JACKSON MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
THE JAGUAR JOURNAL WISHES YOU A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR
VOLUME XLVIII - ISSUE 2
Jan 2012 WHAT WAS THE MOST CREATIVE HOLIDAY GIFT YOU GAVE? By Samantha Roman Staff Writer
Ryan Morris, freshman: “My brother said that he wanted nothing, so I got him an empty jar that says ‘nothing’ on it.” Amanda Lewis, freshman: “I’m drawing a portrait of my boyfriend for him.”
Jackson Memorial Junior ROTC Hosts Toy Drive Samantha Mahabir, Zachary Greenberg, Jerica Wilson, Daniel Egan, and Kelsey Allen By Sarah Freyre
It’s that time of the year again. The weather is colder and sparkling lights adorn trees and houses. People are reminded about what is truly important in their lives and countless groups come together to help out those in need, those who cannot afford to provide their families with a holiday celebration. Jackson Memorial’s very own Air Force Junior ROTC is one of those groups. Living up to their motto of putting “service before self ”, they organized one of the most successful toy drives in town. This event is not new. In fact, it is a yearly tradition that has been taking place since 1978. “It is one of our oldest community service events,” Major Mike Macagnone
proudly remarked. Every year a list of families who cannot afford toys for their children is drawn up by the Ocean County Office of Social Services. This list is then sent to the Junior ROTC so they have an idea of what types of toys need to be collected. Toys for children between babies to twelve years of age are generally collected and anyone is allowed to donate, although girls are encouraged to donate girl toys and vice versa for boys. This is not the average toy drive. The Junior ROTC goes all out to make this an event worth remembering for these less privileged families. It is a party complete with food and beverages. Santa Claus even makes an
appearance when it is time to hand out the toys. Each child gets to sit on his lap and receives 3-4 brand new toys. “This is a great idea because it makes some of the less fortunate families very happy,” said Cadet Commander Chad Caruso. Indeed, any event that can light up a child’s eyes is a wonderful idea. So far, with the help of their Jackson Liberty counterpart, over 300 toys have been collected. After days of wrapping, everything from skateboards to bicycles, books to Barbies, was piled up in one of the ROTC rooms waiting to be distributed. As a result of all the generous donations, the floor was completely covered with toys, and gifts were stacked high against the wall.
Despite the hard economic times, according to Major Macagnone, this was their largest donation year ever. It was a turnout that would make any citizen proud. “I think it’s a great beneficial and charitable event since it’s always amazing to give to little ones and see their faces light up in awe,” said Junior Meagan Alvarez. Truly, there is no greater event than one that gives back to the community while bringing smiles to the faces of children. The ROTC toy drive captured the real spirit of Christmas and brought toys to scores of needy children this past holiday season.
Dominique Santos, freshman: “I usually make gift baskets specific to the people I’m giving them to.” Sadat Howard, sophomore: “My presence” Jasmine DeBerry, sophomore: “I’m giving my mom an iPad.” Emily Skowronski, junior: “I’d like to buy myself a car.” Anthony LoVacco, junior: “Make one pancake per person in my house, two strips of bacon each, change the baby’s diaper, and give everyone a big hug and kiss and say, ‘Merry Christmas!’” Kevin Stankowitz, senior: “My mom is a chef, so I’ll bake a cake and put something inside of it, like maybe a spatula.” Mrs. Soltmann, teacher: “We’re building a birdhouse with a birdbath.”
LOOKING BACK TOP STORIES OF 2011 1. Killing of Osama Bin Laden
WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND
2. Japan – Earthquake-Tsunami 3. Libya – killing of Muammar Qaddafi 4. Troop withdrawal from Iraq 5. Arab Spring 6. Europe Economic crisis 7. Occupy movement 8. Government shutdown/US economic crisis 9. 10th anniversary of 9-11 10. Death of Steve Jobs
Kathy Pontoriero and Rudolph By Gina Costanzo Staff Writer
Each year as the holiday season begins, Toyland is held at the Jackson Senior Center on Don Connor Boulevard. This year’s Toyland was held on December 3rd and 4th, and children and their families came to visit the Senior Center’s version of Santa’s Workshop. The event drew a large crowd with its display of lights, trees, and other holiday decorations. Deep inside the display of Santa’s Workshop sat Santa and Mrs. Claus for visits with the children. Volunteers from the Jackson Memorial
Art Club dressed up in holiday costumes and wandered about, entertaining children. There was a tree adorned with paper ornaments decorated by the children, and art materials were available for children who wanted to make their own ornaments. Outside were tables filled with crafts that were handmade by the senior citizens. These included wreaths, ornaments, and other decorations. There were dressed teddy bears for sale, however each child who ventured into Toyland came out with a
complimentary teddy bear donated by The Salvation Army. This year, 1,600 bears were donated. The clothing that came with the bears was a mix of shirts, dresses, hats, and scarves which were all either knitted or crocheted by the senior citizens. Other activities were provided for the children as well, including face painting and balloon animals, which were both done by the Art Club volunteers. The Art Club has been participating in this event for many years and this year supplied Toyland with
about 60 volunteers. Free cookies and juice were available, and for the first time, baked goods were sold. This year, Toyland had about 750 guests per day and was, overall, a wonderful time for the children who enjoyed the many different activities. Because of the dedication of the senior citizens, the staff of the Senior Center, the Public Works Department, and the many other volunteers, this event was a success for the children and families who attended.
STORIES THAT RECEIVED TOO MUCH COVERAGE 1. Kardashian wedding 2. Charlie Sheen 3. Royal Wedding 4. Casey Anthony 5. Michael Jackson doctor’s trial 6. August Earthquake 7. Justin Bieber baby 8. Lindsay Lohan 9. GOP debates 10. Jersey Shore cast
JMHS CHORUS CONCERT
ROTC TOY DRIVE
By Billy Bates
By Hope Olszewski
Chorus members practice with Mr. Robertson
Presents wrapped and ready
Brittany Hansen, Kayanna Chandler, Kathleen Lefebvre, Alexandra Zavala, Amira Drake, Danielle Cocco, and Alexis Hart stand in their gowns before the concert
The chorus in concert
Sabrina Hebeler and Natalie Hnath
Kelsey Allen and Jerica Wilson
WINTER BAND CONCERT
David Mongomery, Michael Jones, Eric Vigliarolo, Michael Keegan play before the concert
By Olivia Gomez
Jess Cruz practices for the concert
SENIORS OF THE MONTH
By Danielle Finnegan
CHRISTINA MULVIHILL DECEMBER
Christina is eagerly waiting her college decisions, where she is planning on studying psychology or behavioral science. Later she hopes to be a psychologist with a doctorate because she is “interested in exploring human behavior and helping others learn about theirs.”
Sarah Freyre Tom Kluxen
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Stephen hopes to be at the United States Naval Academy next year majoring in Systems Engineering. After that he plans on becoming an officer in the Marine Corps.
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