2006-2007 School Year Highlights WHS welcomes 1,796 students reporting to school on the first day of the 2006-2007 school year 99% of the Class of 2007 participates in Commencement with approximately 93% of the Graduating Class attending college in the fall 8 members of the senior class attain an impressive “Perfect 4.0” average in the All Subject Ranking during their four years at WHS SAT Math mean score of 578 tops last year’s scores and exceeds national and state mean scores by 63 and 68 points respectively. SAT Critical Reading mean score of 565 tops last year’s score and exceeds national and state mean scores by 63 and 70 points respectively Perfect SAT I & II scores of “800” achieved by 10 students Four graduating seniors rank as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program 2 seniors receive National Merit scholarships 5 seniors achieve National Merit semifinalist status 38 seniors recognized as Edward Bloustein Distinguished scholars. 129 graduates elected to the National Honor Society. 566 students take 676 Advanced Placement examinations with 84% achieving grades of 3, 4, or 5 necessary for college credit. 18 students achieve perfect scores of 5 in the Advanced Placement Biology Exam, 14 in Calculus BC, 11 in European History, 23 in AP Psychology, and 24 in US History The Westfield College Women’s Club and College Men’s Club honor 2 seniors for earning the highest academic averages The Westfield College Women’s Club honors 2 seniors for excellence in the study of Art and Music 192 graduating seniors earn the President’s Education Awards National Merit “Letters of Commendation” are earned by 21 members of the Class of 2007 17 members of WHS Junior Class nominated for participation in the 2007 Governor’s School Program 9 Watchung Conferences, 10 Union County and 10 New Jersey athletic championships won WHS junior wins $25,000 for Westfield Blue Devils Football in online sweepstakes sponsored by Toyota and NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” WHS senior honored as Courier News Baseball Athlete of the Year and named to High School All-American Team New Jersey State Championships bestowed upon WHS Boys Tennis Team and Girls Swim Team WHS #1 Boys Tennis Team Coach and Math teacher George Kapner named Courrier News Coach of the Year Girls Soccer coach and English teacher Katie Wertheimer named Star Ledger Union County Coach of the Year WHS places 2nd out of 61 “Group 4” New Jersey high schools competing for the ShopRite Cup awarded by the New Jersey State Athletic Association for Excellence in Athletics Athletic trainer Sandy Mamary develops program to mentor student athletic trainers Junior and Senior Transition Project Leaders participate in training seminars for the 2007-2008 Transition Project All members of the freshman class participate in on-going Transition Project discussion groups 2 new courses in Broadcast Journalism and Broadcast Television Production debut English classes participate in annual Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival at Waterloo Village, attending poetry readings and writing workshops with over sixty acclaimed poets English teacher John Cheddar receives a Westfield Education Fund Grant to coordinate a day of poetry reading and writing workshops and evening program with acclaimed poet Sekou Sundiata as part of its annual Visiting Poet Series Hi's Eye receives a First Place with Special Merit for Best Weekly Newspaper from the American Scholastic Press Association Hi's Eye is one of eight schools in the country to receive the 2006-2007 American Scholastic Press Association’s Most Outstanding High School Newspaper Award Filmed documentary based on working sessions of Hi’s Eye production airs on TV Channel NJ12 The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey bestows Student Press Liberties Awards upon 2 Hi’s Eye reporters Westfield High School's literary magazine Folio wins national ranking in a competition sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English WHS junior joins with a senior at Howell High School to form the Student Playwrights Association, a forum for budding writers to share and showcase their work 2 seniors win the prestigious National Council for the Teachers of English Writing Award Poetry by WHS senior recognized as Outstanding by the New Jersey Council for Teachers of English Non-fiction essay by WHS senior recognized as Outstanding by the New Jersey Council for Teachers of English Short story by WHS senior was recognized as Prizeworthy by the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English English Teacher Emily Style celebrates her twentieth year co-directing the National S.E.E.D. (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity) Project