Weekly roundup: WTHS soccer commit to college, ‘Open’ assembly shed light on equality

Also, Police Chief Patrick Gurcsik reflects on 2017 and looks ahead to 2018 with plans for the Washington Township Police Department

Washington Township High School seniors Emily Gray and Giovani Jimenez, both players with U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams, signed their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, while students and staff present “Open” assembly, shedding light on racism, stereotypes and bullying. At last week’s council meeting, plans for police department improvements and snow removal procedures were discussed. Check out some of the top stories from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

An open conversation: WTHS students speak on race, stereotypes and bullying

They wanted to make a difference, they wanted their voices to be heard, and they felt now was the time to do it. On Wednesday, Feb. 7, students and staff from the Washington Township High School Students in Action, Changing Our World Project, African American Culture Club and Project Unify used the power of expression to open hearts, minds and eyes on topics of racism, stereotypes, social media and bullying during a school-wide assembly titled “Open.”

Council meeting sheds light on the future of Washington Township Police Department

Police Chief Patrick Gurcsik presented a State of the Police Department Address at the Wednesday, Feb. 7, council meeting, looking forward to continued improvements and community outreach in 2018. Additionally, Public Works Supervisor Brian McCaffery provided an update on the township’s snow-clearing procedures, answering many frequently asked questions from residents during a community snow event.

Left: Emily Gray sits with her mother, Laurie and brother, Carson. Right: Giovani Jimenez is pictures with his mother, Alex, sister Nikki and father, Gabriel.

Two elite soccer players make their college commitments official on National Signing Day

Two of Washington Township High School’s most talented soccer players made their college commitments official during Wednesday’s National Signing Day. Seniors Emily Gray and Giovani Jimenez, players who have competed in the U.S. Soccer national academy system, each signed their National Letter of Intent. Gray will take the field for Virginia Tech next fall, while Jimenez will attend Providence College.