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PHS Athletes Heading to College

More Princeton High Tigers are spreading their athletic talents far and wide as they prepare to head to colleges next year and join the teams of their future alma maters. The following students have officially announced their decisions:

Back Row, l. to r.: Haley Bodden - Soccer (TCNJ); Maia Hauschild - Track (Princeton); Alex Bank - Swimming (Williams); Theodore Tel - Track (Whitworth); Gabi Deitch - Soccer (Vassar); Owen Lindenfeldar - Soccer (Bates); Chris Harla - Soccer (Carnegie Mellon); Rory Helstrom - Football (Moravian); Peter Luther - Soccer (Muhlenberg); Steven Kratzer - Swimming (Stevenson); Maddie Deardorff - Swimming (Williams); Caitlin Cleary - Rowing (Brown); Frank Yandrisevits - Squash (Tufts)
Front Row, l. - r.: Lou Mialhe - Track (undecided); Nick Halliday - Soccer (undecided); Christian Chiang - Swimming (Middlebury); David Beamer - Football (Wheaton/Bethel); Jordan Vine - track (undecided)
In the fall, the following seniors signed letters of intent:
Christina Rosca will be attending Vanderbilt University (Tennis, Coach Sara Hibbert)
Trish Reilly will attend Lehigh University (Field Hockey, Coach Heather Serverson)
Brianna Romaine will go to West Point U.S. Military Academy (Swimming, Coach Carly Misiewicz)
Julia Ryan is heading to Temple University (Lacrosse, Coach David Schlesinger)
Taylor Lis will attend Cornell University (Lacrosse, Coach David Schlesinger)
Caitlin Cleary (not pictured) will be attending Brown University for Crew

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Angélique Kidjo Singing Songs of Hope in a Universal Language at Hun

Angélique Kidjo


Princeton, NJ – The Hun School of Princeton's Centennial Speaker Series continued on Tuesday, January 26th with Grammy award-winning singer, social activist, and humanitarian Angélique Kidjo. Ms. Kidjo wowed students, faculty, and guests with the power of her voice and the message of her songs. She told stories of her childhood: how she was afforded an education, how her family supported her love of singing, and how her work as a musician brought her back to her native Africa as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.


In her role as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Kidjo knew that she wanted to shine a light on the limited access for girls to secondary education in Africa.


"When you are a girl, born in Africa, you have no identity. You belong to your father, who has the right to do whatever he wants with your life," said Ms. Kidjo. She went on to explain that many girls are bartered as commodities in exchange for goods or money as young brides and mothers.


She continued, "It is proven, today, that when you invest in girls' education – and it doesn't matter where in the world – the GDP in the country rises up. We need to empower the girls, the women of this world, in order for our world to take another path. The path we are on is dangerous. I believe in the education of girls to solve a lot of problems."


With her own education and the rare talent of her voice, Ms. Kidjo began writing and performing songs that addressed the problems she saw in the world, along with a positive and hopeful message.


"My music has always been influenced by social issues," explained Ms. Kidjo. "It is primarily through music that we can create a dialog between people. People can't always speak the same language, but everyone can understand rhythm. You can understand the meaning of a song through your body, not just through your brain."


As a young girl, Ms. Kidjo's father explained the important responsibility she would have as an artist. He said to her, "It is your duty as an artist to write songs that build bridges – between culture, between people – to bring them to sit at the table and find a solution together."


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New Jersey Business Hall of Fame™ Welcomes Mimi Feliciano to the Class of 2016 Laureates

February 2, 2016, Princeton – Mimi Feliciano, Founder and CEO of FEM Real Estate will be inducted into the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame™ on April 7th at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick. Feliciano will receive this lifetime achievement award, granted to New Jersey's 'ultimate role models,' for being one of our state's most influential and outstanding business leaders through her years of dedication and success in the real estate industry.


"It is both a privilege and honor to be inducting such an awe-inspiring role model and successful entrepreneur, Mimi Feliciano into our Class of 2016 Laureates," says Catherine Milone, President, Junior Achievement of NJ. "She exemplifies what it means to be an ultimate role model."  Annette Catino, President and CEO, QualCare Alliance Networks, Inc. and J. Peter Simon, Co-Chairman, William E. Simon and Sons will join Ms. Feliciano in the Class of 2016 Laureates.


Ms. Feliciano's company, FEM Real Estate Investment Company is based in Montville, New Jersey.  FEM develops, owns and manages commercial real estate nationwide.  Currently, Ms. Feliciano is working on a redevelopment project in Long Branch which will feature 47 luxury beachfront condominiums.


Ms. Feliciano spent 12 years prior as the Owner and CEO of Lincoln Park Healthcare, the largest nursing home complex in New Jersey. Ms. Feliciano took over and expanded this second-generation family business by building JDT Medical Rehab & JDT Medical Villa, two visionary state-of-the-art buildings for sub-acute, short-term care within a luxury, hotel-like environment. 


Entrepreneurship has been a continuing trend in Ms. Feliciano's career.  At age 19, she became a partner of a health club and banquet facility, for which she supervised the construction of and managed for 14 years with great membership success.  Subsequently, Ms. Feliciano and her husband invested in residential real estate, acquiring and managing apartment units.


