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School staffers came to the aid of choking preschool student. Deborah M. Marko

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VINELAND -  Three Dallago Early Childhood Center staffers were commended Wednesday for coming to the aid of a choking student.

On Sept. 19,  teacher Amy McMahon and her assistants, Dianis Ramos DeFeliciano and Tiffanie Miller noticed the distressed student and pooled their talents to get the youngster the help he needed.

The young boy apparently choked on his lunch, preschool principal Lynn Monteleone told school board members during the work session meeting.

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After the Hemlich maneuver was used, the child began to breathe on his own, she said.

Monteleone praised McMahon, DeFeliciano and Miller, telling board members that the trio exemplify the theme at the preschool this year, which is "Teaching is my Superpower."

Board members presented the staffers with certificates.

Also honored Wednesday was Vineland High School student Elisabeth Baranovskaya, who was named a semifinalist in the 2017 Anthem Essay Contest, hosted by the Ayn Rand Institute.

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Vineland High School student Elisabeth Baranovskaya is the first Vineland High School student to place in the international Anthem essay contest. Deborah M. Marko

Baranovskaya was one of 175 semifinalists in the international writing contest open to students in eighth through 10th grade.

Vineland High School English teacher Jennifer Belvett introduced her winning student to the school board. 

Since 2014, Belvett has encouraged students to enter the contest, which Baranovskaya did as an Honors English II student last year.

"She is the first student from VHS to place in the contest,"  Belvett said.

Deborah M. Marko: (856) 563-5256; dmarko@gannettnj.com

 

 

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