Category: High School

Allentown High School Class of 2021 Senior Car Parade

June 18, 2021

ALLENTOWN-UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Allentown High School Senior Car Parade, a tradition that was restarted last year due to COVID-19 was held tonight though the streets of Allentown and Upper Freehold Township. The parade started at 6:00 p.m. and featured the Class of 2021. It was reported the tradition was held prior to 1980 and faded away and restarted last year due to the pandemic. The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and members/fire police from the Hope Fire Company of Allentown assisted with the parade.

Video and photo gallery from the 2021 Senior Car Parade:




Allentown High School 2020 Senior Parade Click Here


Stone Bridge Middle School Student Sets Up “Missing Man Table” For Memorial Day

May 27, 2021

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP-ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–At the entrance of Stone Bridge Middle School, student Dylan Lacroix, a Cadet Airman 1st Class in the Civil Air Patrol, has set up a “Missing Man Table.” He brought up the idea to Mrs. Folino and Mr. Myslinski.

The missing man table is traditionally part of military dining ceremonies and may also be performed for Veterans Day and Memorial Day services. The table has many different items to symbolize the missing soldiers.

The sign in front of the table reads:

“The table that stands before you is a place of honor. In setting this table, we acknowledge those missing from our celebration tonight. And, we remember them.”

* The table is small, and set for one — symbolizing the vulnerability of a lone prisoner against his captors.

* The tablecloth is white — symbolizing purity of intention in responding to the nation’s call to arms.

* The chair is empty, for they are not here.

* The wine glass is inverted — they cannot toast with us this night.

* The slices of lemon — reminding us of their bitter suffering.

* The grains of salt — representing the countless tears of the families.

* The single red rose — reminding us of loved ones who keep the faith awaiting their return.

* The burning candle and yellow ribbon — symbolizing everlasting hope of a reunion with the missing.


Robbinsville High School Reminds You to Drive Safely

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Students from the Robbinsville High School Class of 2021 are participating in the 11th Annual “U Got Brains Champion Schools Program,” sponsored by the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey.  Students participating in this annual program have been tasked with creating a peer-drive campaign that demonstrates safe driving.

This year Robbinsville High School has directed their campaign’s focus on the dangers of distracted driving.  Through their research, students learned that cell phone and texting laws are only effective when paired with high-visibility enforcement efforts, such as the use of electronic signs.  As a result, the students created a campaign focused on implementing these high-visibility enforcement efforts.   

The first implementation was aided by the Robbinsville Police Department who displayed the slogan “If you’re texting, who’s driving” on several electronic signs throughout the township.  This slogan was the winning submission of a schoolwide competition that kicked off this year’s campaign. 

In conjunction with April being National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, students created videos to increase the visibility of their campaign messaging.  The first video was a student-created public service announcement reminding their peers to “Just Drive,” which also served as an entry into the New Jersey Manufacturers “Just Drive” competition.  An additional 18 short videos stating a statistic about distracted driving and including the campaign slogan were made and aired during the daily announcements at the high school. 

In an effort to expand our viewing audience beyond the high school and Robbinsville community, the students teamed up with The TV Truck to transport their big messages of safe driving to a big screen shown throughout the region and across state lines.   The truck will be traveled around Mercer and Bucks counties on April 19th, stopping at RHS to show a series of short videos about driving and ride-share safety.

Later that evening, there was a parent-student virtual presentation called Share The Keys, presented by NJM Insurance Group.  Students wanted to be sure that parents were included in their campaign as parental involvement aids in reducing teen driving crashes.

The students would like to thank Brain Injury Alliance for allowing them to participate in this year’s competition, as well as The TV Truck, Robbinsville C.A.R.E. Coalition,  Just Between Friends Mercer County, and the #WHATSMYNAME Foundation for their generous donations and support in helping to implement high-visibility enforcement efforts aimed at reducing distracted driving. The #WHATSMYNAME Foundation was started by the Robbinsville Josephson family, whose daughter Samantha, a former RHS graduate, was brutally murdered when she was targeted by a person posing as a rideshare driver in 2019. Her parents’ mission is to educate everyone on rideshare safety.

At the conclusion of the U Got Brains program, three winning schools will be selected by a panel of judges to receive a grand-prize of $10,000 cash donated to their school by Founding Sponsor, NJM Insurance Group. The program is fortunate to have a group of community safety leaders who have chosen to support these efforts through sponsorship, including New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, State Farm Insurance, National Road Safety Foundation, Allstate, Volvo, Nikhil Badlani Foundation, State Farm Insurance, Teen Safe Driving Coalition, New Jersey Education Association, and AAA.


