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MARCH 7-13, 2012




Schools converge for celebration of life,  lega  le gacy cy of Mar arti tin n Lut Luthe herr Kin King g Jr Jr. By SEAN PATRICK MURPHY The Mt. Laurel Sun


hey marched around the high school as Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” played over the PA system. About 200 200 of them  – stud students ents,, teach teachers, ers, and staff – from Shawnee, Shawnee, Lenape, Seneca and Cherokee high schools converged on Lenape High School for the event, a celebration of the life and legacy of King. Former Lenape student and member of the African-AmeriAfrican-American club Troy Riley started the march a few years ago to recognize the civil rights leader and to celebrate Black History Month. King delivered his speech during the march on Washington in August 1963. Junior Shayla Farmer, president of the Lenape High School African-American club, thinks the march is good because it brings people together. The 16year-old said the symbolic march


The ROTC color guard, students and teachers march through the hallways of Lenape High School recently to celebrate Black History Month.

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is an opportunity for students in other district high schools to get together. “I hope that everyone takes away what Martin Luther King did for us and how we’ve come together as a country and as a people,” Farmer said. “Recognizing him as a person is really good.” Brenda Martin-Lee, business educator and Seneca multicultural club adviser, said the turnout was “impressive” and commented on the speech. “I think that speech says a lot about where they were at that time and where we are now – and it gives the the students and staff an opportunity to stop and think about what the speech was about in terms of civil rights, not just just for African-Americans, but for all people,” Martin-Lee said. “I think it’s great.” Pier Carey, a math teacher at Seneca, is also co-adviser co-adviser of the multicultural club there. “It’s a really great way to get kids from all of our schools together to reenact what happened and reflect on what the speech

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State help Mt. Laurel schools see increase in aid.


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2 THE MT. LAUREL SUN — MARCH 7-13, 2012

Preliminary budget findings show 3.01 percent increase In an effort to prepare for the

assessed at the township average

public hearing, the Lenape Regional High School District’s superintendent’s office is sharing preliminary budget findings. The total 2012-2013 budget is $147,342,503, which represents a 3.01 percent increase from the current year. The tax levy will increase .9 percent, resulting in the tax impact outlined below. A more in-depth discussion of  the budget and tax impact will occur during a hearing, which will take place at the administration building, 93 Willow Grove Road, Shamong, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28. Evesham Township will see a tax levy increase of 1.22 cents, resulting in an increase in regional school taxes of $33.04 on a home

of $271,800. $271,800. Medford Township is not known at this time. Mt. Laurel Township will see a tax levy increase of 2.8 cents, resulting in an increase in regional school taxes of $39.78 on a home assessed at the township average of $142, $142,100. 100. Shamong Township will see a tax levy decrease of 40.34 cents, resulting in a decrease in regional school taxes of $38 on a home assessed at the township average of $308, $308,558. 558. Tabernacle Township will see a tax levy decrease of 1.9 cents, resulting in a decrease in regional school taxes of $56.47 on a home assessed at the township average of $297, $297,849. 849.

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Centerton Road closed Centerton Road will be closed for three weeks. Centerton Road will be closed at the Parker’s Creek crossing (Mount Laurel/Moorestown border) for Mount Laurel Municipal Utilities Authority’s (MUA’s) sanitary sewer repair work beginning at 7 a.m. Access to the Laurel Creek

Moorestown is accessible from Hartford Road. A detour via Borton’s Landing Road in Moorestown is posted. The road is scheduled to reopen during the evening of  March 23. The closing is necessary to repair the more than 40-year old support structure for the Mount

Country Club clubhouse and Laurel Creek Corporate Center in Mount Laurel will be maintained from Creek Road, while the Laurel Creek Executive Center and Country Club Drive in

Laurel MUA’s outfall pipe which extends from the MUA’s sanitary sewer treatment facility to the Rancocas Creek. Total cost of the project is $180,000.

