Moorestown High School concluded its host honors for the 2013-14 South Jersey Debate League (SJDL) season on Wednesday, February 26th. The Varsity team finished a successful season – just one win shy of championship competition. The JV squad finished with the top overall record and secured the second straight SJDL JV Championship for Moorestown with a shutout victory over Eastern High School on Thursday, February 27th.
We offer our congratulations to the students of the MHS Harvard Model Congress and South Jersey Debate League teams. We join Mr. Mooney in also offering a “thank you to everyone in the building for your help – whether it was opening the door to your classroom or helping our students bring a wealth of knowledge and developed skills that allows them to compete with any and all competition.”
More than 1400 students gathered in Boston on February 20th – 23rd for the government simulation hosted and organized by Harvard students. Harvard Model Congress (HMC) touts a different awards system that offers fewer top honors than comparable conferences – despite its larger size. Moorestown High School sent 28 delegates and 6 returned with honors – 3 earning the top award of Outstanding Delegate in their respective committees and 3 earning Award of Excellence nods.
Mr. Patrick Mooney, MHS Social Studies teacher and advisor for the MHS Harvard Model Congress and Debate teams, takes us “behind the scenes” in a week “full of headlines for the MHS Debate program.”
The students of the Moorestown High School FIRST Robotics Team have been busy these past few months. Overseen by MHS Industrial Technology teacher, Mr. Ed Wright, and MHS Physics teacher, Mr. Zachary Bross, the team has been meeting in preparation for a host of events as part of the FIRST Robotics Competition. “Sport of the Mind,” the FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams “to raise funds, design a team ‘brand,’ hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to ‘real-world engineering’ as a student can get.” The MHS team has received a $6,000 grant from First Robotics and over $12,000 from outside sponsors to help fund and further their efforts.
A critical part of this competition is the guidance and support provided the team by a host of community members who serve as “volunteer professional mentors.” These mentors have been meeting with the robotics team on a weekly basis in the MHS Media Center.
We salute the fine “real-world engineering” efforts of these MHS students and their mentors…and wish them success in their upcoming district competitions.