Robbinsville HS, Class Of 2021, “Fence Of Hope” Project

April 23, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Parents of Robbinsville High School seniors have taken up the challenge to provide memorable experiences for the graduating Class of 2021. Throughout the year in this small, close-knit Mercer county town, parents created memory-making moments for the approximately 250 seniors finishing out their high school careers in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. On Monday, April 19, a group of parents along with the help of the senior class installed the words “CLASS OF 2021” on the chain-link fence at the high school tennis court called the Fence of Hope. Also, they provided hundreds of school colored ribbons for the students to write notes on and tie to the fence to complete the project as a physical reminder to the graduating class that memories are made in many different ways. 

Stone Bridge Middle School, True North Robotics Team

April 19, 2021

ALLENTOWN, UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–This year a competitive Lego robotics team was established at Stone Bridge Middle School. Melissa Domen, the business leader of the Allentown high school robotics team, is the founder of the middle school team.

The name of the middle school team, True North Robotics, unites Stone Bridge Middle School’s motto of “Finding your True North” with the students’ passion for robotics. With the guidance of high school students on Redbird Robotics, 14 middle school students have learned programming, building, and teamwork skills, while having a successful rookie season this year so far.

On Feb. 13, 2021, True North Robotics did an outstanding job at the virtual Qualifying Event competition and headed to the virtual Southern NJ District Championship competition on April 10. The team received the Robot Design Award and the Breakthrough Award. At the Qualifying Event, the students placed fifth and sixth in the robot challenge game. At the Southern NJ District Championship competition, the students won the Rising Star Award and held an overall score well above the average for a rookie team.

Participating teams were judged on four different components during the competition including the Robot Game, a Robot Design Presentation, an Innovation Project Presentation, and a Core Values activity. For the Robot Game and Robot Design, the team built and programmed two different robots made out of Legos to complete a series of obstacles in 2.5 minutes. For the Innovation Project, True North Robotics invented and created prototypes of special swimming gear to help prevent swimmer’s ear and a mobile gym to encourage everyone to be more active.

In February 2020, Melissa Domen was awarded a grant by the Upper Freehold Regional Education Foundation to start True North Robotics. Since middle school level robotics competitions have a limit of 10 team members per team, True North Robotics split into two smaller competition teams. One competition team is called True North Robotics Impact and has eight students (Aaryan Desai, Ioanna Varouhakis, Vishek Desai, Luke Greenbaum, Taylor Lalla, Elena Mathew, Theo Renzulli, Jeremy George) , and the other competition team is called True North Robotics Innovation and has six students (Sean Gavin, Mia Laudien, Remy Fortsch, Aarav Patnaik, Benjamin Utset, Sienna Jones). Each of the smaller group team names are named after the Core Values of FIRST: Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork, Fun, Coopertition, and Gracious Professionalism.

The nonprofit organization FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST runs many types of robotics competitions for different grade levels from PreK through 12th grade. Both True North Robotics and Allentown High School Redbird Robotics are FIRST robotics competition teams. The True North Robotics’s competition level is called FIRST Lego League, and the Allentown High School Redbird Robotics’s competition level is called FIRST Robotics Competition.

What makes this team unique compared to other middle school robotics teams is that this team is 100% student run. Shane Conlin, Amelia Tricker, and Liam Granaghan are current Allentown high school students on the Redbird Robotics team and have been helping the True North Robotics team this season. Mr. Mark Guterl, Mrs. Stefanie Folino and Mr. Brian Myslinski have also been a great support for the team since its start. It has certainly been a team effort to get this team up in running with success. It has been quite an experience starting up a new competitive robotics team during a pandemic. The season kicked off in the summer of 2020 with online meetings. Students learned several skills like coding a robot, building robots, robotics competitions, the culture of the FIRST organization, and high school robotics. The end of the summer was also spent meeting in-person to build robots and obstacles made out of Legos. Safety measures such as social distancing and sanitizing were practiced at every single meeting. Both online and in-person meetings were held four days a week throughout the school year. Usually the competition season for middle school robotics starts in August and ends in December. But with it being a new team in a pandemic, this year’s season started in June 2020 and will be continuing until the end of April 2021. Soon, the team will start planning next year’s season. The team is always looking for new Stone Bridge Middle School students to apply for the team. Also, if you are a local individual or business that would like to get involved with the Upper Freehold Regional School District Robotics Teams, please email 1807frc@gmail.com




Allentown FFA “National FFA Week” Activities Go Virtual In 2021

February 27, 2021

National FFA Week Celebrated Virtually February 20 – 27, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–During a normal year the Allentown FFA chapter holds many National FFA Week events. Some of the events include a sponsor’s breakfast, open house, display at Tractor Supply, and a visit to the 1st National FFA President’s gravesite with wreath laying in Freehold. The Allentown High School FFA Chapter moved their National FFA Week activities to virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and plans to return to normal in person FFA Week activities in 2022.


