JONATHAN DIAZ/The Sun: The Cherokee High School girls varsity basketball and cross-country teams were presented with this month’s Community Impact Award at a township council meeting on March 23.
Township council recognized two Cherokee High School girls sports teams and highlighted Women’s History Month at its regular meeting on March 23.
In honor of the students’ accomplishments, council presented this month’s Community Impact Award to the Cherokee girls varsity basketball and cross-country sports teams. The latter had an undefeated season and claimed the school’s first Group 4 state title and the Nike Northeast Regional Title, the first team in South Jersey to do that.
The varsity basketball squad finished the season with a 27-4 record, became South Jersey Group 4 Sectional Champions and were runners-up in the Group 4 State Championship Finals. The senior players finished with 94 wins during their four years at Cherokee.
Mayor Jaclyn Veasy congratulated both teams and read a statement promoting the benefits and impact of girls who play sports.
“In fields heavily dominated by men, female athletes are a key building block to gender equality in the workplace,” she explained. “Women who play sports come to the workforce with highly transferable skills that are valuable assets to business and industry.”
During the meeting, the last for March, Councilwoman Patricia Hansen spotlighted the late Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve as secretary of state, and voiced her support for Ketanji Brown Jackson to be confirmed as the first African American woman on the Supreme Court.
“As news spread today of her (Albright’s) passing, I was reminded she was the first woman to represent the United States in foreign affairs as the secretary of state,” Hansen said. “She advocated for increased human rights and democracy throughout the world.
“I’m thrilled at Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination and hope she’ll be seated on the Supreme Court as the first African American female, alongside Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor,” she added, referring to the first Hispanic and third woman on the Supreme Court.
In other news:
- Council approved a resolution in support of the Distracted Driving Crackdown (UDrive. UText. UPay), to take effect in the township on Friday.
- Council also approved a resolution authorizing a shared-services agreement between the township and the Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA).
- Councilwoman Ginamarie Espinoza reminded the public that the Marlton Farmers Market will begin on May 25 and continued every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Any local farmers, artisans or food truck owners who would like to participate are encouraged to apply before May 4. Submissions can be sent to www.marltonfarmersmarket.com.
The next council meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 13.