Friday, May 24, 2019

Student Board Leadership

Ahmed Alveed has represented the student body by providing district-wide school reports to the Board of School Directors at regular business meetings each month. The Board of Directors honored Ahmed this past Monday and wished him the best of luck in all future endeavors.

Ahmed will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in the fall. In addition to acting as president of a student body of about 1600 students, Ahmed was active in the award-winning Computer Science Club Coding Crew. He was accepted into and attended The Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences (PGSS). "PGSS was established provide a summer enrichment experience in the sciences and mathematics for talented Pennsylvania high school students and to encourage them to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The program provides instruction in biological sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science, with emphasis on collaborative learning and team research."

Ahmed thanked the Board of Directors for allowing his involvement and, on behalf of the entire student body, thanked them for their service and for providing an excellent educational opportunity at Owen J. Roberts. Ahmed welcomed and introduced the newly-elected student government president for 2019-2020, John Buckwalter, to the Board.

Nominate an Alumnus or Community Servant

Please nominate a special Owen J. Roberts alumnus or community servant to be honored this fall. The Education Foundation has been giving the Outstanding Community Service and Distinguished Alumni Awards since 1997.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually to an Owen J. Roberts alumnus who enhances the quality of life by preserving, promoting and carrying out positive and quantifiable traditional values and traits.  This individual’s leadership and integrity should result in significant accomplishments in his business and professional life in the community. 

The Community Service Award is given annually to honor an Owen J. Roberts resident who enhances the quality of life by preserving, promoting and carrying out positive and quantifiable traditional community values and traits.   

Criteria and application may be found on the Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation website at:

Public Auction Scheduled June 15

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Youth Empowerment Project

Often volunteers find themselves working in a group where they don't know others...

some of the day's activities involved team building and ice breaking

Students from Boyertown, Pottstown, Pottsgrove and Owen J. Roberts worked together

Students work to discover their passions
Today, 23 Owen J. Roberts High School students, along with high school students from Boyertown, Pottstown and Pottsgrove, participated in a day of discovery about volunteering in the community. The event took place all day at Althouse Arboretum in Pottstown. In the morning, students were engaged in break-out sessions to help them connect with others and connect with their own passions. Each student worked on a personal mission statement. Later in the day, students had the opportunity to visit booths at a Non-Profit Fair to learn about the missions of local organizations and find out more about volunteer opportunities. Organizations represented many sectors including environment, food security, anti-poverty, children's services, animal rescue, healthcare and more. As part of the day, students received philanthropy "donation dollars" to give to a participating non-profit of their choice!

The event was sponsored and facilitated by:
Tri County Network's Teen Engagement Committee, along with Althouse Arboretum and YWCA Tri County Area.

Class of 2019 Salutatorians and Valedictorian

(F) Kenzie Milne, Sam Coroniti, Jake Iyoob, Nadia Mokhallalati, Morgan Prichard
 (R) Mr. Bill Richardson, Mrs. Adrienne Andres, Ms. Beth Seiler and Mrs. Erin Sanchez
As a matter of tradition, on Monday, May 20, 2019, at the Owen J. Roberts Board of School Directors Regular Business Meeting, the Class of 2019 Valedictorian, Jake Iyoob, and Salutatorians, Sam Coroniti, Kenzie Milne, Nadia Mokhallalati, and Morgan Prichard informed the Board and audience about a teacher of significant influence. Each student shared comments about what made a noteworthy teacher important to him or her. Those teachers, in turn, provided insight about interactions and experiences in teaching and guiding the student. The audience learned a bit of how teachers make a difference to students, how students impact teachers, and how these students may have already impacted our world.

Congratulations to Jake Iyoob, Valedictorian, and to Salutatorians Sam Coroniti, Kenzie Milne, Nadia Mokhallalati, and Morgan Prichard.

