight camps. Other pieces of clothings will go directly to those in need.The Salvation Army collaborates

    with diverse agencies, churches, and programs to assist in restoring lives with passion and efficiency.

    The Salvation Army’s ultimate goal aligns with Interact Club’s—to improve the community in every aspect.

    For more information about the Salvation Army, visit http://newjersey.salvationarmy.org/atlanticcity .

     

    FORENSICS SEASON BEGINS WITH THREE INDIVIDUAL WINNERS

    The Absegami High School Forensics Team traveled to Northern Burlington Regional
    High School this past Saturday to compete in NBC’s annual forensics competition. The
    team was lead by Absegami senior Claire Dell-Priscoli, who won first place in After
    Dinner Speaking. Also winning awards were junior Bryan Wright, who won 3rd place in
    Comedy Monologue and Billy & Mara Justine Platt, who took 2nd place in Musical
    Scene. The team next travels to Kingsway Regional High School in Woolwich
    Township on Saturday, January 26th.

    Absegami High School Forensics

     

    Absegami High School Students Excel in FBLA Regional Competition, Advance to States

     

    Eleven Absegami High School students, all members of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), will be advancing to the NJ FBLA State Leadership Conference (SLC) March 20th-22nd at Harrah’s Waterfront Convention Center, Atlantic City, after standout performances in December 4th’s NJ FBLA online competition.

    In the Southern NJ Region individual competitive events, Mateo Benitez, 15, placed 2nd in Introduction to Financial Math; Daniel Ly, 18, placed 3rd in Political Science; Hariom Brahmbhatt, 16, placed 4th in Healthcare Administration; and William Sproule, 15, placed 4th in Introduction to Technology. In the Cybersecurity event, Matthew Bigio, 17, placed 2nd and Hadia Muhammedsani, 15, placed 5th; and in the Introduction to FBLA event, Ryan Rodweller, 14, placed 3rd and Laura Mayfield, 14, placed 7th. The team of Emanuele Gioia, 16, Aarsh Patel, 18, and Akshay Sheth, 18, placed 4th in the state to qualify for the next “role play” round of competition at the SLC.

    Through its national awards program, FBLA recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Top state winners are then eligible to compete for national awards at the National Leadership Conference each summer. In only its fifth year, the Absegami Chapter of FBLA has 86 active members, has had 20 previous competitive events regional winners, and has had 3 state winners go on to national competition. The organization’s adviser is business education teacher Dawn Kosko.

      

    Absegami High School FBLA Raises Over $1,200 for March of Dimes

     

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    Absegami High School’s Chapter of Future Business Leaders of

    America (FBLA) raised over $1,200 for the March of Dimes through their “Penny War on Prematurity”

    and by selling purple “World Prematurity Day T-Shirts” to raise awareness of preterm birth and the

    concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide.

    During the week of November 12th– 16th, FBLA ran a “penny war” between the classes to raise funds

    for the cause. Members of the senior, junior, sophomore and freshman classes brought in their spare

    change to the FBLA booth set up in the main cafeteria in competition for pep rally points. It was a very

    close race, but ultimately the seniors won the “war” by donating over $500, and received 1st

    place “pep rally points” toward their total during the November 21st pep rally.

     

    Additionally, FBLA members, along with Absegami staff members and students “lit it up purple” on

    Friday, November 16th in honor of World Prematurity Day (observed November 17th each year).

    Proceeds of $100 in World Prematurity Day t-shirt sales were added to the money raised during the

    penny war, and the March of Dimes was presented with a check for $1,243.08.

    About FBLA-PBL, Inc. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student

    business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and

    advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide.

    FBLA-PBL’s mission is to inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business

    leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. The

    association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more

    information, visit fbla-pbl.org.

     

    ABSEGAMI HOLDS FIRST EVER BRAVE DAY

     

    On any normal school day before a holiday, students (and teachers for that matter) are

    anxious to get through the day and start their holiday. But at Absegami High School on

    the day before Thanksgiving this year, students had plenty of opportunities to get out of

    the “normal” classroom and learn about a variety of topics presented by teachers,

    students and volunteer community members who came into the school to share their

    expertise.