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Mt. Laurel schools see slight increase in state aid By SEAN PATRICK MURPHY The Mt. Laurel Sun

years. “We are clearly not where we were a couple of years ago,” Rath

In a sign that things may be turning around economically, the Mt. Laurel school district is looking at a slight uptick in state aid in the coming year. The $236,600 increase is part of  the $4,265.312 in state aid this year. Last year’s state aid for the district was $4,028,712. The total proposed budget, $53,302,761, is an increase of 1.95 percent over last year’s. What that means is residents whose homes are valued at $142,100 will see a $49.73 yearly tax increase. Those with homes assessed at $200,000 will see a tax increase of $70 per year. year. Because the proposed tax increase represents less than a 2 percent increase in taxes – and because the school election was moved to November – the budget does not have to get the public’s approval at the polls. “The next step is to get county office approval and then to have the public hearing on the proposed 2012-13 budget which is scheduled for March 27,” Robert Wachter, Mount Laurel assistant superintendentt for business superintenden business,, said. “The surprise was to get additional state aid of $236,600 which was great, but we are still $1.5 million below our state aid numbers of  2009-10.” State aid that year was $5,809,040. Mount Laurel Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dr. Antoinette Rath said the proposed budget is “fiscally astute” because it is coming in under the 2 percent cap and “it’s one that really does move the district forward.” Included in the budget are new textbooks that align with the high school curriculum in algebra, geometry and world languages. Rath, who, along with Wachter, unveiled the proposed budget to the board of education, noted ratables in the township have dropped $39,151,774 in just three

said. “We’re managing.” She said some cuts from the 2009-10 budget are still maintained. “You always take budgets very seriously,” Rath, the superintendent of 10 years, said. “It’s not a matter matter of easy or hard,” she said. “What it is, is taking a look at what you feel the community can support juxtaposed with what our youngsters need in order to be successful in the later years of life.” Rath said better data is now available to help streamline the budget process. “Where we can pinpoint what’s working, what needs to be tweaked, and then we can align our resources to where we know they make the best impact as opposed to blindly funding everything,” she said. “I’m very proud about what we have right now.” One thing she wishes she could do is to upgrade the district’s classroom computers. Since most of the computers are at least 7 years old, they cannot be counted when considering child to computer ratio. “We can’t do that as aggressively as we’d like to do,” Rath said. She credits the board of education with giving her and the staff  “essential” support. Rath met with the board’s finance committee for months discussing “direction, strategy strategy,, what works and what doesn’t, what to tweak, what to add.” She said one surprise in the budget process was the addition of a STEM (Science, Technology, Technology, Engineering and Math) program in the district. “The biggest challenge is to maintain our educational program and move the district forward while dealing with escalating operational costs – such as fuel for our buses – decreased ratables and a 2 percent budget cap,” Wachter said.



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MARCH 7-13, 7-13, 2012 – THE MT. LAUREL SUN 5

Women’s group to meet

Lenape High School students’ work on display at library show

The National Organization for Women South Jersey-Alice Paul Chapter will meet on Wednesday,

The Mount Laurel Library will be hosting the Lenape High School National Art Honor Society Art Show from Wednesday, March 7, through Wednesday, March 28. A “Meet the Artists” reception will be held on Wednesday,

March 14, at 7 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 19 West Main St., Moorestown. In honor of Women's History Month, the March program meeting introduces the teenagers who submitted winning entries to the annual Feminist Essay Contest. The essay presentation night is inspiring and affirming, and is also a favorite program meeting of the year. The program includes announcements, refreshments and letter writing. Meetings are open to members and non-members non-members..

March 14 at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The display and the reception are open to the public. No registration is needed. All artwork is for sale. Interested individuals can contact Rebecca Rector via Lenape High School at (609) 654-5111, ext. 8758. Mount Laurel Library is located at 100 Walt Whitman Ave., in Mount Laurel (next to the post office). For additional information about this event, call (856) 2347319, ext. 333.

