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Dec 01, 2017

News From Oak Hill Academy

The Oak Hill team took home the first place trophy at the Academic Jeopardy Contest in October.

Oak Hill Academy Honors Veterans with Annual Program

On November 8 in Lincroft, Oak Hill Academy (OHA) students, staff, and parents carried on its tradition of honoring veterans during the school’s 17th annual Veterans Day program.  More than 100 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade performed by creating various tributes, doing dramatic readings, choreographing dance ensembles, and playing instruments. Alumni students also came back to perform, as well as a professional brass duo and the Christian Brothers Academy Pipes and Drums. Patrice Murray, Director of Personnel/Administration, organized the annual program. Each year, she chooses a theme that will educate the students on a different aspect relating to the service of our veterans. Miss Murray’s brainchild came to be in November of 2001 after the tragic events of September 11. She decided that Oak Hill as a school should recognize and honor those in the military who fought and are still fighting for our freedom and protection.

The United States Marine Corp Color Guard, 25th Logistic Battalion, presented the colors at the opening of the program, while the kindergarten led the school in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Under the direction of Oak Hill music teacher, Mr. Justin Ryan, all those in attendance sang the “Star Spangled Banner.” This year, the themes were “History of Navajo Code Talkers,” “A Christmas Truce from WWI,” “History of the Tuskegee Airmen,” “Flag Raising at the Ocean City Boardwalk,” and “Wreaths Across America” among the traditional core themes of “Who is a Veteran” and the “History of Veterans Day.”

Veterans who were in attendance were recognized throughout the program. As each veteran arrived, they were given a star from the Blue Star Mothers’ group with a statement regarding Veterans Day and what it symbolizes. Finally, Miss Murray asked that each veteran stand and be recognized. She said, “We salute you, we thank you.” The audience responded with an ovation for these special guests, and then the playing of “Taps,” along with a moment of silence, concluded the program.

The Veterans Day program has become an important tradition at Oak Hill Academy. The youngest generation is learning about all of our veterans and the greatest generation, too. They have learned to honor, respect, and revere those in uniform.

Oak Hill Academy Once Again Captures First Place at Academic Contest at M.A.S.T.

Congratulations are in order to Oak Hill Academy for winning first place in the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (M.A.S.T.) Academic Jeopardy Contest on October 27. Eighth graders Molly Jain (Red Bank), Aarya Doshi (Hazlet), Alex Mitchell (Red Bank), Elizabeth Wright (Fair Haven), and Cakie Dym (Rumson) were the top team out of the 24 teams entered. Six schools participated, including Barkalow, Forrestdale, Cedar Drive, Eisenhower, Brielle, and OHA.

Played very much like the game show Jeopardy, some of the categories ranged from “Straits of the World,” “Wonders of the World,” and “Marine Science” to “Punctuation Rules,” “Musical Notation,” and “Young Authors Literature.” The categories and questions were difficult and thought-provoking.

Initially, there are three rounds, with each round having 30 questions. After these rounds, the scores are tabulated and the top four teams compete in the trophy round. Oak Hill Academy’s top team had the highest number of points and was seeded first. OHA defeated Forrestdale in the semifinals and then beat Barkalow in the finals to capture first place.

Congratulations to all of Oak Hill’s seventh and eighth graders who participated in this contest. The hard work of the students, along with the enriching curriculum provided by their teachers, should be attributed to the continued success of OHA in these types of competition.