    Students had the opportunity to choose such varied topics as figure drawing in art, auto

    repair, basic sewing, yoga, proper check writing and basic financial planning. Absegami

    drama club set designer Peter Avagliano hosted a demonstration with The Seeing Eye,

    community members who train seeing eye dogs. Social studies teachers Mark

    Glickstein and Dan O’Brien hosted a seminar on sleep and consciousness. Absegami

    math teacher and volunteer fireman Steve Sear hosted a demonstration on how to use

    a fire extinguisher on a real (but controlled) fire. Students were offered opportunities to

    explore how to be a magician, camping, how to do laundry, cupcake decoration and the

    basics on how to keep a saltwater aquarium. Absegami math teacher hosted a seminar

    on how to get into medical school with Dr. Ryan Channick. Absegami English teacher

    Chuck Breitzman offered a seminar on how to prepare for the SATs.

    “This was an awesome way to spend a day,” said Absegami senior Chloe Verderber. “It

    was really fun to break out of our normal schedule and explore other activities. I know a

    lot of us had trouble deciding which seminars to attend because we could only choose

    two.”

    Spearheaded by Absegami English Department Supervisor Kass Schurtz, the day of

    “alternative programming” was eagerly embraced by both the staff and students alike.

    “To be honest, we didn’t know what to expect of the day. But we were more than

    pleasantly surprised by how enthusiastic everyone was to participate.”

    One of the school’s goals this year is to reach out to the greater community for larger

    and more varied experiences as part of it’s “One Good Adult” campaign. “It was

    wonderful to see so many community members who volunteered their time on the last

    day before Thanksgiving come into the school and interact with our students,” said

    Absegami Principal Dr. Jeri-Lynn Vernon. “And, it was equally gratifying to see how

     

    enthusiastic and well-behaved our students were in participating in these workshops.”

    For more information about BRAVE Day and about the One Good Adult campaign,

    contact Absegami High School at (609) 652-1372. ABSEGAMI HOLDS FIRST EVER BRAVE DAY

     

    On any normal school day before a holiday, students (and teachers for that matter) are

    anxious to get through the day and start their holiday. But at Absegami High School on

    the day before Thanksgiving this year, students had plenty of opportunities to get out of

    the “normal” classroom and learn about a variety of topics presented by teachers,

    students and volunteer community members who came into the school to share their

    expertise.

    Students had the opportunity to choose such varied topics as figure drawing in art, auto

    repair, basic sewing, yoga, proper check writing and basic financial planning. Absegami

    drama club set designer Peter Avagliano hosted a demonstration with The Seeing Eye,

    community members who train seeing eye dogs. Social studies teachers Mark

    Glickstein and Dan O’Brien hosted a seminar on sleep and consciousness. Absegami

    math teacher and volunteer fireman Steve Sear hosted a demonstration on how to use

    a fire extinguisher on a real (but controlled) fire. Students were offered opportunities to

    explore how to be a magician, camping, how to do laundry, cupcake decoration and the

    basics on how to keep a saltwater aquarium. Absegami math teacher hosted a seminar

    on how to get into medical school with Dr. Ryan Channick. Absegami English teacher

    Chuck Breitzman offered a seminar on how to prepare for the SATs.

    “This was an awesome way to spend a day,” said Absegami senior Chloe Verderber. “It

    was really fun to break out of our normal schedule and explore other activities. I know a

    lot of us had trouble deciding which seminars to attend because we could only choose

    two.”

    Spearheaded by Absegami English Department Supervisor Kass Schurtz, the day of

    “alternative programming” was eagerly embraced by both the staff and students alike.

    “To be honest, we didn’t know what to expect of the day. But we were more than

    pleasantly surprised by how enthusiastic everyone was to participate.”

    One of the school’s goals this year is to reach out to the greater community for larger

    and more varied experiences as part of it’s “One Good Adult” campaign. “It was

    wonderful to see so many community members who volunteered their time on the last

    day before Thanksgiving come into the school and interact with our students,” said

    Absegami Principal Dr. Jeri-Lynn Vernon. “And, it was equally gratifying to see how

     

    enthusiastic and well-behaved our students were in participating in these workshops.”

    For more information about BRAVE Day and about the One Good Adult campaign,

    contact Absegami High School at (609) 652-1372. ABSEGAMI HOLDS FIRST EVER BRAVE DAY

     

    On any normal school day before a holiday, students (and teachers for that matter) are

    anxious to get through the day and start their holiday. But at Absegami High School on

    the day before Thanksgiving this year, students had plenty of opportunities to get out of

    the “normal” classroom and learn about a variety of topics presented by teachers,

    students and volunteer community members who came into the school to share their

    expertise.

    Students had the opportunity to choose such varied topics as figure drawing in art, auto

    repair, basic sewing, yoga, proper check writing and basic financial planning. Absegami

    drama club set designer Peter Avagliano hosted a demonstration with The Seeing Eye,

    community members who train seeing eye dogs. Social studies teachers Mark

    Glickstein and Dan O’Brien hosted a seminar on sleep and consciousness. Absegami

    math teacher and volunteer fireman Steve Sear hosted a demonstration on how to use

    a fire extinguisher on a real (but controlled) fire. Students were offered opportunities to

    explore how to be a magician, camping, how to do laundry, cupcake decoration and the

    basics on how to keep a saltwater aquarium. Absegami math teacher hosted a seminar

    on how to get into medical school with Dr. Ryan Channick. Absegami English teacher

    Chuck Breitzman offered a seminar on how to prepare for the SATs.

    “This was an awesome way to spend a day,” said Absegami senior Chloe Verderber. “It

    was really fun to break out of our normal schedule and explore other activities. I know a

    lot of us had trouble deciding which seminars to attend because we could only choose

    two.”

    Spearheaded by Absegami English Department Supervisor Kass Schurtz, the day of

    “alternative programming” was eagerly embraced by both the staff and students alike.

    “To be honest, we didn’t know what to expect of the day. But we were more than

    pleasantly surprised by how enthusiastic everyone was to participate.”

    One of the school’s goals this year is to reach out to the greater community for larger

    and more varied experiences as part of it’s “One Good Adult” campaign. “It was

    wonderful to see so many community members who volunteered their time on the last

    day before Thanksgiving come into the school and interact with our students,” said

    Absegami Principal Dr. Jeri-Lynn Vernon. “And, it was equally gratifying to see how

     

    enthusiastic and well-behaved our students were in participating in these workshops.”

    For more information about BRAVE Day and about the One Good Adult campaign,

    contact Absegami High School at (609) 652-1372.

     

     

     

    ABSEGAMI FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS HOLD INDUCTION CEREMONY

     

    The Absegami High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) held it’s new

    member induction and new officer installation ceremony on Wednesday, November 7th

    at Absegami High School. Hosted by school advisor and Absegami business teacher

    Dawn Kosko, seventy-nine new students were inducted into the organization, and the

    organization’s new officers were sworn in to their new leadership positions. Those

    officers include president Akshay Sheth, Vice President Yash Patel, Secretary Sameer

    Khan, Treasurer Emanuele Gioia, Reporter Ronald Canila, Historian David Ahn and

    Parliamentarian Daniel Ly.

    The mission of FBLA is to bring business and education together in a positive working

    relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.​ The

    students in FBLA are active in the school and community on a number of different

    events and charitable causes, and compete against other high school students in FBLA

    sanctioned events throughout the year. ABSEGAMI FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS HOLD INDUCTION CEREMONY

    The Absegami High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) held it’s new

    member induction and new officer installation ceremony on Wednesday, November 7th

    at Absegami High School. Hosted by school advisor and Absegami business teacher

    Dawn Kosko, seventy-nine new students were inducted into the organization, and the

    organization’s new officers were sworn in to their new leadership positions. Those

    officers include president Akshay Sheth, Vice President Yash Patel, Secretary Sameer

    Khan, Treasurer Emanuele Gioia, Reporter Ronald Canila, Historian David Ahn and

    Parliamentarian Daniel Ly.

    The mission of FBLA is to bring business and education together in a positive working

    relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.​ The

    students in FBLA are active in the school and community on a number of different

    events and charitable causes, and compete against other high school students in FBLA

    sanctioned events throughout the year.

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    LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS ON THE ABSEGAMI STAGE

     

    Drama

    Absegami students Sydney Mullin and Connor Morrissey staras Audrey and Seymour

    in the Absegami Emanon Players production of Little Shop of Horrors.

