Deptford HS Student Accepted to US Naval Academy

Deptford High School Student Accepted to US Naval Academy

Deptford High School senior and NJROTC cadet Ayush Puri received an exciting letter this week from the Navy – he will be accepted into the Fall 2020 class at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

In addition to this prestigious honor, Puri learned that he was the unique winner of a scholarship from the United States Naval Academy Foundation. The Foundation will first sponsor Puri for a year of attendance at the Peddi School in Hightstown, New Jersey, for the 2019-2020 school year. This placement will be tuition-free, at a scholarship awarded to him of $42,660.

Puri will then enter the Naval Academy in Fall 2020 as a member of the class of 2024 and a future commissioned officer in the United States Navy or Marine Corps.

Mayor Medany Welcomes Students to Celebrate NJ Local Government Week

Mayor, Students Celebrate Municipal Government

Deptford Mayor Paul Medany, members of the Township Council, and several members of the local and county government welcomed middle and high school students at the township municipal building to celebrate New Jersey Local Government Week. Municipalities across the state are celebrating the week of April 7-13 to engage citizens while celebrating the work of local government.

Mayor Medany welcoming students and explaining the format of a township council meeting

Students learned how to run a township council meeting, including procedures outlined in Robert’s Rules of Order, and had the opportunity to run their own mock meeting in the township’s ceremonial courtroom.

Township Clerk Dina Zawadski (left) explaining how a roll-call vote works
Students take the reins as Mayor Medany assists with opening the meeting

Students also learned about voting and how the elections process works and how to work the polls and even cast a vote on a new state-of-the-art touchscreen polling machine.

Students cast a vote on a brand new voting machine with assistance from Mr. John Franchetti (pictured) and Ms. Stephanie Salvatore from the Gloucester County Board of Elections

The municipal staff split students into small groups and guided them on tours to see the work of the Deptford Police Department, the mayor’s office, the office of Taxation, and other facilities. They ended the tour with a close-up look at EMS, Fire, and Police vehicles from Deptford’s finest.

Officer Kerby leads students on a tour of the police wing of the municipal building
Officer Kerby explaining the use of surveillance and the importance of chain of custody with evidence
Tax Collector Fran Iliadis (right) guides students through the tax office

“This is a great opportunity to celebrate our municipal government and educate the students about what we do,” said Deptford Mayor Paul Medany. “We need this generation to be prepared to become engaged in their municipal government or get involved in some way with their community.”

Deptford High School history teacher Ron Ruddy accompanied the students on the trip. “This is a great way to get our students out of the classroom and into the real-world, inner-workings of government and bring to life what we learn in class,” said Ruddy. “It’s one thing for students to read about this but it’s such an enriching experience to witness it firsthand. We’re very thankful for this partnership with Mayor Medany and the township.”


We would like to thank everyone at Deptford Township for including our students in this great celebration of municipal government:

The Honorable Paul Medany, Mayor of Deptford Township

Deptford Township Councilman Lamb

Deptford Township Councilman Barnshaw

Thomas Newman – Township Manager

Dina Zawadski – Deptford Township Clerk

Fran Iliadis – Tax Collector

Roseanne Foschini – Recreation

Kevin Pancoast – Chief of Police

Dawn Amos – Chief of EMS

Colleen Emmons – Township Public Relations

Rob Ritterson – Township Event Coordinator

John Franchetti & Stephanie Salvatore – Gloucester County Board of Elections

Deptford Police Department

Deptford Fire Department

Deptford EMS

Biomedical Students Extract and Study DNA

Biomedical Students Extract and Study DNA

Eleventh grade students in Mrs. Canobbio’s Medical Interventions class recently completed a multi-day lab experiment working with their own DNA.

The experiment was titled “Using a Single-Nucleotide Polymorphism to Predict Bitter-Tasting Ability.”

Students collecting their DNA with a saline mouthwash

It began with students isolating and collecting their DNA along with a saline mouthwash, and then separating the DNA using various laboratory equipment like a centrifuge and micropipets to isolate the TAS2R38 gene of their DNA to map their genotype. Students then amplified their DNA through a polymearse chain reaction process, or PCR, and ended by analyzing the PCR products through the gel electrophoresis process. The students hypothesized about their ability to taste something bitter and also engaged in discussions regarding the ethical issues of human DNA typing experiments.

The course is part of Deptford High School’s Academy of Biomedical Science and Nursing/Allied Health. This program prepares students for collegiate study in biomedical sciences. It is also an approved course by Project Lead the Way, an organization that develops STEM curricula to prepare students for careers in biomedical sciences, engineering, and computer science.


“We’ve reinvented the classroom experience,” explained Canobbio. “Yes, the students engage in important traditional learning methods that we are all familiar with. But we also have the equipment here for hands-on experiences that mirror exactly what happens in the top collegiate programs and even in professional labs. This program allows our students to do amazing hands-on activities, and they are sought after by some of the nation’s best colleges.”

For more information on this program, visit Deptford High School’s Biomedical Academy website.



Middle School Nurse Inducted in PA Sports Hall of Fame

Monongahela Nurse Inducted into Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame

Snyder, pictured back, far right, with the Monongahela Girls basketball team at a recent Rutgers women’s basketball game


Monongahela Middle School nurse, Mrs. Veronica Snyder, will be inducted into the Philadelphia City All-Star Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Philadelphia on April 9 along with twelve other inductees for her distinguished basketball career.

