Thursday, June 20, 2019


Listen this weekend for the report by Mark Abrams, reporter, anchor and news editor, on @KYWNewsRadio about the OJR NJROTC selection as the MOST IMPROVED UNIT in the world (583 high school Navy programs in the US and overseas). The unit competed in 11 zones to reach the designation through the Naval Service Training Command, NJROTC.

Congratulations to all the cadets and a special thank you to Master Gunnery Andrew Worley, Captain Craig Armstrong and Sergeant Major Laureano Perez for their dedication to the unit.

Film Student Recognized

Congratulations were extended to Jack Savant for winning the Best Director award at the Greenfield Youth Film Festival for his film "Secrets". 

Student short films may be found on the High School Website under Wildcat TV.
Below are two of Jack Savant's films:

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Aspiring Artists

Rachel Cressman - Middle School

Katelyn Blattner - East Coventry Elementary School

Madison Brashear- East Vincent Elementary School

Allison Fernandez - North Coventry Elementary School

Zayna Mohamed- West Vincent Elementary School

Annelise Hafer - French Creek Elementary School

Elizabeth Braaksma - High School
Melissa Janda - Middle School
  • Congratulations to the following students for being chosen as a School Board Aspiring Artist Award:
  • Katelyn Blattner - East Coventry Elementary School
  • Madison Brashear- East Vincent Elementary School
  • Annelise Hafer - French Creek Elementary School
  • Allison Fernandez - North Coventry Elementary School
  • Zayna Mohamed- West Vincent Elementary School
  • Rachel Cressman - Middle School
  • Melissa Janda - Middle School
  • Elizabeth Braaksma - High School

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Watch WPVI's Best of the Class

Congratulations to Jake Iyoob, Class Valedictorian, who represents Owen J. Roberts High School in WPVI's Best of the Class Event. Jake will attend the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to study actuarial science.

The Best of Class 2019 special will air on 6abc on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm. 6abc's Best of Class Special is hosted by Action News Anchors Brian Taff and Sharrie Williams.

For more than 30 years, 6abc has coordinated The Best of the Class Event - a free daylong celebration of academic achievement inviting high school valedictorians from Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Northern Delaware. (

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

NJROTC Most Improved Unit in World

Commander Jimmy Miller, NJROTC Area 4 Manager, recently notified the Owen J. Roberts NJROTC unit of its selection as the MOST IMPROVED UNIT in the world (583 high school Navy programs in the US and overseas). The unit competed in 11 zones to reach the designation through the Naval Service Training Command, NJROTC. Earlier this year, following the annual inspection, the unit received the designation of Distinguished with Honors.

According to Master Gunnery Sgt. (Ret.) Andrew Worley, the Owen J. Roberts High School Naval Junior ROTC unit “has made significant improvements to build upon its established program, high morale, and proud traditions”. Sgt. Worley and his assistant, OJR unit leader Captain (Ret.) Craig Armstrong, informed that after feeling good about four consecutive years of Unit Achievement awards, they decided to put together a plan with a goal to reach Distinguished, never expecting to surpass the mark to Distinguished with Honors, and certainly never dreaming of progressing from most improved in the region to most improved in the world.

OJRHS NJROTC enrollment has experienced an increase close to 100% in the last six years. The unit has made a noteworthy increase in academic rigor including honors and Advanced Placement courses and by incorporating programming with the International Baccalaureate Certificate Program. The reach for academic excellence is continued among the unit with several cadets becoming members of National Honor Society. Focus on academics has helped the unit increase cadet placement into prestigious service academies as well as assists with student receipt of ROTC scholarships.
Commander Miller, Captain Armstrong and Commanding Officer Eric Friedemann

The OJR NJROTC instructors have developed a varied program of global education providing a trip to Ireland to work with the Irish Cost Guard and a European WWII history trip. More than 50 students have been involved in the overseas leadership learning opportunities for which the unit fundraises to finance. They have also added overnight education trips including a tour of the USS New Jersey and a leadership weekend at Freedoms Foundation.