     

    The Emanon Players of Absegami High School will be presenting the musical comedy
    Little Shop of Horrors on Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd at 6:30
    PM and on Saturday, November 3rd at 2:00 PM. Originally based on the B-Movie
    horror film of the 1960s, Little Shop of Horrors is a deviously delicious Broadway and
    Hollywood sci-fi smash musical which has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over
    30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty And
    The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the
    most popular shows in the world.
    The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he
    names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore
    promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps
    feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world
    origins and intent towards global domination!
    Leading the cast as Seymour Krelborn is Absegami sophomore Connor Morrissey, with
    the role of Audrey being played by Absegami junior Sydney Mullin. Absegami seniors
    Billy Platt and Coby Alavez star as flower shop owner Mr. Mushnik and Audrey’s
    demented dentist boyfriend Orin Scrivello respectively. Playing the street urchins/Greek
    Chorus of the piece are Mara Justine Platt, Grace Vu, Emily Deibert, Chloe Verderber
    and Andrea Brandt. And starring as the plant is the combination of Absegami seniors
    Stephen Barnard, who voices Audrey II and Johnny Keen, who is the puppet master of
    the plant.
    Rounding out the cast of the production is Connor Cella, Mariela Cholula-Lopez, Sophie
    Cohen, Donovan Cruz, Michelle Delemarre, Claire Dell-Priscoli, Samantha Garofolo,
    Zoe Greblunas, Courtney Jones, April Kachnic, Aaliyah McKethan, John Morrison,
    Abigail Murphy, Andrew Ngo, Isabella Nieves, Lia Opperman, Sunrose Rousnee and
    Bryan Wright.
    The production is under the direction of Absegami Drama teacher Chip Garrison. “We
    thought Little Shop of Horrors would be a great show to do around Halloween,” said
    Garrison. “It’s a fun show and the kids love the music. I’m very proud of how hard the

    students in the cast have worked on this production.”
    Tickets for the production are available online at ahs.booktix.com and can also be
    purchased at the door of Absegami High School in Galloway Township. For more
    information, contact Chip Garrison at cgarrison@gehrhsd.net.

     

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    ABSEGAMI FACULTY DONATES DAY FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

     

    On October 10th, after taking the PSAT tests, students at Absegami High School got to go home early for the day so the faculty and staff could do a day of community service in the greater Galloway Township community. Spearheaded by the school administration, faculty members engaged in projects throughout the township. For example, teachers in the English department cleaned up trash along Wrangleboro Road
    and donated collected toiletries to the Beacon Church. Social studies teachers and science teachers helped to clean up the Edward B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and participated in a workshop with the Galloway Township Police Department.

    The Health & Wellness staff held workshops on opioid awareness and the Guidance department helped clean up the area around Patriot Lake. The Math department worked with seniors at Seashore Gardens and the special education department worked at the South Jersey Field of Dreams and helped seniors at the Health Center of
    Galloway Township. And the music department held workshops at Galloway Township Middle School and Arthur Rann Elementary School while the World Language department worked at the New Day Family Success Center and the school administration bought pizza for the police department. All in all, it was a wonderful day for the teachers of Absegami High School and for the community.

     

    Staff

     

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    Twenty one Interactors from Absegami High School took part in

    the 10th annual Project Green held in Atlantic City, NJ,on Saturday, October 20th


    At the event, which ran from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and covered the area from S. New Jersey Ave. to Metropolitan Ave., the members of Absegami Interact Club joined Interactors from Arthur P. Schalick High School, Our Lady of Mercy Academy and Saint Augustine Preparatory School to fill over 200 large trash bags with debris that was trapped in the dunes and beneath the boardwalk.  Absegami’s Interact Club President Ryan La was amongst the students that helped clean the trash that day.


    “It was a very windy morning, but a fun one,” he said. “We helped clean an immense amount of trash left on the beach and under the boardwalk, which made me feel accomplished.”


    The event was organized by Rotary District 7505 Youth Services Director Melanie Druziako, and Atlantic City Rotary Club provided 80 submarine sandwiches for the work crew to enjoy at the conclusion of the event.
    For more information about Rotary District 7505, visit www.district7505.org.

    clean 1   clean 2   clean 3

     

     

     

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    MAYOR COPPOLA MEETS STUDENT LEADERS AT ABSEGAMI HIGH SCHOOL TO KICK