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in our opinion

‘Yes’ to bail reform measure Here’s one Christie proposal that should be widely supported here’s not a lot that Gov. Christie does that doesn’t pro-


voke a heated response from someone, somewhere. Budget cuts, ed-

one or more types of pretrial miscon-

Bail reform a smart move

duct; nearly one-fourth had a bench

Reform could give judges an opportunity to keep dangerous people off the streets street s – unable to commit additional additional crimes or to intimidate those testifying against them.

warrant issued for failing to appear; and about one-sixth were arrested for

one tears into his proposal. And that’s

Indeed, at some point, someone is

not a bad thing. We mention it to point

streets, often to cause more problems,

going to object to depriving de priving someone

out that the governor has a habit of 

intimidate witnesses, etc.

who is not convicted convicted of his or her con-

ucation reform, you name it, shortly after the governor stops talking, some-

diving head-first into controversy –  over and over again.

This is a proposal that should receive widespread, bi-partisan support.

However, the governor is now back-

It’s a move that is long overdue. It’s a

these new arrests for felonies.

stitutional rights. And that’s a reasonBut we’ll side with the governor on this one. Defendants who have a histo-

form the bail system in the state. It’s a

help law enforcement put people be-

ry of violence, who are a threat threat to the

move that he calls “common sense.”

hind bars and keep them there.

community, and who are likely to try

The measure would allow judges to consider such things as the defendant’s past dangerous behavior before sending that person back out onto the

statistics from a 2007 study by the Bu-

need to be locked up. It’s time to take a stand for public

his measure: about one-third one-third of re-

safety. Passing this amendment amen dment would

A resident of the 100 block of Rancocas Boulevard reported a theft. The incident occurred between 5 p.m. on Feb. 26 and 9 a.m. on Feb. 27. Miscellaneous tools, valued at approximately $2,000, were taken from a toolbox located in a tent in the backyard. A township resident reported a theft from a vehicle. The incident occurred between 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 and 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 at a hotel in the 400 block of Century Parkway. Computer equipment equi pment and mismi scellaneous items, valued at approximately $1,500, were taken. There was no sign of  forced entry to the vehicle. On Friday, Feb. 24, at 5:05 p.m., Mount Laurel police responded to a residence in the 100 block of Canterbu Canterbury ry Road for several abandoned 9-1-1 phone calls. Officers entered the home and located the resident, a 47-year-old man, strangling his 44-year-old wife. An investigation revealed the man had also allegedly assaulted a boy under his care. Both victims were transported to Virtua Hospital in Mt. Holly by Mount Laurel EMS for treatment and later released. The

man was transported to Virtua Hospital in Marlton for treatment of a minor injury. He was charged with two two counts of attempted murder and one count count of endangering the welfare welfare of a child. Bail was set at $525,000 full and he was remanded to the Burlington County Jail, police said. A resident of the 300 block of Custer Court reported a theft from an unlocked vehicle. The incident occurred between 4:15 p.m. on Feb. 23, and 7 a.m. on Feb. 24. Cash and checks, valued at approximately $2,000, were taken. A resident of the unit block of Southgate Drive reported a theft from an unlocked vehicle. The incident occurred between 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23, and 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 24. An iPod and $5 in change were taken. An employee of the Exxon on Route 73 reported a theft of services. The incident incident occurred at 9:24 p.m. on Feb. 24. A suspect drove off without paying for gasoline valued at $125.14. A resident of the 2000 block of Ralston Drive reported sometime between 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 3:10 a.m. on Feb. 25, someone

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do just that.

MICHAEL LaCOUNT, Ph.D.  Vice Chairman

police report The following items are taken from reports on file with the Mt. Laurel Police Department:

STEVE MILLER  Executive Vice President

to intimidate witnesses against them

reau of Justice Statistics Statistics to support leased defendants were charged with

 ALAN BAUER  General Manager & Editor

able debate to hold.

move that will keep people safe and

The governor points to a number of 

DAN McDONOUGH, JR. Publisher

a new arrest – with more than half of 

ing a constitutional amendment to re-

We agree.