Ms. Feliciano's affiliations include Advisory Board Member, The Mimi & Edwin Feliciano School of Business; Board Member, Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship; Member, Women President's Organization (WPO); Dedicated the Healing Garden at Chilton Memorial Hospital 2015; Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs 2014; Best 50 Women in Business, NJ BIZ 2014;  Honoree For Chilton Memorial Hospital Gala 2013;  Recipient of Carpe Diem Award, Montclair State University 2012.


For more information on the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame, contact Sandra Quick at 609.419.0404, ext. 103 or at



About Junior Achievement of New Jersey

Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ) is dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers. They provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. JANJ is expected to reach more than 60,000 students in more than 80 school districts across the state during the 2015-2016 school year. For more information visit us at Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook

New Jersey Business Hall of Fame™ Welcomes Annette Catino to the Class of 2016 Laureates

February 2016, Princeton – Annette Catino, President and CEO, QualCare Alliance Networks, Inc. will be inducted into the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame™ on April 7th at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick. Catino will receive this lifetime achievement award, granted to New Jersey's 'ultimate role models,' for being one of our state's most  influential and outstanding business leaders through her years of dedication and success in the healthcare industry.


"It is our honor to welcome Annette Catino, one of New Jersey's most recognized and successful business leaders in her field into our class of 2016 Laureates," says Catherine Milone, President, Junior Achievement of NJ. Mimi Feliciano, Co-Founder and CEO, FEM Real Estate and J. Peter Simon, Co-Chairman, William E. Simon and Sons will join Ms. Catino in the Class of 2016 Laureates.


Ms. Catino is a veteran healthcare executive and distinguished entrepreneur with more than 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Ms. Catino serves as CEO of several wholly-owned subsidiaries of QANI, including QualCare, Inc., which is focused on providing health plan services and solutions; QualCare Management Resources, LLC., which provides insurance management and financial services to regulated insurance programs; QualCare Captive Insurance Company, Inc., which offers flexible employer stop loss risk sharing programs in a protected cell structure to Administrative Services Only clients of QualCare, and Health-Lynx, LLC, the region's backbone for establishing Accountable Care Organizations — where she also serves as President. Ms. Catino is Chairman of the Board of Scibal Associates, Inc., d/b/a Qual-Lynx, another QANI subsidiary and administrator for property, casualty and workers' compensation claims.


Ms. Catino is well-regarded for her healthcare expertise. As a member of the Governor's Task Force on Healthcare through several administrations, she has worked closely with various health associations and state agencies to shape New Jersey's healthcare industry.


She is Chairman of the Board of Pure Inventions, Inc., a producer of liquid antioxidants and nutritional supplements. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of Northfield Bancorp, Inc., Caucus NJ Educational Corp., and serves as New Jersey Governor Christie's appointee to University Hospital's Board of Directors. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Val Skinner Foundation.


Ms. Catino was named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year in New Jersey for 2013 and was a National Finalist at the firm's 2013 Strategic Growth Forum. She received the Regent's Leadership Award from the American College of Health Executives in 2009. NJBIZ has named her among the Top 50 Most Powerful People in Healthcare every year since 2010 and among its 100 Most Powerful People in Business in New Jersey every year from 2010 to 2015. She has been selected — three times — as one of New Jersey's 50 Best Women in Business.


In 2011, NJBIZ named her Executive of the Year. In 2011 and 2012, NJ Monthly and Own It Ventures cited her as one of the Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners. In 2012 she was honored as a "Good Scout" by the Central New Jersey Boy Scouts of America.


Ms. Catino holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Montclair State University and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Bernard Baruch College, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, CUNY.


For more information on the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame, contact Sandra Quick at 609.419.0404, ext. 103 or at



About Junior Achievement of New Jersey

Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ) is dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers. They provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. JANJ is expected to reach more than 60,000 students in more than 80 school districts across the state during the 2015-2016 school year. For more information visit us at Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook

Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church Opened New Church January 29

Princeton, NJ—January 29, 2016 – Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church opened their new church on Friday, January 29. Archbishop Michael cut the ribbon and blessed the church. The newly built facility is at 904 Cherry Hill Road in Princeton.
Founded in March of 1998 in a rented church in Rocky Hill, the parish has experienced steady growth. On March 23, 2003 services moved to a larger rental space at St. Joseph's Seminary in Princeton. Finally, when that space became unavailable, the 50 parishioners began worshiping at Princeton Day School.
In 2004, the community bought the property and a few years later began construction. It is one of a very few recently built churches in the Orthodox Church of America.
"This small community made a commitment to creating a permanent home for Christians in Princeton," said Rev. Peter Baktis.  "Following years of effort, prayer, and the generous support of hundreds of people, our church is ready."
The worship space can accommodate 150. It features an environmentally friendly water permeable parking lot, a large choir loft and Orthodox iconography. The church sits on over eight wooded acres.
Former pastor John Cassar served MOG for nearly 17 years. In March of 2015, Father Peter A. Baktis became the rector.
According to Baktis, Orthodox Christian believers are "called into unity by the Holy Trinity to become 'saints' (1Cor. 1:2); to be the 'Body of Christ' (1Cor. 12:27) and to manifest the Kingdom of God here and now."
The church includes a significant number of converts and welcomes everyone who seeks Christ.
"Our hope is that every person who is a member of our community will know what it means to be a member of a true Christian extended family; to know firsthand, by our personal witness, what it means to be brothers and sisters in Our Lord Jesus Christ -- "God's own special people" (1Peter 2:9)," said Baktis.
The Orthodox Church in America traces its origins to the arrival in Kodiak, Alaska of eight Russian Orthodox missionaries in 1794. Today, the Orthodox Church in America numbers some 700 parishes, missions, communities, monasteries, and institutions throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
The Orthodox Christian Church is the oldest Christian Church in the world. The Orthodox or "Eastern" Christians separated from the Roman Catholic Church in 1050 AD. It remains largely unchanged from Apostolic times and is steeped in a rich Biblical tradition.
Orthodox believers number roughly 250 million worldwide. The Orthodox communion is second in size only to the Roman Catholic Church. 

