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Watchung Hills Students Receive Rotary Scholarship To Present At Anti-Bullying Conference

Brenda A. Nemcek

Thursday, June 12, 2014 • 2:28pm

WARREN, NJ - "Not in Our Towns” has invited two Watchung Hills High School seniors, Catherine Higgins & Engy Gadelmawla as well as two Watchung Hills' teachers, Jamie Lott-Jones and Mary Sok, to the  annual National Leadership “Not In Our Towns” conference in Billings, Montana at the end of June.  

Higgins and Gadelmawla  gave a presentation about their efforts and their upcoming trip to Montana to the members of The Watchung Warren Rotary.  To support the two students and their teachers in their endeavors, the Rotary gave a $1000 donation to the two young women at the June 3 meeting  held at Twin Brooks Country Club located in Watchung,.

On June 20,  educators and students from around the nation will convene in Billings for an inspiring day of stories, tools, and strategies for promoting school safety and inclusion.  Higgins and Gadelmawla will be participating in the opening ceremonies and have been asked to be conference presenters.  The two High School seniors have been asked to speak about the successful anti-bullying campaign they first began in 2010 at Watchung Hills.

Their innovation and creativity has led to national recognition of their efforts and has included initiatives such as the production of  The Watchung Hills High School cyber-bullying video and the first ever White Out held at the High School to promote anti-bullying and inclusion,.

Last year, what began as a simple plan to have every student and teacher at Watchung Hills wear white on March 8, 2013, quickly grew into a legislative initiative.  Local town councils issued official proclamations declaring a town-wide White Out Against Bullying event and the Not In Our School organization produced a documentary on the event.  During last year’s White Out Against Bullying day, government officials met with students of Watchung Hills Regional High School, spoke on the importance of their efforts, and demonstrated support for the cause.  
 
 
 
The Watchung-Warren Rotary Club, chartered in 1961, consists of local business and professional people dedicated to helping young people in their communities and throughout the world.  Their motto is “Service Above Self” and serves as the basis of a common purpose…to help those in need.  Many of their fundraising efforts are dedicated to providing financial assistance to youth related programs.  Those interested in obtaining more information about The Watchung-Warren Rotary Club should contact the Club’s President, Mark Spinelli at mark@spincpa.com
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