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smashed the passenger-side front window of his vehicle, causing causing $200 in damage. Mount Laurel police arrested a 21-yearold man of the 1100 block of Buttonwood Drive, Cherry Hill, on Feb. 25 at 2:18 a.m., on drunken-driving charges. He was arrested after being stopped for a motor vehicle violation on Route 73 and was served with complaints and released, pending a municipal court hearing. Mount Laurel police arrested a 25-yearold man of the 100 block of Harrogate Drive, Lumberton, on Feb. 25 at 3:33 a.m., on drunken-driving charges. He was arrested after being stopped for a motor vehicle violation on Route 73. He was served with complaints and released, pending a municipal court hearing. Mount Laurel police arrested a 26-yearold man of the 2800 block of Yarmouth Lane, on Feb. 25 at 4:37 a.m., on drunkendriving charges. He was arrested after being stopped for a motor vehicle violation on Atrium Way. He was served se rved with comco mplaints and released pending a municipal court hearing.

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police report POLICE Continued from page 6  A resident of the 200 block of  Meadow Drive reported his neighbor’s house was burglarized. It is reported to have occurred sometime between November 2011 and Feb. 25. Police say they believe a suspect forced open a window to t o gain entry entr y. Mount Laurel police arrested a 22-year-old man and a 20-year-old man, both of the unit block of  Pembrook Drive, Willingboro, on Feb. 22 at 8:39 a.m. The two were

stopped for a motor vehicle violation on Centerton Road near the Centerton Bridge. During the traffic stop, the passenger ran from the scene and was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit with the assistance of the Willingboro Police Department. The younger man was charged

wanted by the Burlington County Sheriff ’s Office and committed was remanded to the Burlington County Jail.

with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and obstruction. He was served with criminal complaints and released pending a court hearing. The driver was charged with possession of marijuana and served with criminal complaints. The older man was found to be

woman of the unit block block of Fa Fawn wn Hollow Road, Burlington, on Feb. 23 at 11:30 a.m. and charged them with possession of drug paraphernalia. They were arrested at a hotel in the 1100 block of Route 73 during an investigation. They were each served with criminal complaints pending a municipal court hearing.

Mount Laurel police arrested a 26-year-old woman of the 100 block of Medford-Mount Holly Road, Medford, and a 33-year-old

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WEDNESDAY  March  Marc h 7 

FOR ALL Lenape High School Art Exhibit: 7 p.m. Come see the artwork of Lenape’s National Art Honor Society on display in the teen space of the Mount Laurel Library from March 7 to 28. Artists will be in attendance during the reception.

Light refreshments will be served. Zoning and Planning Board meeting: 7 p.m. in the courtroom at 100 Mount Laurel Rd. Visit www. for more information. Toastmasters Unity of Mount Laurel meeting: 7 p.m. on first and third Wednesdays at Unity Church of Christ, 629 S. Church St. For anyone interested in developing community and leadership skills. For more information contact Gregory J. Bartz at [email protected] or (609) 953-1603. Rotary Club of Mount Laurel meeting: 12 p.m. at Laurel Creek Country Club, 655 Old Centerton Rd. For more information visitor call (856) 234-7663.

MARCH 77-13, 13, 2012

FOR CHILDREN Preschool Story Time: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Mount Laurel Library. Fun-filled session of stories, songs and a craft. Best suited for ages 3 to 6. No registration required.


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 March 8

FOR ALL Thursday Matinee: 2 p.m. at Mount Laurel Library. A viewing of “Julie & Julia,” starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Julia Child’s story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child’s first cookbook. Total Transformation for Parents: For ages 18 and older. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mount Laurel Library. Parenting a child with attitude problems can be difficult. The Total Transformation Trans formation program will teach simple, step-by-step techniques for teaching children the skills necessary to solve problems, improve behavior and make it in the world. Presented by Family Support Organ-

We will run photos if space is available and the quality of the photo is sufficient. sufficien t. Every attempt is made to to provide coverage to to all organizations. ization of Burlington County. Register by calling (856) 234-7319 234-7319 or visit . BNI Mount Laurel Regional Chapter breakfast meeting: Indian Springs Country Club, Mt. Laurel. 7:30 to 9 a.m. For information or a reservation, call Kathleen Friedhoff at 296-8176.

