Friday, April 29, 2016

DECA Students Compete at Top

Owen J. Roberts DECA Members Compete For Honor of Being One of the Top Marketing Students in the World
Nashville, April 23-26, 2016:  24 Owen J. Roberts High School DECA members earned the right to represent the state of Pennsylvania at DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Nashville, Tennessee.  These future marketing leaders were selected through two levels of competition as some of the best marketing students out of over 4,000 Pennsylvania DECA members.   At ICDC, the Owen J. Roberts delegation competed against 17,000 DECA members from all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Dubai, and China for recognition and over $250,000 in scholarships in Nashville, April 23 – 26, 2016.

Business professionals representing both domestic and international corporations served as judges in the competitive events.  These business professionals interact with the students one-on-one and determine who among them possesses the skills to become leaders of their industry.

The following Owen J. Roberts DECA members participated in the conference:  Alexi Arias and Kayla Hofmann in Creative Marketing Research Project; Steven Brady and Danny Duffy in Franchise Business Plan; Laura Brigandi and Dan Dahmer in Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling;  Ben Brill, Mark Dyer, and Andrew O’Brien in Accounting Application Series; Jared Cooney in Sports and Entertainment Marketing; Emma DiBella and Courtney Thomson in Business Services Operations Research;  Maggie Duffy in Business Merchandising Operations Research; Liza Fitch and Danielle Wood in Advertising Campaign; Lucas Gray in Quick Serve Restaurant Management; Andrew Griffin and Emerson Odagis in Travel and Tourism Management Team; Conner Harlow in Food Marketing Series; Emily Haverstick and Emily Stoner in Start-Up Business Plan; Tim LaGreca in Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research; Annie Reisenwitz and Madeline Sager in Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan.    
With only 3% of the students being recognized for their accomplishments through scholarships and trophies out of the 17,000 DECA members in attendance, Owen J. Roberts DECA is proud to acknowledge the excellent performance of Jared Cooney in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Event.  Jared received recognition for the highest role-play score on the event’s promotion role-play.
DECA is the only international student organization operating through schools to attract young people to careers in marketing, merchandising, management, and entrepreneurship.  Its purposes are to teach occupational proficiency, and to promote understanding and appreciation for the responsibilities of citizenship in our free, competitive enterprise system.

Safety Bug Demonstrates Impairment

The VW Beetle is one of only two cars of its kind in the state.
On Friday, April 29, 2016, Owen J. Roberts teens were given a real-life impaired driving experience. Throughout the day, running continuously from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., the PA DUI Safety Bug, a Volkswagen Beetle custom-engineered to demonstrate the loss of control one would experience if operating a motor vehicle while in an impaired state, was operated by licensed student drivers. The key difference is that it’s the car – not the driver – who is “drunk.” The car is engineered to have up to a 2-second delay in reaction giving students the ability to experience what it is like to attempt control of a motor vehicle with as little as one alcoholic beverage.
While licensed teenage drivers are able to experience The Safety Bug from a vantage point behind the wheel, an equally valuable lesson is afforded backseat passengers. The youth who are “along for the ride” soon realize the helpless position they would be put in as passengers in the car of an impaired driver. Special goggles are available for passengers so they may also understand the lack of control.
Classroom driver training, behind the wheel driver training, and lessons learned from a teen’s experience with The Safety Bug are likely to have a positive impact upon the participant’s future decisions – and help prevent risky behaviors, hopefully saving lives.
In early 2013, Owen J. Roberts was approved as a road testing site for students to complete PA licensing requirements. Classroom driver training is part of the curriculum at Owen J. Roberts High School and the school also offers Behind the Wheel driver training at a minimal cost to students.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Math 24 Whiz

Today, many East Vincent 6th grade students participated in the math 24 tournament and 16 students advanced to the semi-finalist round.  Out of these semi-finalists, four students advanced to the final four.  Congratulations to Aidan Zepp and Kira Chinici, as well as our silver medalist Charlotte Camp and our gold medalist Ethan Farkouh.  We are able to send three students to the county competition on May 13 at the CCIU.  Good luck to Kira, Charlotte, and Ethan!

