The South Orange - Maplewood School District Board of Education recognized two students on Monday, Nov. 19.
Columbia High School senior, Jacob McNamara, was named a semi-finalist in the 2012-13 Siemens Foundation Competition in Math, Science and Technology. The Siemens Competition, regarded as one of the leading science and mathematics research-based competitions for high school students, has high academic standards, a rigorous judging process and emphasizes authentic scientific research.
Jacob was selected for his outstanding accomplishments in these categories. Finalists were announced in USA Today on October 25 and on Siemens Foundation website at www.siemens-foundation.org on Friday, October 19.
Maplewood Middle School 7th-grader, Hunter Kovacs, will soon be seen as Kurt von Trapp at the Paper Mill Playhouse in the revival of The Sound of Music. Hunter competed against 400 other children in an open call audition. "After two callbacks and four days of waiting, we finally got the call that Hunter had been chosen to portray Kurt von Trapp," said his mother. "To quote Hunter, 'It is awesome!'"
The show opens on November 23 and runs through December 30. Tickets to The Sound of Music can be purchased on the Paper Mill Playhouse website, http://papermill.org.