    OFF ONE GOOD ADULT PROGRAM

    On Thursday, September 13th, Galloway Township Mayor Tony Coppola met with Absegami
    High School student leaders from the Absegami Student Council Executive Officers to discuss
    leadership and the roles for leaders in the township as part of Absegami’s One Good Adult
    program.
    Inspired by Frank DeAngelis, retired principal of Columbine High School, the One Good Adult
    Campaign seeks to recognize adults in the community who can have an impact on the lives of
    students in high school and to connect those adults with the students in the high school.
    “Frank DeAngelis recently spoke in New Jersey about the value of one good adult in the life of
    a teenager,” said Absegami principal Dr. Jeri-Lynn Vernon. “It is his firm belief that if students
    feel less isolated and more connected to adults who care about their welfare, they may be
    more likely to enjoy positive outcomes in life. We are anxious to expose students to
    opportunities, career paths, jobs etc. that they may never have heard of in the past. We want
    students to hear real life stories from individuals, stories which will spark an interest, develop
    an understanding of character building or develop a sense of community in our students.”
    Mayor Coppola discussed how leadership is a learned skill and also discussed at length the
    pitfalls along the way of being a business owner and his road to becoming the mayor of
    Galloway Township.
    For more information about Absegami High School’s “One Good Adult” Program, contact
    Absegami High School at (609) 652-1372.

    Mayor

     

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    ABSEGAMI HOLDS FIRST PEP RALLY TO CELEBRATE FALL ACTIVITIES


    With the marching band playing and the cheerleaders cheering in front of the 1,100 or so
    students who attended in black shirts for a “black out,” Absegami High School held its first pep
    rally of the fall to celebrate the new school year on Friday, September 14th.
    The pep rally was organized by the Absegami Tribe, the school’s spirit organization, and the
    Student Council. Hosted by Absegami English teachers Ben Wilson and Jeremy Harp, the pep
    rally introduced the school to all of the fall sports and featured performances by the marching
    band, the cheerleaders and the dance team. Other highlights included a game of contests
    between the Absegami Brave mascot and the Cedar Creek pirate and the always entertaining
    tug of wars between the classes.
    “Absegami’s spirit is second to none,” said Absegami teacher and Tribe co-advisor Shawn
    Scannell. “It is so gratifying to see our students come together to celebrate the school as a
    whole. They cheer for the sports, they cheer for the band and dance team. They even cheered
    for the teachers entering together through a spirit banner. Absegami High School is a special
    place and we just want to celebrate it.”

     

    Hale      Cheer

     

     

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    ABSEGAMI STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN AMERICAN LEGION BOYS & GIRLS

    STATE PROGRAM

    This past summer, four Absegami boys and four Absegami girls participated in the
    American Legion’s annual Boys State and Girls State program. The boys, Absegami
    students Spencer O’Brien, Fernando Rosario, William Wheatley and Rudy Kreutzer
    attended the program at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Approximately
    400 rising seniors are chosen based on teachers’ recommendations and an interview
    with the local American Legion post.
    The girls, Absegami students Sofia Graziano, Sima Popowski, Sanae’ Clapp and
    Rebecca Teka were chosen by the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion and
    attended the Girls State Program at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New
    Jersey. The students are all advised by Absegami social studies teacher William
    Amend.
    American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational
    programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. A participatory
    program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state
    government. Participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised
    citizens with activities including legislative sessions, court proceedings,
    law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational
    programs.

    Boys State

     

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    ABSEGAMI SPORTS TEAMS MODEL PHILADELPHIA EAGLES COACH DOUG PEDERSON; GIVES ICE CREAM TO THE STUDENT BODY

    A recent compilation video of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was
    released by the team that showed that Pederson would frequently end his team
    meetings by giving the team ice cream. Many members of the team looked forward to
    those little rewards on their way to a Super Bowl Championship this past year.
    Fast forward to Absegami High School. On Friday, February 23rd, the Absegami
    School Store, Snack Shack, media department and winter sports teams combined to
    repeat that practice. Spearheaded by Absegami supervisors Steve Fortis, Joe Sabath
    and Kathleen Schurtz, students watched a 25 minute video salute to the winter sports
    and activities in the building which included the Doug Pederson video. The winter
    sports athletes delivered ice cream sandwiches to all of the students in the building,
    going from classroom to classroom to deliver a tasty treat to a grateful student body.
    “In light of the tragic Florida shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High
    School, we thought it imperative that we provide some relief to students who clearly
    may feel heightened distress in school,” said principal Jeri-Lynn Vernon. “As the winter
    sports season is coming to a close, it seemed like a good time to promote school spirit
    and lighten the mood. You would be hard pressed to find people who don’t like ice
    cream.”
    The student body of Absegami would heartily agree!