JHS students, faculty to face off in fun-filled battle


If you’d like to take in a new, exciting unique Johnston High School event, plan on being at Mayor Joseph M. Polisena Stadium next Wednesday night beginning at 5:30 when the always-active Student Council adds yet another chapter to the Panthers tradition-rich history book.
This one will be named “Spring Battle of the Teachers vs. Students” and feature a total of five teams that will compete in such fun-filled events as the ageless Tug of War, Over-and-Under, One-Mile Relay, Sack Race, Bucket Brigade and more.
According to senior Janet Clements, the JHS Student Council is coordinating the event and hopes to raise some necessary revenue by charging $5 per ticket.
“The kids wanted to do something special,” explained Greg Russo, who chairs Johnston High’s Science Department serves as faculty advisor for the Student Council as well as SADD (Students against Dangerous Decisions). “We’ve been holding our popular Battle of the Classes every October for years, but this will be the first time we’ve featured teachers in the actual competition.”
All of which, as the popular and long-time JHS faculty member noted, “Has created quite the buzz here on Cherry Hill.”
Four student teams will represent JHS’ senior, junior, sophomore and freshmen classes while a total of 18 teachers – nine men and as many women – have signed on to represent the faculty squad.
The “Girls’ Team” will include Chrissy Young, Brianna Cardillo, Vanessa Faiola, Lauren Fagundes, Ashley Deleo, Emilia Ruggeiro, Isabelle Russo, Janet Martel and Lisa Freslone.
Thus, the “Boys Squad” will feature Mike Harwood, Lou Cotoia, Mike Iafrate, Ed Saravo, Matt Nearney, David Keith, Scott Leonard, Acciardo and Justin Pimental into the mix.
There’s no reserved seats and parking of course, will be free for people to take in yet another chapter of Panther Pride next Wednesday night (May 25) beginning at 5:30 p.m.


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