We’d like to additionally congratulate ALL of the sixth graders who entered the tournament.  The level of sportsmanship was superb.  Their problem solving and processing skills were truly phenomenal.  It was great to see how much all of the students have grown since last year’s tournament.  Great job, Mathletes!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

April Board Recognitions

There were many deserving teacher and student recognitions at the Owen J. Roberts Board of School Directors Meeting on Monday, April 25, 2016.

Eighty Owen J. Roberts students participated in the Chester County Science Research Competition and 34 students received an award at the County level.

  • Congratulations to the following students who competed in the Chester County Science Research Competition:
East Coventry Elementary School
  • Ava Clemson
  • Matthew DiCarlo
  • Veer Kakar
  • Maggie Walker
East Vincent Elementary School
  • Simone Bollinger
  • Christian Caroll and Reilly Koitzsch
  • Evan Finger
  • Blake Fisher
  • Aiden Murray
  • Caedmon Read
  • Aman Pothakamury
French Creek Elementary School
  • Dysen Neill
  • Sonya Soeder
North Coventry Elementary School
  • Karly Kephart
  • Lauren Koster
  • Ben Merklee
West Vincent Elementary School
  • Eskander Bierman
  • Cooper Bryan
  • Logan Cheney
  • Ashley Coughlin
  • Joey Kish
  • Lydia Kronengold
  • Charlotte McQuillan
  • Kate Rowe
  • Liam Sanders and Blake Brennan
  • Joshua Zhang
  • Sarah Zhang *
Middle School
  • Kendra Melniczek *
  • Jordan Mulford
  • Eirene Munson
  • Matthew Saylor
  • Michelle Surine
  • Zoszia Zabrenski *
High School
  • Jonathan Arditi *
  • Kaitlyn Fluharty * and Audrey Farnham *
*Indicates those students being recognized this evening for advancing to the Delaware Valley Science Fair.

  • Congratulations to Dan Mancini, Xavier Ferrizzi and Ryan Resnick for taking 1st place in the Pioneer Athletic Conference Championships.  Congratulations to Dan Mancini for winning the Outstanding Wrestling award at the championship and congratulations to Xavier Ferrizzi for competing in the PIAA State Wrestling Championships. Thanks to Coach DeRafelo and Assistant Coach Brilla for their dedication to the wrestling team.  
    Mini-THON committee heads
  • Congratulations to the High School "Kids for Kids" officers and mini-THON committee heads for organizing the third annual mini-THON, having over 600 students attend and raising over $50,568.  Thanks to Mrs. Charleston, Mrs. Sanchez, and Mrs. Trupe for their dedication to this Club and mini-THON.
  • ​President of "Kids for Kids" and Mini-THON Chair - Sarah Hume
  • Treasurer of "Kids for Kids" and Mini-THON Co-chair - Elizabeth Bealer
  • Mini-THON Treasurer - Jon Westlake
  • Mini-THON Hospitality Committee Head - Claire Hampton
  • Mini-THON Dancer Relations Committee Head - Megan Harpold
  • Mini-THON Communications Committee Head - Emily Vance
  • Mini-THON Family Relations Committee Head - Cheyanne Seber
  • Mini-THON Operations Committee Head – Mary and Rowen Donnelly
  • Mini-THON Entertainment Committee Head - Steven Brady

Ms. Natalie Smith with her parents
Congratulations to all the amazing Owen J. Roberts teachers who received nominations for the Citadel Heart of Learning. Each school was able to honor Citadel Heart of Learning Nominees. High School French Teacher and Students Government Advisor, Ms. Natalie Smith, was recognized as the Owen J. Roberts Citadel Finalist.

 Superintendent Michael Christian recognized Mr. and Mrs. Gabe and Michelle Serbin for their years of dedication and service to the Owen J. Roberts District. The Serbin's have been active in PTA, PTSA, Post Prom, Roberts Athletic Association and more. The Serbin's are excited to begin a new life phase out west in the coming months.
Best wishes to Mrs. Cindy Gadzicki
 In addition, it was an honor to  Mrs. Cindy Gadzicki upon announcement of her retirement. Mrs. Gadzicki has served the Owen J. Roberts School District for 29 years. She is a dedicated teacher of Health and Physical Education. She has been an active member of the Owen J. Roberts Wellness Council since its inception.

Ed Foundation Awards Mini-Grants

On Monday, April 25, 2016, at the Owen J. Roberts Board of School Directors Regular Business Meeting, the Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation presented the district with a check which represented grants to teachers in each of the district's seven schools. The money was raised through direct contributions, various fundraising activities and the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program.

The Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation has been awarding mini-grants to teachers since
2007. Their mission is to secure funds through philanthropic means and engage all members of
the community to support educational innovation and the mission of the Owen J. Roberts School District. Since 2007, the Foundation has awarded over $166,000 in grants including support for Wildcat TV. In addition, they administer over $23,000 in scholarships each year.

Grants awarded for 2016-2017 include iPads in the High school, Middle school, French Creek
and North Coventry; STEM materials in East Coventry, French Creek and East Vincent;
MakerSpace materials in West Vincent and Library Resources in East Coventry and French

The following teachers received Owen J. Roberts mini grants this month:
o Karin Suzadail and John McCormick in the HS
o Jennifer Scott and Erica Thomas in the MS
o Michelle Riggs in WV
o Brooke Sarkar in EV
o Patrice Reiche in NC
o Paula Jackson, Beth Nyce, Jackie Kirby, Dawn Janke, Jennifer Snow, Elizabeth
Palumbo and Eric Smith in EC
o Shelby Roland, Joanna Kerlin, Samantha Horosky and Jessica Stone in FC

The Education Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community organization. Contributions are tax deductible. There are many ways to support the Foundation: direct or payroll contribution, making a Staff Tribute contribution, supporting fundraising events, or purchasing a brick for the Legacy Walkway. 

Monday, April 25, 2016


Photos by Mr. Keith Morris
About 130 registered runners completed the NJROTC 100th Anniversary 5K on Saturday, April 23 at Owen J. Roberts High School. The rain held out and it was nice weather for a run. JROTC platoons for Air Force and Army from other high schools were in attendance chanting military cadence.

Culinary Arts Cupcake Wars

The high school culinary arts cupcake wars took place this year on Thursday 4/21.  Entered wer five interesting cupcakes: crème brulee, beach-themed, pie look-a-like, s'mores, and French toast with maple bacon.  After a class vote using Poll Everywhere, the class came to the decision that the s'mores was the winner! 

DECA International

A group of OJRHS DECA International competitors at the  Grand Ole Opry

DECA prepares emerging high school and college leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management around the globe. Students have an opportunity to participate in regional, state and international competitions. After competing at the state level, 26 Owen J. Roberts High School students qualified to enter the International Career Development Conference in Nashville, TN, April 23-26, 2016.

"As an integral part of the classroom curriculum, DECA's industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism. DECA’s flagship evaluation process involves students in both a written component such as an exam or report and an interactive component with an industry professional serving as a judge. DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to every student being college and career ready when they graduate from high school."

Below are some of the OJRHS projects being presented at DECA International:
Haverstick/Stoner…..Entrepreneurship Independent Business Plan…business plan for 50 and over gym in mainline area
Maggie Duffy …Business Merchandising Operations Research…worked with David’s Bridal to develop a strategic plan to improve employee engagement
DiBella…Business Services Operations Research…worked with Bella MedSpa to develop a strategic plan to improve employee engagement
Thomson….Business Services Operations Research…worked with Thomson Contracting to develop a strategic plan to improve employee engagement
Hoffman/Arias…Creative Marketing Research Project…researched and developed a promotion plan to improve the image of the natural gas industry in PA
Sager/Reisenwitz…Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan…developed a promotion plan for Netflix
Wood/Fitch…Advertising Campaign Event…developed a promotion plan for the Animal Rescue League
LaGreca…Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research…worked with Bellewood Country Club to develop a strategic plan to improve employee engagement
Dahmer/Brigandi…Hospitality and Tourism Selling…developed a sales presentation to target millennials to a conference destination
Brady…Entrepreneurship Franchise Business Plan…developed a business plan to open a Cruise Planners franchise business
Dan Duffy…Entrepreneurship Franchise Business Plan…developed a business plan to open a Bricks 4 Kids franchise business

Unable to attend ICDC due to conflicts…

Kerlin…Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan…developed a fashion merchandising promotion plan for Lilly Pulitzer
McGee…Entrepreneurship Start Up Business Plan…developed a proposal to start a flower shop near Ludwig’s Corner.

OJRHS also had other students attending DECA International who worded to solve case study scenarios in a variety of business careers.