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Princeton University to Advance to the Regional Finals of the Seventh Annual Hult Prize

Top-tier schools go head-to-head in world’s largest student competition, competing for $1 million in start-up funding to solve President Clinton’s Urban Spaces Challenge.


        PRINCETON, NJ (January 28, 2016) — The Hult Prize Foundation recently announced that Princeton University has been chose to advance to the regional finals of the seventh annual Hult Prize. The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition and start-up platform for social good. In partnership with President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative, the innovative crowdsourcing platform identifies and launches disruptive and catalytic social ventures that aim to solve the planet’s most pressing challenges. Student teams compete in six cities around the world for a chance to secure US $1 million in start-up funding to launch a sustainable social venture.


        The team members are from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs as well as the Computer Science department. The team consists of Ricardo Diaz ’19, Chris Kellogg-Peeler ’19, and Viktoria Zlatinova ’19. Ricardo, CEO of the start up named Ryde, said that “after having founded Ryde only two months ago, [they] never would have thought [they] would find this kind of success so quickly,” and that they “can't wait to see what the future holds for [them] and for Ryde.”


Ryde is a subscription-based transportation service accessible through a mobile application that allows customers to request a car ride whenever they need it. This is meant to supplant car ownership by giving the customers all the benefits of having a car without having to worry about all the hassles that come with it: paying for gas, maintenance, insurance, parking, even driving!


After paying a monthly service fee that corresponds with their desired mileage plan, they'll be able to get to where they want, when they want: all with a single click of a button. Once a request enters their system, a notification is sent to the nearest driver who will then be at the designated pick-up location in minutes. With the eventual implementation of autonomous driving into our business model, their drivers would ultimately be replaced with self-driving cars.


The current generation is becoming accustomed to having access to what they need instantaneously, and commitment is being replaced by periodical subscriptions as with Spotify and Netflix. They understand that people are shifting towards a world where the idea of sharing is becoming standard fare like with Airbnb and Uber.


But they are not looking to be a ride sharing application. They are looking to replace car ownership entirely.


Their vision is to revolutionize the way you get there and reduce the carbon footprint, traffic congestion, and other hassles along the way.

They claim, “This is the future of transportation,” and close with a final question asking, “Do you need a Ryde?”


        The 2016 Hult Prize asks entrepreneurs to create sustainable businesses that double the income of 10 million people living in crowded urban spaces – a challenge personally selected by President Bill Clinton. Ahmad Ashkar, CEO and Founder of the Hult Prize, attributes the success of the competition to the shift in the global economy and the millennial generation’s refusal to live in a world with inequality, “We are giving entrepreneurs from around the world a platform to innovate and revolutionize the way we think about servicing the poor.”


        Each team selected was chosen from more than 25,000 applications received from over 500 colleges and universities in over 150 countries. The Hult Prize regional competitions will take place on March 11-12, 2016 in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, and Shanghai. Princeton University will compete in Boston this upcoming March.


        Following the regional finals, one winning team from each host city will move into the Hult Prize Accelerator, where participants will receive mentorship, advisory and strategic planning as they create prototypes and set-up to launch their new social business.  A final round of competition will be hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative at its annual meeting in September, where CGI delegates will select a winning team, which will be awarded the US$ 1,000,000 Prize by President Bill Clinton himself.  The President has said, “The Hult Prize is a wonderful example of the creative cooperation needed to build a world with shared opportunity, shared responsibility, and shared prosperity, and each year I look forward to seeing the many outstanding ideas the competition produces.”


            The Ryde team has also recently been chosen as one of the 32 startups for the Student Start Up Madness. According to their website, the Student Startup Madness (SSM) is a nationwide tournament-style competition for college student digital media startups, culminating with the “Entrepreneurial Eight” national finals at South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive.  The Student Startup madness is open to college student digital media startups from colleges across the USA. The entry period opens in the summer, with rolling admissions through November. The first two rounds of the competition are conducted online, beginning with a selected field of 64 teams, narrowing to 32 semi-finalists and ending with the announcement of the “Entrepreneurial Eight” finalists in late January.


            The group said they were “proud to represent Princeton University and will focus on following the university’s unofficial motto to make the world a better place for all.”


