Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Students Help Aged Equines

Chris Eckert, a senior at Owen J. Roberts High School, lives near Ryerss Farm, a safe home for horses who are in their golden years. A couple years ago when Ryerss was affected by a barn fire, he and a friend were able to gather volunteers from the high school to host a car wash fundraiser to help Ryerss Farm.

This year, Chris worked with Anchor Club students and on May 26, another car wash was held with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Ryerss farm.  Chris worked with Ridge Fire Company and the Fire Company graciously allowed students to host the car wash at their site on Route 23. Ryerss was so appreciative that they sent out a representative to set up a table and provide lunch for the Anchor Club members.  Anchor Club provided snacks and had a wonderful time raising $376 for the farm to help with the many needs including food, shelter, farrier, veterinarian and dental care, as well as routine inoculations and medications. Throughout the school year, students and student groups work to assist the farm in various ways.
photo by Janice Houck

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Odyssey Teams Command World Stage

Once again our district Odyssey of the Mind teams performed outstandingly in the Odyssey World Finals competition . 

    This year’s World Finals Competition included over 800 teams from dozens of foreign countries and the U.S.A.
     The High School had two top ten finishes.  The engineering team of Stephen Dallas, Zach Matarazzo, Cassidy Hart, Collin Sager, Madison Matarazzo, Caroline Rajtik, and Mackenzie Briglia, finished in the top three in the world for the third straight year earning a third place finish. 

Our Classics team, coached by Patty Janda, finished in ninth place overall in their problem.  Members of  Ms. Janda’s team were Madison Aicher, Christopher Bove, Kelsey Bright, Kevin Bukay, Caitlin McLaughlin, Alyssa Ott, and Michaela Shaw. 

The team from East Vincent Elementary earned a sixth place finish in the competition.  Team members included: Gretchen Harken, Gabrielle Tamburro, Casey Walker, Beckett Houck, Hannah Pugh, Kyle Waldhof, and Kasey Fitch. 

Our middle school team finished in 24th place in the contest.  The team consisted of Ben Yankelitis, Ethan Conway, Danielle Wood, Liza Fitch, Sydney Baker, Liam Conway, and George Kullen.

A special Congratulations to all of these students !!!  

Kayak By Design

Students in Mr. Crowl’s Computer Aided Drafting and Design 3 (CADD 3) course have been working on a new project this semester.  Students were given the challenge of designing and constructing single person kayaks.  These flat-water kayaks were designed around traditional skin on frame kayak construction practices.  Instead of using wood for the frame of the kayak the students utilized PVC pipe in various diameters and lengths.  The PVC frame is then covered with canvas and coated with several layers of waterproof roofing paint.
The class began by doing research online and creating a prototype as a class.  For several weeks everyone in class worked together on this prototype refining the design and mastering the skills needed to build the boat.  After the prototype was completed it was tested in the Middle School pool.  With a successful test completed students then began work on their own kayaks.  After more than a month of working before school, in class, during study halls, and after school the kayaks are nearly ready to test again in the pool.  After each student demonstrates that their boat is safe and dry then class will be taking a field trip to try them out in open water.

