Awards were presented to Ventnor Middle School students for excellence in accelerated reading and IXL mathematics on June 12 in the J. Benjamin Brick Auditorium.
The AR/IXL Day guest speaker was Holy Spirit High School graduate and professional baseball player A.J. Holland.
Every student was given a baseball cap during homeroom to wear to the assembly, where they were first "introduced" to Abbott and Costello and their famous skit "Who's On First?"
Holland then spoke to the students about his career in baseball and how hard work and perseverance have allowed him to play baseball for a living. After playing in the minor leagues for the Atlanta Braves for four years, Holland continued his career in the Czech Republic and Australia. He is back in New Jersey for the summer to spend time with his family.
Trophies were awarded to the top three students in grades five through eight for Excellence in Accelerated Reader and IXL. In addition, three students from each grade level were given an honorable mention award.
Every student was treated to an ice cream sundae during lunch, and in the afternoon, middle school librarian Debbie Brahmi visited each classroom with a "sweet treat" for everyone.