on Inclusive Curriculum, working with 40 public and private school teachers from around the country leading seminars for colleagues to make curriculum more accurately and effectively address issues of gender, race, and class Under the advisorship of English teacher Marie Percopo, the WHS Academic Challenge Team qualifies for finals in all scheduled competitions English teacher and free-lance journalist Warren Hynes serves as a writer for American Profile magazine and editor for Family magazine, earning a first-place award from Parenting Publications of America Writer Warren Hynes’ contributions to American Profile featured in the book Hometown Heroes: Real Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things All Across America, published by Harper One in April 2007 National Council of Teachers of English publishes the article “The Color of Water and Interviews about Difference” by English Department member Warren Hynes Warren Hynes’ senior English classes launch a humanitarian aid website pertaining to the genocide in Darfur, raising awareness and more than $1,000 for the Save Darfur Coalition WHS High School Library becomes one of the first school libraries in New Jersey to embrace open-source technology by converting to an open-source library automation system that provides “24/7” access to its catalog WHS library website expands to provides access to 44 proprietary databases, 21 eBooks, and catalogs of over 75 New Jersey college, public, school and special libraries A Quiet Reading Room is created for the enjoyment of students Library Coordinator Emily Snitow is elected to a second term as president of Infolink, the Regional Library Cooperative Network for Union, Middlesex, Hudson and Essex Counties Library Media Specialist Julie Walsh chairs the Technology Committee for the Infolink Regional Library Cooperative Folio sponsors monthly Arts Coffehouses, featuring student performances and an artists’ gallery WHS Women’s Studies sponsors fund-raising activities to support women’s health initiatives in third world countries WHS Folio Coffeehouse sponsors its first Women's Studies Night featuring readings of original student poetry and excerpts from Eve Ensler’s award winning play, The Vagina Monologues WHS Women’s Studies sponsors a field trip for club members, parents and WHS faculty to visit the new Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and to view Judy Chicago's Dinner Party at the Brooklyn Museum of Art Members of the WHS Drama Club participate in several competitions sponsored by the New Jersey Drama and Forensics League and the New Jersey Speech and Drama Association, capturing 1st Place Prizes in the Dramatic Monologue, Dramatic Pairs and Comedy Monologues categories of competition Poetry written by 3 juniors for their Health Education class is featured on teenage website dedicated to issues related to dating and personal safety Humanities students attend a field trip to see Les Ballets Africains, the national ensemble of the Republic of Guinea, at the Kean University Wilkins Theatre as part of their study of African culture 9 WHS Students participate in a research study on global media with a professor of Social Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University 15 WHS Youth and Government Club members capture top awards, including Outstanding Statesperson, Outstanding Legislation and Outstanding Judicial Committee Social Studies teacher Karen Stark continues her leadership role as an adjunct professor at Kean University in the Teaching the Holocaust and Teaching Prejudice Reduction program Over 200 WHS student volunteers actively participate as aides and assistants in both the Democratic and Republican campaigns and the national elections The Euro-Challenge Team places 3rd in a competition involving schools from New York, Long Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey earning each member of the team a cash award The Federal Reserve Bank of New York invites Westfield High School to participate in its 2007-2008 Wall Street Finance Club Program The Westfield Foundation provides a generous grant to the Euro and Fed Challenge Teams Social Studies teacher Thomas Hornish serves as a judge for the College Fed Challenge and High School Fed Challenge Social Studies Teacher Jason Grant elected President of the Diversity Council of Kean University Social Studies Teacher Daniel Farabaugh participates as a reader for the scoring of the Advanced Placement United States History exam Thomas Hornish continues to serve as an adjunct professor of History and Economics at Union County College Social Studies Department and the Westfield League of Women Voters co-sponsor voter registration drives Esteemed professional