Weekly roundup: Student recognitions, ‘Hometown Heroes’ and military honor

Also, Washington Township coach to be inducted into hall of fame

Dominic Bricker (front left), 10, is pictured, to the right, with his younger brother, Michael, 5, his father, Mike, and his mother Brooke, surrounded by Kennedy Health nurses and staff and state, county and township officials to celebrate and honor his heroic act of saving his brother with the Heimlich Maneuver.

Birches Elementary School fourth-grader Dominic Bricker was recognized for performing the Heimlich maneuver last month, saving his choking 5-year-old brother’s life. The Board of Education also honored students for their efforts in spreading kindness and academic achievements, while 12 were inducted into Washington Township High school’s Military Hall of Fame. Check out some of the top stories from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

Birches Elementary School fourth-grader becomes ‘Hometown Hero’

Dominic Bricker, 10, said he and his brother were at a friend’s house on April 29 when the choking incident occurred. When Michael, 5, approached Dominic, unable to breathe or speak, the older brother urged his friend to grab a glass of water. When that took too long, he said, he made the decision to give Michael the Heimlich maneuver. The candy in his throat was dislodged on the first try. In a surprise assembly celebrating Dominic’s actions on May 22, members of the township community, county and state honored him in front of his school peers as a “hometown hero.”

Youth football coach to be inducted into the SJ Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame

Washington Township school district student data coordinator, former Board of Education member and longtime Washington Township Youth Football coach Charlie Doud will be among six inductees to the 2017 South Jersey Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Doud will be recognized for his distinguished service on June 28, at the Adam Taliaferro Foundation All-Star Football banquet at 6 p.m. at Masso’s in Glassboro.

Following their presentation on Rainbow Rabbit and the importance of kindness, Birches Elementary students, faculty posed for a photo. Pictured in the back row, from left, are Guidance Counselor Kelly Chropka, Principal Jessica Rose, Elementary Supervisor Christine Gehringer and Student Assistance Counselor Mike Petticrew. In the second row, from left, there are Annamaria Pastiu, Morgan Jardel, Kiernan Cassidy and Hannah Mroz. Kneeling in the front, from left, are Joshua To, Ava Iwano and Wali Jones-Rivera.

Board of Education recognizes students’ achievements, character

Students from Birches Elementary School stood before the Board of Education last week to represent their fellow classmates and their participation in the Great Kindness Challenge last month. Following their presentation, the Board of Education also recognized Orchard Valley Middle School seventh grader Morgan Velykis for being named a finalist in the WHYY-TV I Like This Book contest. Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Principal Gary Breen was also recognized by the school’s staff, students and community for holding the position for five years, with this year’s fifth graders his “first graduating class.”

Co-sign request for private dam loans denied, council proclaims Fourth of July parade grand marshal

The Washington Township Council meeting last week was adorned with creative and colorful safety posters designed by second-grade winners of the municipality’s poster contest. Resident and local businessman Robert Timmons was proclaimed grand marshal for the Fourth of July parade, while local dam owners and community members requested the municipality’s support in private loan applications through the state for repairs and permits.

Framed photos of 175 high school graduates and U.S. soldiers line the wall of the Military Hall of Honor at Washington Township High School.

Twelve inducted into WTHS Military Hall of Honor

This year, 12 military service members were inducted into the Hall of Honor, bringing the total to 175 plaques lining the Washington Township High School hallway. The hall, established in 2004 in the 11–12 building, honors graduates who have served as members of the U.S. armed forces. Along with Superintendent Joseph Bollendorf, Principal Ann Moore, state Sen. Fred Madden, township veterans, members of the Board of Education and the administration were present to honor the inductees.