Jake Iyoob, who will attend the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to study actuarial science, spoke about Profesora Adrienne Andrés. “Her love for the (Spanish) language has opened me up to the many opportunities involving Spanish and allowed me to see the world from a different perspective. Before I had merely found interest in mathematics and numbers, but now I am ready to take on completely new foreign experiences in large part due to her.” Mrs. Andrés said, “Jake is never boastful. He has a true desire to learn and to grow.  He chose to participate in the National Spanish Exam this year scoring in the 91st percentile and earning a silver medal.   In addition to his academic strengths, he has emotional intelligence. He is never interested in overshadowing his peers. He is responsible. He often works ahead on assignments…I want to thank his parents for raising such a fine young man, whose kindness and humility will take him far.”

Mrs. Erin Sanchez offered, “Morgan, as you graduate with this highly prestigious title, I wish you all the best. Thank you for being such a motivator to me, and for re-igniting my own love of learning because of what I saw in you. You are going to go very far in life, and I am proud, honored, and humbled to have been even just a small influence in helping you to achieve your dreams.” Morgan Prichard, who moved into the district in 10th grade from Oregon said, “I knew that Mrs. Sanchez cared about me and who I was not only as a student, but as a person.” Morgan will attend Penn State this fall and will always remember Mrs. Sanchez for allow(ing) me to feel a sense of community in what during the first days here seemed to be a never ending hallway of bricks.”

Kenzie Milne has set her sights on veterinary medicine. Mr. William Richardson was cited for having a role in Kenzie’s development. She explained, “Mr. Richardson has become a mentor to me and has helped me grow into the person I am today. The first time I met Mr. Richardson was sophomore year in my Intro to Engineering class. He was always a person you could bounce ideas off of, whether it was figuring out how to deactivate a simulated nuclear power plant or building a fishing lure. But he helped me the most by starting the International Baccalaureate program.” Mr. Richardson remarked, “Kenzie consistently met project goals and met her own set of standards that typically exceeded ours.  She helped set the bar for project work in our engineering courses. The 2017-2018 school year was the first that we offered the International Baccalaureate Career Program.  Kenzie was one of the first to express interest and is in the first IB class that will receive IB Certificates this year. Kenzie has completed rigorous IB program while continuing to take AP courses in her Junior and Senior year. She has obviously excelled in these classes as well.  As part of the IB program Kenzie completed a Culminating senior project on ethics of 3D organ printing. To this end, and as part of the IB program, she took two Life Science offerings, including Genetics.  She completed her service work volunteering at an animal rescue and completed additional volunteer work teaching young students how to ride and care for horses.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society and National German Honor Society.  While excelling in academics, Kenzie also managed to make her mark on the soccer field each year.  In fact, she is leaving here tonight to compete in the U19 State Cup Game.”

National Merit Scholarship winner, Nadia Mokhallalati recounted that, “Ms. Elizabeth Seiler explained that she understood an AP class, and junior year itself, could be very stressful, and she would make the sincere effort to help alleviate the anxiety in any way she could. Though the class could be challenging, Ms. Seiler constantly reminded her students that her door was always open, even holding afterschool review sessions on multiple occasions before exams for any who wanted to attend.” 

Nadia, who plans to go into international law, was a founder of the Mock Trial Team at Owen J. Roberts High School. She is highly involved in student government and Ambassadors Club. She teaches world language in the elementary after school program, is a member of the debate club, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society. Ms. Seiler described a curious student who, “is not a student, but a scholar”. Ms. Seiler said, “She is generous of heart. She has left her mark on me and on Owen J. Roberts and I believe we will bear witness to her mark on the world.”

Sam Coroniti, who plans to attend University of South Carolina Honors College, explained, “More than any other staff member that I’ve spoken to, Mr. Richardson makes me feel welcome and comfortable in conversation with him. He gave me the feeling that I could count on him through my high school journey, and he has held true to that first impression.” Mr. Richardson informed that Sam has completed, with distinction, 10 AP courses over the last 3 years. “Sam is a student who is willing to devote time outside of school in pursuit of academic goals with a maturity often seen in older students.   After returning from the summer Ecology Trip to Costa Rica, he participated in a Marine Conservation Course at the Brown Environmental Leadership Lab.” Mr. Richardson added, “In addition to excelling in academics, Sam was has played soccer on the school team each year, this year being voted captain.  Sam has shared his skills in math and science by acting as a peer tutor at the high school.  He is a member of the World Language Honor Society, Science National Honor Society and a co-founder of the Computer Science Club.”