The West Windsor-Plainsboro South High School Science Bowl team with their banner and trophy after winning the regional competition Feb. 25 and 26. Pictured are Coach Sunila Sharma, Alex Krauel, Eric Liu, Tanishq Aggarwal, Ajay Koritala and Rishab Bhatt.

The High School South Science Bowl Team was the winner in the Regional Science Bowl Competition held at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory on the weekend of Feb. 25 and 26.

The South team remained undefeated throughout the tournament competing against teams from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania in subjects including biology, chemistry, earth and space science, physics and math.

Team members are Alex Krauel, Eric Liu, Tanishq Aggarwal (team captain), Ajay Koritala and Rishabh Bhatt. The South advisor is science teacher Sunila Sharma.

The team will now advance to the National Science Bowl competition held from April 27 to May 1 in Washington. The top 16 high school teams and the top 16 middle school teams in the national finals will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments. Prizes for the top two high school teams for the 2017 NSB will be announced in the future.

The high school team that won the NSB last year received a nine-day science trip to Alaska, where they learned more about glaciology, marine and avian biology, geology and plate tectonics. The second-place high school team won a five-day, fully guided adventure tour of several national parks, which included a whitewater rafting trip.

Approximately 265,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl in its 26-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. More than 14,000 students compete in the NSB each year. The NSB brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer format where they solve technical problems and answer questions on a range of science disciplines.

HAP students present museum

A group of students from High School North will be holding the annual Human Anatomy and Physiology (HAPpy) Museum on Wednesday, March 15, at the high school from 6 to 8 p.m.

The program is presented by students in the school’s human anatomy and physiology classes in order to promote healthy bodies and happy lives and features a number of diverse interactive exhibits that relate to the human body. Planned are more than 30 exhibits. Admission and food are free and the event is open to the public.

The museum is organized by science teacher Holly Crochetiere along with student curators Ameek Bindra, Feruza Norqulova, Anudeep Deevi, Anjali Mundayat, Riya Kohli, Nithika Sivakumar and Mohammed Musa Wahla.

WW-P students honored with Caring award

Two students from the West Windsor-Plainsboro School District were among 10 students from Mercer County high schools to be honored by school counselors for outstanding demonstrations of kindness, respect and service to others.

The students were recognized at the annual Mercer County Professional Counselors Association Caring Awards Breakfast on Feb. 23 at Mercer County Community College.

High School South student Joice Kim was nominated by her counselor, Brooke Parrott, for her efforts to serve as a personal motivator to all those around her.

“Joice is the type of young lady who truly listens and cares about the well-being of others,” said a school district press release. “A perfect example that sums up this quality is when Joice personally wrote a message of positivity to every single student, faculty and staff member at High School South. In this event, over 1,600 people came to school one day to find a personal note waiting for them to start their day.”

High School North student Vanessa Richardson was recognized by her counselors Debbie Levinson and Anita Anantharaman.

“While this award is typically given to a graduating senior, this year the counselors felt the need to break tradition and recognize Vanessa’s exceptional representation of what it means to be a caring individual,” said the district release.

“At High School North, Vanessa created an after-school social club that facilitates the socialization and positive interaction of the multiply disabled. Additionally, Vanessa participates in the Day of Dialogue, which recognizes diversity in schools and issues related to race, gender and class.”

The 31 year-old event was created for students to learn about what their peers are doing to encourage others, as well as spread cheer and compassion in various aspects of their lives.

“In a society where monetary success is a measure of one’s growth, it is refreshing to see how these young adults have learned that giving can be just as rewarding as taking,” said Antonella Facchini, counselor at South.

Girl Scouts donate homemade quilts

Cadette Girl Scout Troop 71602 from Community Middle School in Plainsboro presented seven homemade crib-sized quilts to HomeFront in Ewing Township on Feb. 24.

