Ochs principal’s Report

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OCHS Principal’s Report

October, 2009


Congratulations to the 2009 Homecoming Queen and her Court. Paige Benson was crowned queen September 25th during half time of the game against Mainland Regional.  First runner up was Ashleigh Bry and Amanda Catanoso was second runner up.  The other members of the court included Erin Caulfield, Karley Stephens and Kristen Winte.   Special thanks to Mrs. Elizabeth Clarke for coordinating this event.  Community members Mrs. Liz Ulmer, Mrs. Marybeth Neall, Mrs. Jean Serber, Officer Chuck Cusack, and Dr. Joe Davidow assisted in interviewing the final candidates. Special thanks to the following staff members for their help with the election process: Mrs. Becky Santoro, Miss Mary McDowell, Miss Shannon McKittrick, Mrs. Mary Maguire, Miss Susan Palmer, Mrs. Kathy Sykes, Mr. Tom Park and Mrs. Helen Laverty. Thank you to Spinning Wheel Flower Shop for their generous donation of flowers for the queen, her court and their escorts.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the ALS walk. The walk raised $170,000. “Cip’s Team” had 32 participants and over 1,000 people walked on the boardwalk. Great job!  
TV Media production students were chosen to receive the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 Award for Best Use of Technology. Each year the Chamber membership and Executive Board of Directors are given the opportunity to vote for citizens, businesses and non-profit organizations that have made a difference in our community and TV/Media was chosen among a prominent group of businesses.  A dinner honoring the TV/Media department as well as other winners will be held in October and will be attended by Greg Wheeldon, Steve Trauger and Dr. Taylor. The Chamber is honoring TV/Media production students for producing the following:

  • Three VFW documentaries

  • Two 9th Street Bridge Construction documentaries

  • Monthly “Mayor’s Forum” programs and

  • 20 Public Service announcements


Ocean City High School announced that Alexandra Dean, Katelyn McClung, Lauren Peterson and Tyler Reich have been named Commended Students in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by Dr. Matthew Jamison, OCHS Principal, to these scholastically talented seniors.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2010 competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2010 competition by taking the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
“Recognition of high-achieving students is essential to advancing educational excellence in our nation,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “As demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program, the young men and women named Commended Students represent some of the most academically talented students in our county. We sincerely hope this recognition will enhance their educational opportunities and encourage them in their pursuit of academic success.”
Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership

HOBY or Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership student conference began in 1958, in an effort to inspire and motivate young people worldwide. More detailed information can be found on the organizations’ website, www.hoby.org. This program offers an opportunity for young people to develop their leadership skills and utilize them when they return to their school community whether it is in athletics or other student organizations. Sophomores in high school are recommended by their school counselor to apply for the selective leadership conference. The selection committee will read through student resumes’, transcripts and essays. One student will be selected to represent Ocean City High School at the regional student conference in the spring. Each year there are approximately nine thousand students who participate in this amazing leadership development experience. Mrs. Tobi Oves, School Counselor is the OCHS coordinator. This past summer Helene Previti attended HOBY. This is her comments on her experience:

The 2009 NJ HOBY Seminar was held at Monmouth University the last weekend in June. Approximately 200 student ambassadors representing schools throughout the state participated in 3 days of leadership seminars. After an initial teambuilding activity, we heard from HOBY alumni who advised us to use our voices to influence change. We heard inspirational stories from HOBY alumni working in health care, with the homeless and the people of Darfur. Their work is proof of the good that can be done by committed leaders. Panels of leaders in government, business and education also encouraged us to use our leadership skills to give back to society.
We practiced leadership skills in our small group sessions. Role playing and problem solving offered us an opportunity to learn new skills. We set personal goals so that we can continue to develop as young leaders. The weekend was filled with nonstop events and high energy. Small group sessions and fun events like the dance and talent show gave us an opportunity to get to know people from other schools. HOBY has alumni events and a Facebook network to make it easy to stay in touch with each other.
I appreciate the opportunity to participate in HOBY and look forward to using the skills I learned at OCHS

Red Ribbon Week sponsored by the Upper Township and Ocean City Municipal Alliance was celebrated. This is a time when the community and school come together to present a united invisible commitment toward to the creation of a drug-free America. Every morning started out with students reading announcements about drug and alcohol awareness and education. Two large banners were hung in the front entry way to OCHS.

An assembly was held for juniors and seniors sponsored by Ocean City police and the South Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance Former. Professional soccer player Matthew Maher lectured students about making smart decisions - or smarter ones than his to drive drunk.

Maher, formerly of Middle Township, caused a fatal accident on the Atlantic City Expressway. He will be sentenced in January to at least three years and a maximum of 10 years in state prison for the crash in Hamilton Township that killed Hort Kap, a New York resident and father. During the assembly, Maher told students he made countless good decisions on his path to a professional soccer career. He played for the Philadelphia Kixx and was a Temple University and Middle Township High School standout. But it was a particularly bad decision that claimed a life, ended Maher's career and put his immediate future on hold. Now he's "that guy," the one whose careless actions killed someone, he said.

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