Traditionally, the Allentown FFA Chapter would thank our sponsors and supporters at the Annual Sponsor’s Breakfast and Open House on this Day of FFA Week. As with many things this year, we had to change our format to deliver this event virtually! We want to thank you for your continued support of our program. Your support enables our members to develop premier leadership, personal growth, and achieve career success!

2021 Allentown FFA Sponsor’s Recognition Event –On the Friday of National FFA Week, the Allentown FFA Chapter recognizes and thanks our sponsors and supporters! This event helps showcase the accomplishments of FFA Members and how FFA can positive influence our students. Due to COVID-19, we were unable to meet in person. However, we still want to share our story!


MidJersey.news 2020 FFA Week coverage:

FFA Week: Allentown FFA At Tractor Supply

National FFA Week: Feb 22 to 29, 2020, Looking Back at 1988-89 Allentown FFA Banquet

Allentown FFA Wreath Laying Ceremony For First FFA President


Allentown FFA Chapter Named 3 Star Chapter For 2020 National Chapter Award By National FFA Organization

September 29, 2020

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 16, 2020/National FFA Organization) – The Allentown FFA chapter of Allentown, New Jersey has been recognized in 2020 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization.

The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality FFA Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasizes growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.

Chapters that received star ratings during judging this summer and will be recognized at the 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct 27-29, which will be held virtually this year.

All star-rated FFA chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere.

“Feeding some 9 billion people by mid-century brings with it unprecedented challenges for today’s farmers,” said Amy Allen, manager, national corporate contributions for John Deere. “The skills and experiences learned though the National Chapter Award Program will help meet the critical needs.”

The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 760,000 student members as part of 8,700 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Hamilton Township Class Of 2020 Graduation Held At Arm & Hammer Park

July 30, 2020

TRENTON-HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Yesterday Hamilton West, Nottingham and Steinert High Schools held their graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 at Arm & Hammer Park, Trenton Thunder Stadium. Graduation was delayed this year due to COVID-19 and the ceremonies that are usually held indoors at the arena were held outdoors at the baseball stadium to help keep everyone safe by following Governor Murphy’s COVID-19 rules and executive orders.

Photos below provided by the Trenton Thunder:


Tweets from the three Hamilton Township graduations held at Trenton Thunder, Arm & Hammer Park:

Dunkin’ of Philadelphia Awards Two Mercer County Students with Academic Scholarships

Nicholas Vellenga, Ewing High School

Kaitlyn Young, Robbinsville High School

July 21, 2020

Philadelphia, PA–Dunkin’ and its greater Philadelphia-area franchisees, in partnership with Scholarship America, today announced the recipients of its eleventh annual Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program. The program helps high school seniors and college students in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Kent and New Castle counties in Delaware pursue a part-time or full-time undergraduate degree at the institution of their choice.

From more than 1,500 applicants, Dunkin’ and Scholarship America selected 25 students to receive a $2,000 academic scholarship to an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school of their choice for fall 2020. Dunkin’s Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program was open to current part-time and full-time undergraduate students and high school seniors. Dunkin’ awarded a total of $50,000 to the 25 recipients who were selected based on their academic records, demonstrated leadership skills, and overall commitment to their schools and local communities.

To date, the Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program has awarded $450,000 in scholarships to 275 outstanding high school seniors and college students. The program was founded in 2009 by Dunkin’s Philadelphia-area franchisees as a way to ease the financial burden of college for students throughout the region.

“On behalf of my fellow franchisees, we are honored to award these 25 exceptional students with the 2020 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarships,” said Perry Shah, local Dunkin’ franchisee and Philadelphia regional advertising committee chairman. “We are so proud to see the scholarship program continue to grow each year and support students in our local communities. It is an honor to have the opportunity to further students’ educational goals and we look forward to the amazing achievements of these future leaders.”

To celebrate their 2020 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship, each of the student recipients will enjoy a special visit at their residence from the Dunkin’ Community Cruiser. From July 30th through August 11th, Dunkin’ and its Community Cruiser will celebrate each student by providing a well deserved coffee break to the recipient’s family and friends.