Film Students Shine

Greenfield Youth Film Festival Awards Night – Keswick Theatre – May 1, 2012

Congratulations to Adam Ardekani for winning Best Picture Overall and Best Narrative Film for “Slice of an Orange” at the Greenfield Youth Film Festival awards show last night at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, PA. Adam’s film was selected out of 297 films submitted by 26 participating schools in the Philadelphia area. Adam’s film was judged and selected by industry professionals and university professors for this prestigious award. The film also took top honors for Best Original Musical Score by Colin Gray. The screenplay was written by Beau Dallas and featured the acting of Matt Kiesling.
Owen J. Roberts also had two other films nominated in the top eight for Best Narrative Film. “License and Registration,” Produced and Directed by Ted Keffer, Written by Blake Jarvis, Filmed and Edited by Matt DeSantis and featuring the acting of Brett Levengood, Adam Ardekani and Mark Misciagna.
Blake Jarvis took top honors for Best Screenplay for “License and Registration.”
“Roomies,” Produced and Directed by Ted Keffer and written by Blake Jarvis, was another film nominated in the narrative category.
In the Documentary category Katrina Garthe received a nomination for her film “Heroes of War”
Prizes Awarded:
Owen J. Roberts High School – Best Picture – “Slice of an Orange” – received a trophy for the school and a $250 gift card to B & H Photo and Video.
Adam Ardekani – Best Picture and 1st Place Narrative - “Slice of an Orange” – received a trophy, $500 and an all access pass to the Philadelphia Film Festival. (Adam will be able to participate in a meet and greet at the festival.)
Colin Gray – Best Original Musical Score – “Slice of an Orange” – received a $100 iPod gift card and a recording session in Milkboy Recording Studios with Jamie Lokoff.
Blake Jarvis – Best Screenplay – “License and Registration” – received a one on one session with screenwriter Mark Rosenthal and a copy of Final Draft screenwriting software.
Last night was a great night for Owen J. Roberts High School and a great night for all of the filmmakers who participated by submitting films. (As a school OJR submitted 29 films) (80 people from OJR attended which included students and their families.)(Approximately 1400 people attended the event.)
Mr. Sponagle would like to thank everyone who submitted films and attended the awards show.

DECA Wins Award for Spirit in Giving

Mr. Bryan Burtnett reports that he had the pleasure to accompany the DECA team that coordinated the Kick For A Cure event this year to the Make-A-Wish luncheon.    At the luncheon, Owen J. Roberts DECA was awarded the Natale Stable Spirit Award, which recognizes a college or school for their continued spirit in giving.    As of this year, the Owen J. Roberts DECA chapter has donated almost $30,000 for the Kick For A Cure event to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which has allowed 5 wishes to be granted to children with serious illnesses.  The team included Rikki Barto, Brooke Miller, and Mariel Tucker. Congratulations to them on this outstanding accomplishment.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Encouraging Safe Driving Habits

On May 4, Owen J. Roberts High School joined with the other PAC10 High Schools (Spring-Ford, Boyertown, Methacton, Owen J. Roberts, Perkiomen Valley, Phoenixville, Pope John Paul II, Pottsgrove, Pottstown and Upper Perkiomen) in a "Don’t Text and Drive Awareness Day".  Educators at each participating school created a public service announcement about the dangers of distractions while driving. The videos were followed up by asking students to sign a pledge to not Text and Drive. The campaign is another component of the Driver Safety Program that Owen J. Roberts has implemented this year.

This day was initiated by a student at Spring-ford HS and she was able to reach out to all the schools in the league. Dr. Marchini, principal for OJRHS, commented, "I am proud to part of the efforts and appreciate parent assistance with this very positive event."

Please see link to video    Driving Safety and New Laws

Fun Night of Music

Mr. Todd R. Mengel, Director of Bands, informs that the high school band’s annual spring concert is this Thursday, May 10th at 7:00pm in the high school auditorium.  All are invited to the concert which will feature the Owen J. Roberts concert band and jazz band.  The band is also premiering a brand new piece of music composed and conducted by one of our own very talented 10th grade students.  Bring your families, friends and neighbors out for a fun night of music.  Hope to see you there.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Able to Leap Tall Buildings (and Large Pallets of Food)

"Soup"erman returned to North Coventry on May 2 to express his apprection to the student body for their participation in the Philabundance Food Drive.  He is pictured above with students from Miss Scheib’s 1st grade class.

Owen J. Roberts High School recently won the Shire Pharmaceuticals-sponsored Philabundance Great Food Fight by donating over 22,000 pounds of canned goods to the regional food bank. OJR ran the top drive competing with 21 other schools. More than 71 tons of food was collected in the region as part of the campaign among regional schools. Owen J. Roberts students raised awareness on the issue of hunger as part of the campaign.

Many thanks to all who donated to this worthy cause!