The team is made up of Ricardo Diaz ’19 who is the CEO of Ryde and is an officer for Princeton’s Entrepreneurship Club, a writer for Business Today, and an active member of Princeton Latinos Y Amigos, Asian American Students Association, and the Princeton Corporate Finance Club.

Chris Kellogg-Peeler ’19 is the Chief Operations Officer and is involved with Princeton’s Sketch Comedy Troupe, the Whig-Clio Society, and volunteers for the Young Scholars Institute.


Viktoria Zlatinova ’19 is the Chief Technology Officer and is a member of Princeton’s Squash team and the Robotics Club. She has interned at Expedia and participated in a summer immersion program at Google with extensive experience writing code, specifically location APIs and back-end software. 


About the Hult Prize Foundation


The Hult Prize Foundation is a pioneer in crowd-based approaches to the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems and the acceleration of social enterprise. Its startup accelerator is the world’s largest and brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. It has been named by TIME amongst the top five ideas changing the world. The annual Hult Prize Challenge is the world’s largest student competition and crowd-sourcing platform for social good, offering a grand prize of US$1,000,000. The Hult Prize Foundation has been funded by the Hult family since it was founded in 2009 by current CEO, Ahmad Ashkar, it is run in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative and is sponsored by the Hult International Business School. To learn more, visit


About The Clinton Global Initiative


Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, CGI members have made more than 2,500 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $87.9 billion.


About Princeton University


Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.


As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching.


Today, more than 1,100 faculty members instruct approximately 5,200 undergraduate students and 2,600 graduate students. The University's generous financial aid program ensures that talented students from all economic backgrounds can afford a Princeton education.

Pennington School Celebrates the Opening of its New Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building

PENNINGTON, N.J.,Jan. 28--- The Pennington School welcomed students to its new Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building on Tuesday, January 26, marking the first day of classes in the technologically advanced building. Dr. William S. Hawkey, headmaster, along with other School administrators, personally greeted all the delighted students as they entered the building for the first time.


The Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building provides almost 30,000 square feet of new classroom, faculty, and meeting space, all flooded with natural light. A two-story atrium, the Joseph L. and Marion M. Wesley Forum, offers an impressive gathering space for larger meetings. The offices of Global Studies, Community Service, school Chaplain, College Guidance, and the Horizon senior internship program are all found within the new building, as well as the administration of the School’s renowned Cervone Center for Learning program.


Kenneth Kai Tai Yen is the chairman of the Yulon Group in Taiwan (for the company history, please click here: The naming of such an important new building after one of Pennington’s most distinguished international graduates makes visible the School’s commitment to global understanding and interaction. Inside, students and faculty have inviting and comfortable spaces to work together, exploring the best that the world’s civilizations have to offer and gaining a deep appreciation of our common humanity.


Peter J. Tucci ’79, chair of Pennington’s Board of Trustees and the parent of two daughters in their senior year at Pennington, stated, “Ken’s gift for this new building is visionary and speaks volumes about Pennington’s commitment to global programs, the success of Pennington’s alumni throughout the world, and the importance of giving back. It is our hope that Ken’s generosity will inspire others to make a significant investment in Pennington’s future, in accordance with their means.”


The new Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Building is the largest component of an elaborate master plan that will transform the educational experience at The Pennington School. In addition to the newly-opened building, current construction plans include renovating the campus’s Stainton Hall to become a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) building; restoring Old Main as the historic center of the School, housing administrative offices for the headmaster, deans, and admission; re-engineering Meckler Library to better serve the changing needs of students; and reshaping campus access and driveways to create a pedestrian-only campus. The School’s ambitious five-year capital campaign, Building for the Future, has already far exceeded its initial goal of raising $10 million and is anticipating reaching its current goal of $20 million by 2018.


The Pennington School, founded in 1838, is an independent coeducational school for students in grades 6 through 12, in both day and boarding programs. The curriculum is college preparatory, with an emphasis on individual excellence, fostering the development of the whole student through academics, athletics, community service, and the creative and performing arts.


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Hun Alumnus Tops off Forbes' Brightest College Entrepreneurs List

Princeton, NJ – Hun alumnus and University of Miami standout, Herwig Konings '11 is one of the brightest young entrepreneurs in the country according to Forbes Magazine. He and his partner Connor Masterson are earning accolades for a tech startup called Royal, which they founded while students at the University of Miami. Royal helps companies identify and reward loyal customers, without the hassle of customer check-ins, sign-ups, and point redemption. Herwig, an "adventure capitalist," founded his first company while a student at The Hun School.


"It all started at Hun. What makes the difference is the powerful community that stays behind you every step of the way," said Mr. Konings. "Thank you all for your ongoing support!"


Meet Fifteen Of The Brightest College Entrepreneurs And Their Innovative Startups



About The Hun School of Princeton:

The Hun School of Princeton is a co-educational, private day and boarding school in Princeton, New Jersey. Individual attention and strong student-faculty relationships are the hallmarks of the School.  On the 45-acre campus between Philadelphia and New York City, student-centered, hands-on learning prepare students for the global community in which they will live and work. The Hun School is comprised of 640 students in its Middle School, Upper School, and Postgraduate Program. The Hun School is home to students from twenty-nine countries and sixteen states.