Recipient: Nicholas Vellenga

Hometown: Ewing, NJ

High School: Ewing High School

University: Georgia Institute of Technology

Bio:  Nicholas Vellenga is a recent graduate of Ewing High School, where he served as valedictorian. He is a recipient of the Senior Mathematics Department Award, Senior Spanish Department Award, 2020 Robotics Club Activities Award, President’s Gold Award, and USMC Scholastic Excellence Award. Vellenga also served as a member of the National Honor Society, Robotics Team Technical Manager, and is an Eagle Scout. This fall, Nicholas will attend Georgia Institute of Technology, where he plans to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Recipient: Kaitlyn Young

Hometown: Robbinsville, NJ

High School: Robbinsville High School

University: La Salle University

Bio:  Kaitlyn Young is a recent graduate from Robbinsville High School. She was the recipient of the Excellence in Design, Computer Science, and English Award, and the Robbinsville High School Citizenship Award. In addition, Young was a member of the International Thespian Society and the National Honor Society. Outside of the classroom, she was a Physics and Honors Biology Tutor, Community Theater Performer and Volunteer, FIRST Tech Challenge Team Student Mentor, and an Assistant Teaching Artist at the McCarter Theatre Center. During her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys dancing and learning new musical instruments. This fall, Kaitlyn will attend La Salle University, where she plans to pursue a degree in Speech-Language Pathology.


Allentown High School Class of 2020

July 9, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–After a long wait for outdoor graduations due to the COVID-19 pandemic Allentown High School’s Class of 2020 was able to have a full commencement this afternoon. This was Allentown High Schools Ninety-Fifth commencement.

The ceremony was held outdoors at Arm & Hammer Waterfront Park due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Photo gallery:

Allentown High School In-Person Graduation July 9, 2020 At Arm & Hammer Park

June 9, 2020

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Upper Freehold Regional Schools released that there will be a in-person graduation this year at Arm & Hammer Park, Trenton Thunder baseball stadium on July 9, 2020. See below:

Great news shared by Mrs. Embley for our Seniors!

Dear Senior Parents,

We are excited to announce that we plan to hold our in-person graduation on Thursday, July 9th at 4:00 PM at the ARM & HAMMER Park on the Trenton Thunder Baseball Field. At this time, we are expecting to be able to hold just one ceremony including all our 2020 graduates. Seating will be limited and all social distancing protocols will be in place. We are in the early planning stages and do not have more information to share at this time.

Please remember, at any time the Governor can revoke our abilty to hold an in-person ceremony and/or greatly limit the number of people who can attend.

We are very hopeful this will work out and be a great send-off for our graduates. As soon as I have more information, I will let you know.

NJSIAA & Governor Murphy: 2020 High School Spring Sports Season Canceled

May 4, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)—Statement from the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association- NJSIAA about the spring sports season:

“Following today’s announcement by Governor Murphy, the NJSIAA has officially canceled New Jersey’s 2020 high school spring sports season. This decision was not made lightly and we are disappointed for the thousands of New Jersey student-athletes who will be unable to compete this spring. While we remained hopeful to the end, and left open every possibility, competition simply is not feasible given the circumstances.

“The last few weeks have been heartbreaking on many levels, from the tragic loss of life, to thousands battling the virus, to millions who have suffered emotional and economic loss. It’s been a harrowing time for everyone, and we know our student-athletes are extremely disappointed. That said, these unfortunate circumstances may have put an intriguing challenge in the path of our young people. As New Jersey’s own Vince Lombardi once said, “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” We’re confident all our kids will get back up and stand tall.

“The NJSIAA will continue developing plans for the potential restarting of scholastic sports during the fall season. Additional information related both to the summer recess and fall will be shared at a later date.”

Governor Murphy: “We’re leaning on the guidance from the NJSIAA against the resumption of spring sports for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The NJSIAA Medical Board concluded that due to a lack of testing, viable treatments, and a vaccine, that spring sports were not a viable option.”

NJ Semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

April 17, 2020

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

Local coverage area semifinalists:

Vineeth Duggirala, East Windsor – Mercer County Technical Schools – Health Science Academy

