McCarron on dean's list at Bucknell

Sierra McCarron, of Margate, was named to the dean's list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2013-14 academic year at Bucknell University.

A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean's list recognition.

McCarron is the daughter of Kelly McCarron and a 2012 graduate of Atlantic City High School.

5 teens to represent JCC Atlantic County

The Milton and Betty Katz JCC has announced that five teens have been selected to represent the community for Project Gesher.

The program will take 24 teens representing five participating communities - Margate, Bridgewater, Central/Scotch Plains, Metrowest and Wilmington, Del. - on a two-year journey of learning and leadership, enhance the Atlantic County region's connection to its Partnership 2Gether community of Arad, and add a second community to the mix, Metrowest/Central NJ's Partnership 2Gether community of Ofakim.

The five teens from the area include Claire Gadon, Isabella Turner, Josh Olarsch, Zoe Arking and Sydnee VanDyke.

The Project Gesher program officially began the first weekend in March and will continue with several gatherings over the first year, rotating among the four New Jersey locations and Delaware.

During each learning session, the group of 24 teens will use social media resources such as Facebook, Skype and video conferencing to connect, meet and bond with the 24 teen counterparts chosen in Arad and Ofakim, Israel, participating in a parallel two-year enrichment program more than 6,000 miles away.

Pastrana graduates from Kutztown

Michael Pastrana, of Somers Point, received a BS Criminal Justice degree from Kutztown University this winter. Commencement exercises were held Dec. 14, but students had until the end of the winter session in January to complete all graduation requirements.

Castillo earns academic honors

Fairleigh Dickinson University's Educational Opportunity Fund program recently honored students for their academic achievements. Stephanie Castillo, of Ventnor, earned the Academic Achievement Award. The award goes to students who have earned a 3.0 or higher semester grade point average while carrying least 12 credits.

Dever to perform in band conference

Lindsay Dever, of Linwood, will perform as part of the group when students perform in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall as part of the third annual Project Hand-in-Hand concert.

The choirs, led by Dr. John P. Leonard, along with 90 high school students from the earthquake disaster-area in Japan, and the New York City Opera Orchestra will collaborate to perform Carol Orff's Carmina Burana: Secular Songs for Singers and Choruses to be Sung Together with Instruments and Magic Images at 7:30 p.m. March 26 at the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York.

The Project Hand-in-Hand performance serves to support Japan's long-term recovery efforts as well as a means to express gratitude for the support that has been received from around the world. Tickets are free and available at