Essay Selected

David C. Parris of West Windsor, a student in the Chinese language class at the West Windsor Senior Center, has had his essay selected for publication in “The Messenger,” the newsletter of the English Service, China Radio International.

The contest is held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States. Parris’s essay, written in English, reflects upon the changing interactions between China and the United States.

Parris first became interested in China while training to become a paleontologist at Princeton University. While working as a curator at the New Jersey State Museum, he met with Dr. Chow Minchen, one of China’s most famous pre-historians. In 2000, he toured China as a paleontology conference delegate.

“I could never have written the essay without the Senior Center experience,” says Parris.

Nancy Yan teaches the Chinese language class on Thursday afternoons at the Senior Center. The two-hour class includes instruction in the Chinese language and appreciation for Chinese culture. For information, call 609-799-9068.

‘Our Town’

Douglas Aumack of Plainsboro performs in “Our Town” with the Unlimited Potential Theater Company, from Friday to Sunday, March 5 to 7, at the Stephen J. Capestro Theater in Edison. Call 732-745-3885 for tickets.

Governor Appointee

Governor James E. McGree-vey has nominated Law-rence C.T. Koo of West Windsor to the New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Benefit Performance

Andrew Blake Zutty, a student at Village School who recently played the part of Jonathan in “A Christmas Carol” on Broadway, returns to the stage on Monday, March 29. He will appear in a benefit performance for the Lark Theater, “My New York,” at the Lucille Lortel. For more information visit or call 212-246-2676 ext. 24. Tickets are $35 for children; $75 for adults.

Zutty’s mother, Jill, heads to Los Angeles in April to record her third CD. “It will be totally mainstream pop, a la Michele Branch, Matchbox, Hilary Duff,” she says.

Row Your Boat

Mercer Junior Rowing Club had a five-hour “Ergathon” on Saturday, February 28 at Quakerbridge Mall to raise awareness of the rowing program that is open to students in grades 9 to 12. For information about the group, contact Sean McCourt at 609-799-7100.

Students from High School South include: Alana Hager-Johnson, Allison Lessne, Eric Pachner, Anna Pachner, Jeff Leonard, Anton Woronczuk, Diana Phillipova, Erin Conlon, Josh Novak, Melissa Reich, Mike Abraham, Rob Abraham, Nicole Reiff, Erin Tormey, and Ryan Gaylo.

High School North students include: Asami Kondo, Jaime Jacobson, Ashley Smith, Charity Smith, Christine Scafa, Jason Daly, Lauren Alba, Michelle Guzman, and Olivia Corkdale.