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Chapin School Eighth Grade Students Receive Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

January 27, 2016 (Princeton, New Jersey) --- Chapin School proudly announces four recipients of this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. In the 2015-16 program year, a record-breaking 300,000+ works were submitted for adjudication at the regional level, with more than 1,900 public, private, and home-schooled students receiving national recognition.  The four Chapin students receiving distinguished awards and honorable mentions for their submissions in photography and drawing/illustration are:


Harper Usiskin ‘16: 1 Gold Key Award, 1 Silver Key Award, 2 Honorable Mentions
Jeffrey Tao ‘16: 1 Silver Key Award, 1 Honorable Mention
Sofia Weingarten ‘16: Silver Key Award
Amanda Zheng ‘16: Silver Key Award


These students are being honored locally through community ceremonies and exhibition, including the Montclair Art Museum Awards Ceremony and Reception on Thursday, February 18th, from 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.  Of particular note is Harper Usiskin's Gold Key Award, which is being entered into the National Gold Medalist competition. Her works will also be displayed at the Montclair Art Museum from Thursday, February 18 through Sunday, March 20, including the night of the awards ceremony.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teenagers in grades 7–12.  For 93 years, the awards, presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, identifies the early promise of some of our nation's most accomplished visionaries and encourages young artists and writers to pursue a variety of creative career paths and endeavors.

Chapin School congratulates these promising artists for their wonderful accomplishments.


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Cedar Hill Prep's Jump-Rope-A-Thon Helps 5 Year Old Alex in her Battle with Leukemia


Cedar Hill Prep is a school that prides itself on caring for the needs of others.   Every year, the school commits to raising awareness and money for specific charities. This year, CHP is focused on helping a 5 year old girl, Alex, who is battling Leukemia.  She is the cousin of a student enrolled at CHP.

Everyone can look around and realize that somehow they have been affected by cancer, whether through the illness of a family member, friend, or coworker.  Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and teens, accounting for almost 1 out of 3 cancers.

Cedar Hill Prep is hosting a “Jump-Rope-A-Thon” for Team Alex!
All students, Preschool – Grade 8, are participating during their Physical Education classes.  The students are looking forward to this great event as they understand the importance of helping to make a difference in someone else’s life.

If you would like to donate to help support this endeavor, please contact Ruth Sulitzer at Cedar Hill Prep School ( . Please make your check payable to Cedar Hill Prep PTO by Friday, January 29th


Cedar Hill Prep School is located at 152 Cedar Grove Lane, Somerset, N.J. 08873.


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PDS Mock Trial Team Wins Mercer County Championship Title

The Princeton Day School Upper School Mock Trial Team won the Mercer County Championship title, placing first of out of twelve teams and earning a coveted spot in the regional competitions in February. The team is: William Hopper (Princeton Junction), Devika Kumar & Tarika Kumar (Branchburg), Amberjean Leist (Metuchen), Julia Marshall (Princeton), Bharat Nagalamadaka (Monroe Township), Alexander Neumann (Lawrenceville), Leo Nye (Washington Crossing), Malavika Rajagopal (Princeton), Jedidiah Seinfeld (Skillman), Alex Waclawski (Skillman), and Noam Yakoby (Princeton).



Princeton – The Princeton Day School Upper School Mock Trial Team won the Mercer County Championship title, placing first of out of twelve teams and earning a coveted spot in the regional competitions in February.

Led by faculty advisors US History teacher Chris Rhodes and US English teacher Barbara Walker, the Princeton Day School team beat Stuart Country Day School and Princeton High School to face Hightstown High School in the quarterfinals, and finally defeated Marshall (home school team) in the finals.

The PDS Mock Trial Team will compete in the Central Jersey regional competition at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick on February 2.

Congratulations to the team: William Hopper, Devika Kumar, Tarika Kumar, Amberjean Leist, Julia Marshall, Bharat Nagalamadaka, Alexander Neumann, Leo Nye, Malavika Rajagopal, Jedidiah Seinfeld, Alex Waclawski, and Noam Yakoby.

The team is also grateful to the attorney coaches: Kathy Flicker, Mike Rosenberg, and Scott Rosenberg ’04.

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Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ, Inc Honor Patricia A. Hartpence

Central & Southern NJ – The Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ, Inc. (GSCSNJ) have named five outstanding female leaders as Women of Distinction for 2016. The women receiving awards are leaders in their fields, innovators of unique programs and services, and are role models and mentors to tomorrow’s generation. All of the honorees demonstrate that studying, hard work, and dreaming big are the keys for women and girls to succeed at achieving their goals. GSCSNJ’s annual Women of Distinction event is a celebration of women who exemplify excellence and accomplishment. GSCSNJ will host an award breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia – Cherry Hill, on Thursday, March 17th from 8:30 – 10:30 AM.


The 2016 Women of Distinction Award Event honors Patricia A. Hartpence, Assistant Vice President and Director of Corporate Giving, a part of the Public Affairs department at NJM Insurance Group.  Hartpence began her career at NJM as a management trainee. She was employed in this capacity for several years, during which time Hartpence earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Rider College in 1986 and was promoted to Manager of Personal Lines Support Services in 1991.


Hartpence joined NJM’s Human Resources Department in September 1999 where she concentrated on employment practices and special projects/employee activities.  In April 2004, she was promoted to Assistant Vice President and assumed further duties relating to core HR functions.  Her current responsibilities entail oversight of NJM’s corporate giving, community outreach, and employee matching & volunteer programs.


Along with her full-time position, Hartpence is involved with many committees and boards. Hartpence joined the board of HomeFront in 2009 and currently serves as secretary.  She has been a member of the Kidsbridge board since 2010 and the Junior Achievement Central Board since 2012.  Hartpence has also been a member of the American Heart Association’s Executive Leadership Team for the Greater Mercer Heart Walk since 2010.  Since 1989, Hartpence has been a chairperson of the Ways and Means Committee of the Insurance Professional of Mercer County and has chaired the Hospitality Committee of the Human Resource Management Association of Princeton for several years.  She also served as President of the CPCU Society of Central NJ in 2009-2010.   


The Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ is proud to honor Hartpence as a 2016 Woman of Distinction, as she is a female leader and role model to future generations.  Ginny Marino, the CEO of Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ, states, “Pat discovered and capitalized on her strengths to build a life she loves, connects with others through service in the community, at work, and in her family, and takes action regularly to make the world a better place.  Pat is the ultimate Girl Scout.  We are honored to count her among our alumnae and celebrate her this year as a Woman of Distinction.”         


Along with her incredible professional life, Hartpence has been married since 1982 to Marvin R. Hartpence, Jr. and has two sons, Timothy and Ryan.  The family resides in West Amwell, New Jersey.  


About Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ, Inc.

Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ (GSCSNJ) is the premier organization serving 19,000 girls in over nine counties. GSCSNJ will shape leaders for tomorrow by empowering girls to take on bold challenges, discover their own passions and strengths, act with character, and engage fully in fun, relevant experiences that encourage friendships and build life-long skills.  For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ, call (800) 582-7692 or visit  You can also connect with GSCSNJ on Twitter @GSCSNJ or!

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The Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership Awards Fellowship to Head of School at Stuart

Princeton, NJ – Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart announces that Head of School Dr. Patty L. Fagin, has been awarded a fully-funded fellowship to the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership's 2016 Heads of Schools program at Teachers College, Columbia University.  This distinguished honor established in 1991, is granted to just twenty heads of schools annually.  The award provides independent and international school leaders with an opportunity for focused professional enrichment, renewal and reflection.

From January 25 to February 5, 2016, visiting heads from around the world will gather together at the Columbia University Campus for intensive study to examine educational issues and policies facing independent school educators.  The Center attracts and selects educators who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishment or potential for excellence and equips them with the knowledge, skills and values necessary for informed and effective practice.  Participants will focus on philosophy, research, governance and current topics in education. The 2016 cohort includes Heads from across the United States in addition to participants from the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Germany, Nicaragua, Cote d'Ivoire, Lithuania, Fiji, Italy and Hong Kong. 

The Klingenstein Center is dedicated to improving the quality of independent school education by developing and strengthening leadership among teachers and administrators who work in independent and international schools in the United States and throughout the world. All fellowships and graduate programs focus on instructional leadership, collaboration and teamwork, ethical decision making, reflective practice and a commitment to social justice and diversity.

Drawing upon a record of success that spans more than thirty-five years and the full resources of Teachers College and Columbia University, the Klingenstein Center stands alone in its capacity to develop leaders for independent schools.

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Princeton Public Library Appoints New Executive Director

New executive director of Princeton Public Library Brett Bonfield plans to spearhead educational initiatives for privacy protection, solicit input from the community and collaborate closely with the University.


Bonfield’s appointment by the library’s Board of Trustees marks the end of the tenure of current PPL director Leslie Burger. Bonfield will assume the position when Burger steps down in January.

Burger announced her plans to retire in July, leaving a vacancy for this permanent position that drew 25 candidates, according to

Members of the PPL Board of Trustees did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Burger did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Bonfield graduated from Rutgers University and previously served as a librarian at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and St. Joseph’s University. He is currently the director of Collingswood Library in Camden County.

Bonfield noted that in spite of changes in technology, libraries have not lost their unique function in communities. According to Bonfield, though users may not be coming in to locate the reference number of a particular book, more have been seeking specialized information and sources.

“What we get is a lot more involved, challenging questions, which requires more specialized training for the librarians,” Bonfield noted.

Bonfield also expressed hopes for continued collaboration with the community, including the University.

“We will make sure that we are listening to library users, stakeholders, the universities,” he said.

Having volunteered for the Library Freedom Project, an awareness initiative for surveillance threats, Bonfield explained that he hopes to expand programs educating the public about privacy protection on electronic devices. He added that he believes this is a challenge that societies at large have wrestled with in the past few years with transformations in technology.

“Libraries are agile institutions, and libraries are getting more involved in helping people address those needs because libraries have for decades valued intellectual freedom and freedom of inquiry,” Bonfield said, adding that libraries have always been meticulous about privacy protection, so much that most libraries will delete all records of material checkouts by users.

Bonfield said that, having grown up in Princeton, his attachment to the Princeton community and respect for PPL motivated him to bid for the directorship.

“Princeton is a terrific community,” Bonfield said. “It’s a community with great values I share.”

Bonfield also described the PPL as a model library where he studied while a student in professional school.

Matt Grobis GS, a frequent visitor of PPL, described the library as a great place to go to get off campus for a change of scenery. Grobis noted that many students find PPL a more useful spot for studying than the restaurants and eateries on Nassau Street.

Courtney Buoncore ’18, a tutor for Homework Help, a University-sponsored work-study program that operates in PPL, also said she sees the library as a friendly place for community members.

“Everyone is really friendly there, and there’s a strong camaraderie between staff and visitors,” she said.

Buoncore noted that the library hosts many service programs like the pro bono tutoring initiative she participates in, which helps K-12 grade students Monday through Friday.

Grobis also noted that the visitor population includes more senior citizens who may otherwise have no access to computers.

Jessica Li, Senior Writer, The Daily Princetonian

Princeton Day School Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy with Day of Service

Princeton – The Princeton Day School community honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, January 15 by participating in a schoolwide day of service with a wide variety of projects. As Interim Head of Lower School Alesia Klein noted, “As Dr. King taught us, ‘Life's most urgent question is what are you doing for others?’ We are so excited for a day of service, kindness, and gratitude.”


There was wonderful synergy as the Lower School students worked with the Middle School students on a number of projects. The Pre-K students worked with the 5th graders to write thank you notes to important helpers in the PDS community, including Buildings and Grounds and the cafeteria staff. Kindergarteners partnered with 6th graders to make placemats for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. 1st grade students made bird feeders for our resident PDS birds, using natural ingredients to create feeders that are environmentally friendly. 2nd graders participated in Color A Smile, an organization that mails colored smiles to seniors living in nursing homes and to military troops overseas. 3rd graders made dog toys and dog treats for SAVE, a local animal shelter. The dog toys were created from recycled water bottles and leftover socks. 4th grade students delivered Valentines to residents of Elm Court, a senior housing center.  As they walked to Elm Court, 4th graders also cleaned up the path along the Great Road.  


There was also partnership between Middle School and Upper School students as the Middle School day of service began with the performance of “A Better Place,” an original theater piece co-written by Performing Arts Chair Deb Sugarman and 13 Upper School students, who also performed the piece. This inspiring performance focused on how we are all as human beings connected. The students who conceived the piece wrote: “If we think of Martin Luther King Jr. and his passion for service, it is founded on his firm understanding that all humans deserve a life of dignity and we are all interrelated. I can’t be free if you are not free.” After the performance, there was time for questions and conversation. “A Better Place” was also performed for the Upper School in the afternoon during their afternoon of service, and led to great conversations about inclusion and respect.


In addition to the projects the Middle and Lower School students partnered on, there was a Global Awareness/Literacy Read-a-thon in the MS Library and a Move-a-thon in the Fox room, which raised money for Homefront. Middle School student Kylan Tatum ’21 worked to secure sponsors to donate snacks and fresh juices for students running in the Upper Gym, and also to donate money to the various partners the school was working to support. The 8th grade students took field trips to the Crisis Ministry, Homefront, the Mercer County Food Bank, SAVE, and Windrows.


Head of Middle School Renée Price, who was inspired to devote the entire day to service and the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., noted “Dr King said, ‘Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.’ This faith applies to our MS Day of Service. The ways in which this MS has pulled together, pitched in and committed to serve others is not only inspiring, but embodies so much of what our PDS mission is all about.”



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Tech Entrepreneur Mike Williams '07 Advises Hun Students about Startups

Princeton, NJ – Technology entrepreneur Mike Williams '07 returned to The Hun School of Princeton on Thursday, December 10th to speak with students in the Entrepreneurial Studies class. During their conversations, Mr. Williams listened to each student pitch their business idea and helped them identify related opportunities. He fielded questions and spoke about his own experiences in startups.


Mr. Williams is currently head of product development and director of business operations for Wine 'n Dine. Prior to his role at Wine 'n Dine, Mr. Williams worked for JP Morgan on the credit trading desk, was director of e-commerce at Carson Street Clothiers a high-end fashion company founded by fellow alumnus Matthew Breen '02. He was also a Pre-Series A employee at the popular food-based delivery service, Caviar, prior to its acquisition by Square for $90 million in 2014.


"We're doing the same thing you are," he said to a group of student entrepreneurs about his work with Wine 'n Dine. "We have this idea - we're trying to figure out how to make this idea work – how to turn it into a business."


Mr. Williams explained that in the early stage of business development it is imperative to identify problems before they happen, in order to make adjustments. "It's really important to set yourself up to evolve and change. You have to set up a framework and operate within that framework, but you also have to be adaptable to the challenges your business will face," he said.


"There is always a way to solve a problem," Mr. Williams said. "At the end of the day, that's what you are doing."


He said to the students at The Hun School, "You're proximity to one another is an opportunity that you shouldn't dismiss. You are surrounded by smart and curious people. Take advantage of the networks you create here. Work together to talk about your ideas. Be intensely curious. And, if you want to do something, just do it. Execute. Execution of a good idea is what sets you apart from everyone else."


