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posted: Thu, May 3rd, 2018

The FIRE Bowl Club: standing, Divya Arora, Prisha Ghosh, Carissa Suralik, and Gianna Ferrara; kneeling, Olivia Walker and Lucas Amorim.

Students win awards at FIRE Bowl

A team of MOMS students finished in 3rd place in the Fire Information Rescue Education Bowl, a contest that tests knowledge of fire safety and prevention, fire science, firefighting techniques, and the history of firefighting. Divya Arora also took home a 3rd place award in the individual category.

In preparation, the seventh-graders spent several months studying from a variety of sources, including the exact same handbook that New Jersey firefighters use in their training. The students met twice a week afterschool with Rachel Eby, the MOMS science teacher advising the club, to review the material and hone their knowledge.

Gianna Ferrara, Prisha Ghosh, and Olivia Walker worked together to complete the 80-question written test which was administered for the students here at MOMS. Divya completed her test individually. (Club members Carissa Suralik and Lucas Amorim were the alternates.)

The students will pick up their awards at a ceremony at Kean University after they watch the top two teams duke it out in a college bowl-style championship match.

This is the first year in which MOMS participated in the event. Ms. Eby, the daughter of a retired Newark firefighter who spent 42 years on the job, coordinated the F.I.R.E. Bowl club for two years at Belleville Middle School. 

The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety has sponsored the F.I.R.E. Bowl every year since 2005.


Musical wins award before it opens

‘Mary Poppins’ will be presented May 17–May 19 

You know you’ve got a great show on your hands when it wins an award a full month before opening night.

The MOMS production of “Mary Poppins” took home the Best Ensemble award at the Bucks County Playhouse’s Student Theater Festival. The cast performed a medley of songs for the judges, including a razzle-dazzle production number, “Steppin' Time.” The high energy setpiece features nearly three dozen students singing and tapdancing with prop chimney brooms.

To prepare for the Bucks performance, the students worked six days a week for two months. That’s a testimony not only to the sophistication and precision of the dance number, but also to the complexity of the show itself. (Yes, there will be flying!) 

“I have always loved the movie ‘Mary Poppins,’” said Chris Bosch, show director and MOHS special education teacher. “I wanted a chance to put my own vision into this timeless story. I knew it would be a challenge, but I was sure these fantastic kids and staff members would be up for it. Nothing worth anything is ever easy to get.” 

“Mary Poppins” will be presented on May 17–May 19 with a live orchestra under the direction of music teacher Ken Adessa. 

Set in London, “Mary Poppins” tells the tale of the Banks family and the new nanny that takes the Banks children on a series of magical, life-changing adventures. The musical is a theatrical version of the 1964 Disney classic and the book from which the film is based.  

In the MOMS production, eighth-grader Karley Sapio portrays the title character. The play also features Tyler Hamlett, William Kadus, Ava Lofgren, Alexa Yudoff, Brendan Blazier, Marissa Coyle, Ricci Granberg, Shayna Wilson, Jacob McCreery, and Savannah Barr. In total, more than 100 students are involved in the cast and crew.

Bucks County Playhouse, located in New Hope, Pennsylvania, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its student theater festival this year.

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