Girls involved in the effort were Niyati Bantval, Asritha Katakam, Ankitha Mallekav, Ahana Banerjee, Saee Purohit, Anna Miller, Thea Albin, Spandana Bondalapati, Sreekruthi Dubagunta, Devshree Botwe, Anoushka Aswin, Kaaviya Palanichamy, Shreya Hegde and Diya Rai.

High School North junior Shalin Mehta will compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge Dean’s List competition in April.

North junior advances to robotics finals

Shalin Mehta, a junior at High School North,and a co-captain and mechanical build lead of his Robotics team 9042, was named as one of the three finalists from New Jersey at the state robotics championship event hosted at High School North on Feb. 26.

Mehta will now participate in the the FIRST Tech Challenge Dean’s List competition to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 26, where he will be competing against 150-200 participants from across the country.


Joseph S. Natoli, 92, of Plainsboro, died March 1. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he had been a resident of Plainsboro since 1988. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and received the French Legion of Honor medal in 2007 for his heroic acts during the liberation of France. Natoli retired in 1988 with over 40 years of service as a longshoreman with New York Shippers.

Son of the late Vincenzo and Maria Tripi Natoli and husband of the late Carol Natoli, he is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Vincent Natoli, Frank and June Natoli, Robert and Kimberly Natoli; a daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Frank Mahoney; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Diana Z. Manduca, 89, of Princeton Junction, died Feb. 25. Manduca was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised both there and in Middletown, New York. She later settled in Princeton Junction in 1955, where she raised her family and lived the rest of her life.

A graduate of Middletown High School Class of 1946, Manduca earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry at St. John’s University, and a master’s in psychology at The City College of New York. She then continued on to earn her certification as a school psychologist at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Manduca worked as a psychologist in the East Windsor Regional School District and then spent most of her career with the Lawrence Township Public Schools.

Manduca is survived by her husband of 64 years Michael L. Manduca; her children Arlene, Robert and Steven Manduca; and a granddaughter Alessandra.

Sally J. Keenan, 78, of West Windsor died on Feb. 23. Born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Keenan came to New Jersey in 1961 and had lived for many years in West Windsor.

A graduate of Marquette University with a degree in education, she was a teacher for a short time before staying home to raise her family. She went on to work for Hoechst-Roussel Pharmaceutical Company for 20 years.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John J. Keenan; her children and their spouses, Katherine and Kevin McLaughlin, Patricia and Wayne Schwarte, John L. and Susan Keenan, and Karen Buttry; and 14 grandchildren.

Lorraine Anderson, 86, from Skillman and a longtime resident of West Windsor, died Feb. 19. Born in 1930 in North Arlington, Anderson moved to Hillside when she was nine. She graduated from Hillside High School as the salutatorian and earned a bachelor of science degree in food chemistry and nutrition at Douglass College (now Rutgers University) in 1952.

Anderson worked at several jobs before starting her family, including five years with the Food Technology Department of Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University, where some of her research was published. In 1974, she earned a master’s of education from Rutgers University. She then worked for several years at Abraham Levitt Junior High in Willingboro, teaching home economics.

She then moved on to become the director of The Center for Urban Living Skills at the Kerney Center in Trenton. She served as director for seven years. She finished her career working at Ewing High School teaching home economics.

Anderson is survived by her husband of 64 years, Hilton L. Anderson; and her three children and spouses, David Anderson and Stacey of Montgomery, Jean Anderson and William Brantley of Arlington, Virginia, and Lynn Barclay and David of West Windsor; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made in Anderson’s honor to the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County, 212 Centre St., Trenton, NJ 08611,

Ruth Amanda Dietz Schwartz, 100, of Dover, Delaware died on Feb. 23. Survivors include her son Richard Schwartz and his wife Michelle Tau of Plainsboro.

Simon J. Goldberg, 79, of Cream Ridge died on Feb. 26. Survivors include his son Kevin Goldberg and wife, Lisa, of Princeton Junction.