At, Mr. Williams and his partners are building a "discovery platform that leverages social media networks and personal data to predict interests in the food and wine industry." It is currently in beta testing.


About The Hun School of Princeton:

The Hun School of Princeton is a co-educational, private day and boarding school in Princeton, New Jersey. Individual attention and strong student-faculty relationships are the hallmarks of the School.  On the 45-acre campus between Philadelphia and New York City, student-centered, hands-on learning prepare students for the global community in which they will live and work. The Hun School is comprised of 640 students in its Middle School, Upper School, and Postgraduate Program. The Hun School is home to students from twenty-nine countries and sixteen states.

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Valley National Bank Donates $10,000 to Nonprofit Community Options

PRINCETON, NJ (December 29, 2015) – On Tuesday, representatives of Valley National Bank presented Community Options, Inc. with a donation of $10,000.  The money will go directly towards building a new Red Ribbon Academy in Hillsborough, NJ.  Community Options President and CEO, Robert Stack, graciously accepted the gift from Steve Vitale, First VP and Team Leader of Commercial Banking, and Steve Bearse, VP and Territory Sales Manager, at the nonprofit’s headquarters in Princeton, NJ.  Vitale and Bearse recently took a tour of the first Red Ribbon Academy, located in Wayne, NJ.


Community Options opened the Red Ribbon Academy in March of 2013.  It is the first organization in New Jersey that aids adult individuals who have the most severe, medically fragile disabilities in a way that fosters growth and progress.  The building is tailored specifically for people with special medical needs.  It is completely accessible, containing therapy rooms with special sensory environments for persons with profound intellectual disabilities and medical needs. A wide array of therapeutic and recreational activities is available to maintain and increase mental acuity and maximize their physical ability. These activities nurture friendships, stimulate interest in life, and provide opportunities for creativity.


Valley National Bank has generously donated to Community Options in the past; helping fund the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser, Cupid’s Chase 5K.  Their donation will aid the startup costs of the new Red Ribbon Academy as well as provide equipment for the sensory room. 


Community Options is targeting a Spring 2016 opening for the Hillsborough location.  Red Ribbon Academy is open to anyone who qualifies for services under the NJ Division for Developmental Disabilities with transportation provided to and from the Academy.


Based out of Princeton, NJ, Community Options is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing housing and employment support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.



About Community Options


For over 25 years, Community Options has developed housing and employment programs for people with disabilities. Community Options operates with a budget over $112 million and serves thousands of people with disabilities through 38 offices across 10 states. Providing advocacy assistance to empower people with disabilities, Community Options believes that all people –regardless of disability level – should live and work in the community with dignity, choice, and self?determination. A registered PVO with USAID, Community Options is also the pioneer of innovative programs for people with disabilities in the Middle East, Russia, and South America. Please visit our website at

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Girls at Stuart Hold "Pink Out" for Breast Cancer Research

Princeton, NJ - On Monday, the entire community at the all-girls Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton came together for Pink Out Day to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for research. Girls from preschool through high school, joined by preschool boys and faculty and staff, donned pink clothes for the day. Families contributed baked goods for a fundraising sale and baskets full of items donated by upper school athletes were auctioned off in support of the cause. The community showed up in force after to school to watch the varsity field hockey team, outfitted in pink, Play 4 the Cure against Montgomery High school in the school's annual Pink Out Game.

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What Does Your 990 Tell?

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ --The Princeton Area Community Foundation and Borden Perlman invite you to a breakfast seminar for Executive Directors, Chief Financial Officers, Board Chairs, and Treasurers
What Story Does Your 990 Tell?
Presented by
Nancy W. Kieling, President
Princeton Area Community Foundation
Thursday, October 22, 2009
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m.
RSVP 609-219-1800 or
Free Registration - RSVP Required
Greenacres Country Club
2170 Lawrence Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Your IRS 990 tax information return is the most public document your organization produces. It is available to the general public on It is read by foundations, corporations, and individuals interested in knowing about your work and its associated revenues and expenses. The 990 has been revised for 2008 and now includes more detail in a revised format.
o        Do you understand what readers are looking for?
o        Do you know where readers look for key information?
o        Does your allocation of expenses make sense?
o        What do we learn from the Support Schedule?
o        Are you using it to your best advantage?
o        And more …
Nancy Kieling has served as President of the Princeton Area Community Foundation since May 1994, during which time the Community Foundation has granted over $25 million. She has guided the Community Foundation’s grantmaking, scholarship, and philanthropic education initiatives and partnered with many private and corporate foundations. Under her leadership the organization has grown from $300,000 to $55 million in assets and its grantmaking has expanded from $11,000 in 1994 to over $3 million in 2008. The Princeton Area Community Foundation was the first Nationally Certified Community Foundation in New Jersey, and among the first nationwide. Nancy is a former Board Chair of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers; and a current Director of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Trisha Volk
Donor Services Associate
Princeton Area Community Foundation
15 Princess Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08540
(609) 219-1800 Phone
(609) 219-1850 Fax
Please visit us online at

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