Jonathan Li Lin, Cranbury – Princeton High School

Lucy Zou, East Brunswick – East Brunswick High School

Laura Futamura, Middletown – High Technology High School


New Jersey Full List:
NJ – Rohan Amin, Denville – Delbarton School
**NJ – Grace Elizabeth Brokenshire, Woodbury Heights – Gateway Regional High School
**NJ – Alicia Caichen, Paramus – Bergen County Technical Hs
NJ – Elizabeth Angelina Caso, High Bridge – North Hunterdon High School
*NJ – Elli Choi, Tenafly – Tenafly High School
NJ – Eunice Y. Chong, Demarest – Northern Valley Regional High School
NJ – Shawnak Deb, New Providence – Union County Magnet High School
NJ – Vineeth Duggirala, East Windsor – Mercer County Technical Schools – Health Science Academy
*NJ – Laura Futamura, Middletown – High Technology High School
*NJ – Felicia He, Saddle River – The Brearley School
NJ – Kevin Huang, Bellmawr – Triton Regional High School
NJ – Jonathan Koa, Mahwah – Mahwah High School
**NJ – Dong Jun Lee, Fort Lee – Bergen County Technical High School
NJ – YoungEun Lee, Demarest – Northern Valley Regional High School
*NJ – Jeffrey Xiang Liao, Livingston – Livingston High School
NJ – Jonathan Li Lin, Cranbury – Princeton High School
NJ – Shreya Nuli, Bridgewater – Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School
NJ – Ojas Parmar, Edison – Rutgers Preparatory School
NJ – Jason Ping, Fort Lee – Academy for the Advancement of Science & Technology
NJ – Katie Volpert, Highland Park – Highland Park High School
**NJ – Alan Yeung, Sparta – Sparta High School
NJ – Ethan Zhang, Short Hills – Millburn High School
NJ – Kathryn Shao Zheng, Tenafly – Tenafly High School
NJ – Lucy Zou, East Brunswick – East Brunswick High School

National FFA Week: Feb 22 to 29, 2020, Looking Back at 1988-89 Allentown FFA Banquet

February 22, 2020

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–It is National FFA Week and this year is celebrated from February 22 to 29, 2020. The Allentown High School Chapter of the FFA Organization has a deep history in the area. Recently I came across a set of negatives of the 1988-89 FFA Banquet in Allentown. From the mark on one of the negatives one of the group photos may have been published back in the Messenger Press, none of the other photos have been seen before. Enjoy a look back in time from 32 years ago. Also a few photos in the mix of the Allentown FFA Alumni meeting in 1988-89.

If you happen to stop by Tractor Supply Company in Allentown/Upper Freehold today you may bump into some current and past FFA members. You may want to donate to the TSC FFA Paper Emblem Program while you are there.

Follow our Facebook page there are over 1,000 photo from late 1980s to early 90s of events in our area.

Allentown FFA January 2020 Update

February 21, 2020

By: Kylie Byrne

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–This past month Jennifer Healey of the Allentown FFA was named the January State Member of the Month for New Jersey. Any FFA member who wishes to become a member of the month for the state has to complete an application which then gets sent to the State. Many members apply for this award every month.

The Allentown FFA apparel sale came to an end this month. It was a huge success and everyone loved the design for the apparel. It was so popular that we decided to do another order due January 17th.

January 16th was our monthly chapter meeting. We had the opportunity to
welcome Mrs Pribell to come and speak to us. We learned alot about the Farm Bureau and how we can be involved. Mrs Pribell also spoke to us about her and her husband’s beekeeping business. It was very interesting to learn about the different types of honey and what it takes to be a beekeeper. We would like to thank Mrs Pribell for this amazing opportunity.

After the meeting was adjourned we held a cupcake decorating
competition.

Coming up in February we have FFA Week. FFA week is held the last week of February which is February 23rd to the 29th. FFA week is a time for chapters all around the country to celebrate FFA and how it has affected each member. During this week we do many fun activities and attend a leadership conference. We are also preparing for our Valentine’s Day fundraiser. In this fundraiser we sell pre-ordered roses that will be sent to the person of their choice on Valentine’s Day.

Robbinsville High School “Mr. RHS, A Comedic Pageant Competition”

February 13, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville High School Senior guys compete for the title and crown of “Mr. RHS” There were twelve contestants, one for each month from January to December performed in individual skits, a talent competition and a group number. Admission was $5. for students, $10. for adults and additional vote tickets were $1. each. All funds raised were for the benefit of the RHS Class of 2020.

Mr. July Nick Carella won the title and crown as Mr. RHS 2020.

All contestants:

Mr. January: Alex Fleischner
Mr. February: James Cavanaugh-Gialloreto
Mr. March: Zach Glassband
Mr. April: Connor Fitzsimmons
Mr. May: Michael Radosti
Mr. June: Nick Zangrilli
Mr. RHS 2020: Mr. July: Nick Carella
Mr. August: Chris Mysh
Mr. September: Dayyan Hamid
Mr. October: Rohit Nair
Mr. November: Robbie Lotito
Mr. December: Ryan Siminske

Robbinsville High School Red Cross Club Holds Blood Drive

February 9, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–On Sunday, February 9, 2020, the Robbinsville High School Red Cross Club hosted its annual blood drive. Currently, there is a critical blood shortage. The Red Cross Club took action by partnering with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive. The blood drive was led by club members Arrshia Kumar, Jaii Pappu, Joelle DelPrete, Saisha Ahluwalia, Sydnie Lui, and Raaha Kumaresan. 