psychologists, including the former president of the American Psychological Association, visit Advanced Placement Psychology classes to speak with students about current career opportunities and challenges in the field Advanced Placement Psychology students attend a live neurosurgery operation sponsored by Liberty Science Center Several members of the Psychology club participate in the New Jersey Neuroscience Brain Bee on the Schering-Plough campus in Kenilworth 137 WHS Model United Nations Club members participating in the annual Hershey Model UN Conference garner top honors, including the Premier Delegate and the Distinguished Country Awards, 5 Outstanding Position Paper Awards and 3 Outstanding Delegate Awards 3 Special Services teachers participate in the Structured Learning Experience sponsored by OSHA and the State Department of Education Special Services teacher Sandra McCarthy receives and donates the Freida Riley Monetary Award on behalf of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation to the WHS Special Services Bridge Program Special Services teacher Kara Shields is nominated for a second time to the 2006-07 edition of Who’s Who in America’s Teachers The Bridge program is awarded another Westfield Education Fund grant to enhance the first school-based business Bridge Design WHS Special Services Bridge Program is selected to present at the National Conference for the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health in St. Louis Special Services teacher Lara Crifo and Science teacher Robert Brewster deliver a presentation on effective In-class Support and Teaching in the science classroom at the New Jersey Science Convention Math teacher Catherine Feuerstein and Special Services teachers Brenda Acanfora and Carole Harazim pilot the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP) in two WHS Algebra 2 classes Math teacher Louis DeAngelo nominated for inclusion in the 11th Edition of Who's Who Among American Teachers & Educators WHS Math teacher Martin Maruschak continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at Montclair State University Math teachers Martin Maruschak and Lynne Michalski participate as readers for the scoring of the Advanced Placement Examinations in Computer Science and Statistics respectively Science teacher Rudy Scipioni and Math teacher Martin Maruschak participate in the BuildIt! Project at Stevens Institute, resulting in an interdisciplinary cooperative underwater robotics project in the Advanced Placement Computer Science and Physics courses Students in Chemistry courses celebrate annual Mole Day to commemorate Avogadro's hypothesis Environmental Science teacher Judy McLoughlin coordinates the agenda of Biology teacher speakers at the New Jersey State Science Convention Students in Environmental Science classes taught by Judy McLoughlin adopt a child in a developing nation WHS senior and student of Environmental Science works on a farm which converted to eco-friendly technology at Clemson University Biology teachers Renata Brenner and Judy McLoughlin collaborate with colleague Stephen Boyle on the development of a global stem cell resource website that will go on-line at Rutgers and Harvard in the fall of 2007 and be featured at the National Biology Teachers Association Conference in Atlanta Under the direction of Drama teacher and director Darlene White, the WHS Drama Department presents productions of the classic comedy You Can’t Take it With You and the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying WHS Stage Design Club designs and constructs sets for the Drama Department productions of You Can’t Take it With You and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Drama teacher Darlene White charters a WHS chapter of the International Thespian Society Troupe, the honorary theatre organization for students in high school WHS Drama Department expands its scope by inaugurating TROUPE, an educational outreach theatre ensemble to promote social, emotional, and intellectual growth in schools through the performance of improvisational, interactive, and scripted material. The American High School Theatre Festival, in conjunction with the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival, selects WHS Drama Department for participation in its summer program in Scotland WHS senior and junior take home Best Director and Best Actor awards respectively at the annual Bucks County Playhouse Competition Over 700 pieces of art showcasing the creative talents of Westfield students district wide are displayed during the annual District Art Show at WHS WHS Marching Band travels to Norfolk, Virginia, to participate in the 2007 Azalea Festival At the United States Scholastic Band Association All-State