Support to the Veteran community has expanded tremendously including veteran recognition programs, care packages sent to troops, speaking engagements, memorial improvements, and developing/presenting classes on the Vietnam War and POWs at Hanoi Hilton to five different high schools.

“This recognition is just phenomenal,” offered Master Gunnery Sgt. Worley, who is retiring this year. “It proved the point that the JROTC was worth saving. It is rare that a declining unit makes a comeback and that tells me that the community made a decision, and then they supported us in every way possible. The school and community can now be as proud of the unit as the unit is of their school and community.” One outward sign of school and community pride is the over 4,000 community service hours logged each year by about 100 cadets.
Sgt. Worley, Cadet Blayze Fisher and Capt. Armstrong
The unit does not work in isolation. For the past three years, the unit has hosted and delivered a regional Drill Competition. This year’s competition attracted 12 schools. They have initiated and developed a coalition of JROTC instructors whom with they meet regularly. “We have a very supportive parent organization,” said Capt. Armstrong. “Having parents support our unit in so many ways gave us confidence to do more with the students,” offered Sgt. Worley, who said that strong student leadership also has made a remarkable impact.

“As excited as we are about this achievement,” noted Worley and Armstrong, “we are just so pleased that this means more opportunities for students. There will be more opportunities for scholarships and more nominations to service academies.” “It’s pretty special,” said Sgt. Worley.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Odyssey World Winners

Odyssey worlds 2019

Congratulations to SIX district Odyssey of the Mind (OM) teams who competed May 22-25, 2015 in World Finals competition at Michigan State University.

A VERY special hats off to our French Creek Elementary School team who earned a second place trophy for the district and to the Middle School Technical team who earned an eighth place in the world-wide competition.

The team from French Creek accomplished this goal while competing against over 50 teams from across our country and around the world.  All of the competing teams earned the right to perform at world finals by winning their own state or national titles, besting dozens of teams along the way.  By placing second, French Creek students out competed hundreds of teams that entered this competition since November. 
French Creek Elementary Odyssey Team
Middle School Team Wins 8th in World
Congratulations to French Creek students: Amelia Dales, Cooper Groth, Henry Hain-Tobias, Iris Hurlock, Anthony Matlack, Lanah Neill, and Kathryn Sweitzer, as well as their advisor, Mrs. Pam Yarborough and assistant Jessica Lineman. Congratulations to Middle School students Megha Gudipudi, Olivia Savochka, Tommy Foster, Braeden Mathews, Josh Zhang, Aaron Tokey, and Serena Barone as well as advisor, Mrs. Lisa Duffy, on their eighth place World-win for the vehicle problem.

Mrs. Yarborough coaches the technical OM teams who build mechanical creatures that hide in an environment from a search character. The French Creek Team built a mechanical bird that lit up, flapped its wings, changed colors, and then transformed into a phoenix to reveal its true self. 

Two other Middle School teams represented Owen J. Roberts in this contest as well as teams from East Vincent Elementary and West Vincent Elementary.  All of these teams worked hard, and competed well.

Once again our Odyssey students represented our district with distinction and proved that an Owen J. Education produces strong problem-solvers and some of the finest students in the world!  
Check out these videos:

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Principal Checks in

Mr. Corbin Stoltzfus, Principal of Owen J. Roberts Middle School, stopped in to cheer on the 6th grade students at French Creek Elementary School during their annual Grade Six vs. Teachers kickball showdown. Each year, one of the events that sixth graders look forward to is the chance for some friendly competition prior to moving up to the Middle School. The event serves as fun way for transitioning students to leave a "mark" on the school.

This year, for the first time in history, the students beat the teachers in both rounds!

Monday, June 3, 2019

Featured at Knoebel's

The Owen J. Roberts High School Jazz Band was the featured entertainment at Knoebels Amusement Park on Saturday, June 1, 2019.