Snyder began playing basketball with the Philadelphia Belles AAU team and continued at the high school level where she was named to the Philadelphia All-Catholic team three years, winning the league MVP her senior year along with the Catholic League Championship. She was named to the Philadelphia Big Five All-Star Team, the McDonald’s All-American Team, Kutcher’s All-American Team, and Parade All-American Team. Snyder was heavily recruited by Division I collegiate programs and chose Rutgers, where she was a four-year letter winner; in her senior year, Rutgers women’s basketball was undefeated in the Atlantic 10 Conference and advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight as one of the country’s premier teams.

In addition to her nursing duties, Snyder is also the head girls basketball coach at Monongahela.

“I feel so honored to be included in the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame,” explained Snyder. “Sports have been such an important part of my life, and those lessons of hard work, sacrifice, teamwork, and physical intensity really prepare you for so many of life’s challenges. Today, I really enjoy working with our students on and off the court to teach them some of those important life lessons.”


CLICK HERE to begin the process to register your student for grades Pre-K – 12th grade for the 2019-2020 school year.  Appointments with registrar will be scheduled once the online registration portion is complete.

Please note:  Pre-K registration is still on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Also, as part of the for Pre-K registration process, please fill out this physical form and bring it with you to your registration appointment.

NJROTC Opens Spartan Closet

NJROTC Opens Spartan Closet

NJROTC Cadets Samantha Estrada (left) and Kayla Valentin arrange dresses in the Spartan Closet

Deptford High School’s NJROTC program recently began gathering donated dresses. One or two dresses turned into a dozen, and now the program has gathered over 100 gowns and prom dresses thanks to community donations.

Now, the NJROTC “Spartan Closet” offers dresses to Deptford students for any formal occasion, especially Deptford High School’s NJROTC Military Ball (this year on March 29) and Junior/Senior Prom (May 3).

The Spartan Closet will open this Saturday, March 16, from 10:00 – 1:00 in E142, the high school NJROTC room. Students can pick out a dress to take home, make alterations, and either keep it or return it to the closet.

“You might not think of ROTC as the typical group to do something like this and collect dresses,” explained Naval Science Instructor Senior Chief Colamarco. “But the military, and us, by extension, is a service organization. We’re doing this to provide a service to our students and our community.”

“Everything we do is for our students,” added Captain Colonna, Naval Science Instructor. “The students have really worked hard to get this initiative off the ground. They will be here on Saturday, volunteering their time with this project. It’s a wonderful thing to witness.”

Shuttle Hurdle Relay Places 3rd at Nationals, Named All-Americans

Deptford Shuttle Hurdle Relay Team Finishes 3rd at Nationals, Named All-Americans

kneeling + l-r: Tyrece Brown, Khion Smith, Naseem Smith, and Javon Sanders finished 3rd at New Balance Nationals, making them All Americans

On Saturday the Deptford High School Indoor Track Boys Team placed third in the shuttle hurdle relay event at New Balance National Indoor Track Championships at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Manhattan. This placement earns them the distinction of being named All-Americans in the sport.

The all-senior team consists of Naseem Smith, Javon Sanders, Tyrece Brown and Khion Smith. Their time was 30.19.

Oak Valley Students of the Month – February

Congratulations to our Oak Valley students of the month for February 2019!

Savannah Coyle – Ms. Merrick/Tracy
Kaylee Robinson – Ms. Thomas
Evelyn Weber – Ms. Cote
Ayden Ruple – Ms. Keen
Grace Antosky – Ms. DeLano/Fring
Samantha Febish – Ms. Jacob
Hailey McMichael– Ms. Horneff
Isabella Troisi – Ms. Jaskiewicz
Audrey Spahn – Ms. Plunkett/Johnson
Mundell McClellan – Ms. Huffman
Brianna Hom – Mullarkey/Hearn
Aubrey Baker – Ms. Baccile
Rosemarie Reyes – Ms. Widener
Alexa Morgan – Ms. Pesce/Tedesco
Dante Cucunato – Ms. Pizzuta
Nicholas Carr – Ms. Suboleski/Chan
Gavin Thomas – Ms. Betz
Elijah Pina – Ms. Egrie

Deptford Seniors Sign National Letter of Intent

Seniors Tyrece Brown & Tyriq Bundy committed to Kutztown University

Senior track standouts Tyrece Brown (left) and Tyriq Bundy (right) sign their National Letter of Intent to attend Kutztown University on track scholarships as their respective families look on

Deptford High School seniors Tyrece Brown and Tyriq Bundy signed their National Letter of Intent to attend Kutztown University on a track and field scholarship.

“We are very proud of our student-athletes and all they accomplish on the field,” said Irv McFarland III, Athletic Director. “Tyrece and Tyriq are standout athletes and also standout students in the classroom. It’s important to remember that they are committing not only to a collegiate sports career but also investing in their academic future. Kutztown is an excellent school and we are proud that Tyrece and Tyriq can continue to represent Deptford on a much larger stage. We look forward to all they will accomplish.”

“These are part of the lessons we learn in track,” added teacher and head track coach Mr. Kevin Sherry. “These young men, Tyrece and Tyriq, will accomplish great things in whatever they do in life because of the dedication and work ethic they maintained in school and in track. We are very proud of them and look forward to watching them in the next four years and beyond.”

Tyrece Brown
Tyriq Bundy