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Kids and Teens 2/15/2006

By Rick Racela

Please send items for kids or teens by 3 p.m. Thursday to: Mee at the Herald P.O. Box 400, Rio Grande, NJ   08242 or fax 886-1879.
WILDWOOD CREST – Jenna Ankney, seventh grade, was the top winner in the Crest Memorial School spelling bee held Feb. 6. Ankney will go on to compete in the county-wide spelling bee to be held in March.  
Alex Horner, sixth grade, and Lindsay Galle, eighth grade, took second and third place, respectively.
Taking first in the third to fifth grade competition was fifth-grade student Christopher Samartino; second place was fifth-grade student Kaitlin Hesley; and third-grade student Sam Fitzpatrick took third place. Winners received U.S. Savings Bonds and trophies.
The following are the students who won bees in their homerooms and competed in the Feb. 6 spelling bee:  Emily Orlandini, Melonie Weaver, Grace Rogers and Isabella Hannig (Tyler Gentek, Trevor Gentek, alternates), third grade; Sam Fitzpatrick, Jordan Sedotti, Hunter Tomlinson, Anthony Chiolo (Doug Reidy, Rita Marino, alternates), fourth grade; Chris Samartino, Alex Byron, Kate Hesley, Biana Ravel (Leigh Ann Mahon, Jordan Rodriguez, alternates), fifth grade; Carl Young, Breiann Gorski, Jah-Quan Walker, Tara Mullen (Alex Horner, P.J. Palmer alternates), sixth grade; Janice Hansel, Stevie Silnicki, Lance Karvounis, Jenna Ankney, Stasia Matteucci (Ron Becher, Rich Ziegler, alternates), seventh grade; and Sean Reidy, Lindsay Galle, Drew Ankney, Natalie Green (Kenny Haury, Juliet King, alternates), eighth grade.
COURT HOUSE – A Safe Sitter babysitting course will be offered at BTMH on Saturday at 9 a.m. in classrooms A and B on the ground floor of the hospital. Call 463-2367 to register.
Rebel: youth group which empowers other youth to make informed choices about tobacco use meets the first Monday of each month from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Cape Assist’s offices in Wildwood, 3819 New Jersey Avenue.  New members are welcome.
Teen Karate:  Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call 886-6902 or 889-8105.
Teen Program: Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 656 Seashore Road, Erma. Discipleship, Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.;
Friday Night Life:  Friday 7-11 p.m. and Teen Ministry, Sunday, 5:30-7 p.m.
Homework Club: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Church of the Advent, Parish Hall, Washington and Franklin St. Cape May.
4-H Teen Ambassadors: leadership, citizenship and community service projects for youth grades 8-12.  Meetings and activities held monthly.  For more information:  Contact Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension-4-H Youth Development Program 465-5115 ext. 605.
AlaTeen: for teens with family or friends who are alcoholics; Thursdays, 8 p.m., Church of Resurrection, 200 W. Tuckahoe Road, Marmora, 547-0855.
Civil Air Patrol: ages 12-18: meets Thursdays, cadet programs, drill and ceremony, safety classes, aerospace education, emergency services. 624-0529.
Music: Impact Choir, Seashore Church, 886-6196; Kaleidoscope Kids singers, ages 6-14, 465-7443; Community Concert Band, Norm Lochten, 465-8737.
NAACP: Youth Council, ages 14-21, 624-9152.
Scouting: ages 5-17; Girl Scouts of the South Jersey Pines, 697-3900; Boy Scouts Southern New Jersey, 327-1700.
Swim Teams: ages 5-18: Cape May Recreation Dept., 884-9565; Crest Dolphins, 884-6390.
Tennis Clinics: for beginners and intermediates at the Wildwood Crest courts. Call WC Recreation Dept at 729-8186.
Teen Services: numbers for activities, health questions; United Way, 729-2255, free directory.
Medical Explorers: will meet Feb. 14 and 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Maruchi Room. Open to students ages 14 to 19 who are interested in the medical profession.  Call Ruth Particelli, 463-2367.
Volunteer for the following groups: Animal Welfare Society, 465-3403; Burdette Hospital, Etc. Shop, 463-2000; Cape May Nature Center, 884-9590; Cape May Rec., Terry, 884-9565; County Museum, Barbara, 465-3535; Crest Haven Nursing Home, Anthony, 465-1274; Habitat for Humanity, 463-0244; Lower Twp. Rec., Zack, 886-7880; MADD, 463-1616; North Cape Center, Paul, 898-8899; Red Cross, Peg, 465-7382; United Way, Suzanne, 729-2002; Wetlands Institute, 368-1211. Adults are also welcome.
GO FISH – The Tightlines 4-H Fishing Club, is looking to expand their membership.  The group offers events as well as education to youth and their parents seeking to expand their knowledge and expertise in both salt and freshwater fishing.
Their next meeting is on Feb. 17 at 6:45 p.m. at the Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension Building. Call Kenneth Morey at 861-0890 for information.
COUNTING – Children’s author Barbara McGrath, also known as “The M & M Lady”, visited the kindergarten students at Memorial School on Jan. 30. She is best known for her math counting books using M & M’s, Skittles, Cheerios and Goldfish. On her visit Mrs. McGrath explained to the children how she came up with the ideas for her books. She posed for pictures and signed books for the children and teachers. Posing with Mrs. McGrath is Mrs. Matteucci’s kindergarten class. 
AUTHORS – Maud Abrams School presented its second marking period Outstanding Author Program on Jan. 25. Approximately 33 students were recognized for excellence in the area of writing. Students received a certificate and an Author Award Bag full of goodies. More pictures of this event are on our web site
KIDS CAN – Creatures of all kinds, two-legged and five-legged alike, flock to the Nature Center of Cape May’s annual Kids Can Expo. This year’s Expo marks its tenth anniversary and will be held on Feb. 26 at Cape May Convention Hall.
 Jose Maramonte, marine science educator with Aquatic Discoveries, will delight visitors with hands-on encounters with mysterious sea creatures. For more information about Kids Can Expo’s 10th-anniversary bash, call New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May, at 898-8848, or visit the website at
DONATION – Ryan Hill, Jarryd Hill and Bobby Munizza of Court House, donated $100 to the Cape May County Red Cross Chapter to benefit victims of Katrina. The boys came up with the idea of raking leaves in order to raise the money.  The boys are shown here with Disaster Services Coordinator Bill Webber of the Cape May County Chapter of the Red Cross.

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