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LACA Cupcake Wars
The Leonia Academy for the Culinary Arts hosted a Cupcake Wars competition and fundraiser in February. 32 contestants from Leonia High School, Leonia Middle School and the community entered their cupcake creations. 15 judges consisting of culinary professionals and cupcake enthusiasts tasted and evaluated the entries. Celebrity judge Johnny Manganiotis, owner of Mr. Cupcakes, spoke to the Leonia Academy for the Culinary Arts (LACA) students about his career path before he judged cupcakes. Prizes were awarded to Gabby Lopez, LACA LHS freshman, for Best Use of Technique, Hannah Joo, LHS junior, for Most Creative, Ji Eun Lee, LACA LHS junior, for Best Overall Taste, and to Naya Reid, LMS 8th grader, for Best Presentation. Cupcakes were sold to enthusiastic buyers, with proceeds benefitting the LACA program. Cupcake Wars will be back next year by popular request.
JSA Students Excel at Winter Congress
The Leonia High School chapter of the Junior State of America attended the annual Winter Congress Convention in Washington, D.C. JSA is a national student-run organization that was established in 1934 to promote leadership and civic participation in high school students. Urging students to “Be the People,” the Junior State holds conferences and conventions across the country with opportunities for students to debate important issues and run campaigns for offices within the organization.
The Leonia delegation was led by founding chapter president Roberto Ruiz-Melendez, who also served as a committee clerk. During the convention, chapters introduced bills to various committees dealing with important national topics. Senator Bryce Robins and Representatives Dylan Gonzalez and Won Joon Kang sponsored a bill to mandate domestic energy using liquid fluoride thorium. After making arguments and counter-arguments, the bill passed in the Mid-Atlantic Region House and Senate with little opposition. Other participants included Representatives Christopher Ozomgi, Moustafa Abdelaziz, and Nasir Ismail, and Senators Julian Pecht and Oliver Racciatti.
The group will next attend the annual Spring State Convention held in Parsippany, New Jersey.
Leonia DECA helps raise awareness of malaria through “Leonia Nothing But Nets”
Contact Name: Rowena Gianfredi , DECA Advisor at Leonia High School
Leonia High School’s DECA chapter has started the “Leonia Nothing But Nets” public relations campaign. Leonia DECA is a strong chapter of over 82 dedicated students part of the global association of marketing students.
This public relations campaign has strived to raise awareness of the epidemic of malaria in Africa. Every 30 seconds, a life is lost in the battle against malaria. Vaccines curing malaria do not exist and medication is too costly for families in Africa to afford. Nothing But Nets is a non profit organization which delivers insecticide bed nets to families in need. Nothing But Nets plans to provide a bed net to every family in need in Africa by 2015. With the help of Leonia DECA and the community we can help put an end to malaria! Each bed net is only $10.00, which can save a life. Malaria is easily preventable.
“Leonia Nothing But Nets” Project Managers Simran Kaur, Bailey Chen and David Johannesson have displayed their project in Leonia Public Library. This display is extremely important for the campaign, where it allows the DECA members to branch out to the community. “Leonia Nothing But Nets” has displayed the “Community Net” where people can sign their names on the net pieces saying “I ________ Support Nothing But Nets,” and attach it to the wall creating the “Community Net.”
Together as a community we can help Nothing But Nets fulfill their goal to ending malaria in Africa!
For more questions or concerns please contact Rowena Gianfredi at 201-302-5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LHS DECA Students Excel
Leonia DECA has proven to “Make it Count” after a successful triumph at the recent Northern Regional Conference. Over 2500 students from various North Jersey high schools participated in the event held at Ramapo College. DECA is an international association for marketing students, which prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
Seventy-seven Leonia DECA Members competed at the Regional Conference and the following 31 students have qualified to attend the State Development Conference to be held March 10-12 in Cherry Hill.
Seniors –Aya Nukina, Amanda Maldonado, Michael Gutter, Danilo Lavia, Christine Park, and Julia Rosario
Juniors – Moustafa Abdelaziz, Lauren Farfan , Simran Kaur, David Johannesson, Jonnie Kay, Tyler Moldoff, Bailey Chen, Frank Chung, Julian Bargo, Tiffany Sherris and Danielle Kim
Sophomores – Clannys Alvarez, Matt Kennelly, Gina Lee, James McKee, Roberto Ruiz, Raquel Santiago, Teams of Anthony Cassano and Allen Makarov, Mark Derbaremdiker and Isaac Tejada, Nasir Ismail and Jesse Sifre
Freshman - Danna Hernandez-Calderon, and Raul Rosas
Top Honors went to the team of Gina Lee and Christine Park as well as Aya Nukina and Roberto Ruiz for their overall event achievements. Individual event awards were won by Bailey Chen and Amanda Maldonado. Good Luck to all as they represent Leonia High School in Cherry Hill.
Marketing Students Earn College Credit
The Leonia Board of Education and Sussex County Community College have a concurrent enrollment agreement that applies to students enrolled in Marketing Strategies. Concurrent enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to take college-credit bearing courses taught by college-approved high school teachers. Seventeen Marketing Strategies students taught by Mrs. Rowena Gianfredi recently enrolled in Principles of Marketing 220 that is currently being offered at the college in the Spring 2014 semester. Students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment, earning transcripted college credit at the time they successfully pass the course. This is a valuable option for any high school student because the cost for these 3-college credits is merely $150!
The marketing program at Leonia High School offers a 4-year sequence of electives. Students are not required to take all four years; however, this concurrent enrollment agreement is only available to students when taking Marketing Strategies, which is the second-year course. Students who elect to take the third and fourth year courses, Entrepreneurship and Sports/Entertainment Marketing, receive Honors credit. In addition, all marketing education students are eligible to join DECA, an international association of marketing students.
The American Legion Oratorical Contest
On Sunday, January 12, the American Legion Oratorical Contest took place in Rochelle Park. Two students from Leonia High School took home high honors.
Junior Viki Leibow earned first place. Jacob Lazar took third.
Contestants made a ten minute presentation on the subject of the United States Constitution. Each was then required to speak for five minutes on a specific element of the document as chosen by the judges.
Eight students from LHS participated in this competition. In addition to Viki and Jacob they included: Moustafa Abdelaziz, Rafael Diaz-Granados, Gabriella Hasaj, Simran Kaur, Sharon Liu, Melanie Spector. Their advisor was Mr. Cullen.
Viki now moves on to the Northern New Jersey regional tournament on February 9.
GIVE BLOOD – SAVE LIVES
The National Honor Society's fall blood drive of the school year was a huge success. Students, staff members, and a few members of the Leonia community including Leonia Police Chief Tom Rowe donated, resulting in 107 units collected. This year's blood drive was the most successful in the school's history. A huge thank you to all involved - including the blood drive chairs - Romy Gabay & Miroo Kim, and moderator, Mrs. Bozik.
The National Honor society will host anther blood drive in the spring
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