Club members were excited for the event. Many students volunteered at the event. They greeted volunteers as they came in and managed sign-in. Students also brought in baked goods for the blood donors. The blood drive was a great way for students to engage with their community and make a difference. Every blood donation can save up to three lives. The blood drive was successful. They collected 25 units of blood. Thank you to all the club members, Red Cross nurses, and blood donors. 

13th Annual Allentown FFA PAF Gift Auction & Spaghetti Dinner March 21, 2020

The Allentown FFA Parents, Alumni, and Friends (PAF) will be hosting the 13th Annual Gift Auction andSpaghetti Dinner on March 21st, 2020 at 6:00PM at the Hope Fire House, 82 County Road 526 in Allentown, NJ. Doors will open at 5:30PM.  The Allentown FFA PAF provides support to the Allentown FFA Chapter of Allentown High School throughout the year through scholarships, leadership training programs, and more. 

Proceeds from the Allentown PAF Alumni Gift Auction will provide students with opportunities to pursue careers in veterinary science, agricultural technology and mechanical systems, earth sciences, environmental science, horticulture, aquaculture, and many other essential fields of work. Students are given the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom through FFA activities, such as competitive events and leadership trainings.

This event provides the Allentown FFA PAF with necessary funds to assist with chapter activities. This includes travel to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, the New Jersey FFA Convention, and various Career Development Events (CDEs) throughout the year. These are tremendous opportunities for members to grow personally and professionally. Through fundraising events, such as the Annual Gift Auction, all students have the opportunity to participate in any of the Chapter, State, and/or National activities, regardless of their financial situation.

Admittance for the 13th Annual Gift Auction is $15.00. The admittance ticket includes an All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner. Seating is limited to the first 175 individuals. Please arrive early to secure your seat.  No seats will be saved. Donations are also being accepted.

Join the Allentown FFA Alumni/ PAF at this special event and support this very worthy cause!

For further information, please contact the Allentown FFA at (609) 259-7292 x1440 or x1443. To learn more about the National FFA Organization, please visit ffa.org. 

Happy New Year! 新年快乐!

January 25, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Happy Chinese New Year! 新年快乐!and is celebrated this year on January 25, 2020. It is the Year of the Rat.

Students celebrated Robbinsville High School’s 8th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration. The events included: The Dragon Dance, Group Singing, Opening Ceremony, Taichi, Ping Pong Match, Yo Yo, Cai Wei group dance, WuShu. The event concluded with the Lion Dance and traditional Chinese foods.

Traditional foods included Beef Lo Mein, Sesame Chicken, Pork Fried Rice, Vegetable Rice, Noodles, General Tso’s Chicken, Dumplings, White Rice, and Fortune Cookies.

The event was hosted by the Robbinsville High School Chinese Club and Ping Pong Club under the direction of Mrs. Kanagawa

Happy New Year! 新年快乐!

Allentown FFA Updates

January 10, 2020

By: Kylie Byrne, Allentown FFA Chapter Reporter

November 2019 Update:

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–In November of 2019 the Allentown FFA members and officers participated in many events and held many fundraisers. This month our Citrus sale and Apparel sales came to an end, it was a big success and we would like to thank everyone who helped support us! On November 19th members and officers attended the Hamilton Grange to give a presentation. At this presentation we made an arrangement with the people who attended. At the same time as the Grange presentation, other members were helping out at the Allentown High School ́s National Honor Society induction by passing out programs to the people who attended.

            On November 21st, we had three teams compete at Rutgers for our fall CDEs. The Land Judging team came in Second place overall and team member, Patrick McMahon came in first statewide. The Fruits and Vegetables identification team came in First overall and will be recognized this year at State Convention. The Milk Quality and Products team came in second place overall and team member, Connor Mcneill came in second statewide. All members had a great experience during these competitions and learned lots of valuable information.

            November 21st at seven o’clock was also our monthly chapter meeting. We talked about all of the upcoming and past events and how members can become involved. After the meeting we had lots of food for our friendsgiving and also played a movie for the members. On November 25th and 26th members stayed after school to help construct floral arrangements for our annual Thanksgiving Floral Sale. Members had a great time constructing these arrangements and learned alot about floral design. Overall the sale did very well and we would like to thank everyone who supported us by purchasing one o these beautiful arrangements!

