This month, the Edison Superintendent, Dr. Richard O'Malley and Ammaarah Khan will be teaming up to spearhead a "Get out the vote" message to Edison residents, and especially Edison's youngest voters. The main focus is aimed at students. Emerging eighteen year olds and college students are just as important as any other adult when it comes to casting a ballot.
On March 23rd, forty years ago, the 26th amendment was passed. It lowered the voting age to EIGHTEEN. As students, as young adults, we FOUGHT and PROTESTED to be able to vote. It is almost sad that many of us don't exercise this right, and many others have not registered.
On March 23rd, we will celebrate the anniversary of the 26th amendment by registering to vote in our schools. We will learn about its importance, and how we can make a difference through voting. April 27 is the school boards election. Many years now, our budget has been shot down, and we have all seen the effects of it firsthand.
This year, our belt is being tightened even more... unless we can save our schools and Edison's future.
Eighteen year olds and anyone older who is eligible to vote -- REGISTER AND EXERCISE that right. Those younger --- motivate your older friends, family, PARENTS to get out and vote!!! College kids that are out of state -- you can vote through absentee ballots!! There is no excuse not to vote, or get others to vote. We need to show that Edison cares about its education. We need to show that Edison cares about its future generations. Let's all work together on this one.
Edison girls qualify for Penn Relays The Edison High School girls track team came into Saturday's Metuchen Relays hoping to qualify for the 4x800 at the Penn Relays later this month. They came home knowing they qualified. The Eagles won the race in a sizzling time of 9:30.8. That's the second-fastest time in Middlesex County history, behind only the record of 9:23 set by South Brunswick last year. They crossed the finish line 15 seconds ahead of runner-up Sayreville. Sophomore Kara Melisurgo (2:30.9), sophomore Cayla Lubonski (2:18.8), senior Ginna Arora (2:22.8) and senior Melirah Searcy (2:17.8) carried the baton. They are the first Eagles quartet ever to qualify for Penn in a distance event.
"We ran 9:37 at the end of indoors. There's a lot of fast times out there, so we figured we'd take a stab at it and luckily the weather cooperated," Edison coach Mark DiGiovacchino said. "We weren't expecting to go that fast today. We were hoping to run in the low 9:40s as a tune-up and hoping the 9:37 would stand up, and they just erupted." There was a lot of that at this ultra-competitive invitational. South Brunswick's quartet of Alicia Osley, Mariah Browne, Janae Baker and Rachel Johnson blazed to victory in the girls 4x100 (48.9) and 4x200 (1:42.9). Browne also won the long jump with a leap of 18-3, more than two feet farther than the next-closest competitor. The Viking girls also swept the throws. Amber Brown (35-11 shot put) and Chloe Hall led the way. The fireworks were not limited to the girls' side. Edison's Wilfred Asamoah, Jeff Liwag, Simon Montique and Alex Izegtzu won the shuttle hurdles in a scorching 1:01.2. Sayreville's Eric Llorente, Olisa Eze, Dan Saxon and Emeka Eze sped to gold medals in the 4x100 (43.7) and 4x200 (1:30.7), and Eze also placed second in the long jump (21-4).
You might have seen the goal on YouTube. If you haven't, ask one of the more than 283,000 people who have about it.
A high school ice hockey player crosses the blue line, moves into the high slot, no opponent is too close to him, and suddenly he whirls around, sending the puck into the net backhanded. The shot would be impressive on a lacrosse field, but on a hockey rink?
The video of that goal against Colonia made Edison High School senior Mike Criscitello an Internet sensation, landed him on regional and national television and made his name a household word in hockey circles.
"It was not necessarily planned, but I thought about it before," said Criscitello, the Home News Tribune Ice Hockey Player of the Year. "I always wanted to try it in a game. It was the last game of the season, my senior year, and I knew the players on the other team and their coach, so it was like perfect timing. When I was on the bench I was like, "This could be it.' " Even with the perfect timing, Criscitello's sudden fame came as a surprise.
"It was pretty amazing," he recalled. "I put the video on YouTube just for people to look at. I wanted it up for my friends to look at, but people saw it and thought it was cool and put it on another website. From that, the guy from Yahoo! got in touch with our athletic director at our school. They did a phone interview with me and put it on their sports home page. From there, MSG Varsity saw it, Versus saw it. Versus called my house and asked if I could get up to Connecticut to be on the set. I met Jeremy Roenick, which was cool. ESPN called the next day and put it on SportsNation."
