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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2019

    May 11, 2019

    Jean Sullivian, May 11, 2019

    Glen Speidel, of Brick, was recognized by the Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education, for his outstanding commitment and hard work as an Apprenticeship Electricity student over the past four years. OCVTS Assistant Superintendent Nancy Weber-Loeffert presented Mr. Speidel with his award at the recent Apprenticeship Ceremony.
    Photo, Left to right: MATES Instructor Dave Werner, Envirothon Coordinator Rich Belcher, Steven Holmberg, Erin Foreman, Anastasia Shehady, Brady Nichols, Jillian Peslak and MATES Instructor Adam Sprague.  


    OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY -Students from the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES), Manahawkin, NJ, delivered an outstanding performance at the 2019 New Jersey Envirothon Competition held recently at the Great Times Day Camp in Waterford Works, New Jersey. Led by MATES Science Instructors/Team Advisors Adam Sprague and David Werner, MATES Team #1 placed First Overall and earned First Place Trophies in Aquatics, Wildlife and Team Presentation; three of the six competition categories. Twenty-seven New Jersey schools competed. Members of Team #1 include: Erin Foreman, Lacey Township; Anya Shehady, Waretown; Steven Holmberg, Lacey Township; Brady Nichols, Manahawkin; and Jillian Peslak, Manchester. Each team member receives a $1000 scholarship and they advance to the Envirothon National Competition in Raleigh, North Carolina this summer.

    MATES Team #2 comprised of Logan Bukowski, Brick; Caitlin Sia, Toms River; Madison Surette, Toms River; Mackenzie Fries, Jackson; and Maya Quinn, Barnegat, placed 10th Overall with Third Place Finishes in Wildlife and the Team Presentation.

    The Envirothon Competition is a dynamic hands-on environmental education program for high school students throughout New Jersey. Student teams test their knowledge in natural resource related topics such as soils, forestry, aquatics, wildlife ecology and current environmental issues. Each team must also research and create a 10-minute presentation providing viable solutions to a real-world environmental concern. This year’s topic was “Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge & Technology to Feed the World”. Final ranking is based on the total points earned throughout the competition.

    The Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) is a four-year public high school administered by the Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) District. The school exists within the community to provide a unique, nurturing, and challenging hands-on learning experience for college bound and career-oriented students interested in pursuing a career in the marine sciences.

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