Lankenau students win Jefferson leadership awards

Lankenau student Naadirah Custis holds her award. — PHOTO/THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA

The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. The Jefferson Awards are presented on two levels: national and local. They began in 1972 to create a prize for public service. Today, their primary purpose is to serve as a “Call to Action for Volunteers” in local communities. The following students from Lankenau High School were recipients of the Jefferson Award for Student Leaders: Kache Jennings, Paul Gunter-Scott, Kim Hopewell and Naadirah Custis.


George Washington students

Succeed at DECA competition

George Washington High School students placed first place in 15 of 23 events at the regional DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) competition recently. In addition, for the third year in a row, a George Washington student was elected as the District Representative to the state DECA Board.


Central High School student wins brain bee competition

Elijah Lawrence, of the 271st class of Central High School is the 2012 Regional Brain Bee Champion. The Regional Brain Bee is organized by the Society for Neuroscience and is a college bowl style competition for high school students in cities across the country. The Penn Brain Bee is open to Philadelphia area high school students; the winner receives a monetary award, and an all expense paid trip to compete at the National Brain Bee held in Baltimore, Md.


Central High School hosts annual International Day

Central was transformed into an international extravaganza on Feb. 23 during International Day. As apart of the “Multicultural Week,” students displayed their diversity and helped others realize that all cultures, no matter how different, are connected to each other. Throughout the day, various speakers presented, performed, and spoke to classes. Students decorated the school, sold crafts from their country at a bazaar, and had demonstrations and workshops, such as Cambodian, African and Southeast Asian dancing. Delicious dishes representative of their countries were served at the International Café.


Randolph Academy students health occupation competition

The following students from HRT are participating in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competition in Lancaster, Pa., this spring: Paris Watkins & Najah Ballard are participating in First Aid and CPR competition. Erin Glass we be participating in Medical Assisting. Qiara Clark & Regina Cahoe will be participating in a Medical Career Display. Tanisha Reeves will be participating in Interviewing Skills. Theral White will be a delegate.


Robeson High School hosts ‘Roots’ mobile exhibit

Paul Robeson High School for Human Services is honored to be hosting the “From These Roots” mobile exhibit on loan from the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and Paul Robeson Museum. The Exhibit is located in the lobby of Paul Robeson High School for Human Services at 4125 Ludlow St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 and showcases the life of Paul Robeson to students and the local community.


Swenson Excel students hired at tech firm

Students in Swenson’s Computer Network Engineering and Cyber Security program have been making impressive strides this year. Seven students from Swenson who started their internships at Lockheed Martin have now been hired full time, 21 students have obtained their Cisco IT Essential Certification, nineteen students have obtained their Cisco CCNA Discovery Certification, and 92 percent of the computer network engineering students scored advanced proficient on their Nocti’s. Another accomplishment for the program is that Swenson now runs its own Hardware/Software/Network helpdesk, and the computer network-engineering students complete all repairs.

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