December 2019 Update:

In December of 2019 Allentown FFA participated in many fun events and held many fundraisers. This month we held our annual Poinsettia sale and Holiday Centerpiece Sale. Members stayed after school on December 16th and 17th to construct the holiday arrangements. The event was very enjoyable and members learned a lot about floral design. We would also like to thank everyone who helped support the Allentown FFA by purchasing a poinsettia or one of our holiday floral arrangements.

            On December 6th some members attended Science Night Live at Newell Elementary School. A presentation was given to the students which taught them about the many different pigments within a leaf. The Students were able to do a fun activity to understand this topic and had the opportunity to interact with one of our bunnies, Snowball. December 19th was our monthly chapter meeting. We talked about the various past and upcoming events and afterwards we made graham cracker houses and an ugly sweater contest.

            December 20th was the end of our annual Pet Supply Drive. Throughout the month buckets where placed at various locations around town and pet supplies for Popcorn Park Zoo where collected. After school members helped take all of the items to the Popcorn Park Zoo where they were collected to be used in the animal shelter. Members then had the opportunity to tour the animal shelter and the zoo. The collection was a huge success and the trip was a lot of fun.

RHS Red Cross Club Blood Drive 2/9/2020

January 8, 2020

Robbinsville HS Red Cross Club

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American Red Cross Blood Drive 
Sunday, February 9, 2020

10am-3pm

Robbinsville High School – Media Center

155 Robbinsville Edinburg Road

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Please bring picture identification and remember to eat a healthy breakfast and drink plenty of fluids before donating!

                                                                                                                                            If you have any questions, please contact:  Arrshia Kumar – 617-774-7900 or Courtney Johnson – 609-357-1288

Steinert vs Brick Memorial Photo Gallery

Updated

November 9, 2019 HAMILTON– In a NJSIAA Regional Crossover Game Steinert fell 13 to 48 against Brick Memorial High School. Photos of halftime and the 2nd half of game:

Last night it was incorrectly reported as a season ending game. An additional game home game is against Lakewood on Thursday at 2:45 p.m. There is also the traditional Thanksgiving Day game at Hamilton West 10:30 a.m. at West

For most current sport schedules in the Colonial Valley Conference please check their website it is updated several times a day.

Allentown FFA Citrus Sale

It’s that time of year again for the Annual Allentown FFA Citrus Sale! We will be taking pre-orders through November 15, 2019. We are pleased to announce that we are using a NEW supplier this year. This will provide you with MORE fruit for your money. It has also REDUCED prices for all of our products. We will also be offering cheesecakes for the first time this year.

Pick-up Date:(Tentative)12/10/2019
Pick-up Time:9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Pick-up Address:
Agricultural Science Building
27 High Street,
Allentown NJ 08501 

2019 Citrus Pricing: .

All indications are pointing to an excellent crop this year! NEW Supplier and REDUCED pricing compared to 2018

  • Florida Navel Oranges: 4/5 Box (72-88 pieces)- $36.00, 2/5 Box (36-44 pieces)- $23.00, 1/5 Box (10-12 pieces)- $17.00)
  • Florida Juice Oranges4/5 Box (64-125 pieces)- $34.00, 2/5 Box (32-65 pieces)- $23.00,
  • Red Grapefruit4/5 Box (32-48 pieces)- $38.00, 2/5 Box (16-24 pieces)- $24.00 , 1/5 Box (10-12 Pieces)- $17.00
  • Mixed (Navels/ Grapefruit):  2/5 Box (10-20 Navels, 8-12 Grapefruit)- $30.00
  • Clementines– 1/5 Box (40-50 pieces)- $24.00
  • Anjou Pears4/5 Box (80-120 pieces)- $54.00, 1/4 Bushel (20 pieces)- $24.00
  • Red Delicious Apples4/5 Bushel (80-120 pieces)- $54.00, 1/4 Bushel (20-22 pieces)- $24.00
  • Golden Pineapples- Case of 3- $20.00

Mixed Gift Boxes

  • Trio Mixed Box(8 Red Delicious Apples, 8 Anjou Pears, 8 Navels- $30.00
  • Citrus Mixed Box- (8-14 Navels, 6 Red Grapefruit, 8-14 Juice Oranges, 12-14 Clementines- $31.00
  • Fresh Fruit Sampler- (Red Delicious Apples, Navels, Anjou Pears, Clementines (16 pieces)- $26.00
  • Apple Sampler- Sampler of Red Delicious, Gala, Golden Delicious, Gala, and Granny Smith (16 pieces)- $26.00
  • Apple and Pear Sampler- Sampler of Red Delicious Apples, Anjou Pears, Granny Smith Apples, Red Anjou Pears (16 pieces)- $26.00

Cheesecakes

  • Available in Plain, Fruit Sampler, and Chocolate Symphony- $20 Each

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! You can place an order with any FFA member or adviser or place an order through the online form. You can purchase with a credit card through the link and all materials will be shipped with our order. You can also order gift boxes to ship throughout the country. All orders due by 11/15/19!