"You never know what he's going to do," Edison hockey coach Jose Pan said. "I've had coaches say it's astounding what he can do. His explosive speed and quickness, and obviously the numbers speak for themselves." The numbers are gaudy: 65 goals and 14 assists on the season, 171 goals (sixth on the all-time list in New Jersey) and 39 assists for his career. There were five goals in a 6-2 win over Morris Hills, all six in a 10-6 loss to Monroe, all seven in a 7-3 win over Woodbridge, and seven more in a 10-0 win over J.F. Kennedy.
But even the numbers aren't the whole story. The Eagles, a fifth-year varsity program in a conference with few established ice hockey programs, went 7-8 in the Greater Middlesex Conference this year, 9-11 overall and lost in the first round of the GMC Tournament. Having the kind of talent Criscitello has but not seeing much team success could make for problems, but Pan said his star senior made the best of it. "The good thing about him is that he knows the fundamental stuff, and he'll take a couple of kids under his wing and help them along," Pan said. "It's like having a third coach on the ice because he's that far above most of the others. He's worked a lot also with my goalie. "It's been difficult and frustrating at times because you have kids that are skating for the first time, but he doesn't get upset about it. He'll work with these guys and show them how it's done on the ice."
"It certainly gets frustrating, but sometimes I think I'm here to show other kids and set an example," Criscitello said. "I could be their model to strive to get better in hockey. It gets frustrating compared to travel hockey, because it's a different level, but it's a good group of kids, hard-working, and I like playing with them." Home News Tribune
Teacher of the Year
Ann Snyder is Edison High School 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year. In over 35 years teaching she still enjoys what she does, is an ambassador for the Eagles, district chairwoman of the CCC, and is the "mom" of the math department. She is someone who really knows the history of where we have been and can envision where we are headed. She is a true example of "What's Great About Edison High?" Congratulations and thank you for all of your hard work, innovative teaching methodology, and generous contributions to the school community.
Once again Nancy Mara, member of the ownership family of the New York Football Giants and the Youth for Life representative took it upon herself to have members of the Giants football team come out and speak to the students of a local high school on the importance of organ and tissue donation. Rich Seubert, starting offensive guard and Will Beatty, offensive tackle were the players who unselfishly gave up their time to address the students of Edison High School. Prior to the assembly, while speaking with Mr. Seubert, he related to me that his grandmother now 85 years of age had a heart transplant many years ago back in Wisconsin.
Transplant Speakers International, Inc. (TSI) was created by a group of donor families and transplant recipients. Its sole mission was to create an organization that raised public awareness of organ donors and transplants so well that in time, the need for the group would become obsolete.
TSI's Board is comprised of educators who have been impacted by transplantation. Many are donor families who, through a family tragedy, gave the ultimate gift… the gift of life. Others have gone through the trauma of having a major organ or tissue fail and have become transplant recipients themselves.
Their personal stories, along with the experiences of all of our board members, led to the formation of TSI. TSI works hand-in-hand with organ procurement organizations, private organizations and anyone whose mission includes public education on organ & tissue donation. TSI is unique in the field of organ and tissue donation education, blending traditional instructor led training programs with an exciting e-based learning package.
Ashley Nicole Angalet wants to create and develop a middle school color guard program in south Edison
The "Soaring Eaglets Winter Guard" program's goal is to introduce middle school students to the "sport of the arts" - Color Guard - at no cost to the students and regardless of their abilities or challenges.
By participating in this program, students will learn to be a part of something greater (a team), as well as learn discipline, work on their fitness and other life skills.
They will also develop leadership, organizational and communication skills. The HS students who volunteer to assist in training these students will also develop their organizational, leadership and communication skills. All participants will also increase self-confidence and poise.
Angalet would like to change that for the youth of Edison, and to do so she has applied for a $25,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant. The money would be used to launch a color guard program for students in the Thomas Jefferson and Herbert Hoover middle schools. But her chances of securing the grant depend on help from the public. Although Pepsi selected her idea as a finalist, the proposal needs enough votes from the public to beat out others from around the country.
Please vote now to help Ashley win the $25,000 Pepsi Refresh grant! Read more about this great project in the Sentinel.
Art Sparks Genius
Congratulations to Ikenna Ugboaja! Ikenna is the 1st place winner of the Art Youth Month Design Contest. His work will be published and distributed to art teachers across NJ. Ikenna's piece for the "Art Sparks Genius" theme reflects his personal philosophy: "art goes beyond the visual image, and into a more abstract and personal level of meaning."