FOR TEENS Fan Fiction Club: 5:30 p.m. at Mount Laurel Library. Learn about the best places to find new fan fiction and write your own stories with your favorite characters. For grades

seven to 12.

FRIDAY  March 9

FOR ALL AARP Tax Help: 9:30 a.m. at Mount Laurel Library. No registration needed. All Italian Weekend in New York: Bus trip with Societa Bell’Italia Club

from ShopRite in Mount to Callicoon, New York, for aLaurel three-day celebration of all things Italian – culture, food, drinks, entertainment, attitude and ambiance. Weekend package includes: suite, six gourmet meals, welcome wine and appetizers party, appetizer feast before Friday dinner; life stage entertainment Fri-

day and Saturday nights; all-day activities including cooking and dance classes, bocce, games, Italian movies; live music all weekend long; Saturday night midnight Venetian cocktail party; contests; and more. Price is $390 per person, all-inclusive. Call Ginger DiGalbo Katz for more information at (856) 313-5041.

SUNDAY  March 11

FOR ALL Irish Concert – Jerry O’Sulliv O’Sullivan an & Eamon O’Leary: 2 p.m. at Mount Laurel Library. O'Sullivan has been widely hailed as America's premier uilleann piper. His reputation for technical and melodic mastery of this Irish bagpipe is unsurpassed. O’Leary’s skills on guitar guitar,, banjo and on vocals have made him a fixture in New York City’s thriving Irish music scene. Together they will perform traditional Irish dance tunes in addition to hauntingly beautiful slow airs. Many of the ballads have a choch orus and attendees will be encouraged to join in! No registration needed. Artist Reception – Joe Debold: 3 p.m. at Mount Laurel Lau rel Library. Meet the artist of the library’s March display. All are welcome.

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Mount Laurel I BNI Chapter meeting: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Marco’s Marco’s Restaurant at Indian Spring C.C., 115 South

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Toddler Story Time: Ages 18 months to 3. 10:30 a.m. at Mount Laurel Library. Fun-filled Fun-filled session of stories, songs and a craft. No registration required.

Documentary viewing on March 31 at library Mount Laurel Library will show the award-winning featurelength documentary “A Walk to Beautiful” Beauti ful” on Saturday, Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. followed by a discussion led by Jeffrey M Smith, M.D. The public is invited to this admission-freeevent. “A Walk to Beautiful” tells the

stories of five Ethiopian women women who suffer from devastating childbirth injuries and embark on a journey to reclaim their lost dignity. Rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, these women are left to spend the rest of their lives in loneliness

and shame. They make the choice to take the long and arduous journey to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in search of a cure and a new life. Mount Laurel Library is located at 100 Walt Whitman Ave. Ave. For more information call (856) 2347319, ext. 333.

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Seneca senior Jillisa Roberts is president of her school’s multimulticultural club. “I think it’s a great opportunity for students to actually hear the speech because we don’t get that opportunity often in high school. But I think it’s a good time for us

and we’ve made a lot of  progress.” Crystal Josiah, 17, is a leader in the African-American club at Lenape. “I feel we all get along much better,” the senior said. “We can all be part of something without

achieved a lot through education, being able to integrate our colleges and universities.” universities.” Carey said the election of  Barack Obama to the presidency was another milestone. However, she believes we have “a long way to go.”