Championships in Allentown, Pennsylvania, The WHS Marching Band concludes their successful 2006 season, highlights of which include First Place Prizes in their division as well as special awards for Best Music, Best Percussion, Best Color Guard, Best Effect and a special Mayor’s Trophy The Westfield Coalition for the Arts presents Fine and Performing Arts Scholarships to 4 graduating seniors To honor the memory of veteran Art teacher Barbara Flynn, the newly established Barbara Flynn Memorial Fund awards scholarships to 3 WHS students for excellence in the study of Art Education, Graphic Arts and Musical Theatre WHS Junior receives the NJ Governor’s Award in Arts Education and is accepted into the 2007 Governor’s School of the Arts for Vocal Music WHS Art Department sponsors second annual Tibetan Mandala Sand Painting activity to raise funds for Save-Darfur 3 WHS students perform with the All-Eastern Mixed Chorus and the All-Eastern Band at the Bushnell Center in Hartford, Connecticut The All-State Mixed Chorus accepts 3 WHS students as members 1 WHS student accepted as a member of the All-State Orchestra The Musical Club of Westfield presents instrumental and choral scholarships to 3 students Concert Choir Awards go to 5 WHS seniors Under the direction of vocal music teachers William Mathews and Sharon Reynolds, the WHS Concert Choir participates as guest performers at the Musical Club of Westfield WHS Concert Choir prepares for their annual spring concert under the tutelage and coaching of guest choral conductor, Dr. Andrew Megill, from the Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton. Director's Awards for Orchestra are bestowed upon 2 WHS seniors 6 WHS students garner National School Orchestra Awards PTSO honors 3 students with Orchestra, Band and Choral awards 3 seniors receive Director's Awards for Band The Women's Club of Westfield bestows Jazz Music Award upon WHS senior 2 graduating seniors receive the Woody Herman Award and the Louie Armstrong Award respectively WHS Orchestra and Band Director Raymond Wojcik collaborates with the Moravian Philharmonic and the Rzeszow Philharmonic to record a CD of his composition, Akin to Fire, going on to receive an enthusiastic review in the Star Ledger Internationally acclaimed Chinese-American composer Zho Long visits WHS music classes WHS students join 30,000 others in “Save Darfur Now” rally in New York City’s Central Park WHS Cafeteria re-opens for the new school year sporting a redesigned look, new furniture, and revamped menus that cater to the expectations of today’s food and nutrition savvy teenagers Project ‘79 students and staff participate in a student-written and performed adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for which students constructed the set, composed an original score and created a documentary on the creation of the production Project 79 Constitutional Law class conducts evening Supreme Court simulation activity on the topic of Physician Assisted Suicide 43 Project ‘79 seniors and 5 staff members participate in a three day leadership retreat and serve as ambassadors of the program in the district schools and in the community Project 79 sponsors three Café Java coffeehouses showcasing the talents of Project 79 Students and Staff Project 79 initiates a multi-year service project to raise funds to build a school in the Dominican Republic WHS staff and students participate in Emergency Simulation and Evacuation Drill as part of its comprehensive Crisis Management Plan WHS Student Council organizes annual Canned Food Drive Student Assistant Counselor Maureen Mazzarese coordinates the implementation of the Transition Project in which 135 trained student leaders facilitate on-going and regularly scheduled discussion groups to support incoming freshmen at Westfield High School Interactive toy for dogs, invented and patented by WHS Health teacher and dog enthusiast Susan Kolesar and based on educational research on multiple intelligences and positive reinforcement, makes it to the shelves of pet stores To promote safer schools for all students regardless of sexual orientation, the WHS Gay-Straight Alliance sponsors “Gaypril” events, including discussion sessions led by staff, a presentation by PFLAG and the observation of the National Day of Silence Gay-Straight Alliance sponsors program of regular monthly meetings culminating in the third annual Gayla Admissions representatives from approximately 200 universities and colleges participate in annual College Night sponsored by WHS Department of Guidance and Counseling World Languages Department students and staff celebrate world cultures through music, song, dance and an international food buffet in its fourth annual International Night 1 WHS