Thursday, November 30, 2017

Congratulations, PAC All Academic Selections

2017 Fall Sports PAC All Academic Selections

Congratulations to the following varsity athletes:
Macy Wright
Boys Cross Country
Liam Conway
Girls Cross Country
Josephine Funaro
Field Hockey
Riley Hansen
Jacob Puderbach
Ward McHenry
Boys Soccer
Graham Pugh
Girls Soccer
Kali Pupo
Girls Tennis
Leeann Dempsey
Girls Volleyball
Lena Nguyen
Citizen Athlete
Liam Conway

Holiday Tree Festival

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Annual Free Senior Citizen Concert & Tea

Liam Conway to Run Exclusive NXN (Nike Cross Nationals)

Owen J. Roberts senior, Liam Conway, qualified for, and will compete in, the Nike Cross Nationals by placing second overall this past weekend in the Boys’ Nike Cross Northeast Regional Meet in Bowdoin Park, Wappingers Falls, New York. The 14th Annual Nike Cross Nationals is billed by Nike to be the “ultimate cross country experience” and will be held on Saturday, December 2, in Portland, Oregon at Glendoveer Golf Course with the boys meet starting at 10:05 a.m. PST (1:05 p.m. EST). This exclusive race fields 22-7 person teams and an addition 45 qualifying individuals (male and female) and is funded by Nike. 

Conway was the PAC League Boys Cross Country Champion two years in a row. He placed third in the District One AAA Championship and 8th in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) AAA State Championships. Conway qualified for, and competed at, the state level in cross country all four years of his high school career. Conway’s time in the Boys’ Nike Cross Northeast Regional Meet was 16:02. His best cross country time of 15:08 was run earlier this year at the Paul Short Invitational. Conway was named to the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association (PTFCA) 2017 Boys’ All-State Cross Country Team. His high school coaches, Mr. David Michael and Assistant Coach Mr. Tim Marcoe have enjoyed being a part of Conway’s development as a runner. “His work ethic stands out and it is exciting for us to see his hard work pay off,” said Mr. Marcoe. will broadcast the NXN races via live webcast beginning at 9:30 a.m. PST at: 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Daniel DiMarino Selected for Various National Music Education Honors

High School senior, Daniel DiMarino, was selected for NAfME (National Association for Music Education) All-National Orchestra from among hundreds of students across the United States and US Territories.  Additionally, his composition, Temptations, was selected as the first-place composition in the NAfME student composition contest.  

Daniel will be representing OJRHS at the Coronado Resort and Conference Center in Orlando, Florida where he will not only be a member of the All-National Orchestra, but his composition, Temptations, will have its world premiere at the concert.  This is an outstanding achievement for Daniel and the quality music program we have at Owen J. Roberts High School.  

 Daniel DiMarino is the oldest child of two trained music teachers, who have encouraged his musicality from the very beginning. By the age of 2, Daniel had already showed incredible interest and aptitude in music, singing perfectly in tune and matching the pitches of his dad’s voice even though they were an octave below his own. Singing was, and still is, a vibrant part of the family dynamic that he shares among his parents and two younger siblings. 

Daniel began his formal musical training at the age of 6, first on piano with Desiree McIntyre, and then two years later, on violin with Janet Marquardt. By age 8, Daniel had composed his first musical composition, Winter Fantasy, which surprisingly, was scored for full orchestra! His love for musical composition and his skill in the craft grew steadily over the next several years, and by the age of 12, Daniel had composed Danse Classique, a piece worthy of publication, ultimately earning him a place within the string orchestra catalog of Wingert-Jones Publications. At 13, he began to formally study composition with David Kocman, with whom he has been developing a broad palette of compositional styles and techniques for a wide variety of performing ensembles.
Daniel was selected for the NAfME All-National honor orchestra. He has also been selected as a winner of the PMEA Composition Contest, High School division, in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and has performed with PMEA District, Region, and State orchestras and choirs, as well as the NAfME All-Eastern orchestra. Other experiences of note have included masterclasses with violinists Christopher Collins Lee (2015), Vadim Gluzman (2016), and had a very special opportunity to perform the 2nd movement of Bach's Double Violin Concerto publicly with world renowned violinist Midori in April 2013.

Daniel is currently the Concertmaster of the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Chris Cinquini. He currently studies piano with Gretchen Hull, and violin with Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Concertmaster, Marc Rovetti.

 You can access a recording of Temptations by clicking on the following link: