Thursday, May 28, 2015

Student Works Published

High School Advanced Placement 11 students Andrew Martin, Christina Fluharty, Hayley Bono, Avalon Potter, and Audrey Schwartz were published in Kutztown University English Club’s literary magazine Shoofly.  Their impressive poetry was featured along with the work of the students of the university.  Each student was awarded a copy of the publication as well as a hand-written note from the English Club student president.  Congratulations to these students and to their teacher, Ms. Seiler.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

11th Annual Student Film Festival

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Mr. Brian Sponagle and the Owen J. Roberts High School Video Production Club held the club's 11th Annual Student Film Festival. Alumni judges selected 16 films from the 33 films entered for viewing at the festival. Over 300 people attend the event which was emceed by seniors Bradley Kinckner and Tyler McGee. The event raised money for the annual video production scholarship that is given to an OJR senior at the senior awards ceremony. 

The award winning films can be viewed by going to the high school web page, selecting Wildcat TV and OJRHS Student Short Films. Go to Wildcat TV

The following films were recognized for awards by the judges.

Best Picture - The Letter by Jeff Savant
Best Director - Tyler McGee - Revived
Best Actor - Robert Sheehy - Revived
Best Actress - Claire Dawkins - Come Morning
Best Screenplay - Sarah Davies - Come Morning
Best Cinematography - Bradley Kinckner - Mind Games
Best Editing - Gabriella Megni - To See Me Clearly
Best Original Score - Jeff Savant - The Letter

Judges Award - Mariel Tucker - Fairly Local
Judges Award - Cassidy Mayerson - Subconscious
Judges Award - Samuel Fisher - Brass Hysteria

A special thank you to Alumni Judges Roman Santacroce 07', Zach Doukas 07', Andy Hoffman 08', Craig Hacker 11' and Adam Ardekani 12'

Superior Spanish Skills

What an impressive number of excellent Spanish students!!!

The National Spanish Exam medals and certificates were distributed at the High School today.  Congratulations to 52 Owen J. Roberts High School Students who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2015 National Spanish Examinations.  102 students chose to take the exam this year.  Students from the High School earned a total of 5 silver and 13 bronze medals along with 34 honorable mentions.  More than 157,000 students participated in the exam this year across the United States.


Owen J. Roberts Students Excel in Problem Solving Competition

This past week three teams of students from Owen J. Roberts competed in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals competition.  The contest was held on the campus of Michigan State University and included teams from over a dozen nations and states from across the country.  The Owen J. Roberts School District competed in the structural engineering division and was represented in three levels of competition, elementary, middle, and high school. 

All three of the teams representing our school district finished the contest by placing in the top ten in their division.  Our high school team finished in 6th place, the middle school team earned a 7th place finish, and students from East Vincent took 8th place honors.  At the campus each of our district teams competed directly with over forty teams that had earned their way to Michigan by winning either a state or national championship.  Hundreds of teams were eliminated from the contest earlier in the year having lost at their regional or state contests.  The competition at the event was fierce and the Owen J. teams rose to meet the challenge.

Overall, each of our Owen J. teams finished this Odyssey season ranking in the top 1% of all the competing school districts.  A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to:

Our high school Odyssey team: Makenzie Briglia, Caroline Rajtik, Maddie Matarazzo, Ethan Conway, George Kullen, Alex Glasier, and Liam Conway.

Our middle school team:  Kasey Fitch, Annie Arditi, Maddie Braun, Emily Glasier, Jeanie Tokay, Olivia Devol, and Lauren McLaughlin.

The East Vincent Team: Nick Wood, Charlie Kullen, Charlotte Camp, Jen Plasha, Sofia Loiaconno, Addy D’Arcy, and Sarah Ewing.

Thanks to all of these students for representing our school district in these competitions!