German language student achieves the highest score in the state in the annual National German Exam 22 students from Germany and 4 hosting WHS students participate in mutual cultural exchanges WHS students earn 1 Second Place and 3 Honorable Mention Prizes in the annual National Italian Exam Italian Language students compete against students from 10 area high schools and earn 1 First Place Prize and 2 Second Place Prizes in the annual Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey Poetry Competition WHS Italian language students and their teachers participate with other New Jersey high schools in the 7th annual Heritage Day Celebration sponsored by the New Jersey Italian Teachers Association 20 WHS students inducted into the Italian National Honor Society. 15 students from Westfield High School, accompanied by their teachers, travel to Italy during the spring recess where they practiced their use of the Italian language while enjoying the sights of Rome and Pompeii WHS students taking the annual National Latin Exam garner 14 Silver Medal and 11 Gold Medal awards 1 WHS junior captures 1st Place Prize in the Advanced Level of Latin category of competition in the William Paterson Poetry Contest WHS students of French outperform their peers statewide in the Grand Concours National French Exam with 42 WHS students out of over 4000 taking the test in New Jersey placing in the top 10 in the state Of the 27 WHS students placing in the top 10 nationwide in the National French Exam, 9 take away 1st through 5th Place Prizes 29 students of French, accompanied by 3 teachers, travel to Paris for an exchange with the Lycée André Citroën during spring recess French teacher Madame Marie-Laure Hollander elected to serve as President of the New Jersey chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French WHS French and ESL teacher David Greer named Optimist Club Teacher of the Year Spanish 2 and 4 students establish a pen pal exchange with students from La Academia Carmen Rey in Cantabria, Spain, laying the foundation for the 2007-2008 Spanish Exchange Program 12 students are inducted into the National Spanish Honor Society Spanish 4 classes complement their study of Garcia Florca by attending a performance of his classic play Bodas de Sangre in Spanish at the Spanish Repertory Theatre in New York Spanish 4 and Spanish 5 classes visit the “El Greco to Picasso" retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York Students taking the National Spanish Exam capture 2 First Place Prizes, 1 Second Place Prize and 7 Honorable Mention Prizes The WHS Community Service Club donates 269 winter coats and 100 gallon-sized bags filled with toiletries to the Bridges Outreach Program and sponsors fund-raisers to purchase food for the homeless 300 lunches are prepared by and delivered to individuals in need at the Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Program through the efforts of the WHS Community Service Club Student members of the WHS Community Service donate their time at the Irvington Neighborhood Council where they serve meals, read children’s books to youngsters and assist in the distribution of donated clothing WHS Service Club collects children’s books to support the Key Club’s Holiday Drive for Children’s Specialized Hospital and also makes holiday cards for each of the 88 residents of Sunrise Assisted Living in Westfield Westfield High School junior and co-founder of Girls Learn International, a service initiative active in the Westfield Public Schools, serves as co-moderator at "Girls Speak Out" held at the United Nations Westfield High School senior wins the New Jersey Brain Bee, a neuroscience trivia contest for high school students sponsored by Schering-Plough and judged by local members of the Society for Neuroscience 2 WHS students cast as extras for the prime-time drama One Tree Hill 2 WHS students perform as extras in the filming of Truth, an anti-smoking infomercial WHS Student Council sponsors “Donate a Smile” to raise funds for the purchase of holiday gifts for underprivileged children WHS Breast Cancer Awareness Club sponsors its First Annual Semi-Formal Dinner Dance and Social at the Westwood to raise funds for research Students for Social Change sponsor an evening of rock/punk music to raise funds for SHAC7, an animal rights activists group Original music composition by WHS freshman wins second place in the Eric Steiner Composition Competition Member of the junior class selected as a recipient of the Bentley College-Time Magazine Bentley Tomorrow 25 Award Health Education teacher Susan Kolesar, Special Services teacher Lynn Muir and World Languages teacher Maria Santilli are honored as Westfield High School’s 2006-2007 Teachers of the Year"