to hear it and to take advantage of  having to worry about our skin the opportunities that we’re given color.” because of the speech,” the 17Shawnee High School Princiyear-old said. “I feel like we’ve pal Matt Campbell thinks the broken down a lot of stereotypi- march helps people celebrate difcal boundaries and we’ve broken ferences and reminds students to down a lot of boundaries that we we  judge people by the cont content ent of  weren’t able to do in the past –  their character rather than the color of their skin, as King did. “It’s nice to honor Dr. King for all that he has done – and I think it’s a good message for these kids SPRING CLASSES to hear what he had to say and what it means today,” Campbell BEGIN MARCH 23RD said. “I think there’s been a lot of  (ages 0-5 with a parent or caregiver)  progress, but I think there’s still a long way to go.” Shawnee sophomore Lauren Coker, who is in her first year as a member of the multicultural club, said a good friend recruited her. Coker said she wanted to see       schools with much more diversity          than Shawnee.         “There’s been such a great improvement from his time to now,” the 16-year-old said. “There’s always going to be racism, but people have learned to overcome it.” Lenape English teacher and African-American Club adviser Luis German said King is “inspirational” because he brought change. “March for Martin is a good experience for the students to find out what exactly the ‘I Have a Closing Our Pennsauken Store!





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Dream’ speech is about,” German said. Jenise Hillian, a special education teacher at Cherokee and adviser for the African-American club there, said the club is open to all people. “It’s just a fun time for everybody and it’s a nice thing for those who are of African-American descent to get together and to share and to appreciate our culture,” Hillian said. “This generation doesn’t realize what the struggle has been for African-Americans and other people of color color.. They were born being able to do anything, go anywhere.” She said African-Americans owe King a lot for advancing the Civil Rights Rights of all citizens. “I can’t imagine not being able to go to the same places I go to now, so I’m very grateful for him,” Hillian said. “I hope that the young people learn that it wasn’t always like this.”


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Lenape girls’ track is state relay champions second year running By CHELSEA BOATWRIGHT An array of colorful uniforms transformed the white foam walls of the complex into a rainbow of  aspiring state champions. Antsy runners stood on the starting line as they anxiously waited for the sound of the gun to

The girls of the Lenape team brought competitive spirits when they were faced with their toughest competitors: Columbia, Union and Southern high schools. The intense atmosphere, pressure to succeed and fierce competition filled the minds of many athletes on this day. The bustling thoughts also

will work together, the passing of  the baton and the pressure to either lead off or secure the team’s team’s lead or maintain a first-place status. Sophomore Emily McGee achieved great success while running the second leg of the 4x800. “I love running the second 800 meter leg in relays,” McGee said.

start the race. This was the atmosphere at the NJSIAA Group IV Indoor Relays on Jan. 14 at the John Bennett Indoor Complex in Toms River. The combination combination of the Lenape coaches Gerald Richardson, Jack Walsh, Keith Giberson, and Nicholas Tyson, along with the athletic ability belonging to the Lenape indoor girls’ track team, ultimately led the team to earn its second-consecutive title as state relay champions.

filled the mind of spectacular Lenape distance runner Amanda Restivo. “The most important thing to remember is to stay calm and trust your training,” she said. Restivo’s wise words were put into action when her relay team had success in the 4x800 relay event, running an overall time of  9:35.82. When running a relay, athletes are confronted with a plethora of  concerns, such as how teammates

“It is my favorite because you do not have the pressure the lead off  runner has … you just get the baton and run as fast as you can to maintain the lead.” Lenape’s success is a result of  incredible talent and a tremendous amount of hard work. work. One of Lenape High School’s recordrecordholding distance runners, Natalia Ocasio, explains how the team’s numerous workouts led to success. “I cannot pick one particular

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workout I feel helped prepare my team and me for the state relays because all the workouts we have done – going back to the cross country season – have helped us prepare for states,” she said. “My teammates and I have pushed each other through each workout making all of us stronger as a

team.” With so many emotions that flooded the pool of victory the team experienced, Evann Thompson described the feeling she had when Lenape’s victory was confirmed. “Simply ecstatic,” Thompson said.


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