Academy Newsletter

Kingsway Regional High School: February 2018

Career Conversations with Academy Students: Academy Career Day

On January 18th, Kingsway Regional High School’s S.T.E.M. and Business Leadership Academies partnered with Kennedy Health, Panto Wealth Strategies, and The Boeing Company to match local professionals with students to raise career awareness. The overall goal of Academy Career Day is to provide students with information that will help them prepare for the “real world” and assist them in determining a career path.


More than thirty-six professionals spoke to Academy students about a variety of career paths and chosen professions and provided students with pointers on how to be successful within the world of work. During this time, students were provided an opportunity for questions and answers specific to their career interests. Thank you to all who participated and for representing Kingsway is such a positive light!

Business Leadership 2018 DECA Regional Competition

On January 9th, all thirty members of the Kingsway Regional High School’s Business Leadership Academy (BLA) program competed at the 2018 DECA Regional Competition at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.


Our BLA students, composed of first and second year DECA students, have been preparing for this event since the beginning of the academic year.


During the DECA Regional Competition, students competed in individual performance events before a live panel of judges. Selecting from topics including Business Management, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism, and Marketing, students were assigned a role-play task scenario, asked to prepare a critical analysis as to how they would respond to the scenario, and finally, asked to engage in a fifteen-minute interview with the judges where students defend their task responses.


We are proud to announce that the following twelve students will be competing at the 2018 DECA New Jersey Statewide Competition in Atlantic City!


9th grade: Daniel Carbone, Connor Griscom, Anthony Marino and Kevin Pandorf


10th grade: Andrew Bott, Elijah Gatling, Kevin Gorman, Dennis Lee, Rylie Martin, Divum Raval, Abby Smith and Isabela Spuler.


Congratulations to all of our BLA students, and best of luck to those who will be competing at the 2018 DECA New Jersey Statewide Competition in Atlantic City!

BLA Tours the Philadelphia Phillies Organization

On December 13th, the ninth grade members of the Kingsway Regional High School’s Business Leadership Academy participated in an "all access" tour of the Philadelphia Phillies Organization in order to learn the "business" of baseball!

Students met with corporate executives from the Philadelphia Phillies organization in order to gain insight into the sports industry. Students toured the entire Citizens Bank Park, which included the Phillies’ dugout, locker rooms, batting cages, weight room, executive office suites, press box, and media center. The tour was followed by a panel discussion with the Vice President of Human Resources along with other business managers representing marketing, sales, player development, corporate outreach, and finance departments.


This Q&A session gave students a glimpse into the complex business side of sports, and the importance of teamwork within a highly successful organization. A wide variety of internships and career opportunities available within the franchise were also discussed, leaving students eager to continue their study of the sports industry. Concluding this experience was a catered corporate lunch provided by the Phillies!

BLA Trip to Campbells

The 10th grade members of Kingsway Regional High School’s Business Leadership Academy visited the Campbell’s Soup Corporation. Students toured the entire corporate headquarters, met with a panel of business executives from various departments, and learned the business strategy behind this multi-billion dollar company. At Kingsway, we mean business!

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STEM Exxon Mobil Trip

In October, our freshman STEM young ladies visited Exxon Mobile where engineers hosted “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” events. Students were able to see robotics in action, make bath salts, code a mini robot, learn about the mechanics of a car and the purpose and chemistry behind air bag. Students also engaged in a marshmallow tower competition using physics concepts. These activities were designed to encourage students to pursue careers in engineering, promote curiosity among our high school students, and particularly help shrink the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and related fields.

Kingsway and MIT grad, Janelle Wellons, Skypes with Kingsway Students

Recent 2012 Kingsway graduate, Janelle Wellons, of MIT, “visited” with our students through Skype and shared her amazing experiences as a NASA employee working at the Jet Propulsion Lab at Cal Tech. She shared her experiences with students as a member of the NASA team who has worked on the Cassini space probe mission to Saturn (https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/). She also shared advice on how students can make themselves marketable to schools of the caliber of MIT and to desirable employers such as NASA. We are incredibly proud of Janelle and appreciate the time she took to inspire our current Dragons and future scientists!

STEM Computer Science Education Week

To recognize and celebrate the 2017 Computer Science Education Week the STEM Academy invited Rowan’s ACM (The Association of Computing & Machinery) and Rowan’s ACM-Women to come to their monthly STEM meeting during SMART lunch. The Association of Computing & Machinery Rowan Chapter is an organization that provides a community for the Computer Science students at Rowan as they provide outreach to interested young STEM students in the local areas. They spoke to the STEM Academy students about some cutting edge technology in their field and then even programmed LEGO Mindstorm EV3s which are small robots that they use to teach students how to program. This experience was very valuable for the Kingsway Academy students as well as the Rowan students.

Upcoming Events for Kingsway Academies


  • Feb 15: S.T.E.M. American Competition of Mathematics at Rowan
  • Feb 27: March 1: 2018 DECA New Jersey Statewide Competition in Atlantic City
  • March 8: BLA Wegman's Corporate Tour
  • April 11th: BLA VIrtua Health Corporate Tour
  • April 18th (6:30-8:30pm): S.T.E.A.M. Night - The Class of 2021's cumulative service learning project. (More information is forthcoming)
  • May (TBD): S.T.E.M. visit to PCOM
  • May 7-18: Advanced Placement Testing
  • July 16-20: BLA Summer Seminar (Cohort 1 - Class of 2020)

Academy Contacts

S.T.E.M. Academy:


Business Leadership Academy:


Academy Oversight & Program Development: