Lawrence High School STEM Academy club members (left) Kieran Humphreys, David Horne, Ashwin Baskaran, Zeke D’Ascoli. Harshal Nawade, Josh Drossman, Declan Barnes and Eliza Wirkijowski will compete in the TSA TEAMS national competition next month.

STEM Academy seniors qualify for nationals

STEM Academy group members Kieran Humphreys, David Horne, Ashwin Baskaran, Zeke D’Ascoli, Harshal Nawade, Josh Drossman, Declan Barnes and Eliza Wirkijowski qualified for nationals in their TSA TEAMS competition for the second consecutive year. This year’s competition will take place June 22-24 in Atlanta, Georgia.

TSA TEAMS is an engineering aptitude, mathematics and science testing competition designed to help middle school and high school students discover their potential in the engineering field.

LHS artists recognized

Lawrence High School students Emily Mah, Justin Featherston and Yulduz Masharifova had their work accepted for publication in Aspirations 2018, Mercer County Community College’s journal of literary and visual arts for area high school students. The students were recognized on April 26.

Mashaiforiva, Mah, Kasiah Harrison, Adam Cymerman, Justin Rosati-Cuyugan and Annie Yao were accepted into the Mercer County Youth Art Month Show at Artworks in Trenton. Their work was exhibited through April 16.

Two photographs by senior Kayla Jackson are also featured at the MCCC Visual Arts Student Exhibition at the college’s gallery. They are on display at the gallery through May 3.

Odyssey of the Mind teams come out on top

Both Odyssey of the Mind teams from The Pennington School placed first in their respective categories during New Jersey’s recent Odyssey of the Mind Coastal Plains Regional tournament. The teams featured Lawrence eighth graders Ariana Colner and Olivia Meyerson, and sixth graders Samantha Lambdin and Mason Meyerson.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college, according to the New Jersey chapter of Odyssey of the Mind’s website. Team members work together to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. The Pennington School took home first place in the Triathlon Travels Division II and the Emoji, Speak for Yourself Divison II categories.

The top two places in each problem and division advance to the State Finals, traditionally held in April. Following that, the top two places from each problem and division advance to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. For more information, visit

Junior to participate in engineering program

Anusha Aggarwal

Lawrence High School junior Anusha Aggarwal has been selected to participate in this summer’s Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology program at the Rutgers University School of Engineering.

igh school juniors who have distinguished themselves with outstanding skills and unusual interests and abilities in the field are nominated for this elite program by their respective schools. Aggarwal was selected to participate by a panel of professors, researchers, and educators at Rutgers.

As a Governor’s Scholar, Anusha will spend four weeks on campus, free of charge, taking four academic classes, completing an intensive research and/or design project in a group of three to five students, going on site visits to local corporations, meeting professionals from across the state, and working with equally talented peers with similar interests.

Student wins national video award

Arjun Aggarwal

Freshman Arjun Aggarwal submitted a video to the “World of 7 Billion” contest—in which entrants were challened to create a short video addressing the growing world population in regard to feeding 10 billion, advancing women and girls or preventing pollution—and his piece on feeding the planet’s population won first place out of 3,000 international submissions. His video will be posted at