Gutierrez selected as student of the month

Narielys Gutierrez from South Bound Creek, a freshman in the Health Professions program, has been selected as Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) Student of the Month for February 2022.

Narielys Gutierrez from South Bound Brook, the February 2022 Student of the Month at Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School.

SCVTHS English Instructor Miller nominated Gutierrez for the Student of the Month award, saying, “Narielys is an excellent student: conscientious, hardworking and ethical. Always polite and respectful. And peer support. Narielys’ work is often used as an example for the class.

At SCVTHS, Gutierrez is a member of the HOSA-Future Health Professionals club and a member of the Principal’s Honor Roll.

After graduating from SCVTHS, Gutierrez plans to attend community college to graduate and work in the medical field as a nurse.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools in Scotch Plains senior announced Emily Friscia is the high school representative for this year’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NAGWS).

Ryan D. Miller, assistant athletic director at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, presented the award to Emily Friscia, the high school's representative for the National Day of Girls and Women in Sports (NAGWS) of This year.

National Girls and Women in Sport Day honors female student-athletes in high schools, colleges and universities across the country each winter. Friscia received this honor along with 140 other NJ student athletes.

Friscia is a tri-sport athlete who competes in soccer, basketball and high school track and field. She is the captain of the women’s basketball team and the top hurdler in the spring track program.

She was nominated by one of her coaches because of her academic and athletic achievements, as well as her leadership in the classroom and on the sports field.

“Emily’s positive demeanor and exceptional character earned her this nomination and award,” said Ryan D. Miller, Assistant Athletic Director. “We are proud of her accomplishments and the success of all of our student athletes.”

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Union County College

At their meeting on Tuesday, February 22, the Union County College Board of Trustees passed the college’s budget for the 2022-2023 academic year with no tuition and fee increases for the third consecutive year.

Union students engaged in classroom learning.

With the increased cost of goods and services due to COVID-19, it should be noted that student tuition fees will remain the same at Union. The college also offers flat-rate tuition for additional savings. Full-time students taking 12-18 credits and living in Union County will pay the same rate of $2,640.50.

Other tuition support is available. Students who enroll in at least six credits and have an adjusted gross income of less than $65,000 may be eligible for the New Jersey Community College Opportunity Scholarship. Students who complete the FAFSA or NJ Alternative Financial Aid application are automatically considered. No separate application is necessary. Additionally, the college foundation provides over $1 million in scholarships to students each year. There are several ways to save extra tuition fees at Union.

“Providing affordable education when people are struggling financially with rising costs is a priority for Union. We have been as lean as possible to avoid an increase in tuition fees for our students. At Union, students are number one and maintaining our tuition and fixed fees for three years, even during a pandemic, is one of the ways we exemplify this,” said Union President, the Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin.

Fall registration opens Monday, March 21. The Union County College Application for Admission is available online at Students are encouraged to register now to work out their ideal schedule. The fall semester will begin on Wednesday, September 7.

The college offers a wide variety of academic and extracurricular activities. There are over 60 degree programs, including business, graphic design, cybercrime, and education. Students can participate in clubs, honor societies, and NJCAA athletics. The college offers many opportunities such as access to an innovation center, Bloomberg terminals, and student research. Additionally, Union students will attend one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation, as designated by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program.

For more information about Union County College, go to or call 908-709-7000.

Westfield Public Schools

Whether producing a powerful video series on Westfield’s African-American History Walking Tour, exploring the many contributions of ancient African societies, or reading and researching non-fiction texts on significant figures and events in African American history, students and educators of Westfield Public Schools. celebrate Black History Month and honor Black Americans throughout history.

Westfield High School 12th grader Kayla Louison hosts a powerful video collaboration between WHS Blue Devil Television and Westfield's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association that takes viewers on the Westfield African American History Tour.

At Westfield High School (WHS), the students and staff of Blue Devil Television, part of the school’s television journalism program, have partnered with Westfield’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association to produce a video series that takes viewers. on Westfield’s African American History Walking Tour. On the video tour, WHS 12th grader Kayla Louison interviews members of the MLK Association at locations of historical significance, including homes once inhabited by famous writers Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes; Robeson Memorial Park, dedicated to athlete, actor and activist Paul Robeson; and the site where slave auctions once took place.

High school social studies classes this month also include a look back at the pre-war period, research projects that highlight the wealth, innovation and culture of black people past and present, and an examination of 1950s social conformity and early civil rights. movement.

Sixth-grade students from Roosevelt Intermediate School in Jim Lane's social studies classes presented research on the history, culture, and achievements of ancient African societies.

“Black History Month is not the only time to teach black history, but rather a time to reflect, demonstrate, and showcase the black history that students learn year-round. These lessons reflect that approach,” said K-12 social studies supervisor Andrea Brennan. “Teachers create lessons that translate knowledge of Black History content into activities and projects that honor the humanity and contributions of Black people, including ancient African civilizations, struggles against slavery, and the continuing pursuit of equality.”

Brennan said “specifically, teaching local black history at Westfield helps students connect with their city’s history and experience the rich diversity that makes up the fabric of their community.”

Seventh-grade students from Kimberly Bennett's social studies classes at Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield have created a virtual museum exhibit featuring black Americans who have broken the color barrier in their respective fields.

Using the BDTV video series, Edison Intermediate School social studies teacher Mary Keller took her classes on a virtual walking tour of the African-American experience at Westfield from colonial times to today. today, encouraging students to take the time to explore the walking tour locations in person. when they have the chance.

Seventh-grade students in Kimberly Bennett’s social studies classes at Roosevelt Intermediate School have created a virtual museum exhibit featuring black Americans who have broken the color barrier in their respective fields, including research mathematician from NASA Katherine Johnson, sports superstar and entrepreneur Michael Jordan, and Sojourner Truth, a former slave whose work as a passionate advocate and activist for civil rights and women won her an invitation to meet President Abraham Lincoln in 1864 .

Eighth-grade classes of Roosevelt social studies teachers Kira Brady and Elizabeth Lestrange began work on the annual “American Voices” research project for Black History Month and Women’s History Month in March, while sixth-grade students in social studies classes at Jim Lane researched and shared presentations illustrating the history, culture and many contributions of ancient African societies.

“These are incredible societies that were destroyed by the slave trade,” Lane told his sixth-grade students during their presentation to their classmates on Thursday, February 10.

First graders in Mary Montes' class at Tamaques in Westfield learn the story of Ruby Bridges who, at age 6, was escorted by U.S. Marshals in 1960 when she became the first black student to attend a school all-white public primary.  First graders created a display using a quote from Bridges' mother.

And, as in years past, Edison students gathered in the auditorium on Friday, February 25 for an assembly hosted by choir director Kenneth Horn and students that includes poetry, songs and other tributes. significant to black history.

Elementary grades incorporate lessons throughout Black History Month, with older students reading biographies and historical fiction and some teachers of younger students using the lens of black history as part of a social and emotional learning (SEL) lesson to reflect on belonging and inclusion.

“Belonging and inclusion are among the many themes we explore throughout the school year,” Superintendent Dr. Raymond González said, “These specific lessons and events highlighting black history and many contributions of black Americans are just a few examples of how the district strives to live its mission every day to educate our students “to respect individual differences and diversity in an ever-changing world.”

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Carolyn Sampson is Executive Desk Assistant for Courier News, The Home News Tribune and, and manages the weekly student news page.

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