The Bordentown Regional High School Marching Band finished in second place overall at the New Jersey State Championships with a score of 94.1. The drum line and percussion section won the first place caption award for top percussion in Group 2A.

The Scotties also won the Cadets Award of Excellence for outstanding creativity and overall effect, which is given to only one band.

Bordentown Regional High School’s International Thespian Society Troupe 6803 collected 5,850 pounds of canned and dry goods for St. Mary’s Food Pantry as part of its annual Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat fundraiser.

Students collect 5,850 pounds of food

Bordentown Regional High School’s International Thespian Society Troupe 6803 collected 5,850 pounds of canned and dry goods for St. Mary’s Food Pantry as part of its annual Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat fundraiser. This is the most food the troupe has collected in a single year since they began participating in the program in 2010.

Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat is a national community service program for ITS member schools to collect canned and dry goods for local charities and food banks. Thespian troupes from across the country are participated in the program this year, and thousands of pounds of food were collected across the state, giving theatre students the ability to help their local community. Bordentown students collected food throughout October, and by going door to door on Halloween to collect food donations instead of candy.

In 2010, the donations of the Bordentown community helped Troupe 6803 to surpass its original goal of 1,000 pounds and ultimately donate 2,002 pounds of food. For this, Bordentown Regional High School ITS Troupe #6803 was awarded the 2010 Harvest Excellence Award by the International Thespian Society.

Bordentown Regional High School students will present “Peter and the Starcatcher” Dec. 1 and 2. Front: Cami Mercantini and Hannah Vliet. Center: Lauren Redwood, Morgan West, Abby Gunther, Daria Briggs, Shannon Hansell and Alicia Method. Back: Varun Andrews, Annissa Richard, Jack Ashfield, Evan Braasch and Ave Corbitt.

Play set for Dec. 1-2

The Bordentown Regional High School theater program will present the play Peter and the Starcatcher on Dec.1 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Bordentown Performing Arts Center.

The five-time Tony-winning Broadway hit about Neverland is filled with music, mermaids, a celestial treasure, a spunky leading lady, a band of wacky pirates, an island crawling with intrigue, and one absurdly wicked Captain. This production is appropriate for audiences of all ages, and will be performed by the award-winning theatre students of Bordentown Regional High School.

Featured in the cast are seniors Varun Andrews, Jack Ashfield, Evan Braasch, Daria Briggs, Ave Corbitt, Abigail Rose Gunther, Shannon Hansell, Cami Mercantini, Hannah Vliet and Morgan West; juniors Alicia Method and Annissa Richard; and sophomore Lauren Redwood. Music direction was provided by senior Reena Zhang.

The play tells the story of a young orphan, a mysterious trunk and a precocious young girl named Molly, who all set sail from Victorian England. When the ship is taken over by pirates—led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own—the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

Featuring 13 actors portraying more than 100 characters, Peter and the Starcatcher uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to bring the story to life. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair, and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students and will be sold at the door. The can also be purchased in advance at brhsnj.booktix.com.

Holiday items available at bazaar

The Bordentown Regional Middle School PTO will host its second annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bordentown Regional Middle School, located at 50 Dunns Mill Rd.

Over 55 vendors will be attending, refreshments will be sold, raffles will take place at 2 p.m., kids can make a reindeer craft or take home slime (additional fee) and the Bordentown Regional Middle School chorus will perform at 11 a.m. Please contact Heather at BRMSPTO@gmail.com with any questions.

Students celebrate Red Ribbon Week

In honor of Red Ribbon Week, a drug prevention program that lasts from Oct. 23-31, Bordentown Regional High School and Middle School students took part in different activities to promote a drug-free lifestyle. First, they wore all red in remembrance of those lives afflicted with addiction to drugs and alcohol. Peer to Peer students made red ribbons for staff to wear on their clothing. Lunch activities included signing pledges to be drug-free, and studens who had the most creative red gear on won a prize. Judges from Teens of Fire chose the top three from each 6th, 7th and 8th grade class.

Speakers came to health classes to discuss their recovery from opiods, and posters and red ribbons adorned the hallways of both the middle school and high school. Sophomore Anjali Dommardju and junior Sarah Heil were both named Red Ribbon art contest winners for their works of art, which had to include an arrow in a drawing depicting how they “Stay Above the Influence” from alcohol and drugs. They both received $25 gift cards.

Blood drive to be held Dec. 18

Temple B’nai Abraham will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive on Monday, Dec. 18 at Temple B’nai Abraham, 58 Crosswicks St.,Bordentown, from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. The holiday season is traditionally a difficult time for meeting the blood needs of patients. Donations decline at this time because people are busy with holiday preparations and celebrations. To make an appointment to give blood on Dec. 18, please call (609) 298-6485 or go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code Temple B’Nai Abraham.