Since March, an array of accomplished performers have been on hand to highlight the variety of instruction offered in Montville Township Public Schools. The performers have showcased their talents in music and forensics at the start of each Montville Township Board of Education meeting.
Under the direction of band instructor, Adrienne Scognamiglio, young musicians from Robert R. Lazar Middle School’s flute ensemble performed on March 18. The performance was in honor of Music in Our Schools Month, a national celebration sponsored by the National Association for Music Education.
The ensemble performance was followed by solo clarinetist, Joey Chung, a skilled sophomore musician.
The Montville Township High School Chamber Choir, under the direction of Kevin Lynch, completed the performance segment with an acappella rendition of the MTHS alma mater. All performers are participants in Montville Township Public School music instruction courses.
The first April board meeting showcased a presentation by Josh Feldman.
Feldman, a New Jersey State Champion in forensics, recently qualified to compete in the National Forensics League Tournament, as well as the Grand National Forensics Tournament in Chicago. This is the second and third year, respectively, that Feldman has qualified for these national tournaments.
The senior performed his original poetry reading about superheroes for the board. His humorous presentation featured more than five distinct characters, each with a different voice, and different physical characteristics.
“I love science and math,” explained Feldman, following his presentation. “I want to go to college to become an engineer. I guess I will be an engineer who can perform. That’s one of the things I love about this club [forensics]. It has allowed me to blur the lines…there are all these ways to be creative.”
The Montville Township Public Schools offer music instruction from elementary through high school. Forensics are offered in both the Robert R. Lazar Middle School and Montville Township High School.
Montville’s high school also enjoys a successful national standing in competitive forensics under the guidance of advisor and English teacher, Mary Gormley.