Thursday, December 19, 2019

Winter Wildcat Cheer

When students, staff and visitors enter the east entrance art wing doors to the high school, they are greeted with a cheerful Wildcat ornament hanging from the ceiling. The ornament was donated by alumnus Kirk Brown. Mr. Brown used to enjoy decorating the halls as a student according to Ms. Peg McGinnis, and continues to give back to the school. 

Mr. Brown, who has stayed involved with Owen J. Roberts School District by starting an Excellence in Horticulture scholarship, reached out to Horticulture teacher, Ms. McGinnis, with the idea to brighten the hallway and bring cheer to students. He had the ornament decoration custom made and donated it to the school. Mr. Brown was honored by the Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation in 2018 with the Distinguished Alumni Award and his generosity continues to be commended.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Thirty-one Advance to State DECA Competition

Owen J. Roberts DECA had another successful district competition yesterday, December 17, 2019.  330 competitors from private and public schools from the region solved complex marketing case studies and presented the solutions to local business professionals who acted as judges.  The top case study solutions in each event will move on to the state competition in February.  Congratulations to all the DECA students.

Students placing at the conference and moving on to the state competition:

Jake Weston, 1st place in Automotive Services Marketing
Annie Arditi, 1st place in Business Financial Services
Sean Zubey, 1st place in Business Services Marketing
Kira St. Clair, 1st place in Entrepreneurship (Individual Series)
Blake Brennan, 1st place in Food Marketing Series
Lindsay Jennings, 1st place in Hotel Lodging Management
Mary Kate Duffy, 1st place in Restaurant and Food Service Management
Victoria Blancarte, 1st place in Retail Merchandising Series
Joey Kish and Reilly Koitzsch, 1st place in Financial Services Team
Maddi Koury and Theo Damiani, 1st place in Business Law and Ethics Team
Shavani Preveen and Ava Distefano, 1st place in Entrepreneurship Team
JP Duffy, 2nd place in Business Financial Services
Liam Sanders, 2nd place in Food Marketing Series
Lauren McLaughlin and Kendall Obara, 2nd place in Business Law and Ethics Team
Raina Smolij and Kahlea Sachar, 2nd place in Sports and Entertainment Team
Noah Gonzalez and Griffin Schanz, 2nd place in Travel and Tourism Team
Cole Smith, 3rd place in Human Resource Management
Jake Koster and Eric Scull, 3rd place in Financial Services Team
Alekya Srininvasan, 4th place in Hotel Lodging Management
Jeevan Bandi, 4th place in Marketing Communication Series
Josh Messinger and Jared Eichler, 4th place in Buying and Merchandising Team
Nikita Chin, 5th place in Apparel and Accessories Marketing
Andrew LaGreca, 5th place in Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Student Passes Early Boards

Congratulations to Olivia Lafferty for passing her PA Cosmetologist Early Theory and Procedural Skills Exam! Olivia is from Owen J. Roberts High School District and is in the Technical College High School (TCHS) Pickering Campus' Cosmetology program.The Pennsylvania Board of Cosmetology has minimum requirements of 900 hours for a Cosmetologist to qualify for early Board testing. Olivia is well on her way to being a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Buddy Treats

Students involved with the Owen J. Roberts Middle School Best Buddies organization are working like industrious elves on a new fundraiser for the club. The mixers are whirring, the ovens are cranking, and students are perfecting measuring, rolling and cutting doggie cookies.

Best Buddies is making and selling pumpkin dog treats for Furry Buddies of staff this Holiday season and selling each ½ lb bag for $5.00.  Students are custom sizing treats (small, medium, and large) to be just right for every pup.

The internal fundraiser supports events for Best Buddies. "Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society." (

Monday, December 9, 2019

15th Annual Holiday Concert Draws Crowd

The rain didn't keep the crowd of about 160 attendees from attending the 15th annual Senior Citizen Holiday Concert and Tea at Owen J. Roberts High School. Several clubs and individuals helped to prepare for the festivities including:
  • The Wildcat Ambassadors, Jennifer Arnst, Advisor
  • Anchor Club, Emily Feurtsch and Jeremy Mellon, Advisors
  • The Naturals and Concert Choir, Sheila McIntyre, Director
  • The Orchestra, Martin Prescod, Director
  • OJR Housekeeping and Maintenance Staff
  • OJR Security Staff
  • Chartwells Food Service and Staff
  • Santa

The audience enjoyed performances by the Naturals, Concert Choir and Jazz Bands in the auditorium, then proceeded to the cafeteria where dessert was served. During the teach, the Freshman Choir and High School Orchestra played a background of live music.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Have You Nominated a Teacher with Heart?

Nominations for the teacher Citadel Heart of Learning Award will be accepted through December 31, 2019, and can be submitted at

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award was created in 2001 by Citadel and the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU). Any person who teaches at a public or private school in Chester County is eligible to win. Every year, Citadel receives thousands of heartfelt nominations sent from students, parents, and community members for teachers who are making a true difference in their students’ lives. Last year, more than 2,300 teachers were nominated. To date, over $216,000 has been given to local educators, and over 270 teachers have been honored with the award.

In addition to the nomination period being open, Citadel has announced that Dr. George Fiore, the new Executive Director of the Chester County Intermediate Unit, will serve as co-chair along with Michael Schnably, Citadel Senior Vice President.

“In so many ways, teachers are unsung superheroes, and Citadel is proud to give them the honor they deserve,” said Michael Schnably, senior vice president, Citadel.  “We are thrilled to have the Chester County Intermediate Unit as our partner to celebrate the deserving educators in this community.”

Each year, 15 finalists are selected from the nominations; one finalist from each of the 13 public school districts in Chester County, one from the Chester County Intermediate Unit, and one from a Chester County non-public school, which includes charter and home schools.  All finalists receive $500 to use in their classroom and are honored at the Citadel Heart of Learning Awards banquet in early May. Three winners are selected from the 15 finalists — one high school, one middle school, and one elementary school teacher — and each receives an additional $1,500 to use in their classroom. Mrs. Amanda DiPasqua from East Vincent Elementary was selected as the 2019 Owen J. Roberts School District finalist for the Citadel Heart of Learning Award.

Schools with Heart
In addition to the teaching excellence award, the top three schools that submit the most nominations receive the “Schools with Heart” award from Citadel. Schools with Heart awards three cash prizes – first place, $1500; second place, $750; and third place, $500 – for the schools to support assemblies or events.

For more information, nomination rules, and to submit teacher nominations, visit

Monday, November 25, 2019

Congratulations, Orchestra Qualifiers

Please join us in bestowing congratulations to the following students who will be representing Owen J. Roberts at the PMEA District 12 Orchestra Festival Jan 30 - Feb, 1 2020, at Upper Darby High School.

Joschua DiMarino, Cello
Devyn Engle
Danny Flogaus
Michael Pizzillo
Samuel Turley
Anya Winemiller

Congratulations to PMEA Band Qualifiers

Please join us in congratulating the following students who will be representing Owen J. Roberts at the PMEA District 12 Band Festival at Radnor High School, February 13th - 15th, 2020:

Noemi Bender, Clarinet
Will Blackledge, Baritone Saxophone
Devyn Engle, French Horn
Danny Flogaus, Trumpet
McKinley Frees, Contra-Bass Clarinet
Heather Greer, Clarinet
Lillian Heckler, Flute
Connor Heft, Tuba
Jack Pezzillo, French Horn
Samuel Turley, Trombone