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Weekly Roundup: Piano player, trip to Mars top this week’s stories

Check out the top stories in Moorestown this week.

A Moorestown student won the grand prize at a local piano festival and the Lockheed Martin Mars Experience Bus visited UES. Check out the top stories in Moorestown this week with our Weekly Roundup.

The keys to success: Moorestown sixth grader wins grand prize at local competition

Moorestown Upper Elementary School student Dylan Mies, 11, sits at his piano at his home in Moorestown. Dylan recently performed at the Music-Fest’s Rising Talents festival Winners’ Concert at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music.
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Dylan Mies laid his hands on a piano for the first time five years ago. This year, the now 11-year-old won the grand prize at his first piano competition.

Dylan, who is a sixth grader at Moorestown Upper Elementary School, competed in Music-Fest’s Rising Talents festival in February, and his stellar performance qualified him to perform at the Winners’ Concert, held at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music.

Next stop, Mars: UES students take a virtual reality trip to the red planet

Moorestown Upper Elementary School sixth graders have fun with paper stomp rockets as part of Lockheed Martin’s Generation Beyond Program at UES last week. Photo special to The Sun.

2030 might seem a long way away, but NASA is already planning a mission to Mars and is hoping now-sixth graders will take the trip. To help inspire students, Lockheed Martin has created the Mars Experience Bus — a “one-of-a-kind virtual reality experience” built into a school bus.

When Moorestown Township Public Schools science supervisor Gavin Quinn found out about the Mars Experience Bus, it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.

Board of Education unanimously votes to approve 2017–2018 budget

The Moorestown Board of Education unanimously approved the 2017–2018 budget after a public hearing held at its April meeting.

The total budget is $69.71 million, with $66.46 million to be raised through taxation. This includes approximately $4.76 million in debt service. The budget is an increase from last year’s budget of $67.99 million, and it will include a tax levy increase of 2 percent, the state’s cap.

Board of Education recognizes staff and students at most recent meeting

The Moorestown Township Public Schools Board of Education dedicated much of the April meeting to recognizing staff and students for their accomplishments.

Superintendent Scott McCartney recognized five staff members who will be retiring this year and the high school’s unified basketball team, which recently won the Shriver Cup Championship game at Princeton University. The team is comprised of students both with and without special needs.

Science supervisor Gavin Quinn recognized multiple students for their achievements at local science fairs.

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