Haberstroh places in national competition

Lauren Haberstroh, of Mays Landing, took third place in expository writing when Students from the Pilgrim Academy competed in the 36th annual American Association of Christian Schools National Competition, held April 9-11 at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.

About 1,700 students and sponsors from 34 states participated in the AACS National Competition, having captured top honors in their state contests.

Franco places at Science Symposium

Tiffany Franco, of Mays Landing, a sophomore at the Pilgrim Academy, participated in the Monmouth Junior Science Symposium’s General Poster Session, which took place March 21 at Monmouth University. Forty-three students from 18 New Jersey high schools competed for awards in seven categories.

Tiffany’s research, “Fibonacci Flowers,” focused on relating the Fibonacci sequence of numbers to a variety of flower petals, their spiraling patterns and the arrangements of seeds in nature.

Tiffany placed second in the Math/Computer Science category and received a special award for the best home-based experiment.

Rivera receives Top Gun Award

On April 24, Officer Belford Rivera, of the Township of Hamilton Police Department, was honored at the New Jersey Remembers ceremony to commemorate the lives lost as a result of impaired drivers.

Rivera was the recipient of the 2012 Top Gun Special Recipient Award. In 2012 he was awarded the 2011 Top Gun award for Atlantic County. It was noted at the ceremony that on Dec. 24, 2012, Rivera was on patrol on Route 322 and Wrangleboro Road when an impaired driver ran a red traffic light and struck Rivera’s patrol vehicle resulting in serious injuries, from which Rivera continues to recover.