2012-13 Points of Pride
The National Jefferson Awards for Public Service named Washington Township High School the Top Service Leadership School in the State of New Jersey and presented the school with the Bronze Medallion as the number three community service leadership school in the nation.
Washington Township High School Girls Softball, under the direction of South Jersey Softball Coaches Association Coach of the Year Tracy Burkhart, captured the New Jersey Group IV State Championship with a 10-3 win over Watchung Hills and finished the season with a 30-2 record. It was the second state championship title for Burkhart and the third for the WTHS Softball Program.
Birches Elementary School fifth grade teacher Mary Byatt was named the New Jersey History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
The District’s Annual “Super Bowl Helping Hands Hoagie Sale” earned a 2013 Jefferson Youth Service Award from the Community Foundation, the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism, the Star-Ledger/Nj.com and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism in the “community building and citizenship” category. The New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Awards honor adults and youth who perform outstanding, project-based, community service without expecting recognition or reward.
Washington Township High School was awarded a Jefferson Awards for Public Service Gold Banner and selected as the top New Jersey Leadership High School in the statewide Students in Action Spring Competition. WTHS student leaders on the Students in Action team, under the leadership of teacher Eileen Lucarini and community volunteer and Board of Education member Josh Aronovitch, achieved top scores in the written and oral sections at the 2013 Regional Competition hosted April 19, 2013, at Rowan University. They were chosen by a panel of local judges for the best presentation, showcasing the program’s seven goals in the Student in Action program, and for their more than $182,000 philanthropic contribution to the community and their school.
Washington Township High School Wrestling Coach Ron Ippolite was named District 30 Coach of the Year.
- Washington Township High School science teacher Mary Howard was selected for a 2012-13 Fellowship in the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) New Science Teacher Academy. Howard was one of 244 science teachers selected nationwide and one of only four science teachers from New Jersey to earn admission to the Academy.
- School Head Athletic Trainer Tanya Dargusch became the third female inducted into the Athletic Trainers Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) Hall of Fame on February 24, 2013.
- Washington Township High School was recognized as a member of the College Board’s Third Annual Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll. The award is presented each year to districts that are able to expand access to AP courses to a more diverse group of learners while simultaneously improving performance. The honor is the first for the district, which was among 539 districts from 44 of 50 states in the United States and six Canadian provinces recognized. The Washington Township School District , which currently offers 18 advanced placement courses, was one of only 34 districts in New Jersey to earn honor roll distinction and the only district in Gloucester County to be recognized.
- The Washington Township School District was honored as the 2012 Safety District of the Year by the Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem County School Districts Joint Insurance Fund (GCSSDJIF). WTPS scored 95 points out of a possible 100 points in determining the award and claimed a $4,000 award for the achievement. The District was lauded for taking an active role in ensuring the safety of its students and staff through critical risk management decisions that limit losses and preserve critical funds needed for the quality operation and success of its schools.
- The Washington Township High School Varsity cheerleaders claimed National Championship status after placing first at the America’s Masters Cheer Competition hosted January 26-27, 2013, in Baltimore, MD. In addition to the title, the team, under the direction of coaches Judy Nelson, Lauryn Atkinson, Jenny Kerfoot and Christine Oagaro, also received the prestigious Sportsmanship Award. It was the 8th national championship for the program since 1997.