Allentown Football Advances in Playoffs After Win Over Robbinsville

November 6, 2019, ALLENTOWN, NJ –A NJSIAA “Play in game” between Allentown and Robbinsville football teams to resolve a seeding issue with the playoff bracket was held tonight. Allentown had enough power points for the spot, while Robbinsville football was 9-0 in the season and a rule stated they were eligible for a playoff spot. After a NJSIAA decision a “play in game” was scheduled Wednesday night to resolve the conflict by expanding that part of the bracket.

Both Robbinsville and Allentown football teams evenly matched played their hearts out. Robbinsville scored first early in the first quarter and then Allentown was able to eventually work their way towards the win.

Allentown will advance in the bracket with a game against Wall Township High School at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The game was supposed to be held Friday night and NJSIAA wanted Monday night but with conflicts the game will be on Sunday.

Robbinsville Football finished their season 9-1 with loss against Allentown for the playoff spot.

Good luck Allentown with the playoff game Sunday at Wall.

Wednesday Night Lights?

ALLENTOWN-ROBBINSVILE, NJ– When I received a text message this afternoon at 2:34 p.m. that there was a football game at Allentown at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night against Robbinsville my first thought it was a mistake or possibly a JV game since most games are Friday nights or Saturdays. Yes, it is for real and it is a “play-in” game to solve a power points issue between Allentown and Robbinsville football teams.

What happened is that Robbinsville in their division went 9-0 and a rule stating any team going 8-0 or better eligible for a playoff spot. Allentown had enough power points to earn their spot creating the conflict for the same spot. To solve the issue the NJSIAA New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association decided on the “play-in” game by expanding the bracket a game.

The winner of the “play-in” game will play at Wall Township at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Robbinsville High School Raven Player’s Production: The Crucible, November 21, 22 and 22, 2019

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ– Walk down a dark, winding path with the Robbinsville High School Raven Players’ production of The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Witness the town of Salem, Massachusetts as it is thrown into a state of paranoia. Anyone can be a witch, and no one can be trusted.

The Crucible weaves the sobering tale of the mass hysteria caused by the Salem Witch Trials. Abigail, a young girl living with her uncle, Reveren Parris, has been having a torrid love affair with her employer, John Proctor, a married man. When John, overcome with guilt, confesses this to his wife Elizabeth, Abigail is fired at once. When Abigail commits a terrible sin, she will tell one, inconsequential lie to protect herself and others. As rumors begin to spread like wildfire and the town is plunged into a state of madness, Abigail’s small lie quickly spirals out of control. The Crucible, informed by historical events, exemplifies how quickly one white lie can turn against you, portraying a solemn, timeless tale that still rings true today.

Come see the dark tale of The Crucible by Arthu Miller in the Robbinsville High School auditorium(155 Robbinsville-Edinburg road, Robbinsville, NJ) on November 21, 22, and 23rd at 7:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased for $10 in advance at http://www.rp.booktix.com , or at the door. The Crucible by Arthur Miller is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Allentown High School Marching Band 2nd place in State Championship

November 2, 2019 SOMERVILLE, NJ — Allentown High School Marching Bank placed 2nd in State Championship held at Somerville High School. The Marching Band will be in Nationals USBANDS Championship held in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Competition is expected to take place between 1:15 and 4:45 p.m. See YouTube link from last night’s performance at Senior Night held at Allentown High School football game.

Allentown Celebrates Halloween with Parade and Costume Contest

October 31, 2019, Allentown–The weather held off and the Allentown, NJ Halloween festivities were held on schedule. Hope Fire Company of Allentown hosted the parade that started at the High School and ended on North Main Street near Broad Street. The Allentown High School Marching Band provided music along the way while candy was handed out though town. YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/uarys8ogxYk More photos can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/dennissymonsphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10157494368584795

Allentown High School Senior Night

ALLENTOWN, November 1, 2019– Seniors from the Allentown High School’s Football Team, Band, Dance Team, and Cheerleaders celebrated Senior Night prior to the Friday night football game. See photos and video of the events: Cheer leading and Dance Team: https://youtu.be/s8aTnVY_uZM Band: https://youtu.be/4GwYGIZZM-s More photos can be found at this link on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/dennissymonsphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10157497555614795