Justice Teaching recognizes Judge Davidson

first_img THE JUSTICE TEACHING program recently recognized the efforts of 18th Circuit Judge Lisa Davidson, who not only serves on the Select Committee on Justice Teaching and coordinates volunteer efforts for her entire circuit, but also volunteers significant amounts of time as a Justice Teaching volunteer in not one, but two schools. “Despite the most recent challenges facing the judicial branch, including elevated caseloads and fewer resources, Judge Davidson nonetheless finds time to visit two schools — Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School, located in Melbourne, and the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School, located in Indiatlantic,” said JT coordinator Michelle Ballard. “In November 2010, she visited Holy Name and conducted Justice Teaching sessions with three social studies classes of teacher Christine Neilson. Even more impressive, on February 15, Judge Davidson performed Justice Teaching exercises with seven social studies classes of teachers Jeff Getrost and Jack Ratterman at Johnson Middle School.  Judge Davidson’s lesson of choice during her most recent visit was “The Invaders,” an activity that informs students about the various freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and then requires the students to select the freedoms they would relinquish if forced to do so by a hostile government. According to Judge Davidson, none of the students from Johnson Middle School were willing to surrender the right to free speech.  Interestingly, the rights that the students were most likely to relinquish were the right to counsel, the right to peaceably assemble, and freedom of the press. Judge Davidson described the experience as “wonderful” and stated that the students really enjoyed the lesson and were engaged throughout the presentation. If you would like to follow in Judge Davidson’s footsteps and assist with bringing civic education alive for the children of Florida, visit www.justiceteaching.org. Justice Teaching recognizes Judge Davidson July 1, 2011 Regular Newslast_img read more

Middletown North girls wrap up another successful season Lions have bright future ahead of them

first_img By warren rappleyea Staff Writer Middletown North girls wrap up another successful season Lions have bright future ahead of them FARRAH MAFFAI Middletown North’s Heather Zito completes her balance beam routine at Friday’s state gymnastics meet at Old Bridge High School. It was another successful season for the Middletown High School North field hockey team and, with most of its players returning, even better things may be in store down the road. The Lions finished at 14-6-1 and won the Shore Conference’s Class A North crown for the third successive year. Middletown North also went to the finals of the conference tourney, downing quality teams in Ocean and Wall along the way, and reached the second round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV tournament. “It took us a while to find out which girls fit in which positions, but we had a set lineup for the playoffs, and that helped us quite a bit,” coach Bill Lafalce said. “Last year we had mostly seniors, so we had to move some players around and change a few things this season.” Only two seniors, fullback Elena Marszallwicz and midfielder Jaimee Famando, started regularly, and both were key performers. Marszallwicz led the team with 12 assists and handled a lot of responsibilities, such as penalty corners and free hits, while Famando, in her third varsity campaign, helped control the middle of the field. Forward Mary Hern and midfielder Lauren Benedetti, the Lions’ other two seniors, contributed valuable minutes off the bench. Other key players included Kaitlyn Faalan, a junior forward, who led Middletown North with a team-record 20 goals. Sophomore wingers Annmarie Lopresti and Corrine Monahan added 14 and 12 goals, respectively. Monahan also contributed 11 assists. Sophomores Ashleigh Pecherski and Caitlin Browne were instrumental in the middle, and the Lions’ defense was outstanding throughout the season. Goalie Katie McGowan, a junior, sparkled, posting eight shutouts. The defense included juniors Allison Corvo, Lindsay Harris, Samantha Mazzucola and Jackie Matthew, as well as sophomores Amanda Wichnick and Allyson Dunzello, and reserve goaltender Allison Walker, who did well in limited action, including a 4-3 victory over Manasquan in her first varsity start. “This turned out to be a very balanced team,” Lafalce said. “We had to move a few people around, but once we got to a set lineup, everything fell into place. We were able to beat some very good teams in the playoffs, and that gave the girls a lot of confidence. The best thing is that most of the girls will be back next season.”last_img read more