OC Women’s Commission: “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination”

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The Ocean County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women had its most successful art exhibit and awareness program ever, said commission Vice President Barbara Lehman.

More than 768 students, representing 24 schools from around the county, entered its contest to design a stamp recognizing the contributions of women in our history.

Ocean County Library hosted the commission’s annual awards event Tuesday March 5 in Mancini Hall. Nearly 200 people turned out for the event.

The commission chair, Barbara Florimont, and Library Director Susan Quinn welcomed the guests.

Susan encouraged the girls in the audience to aggressively pursue their education, particularly in math and the sciences, in order to prepare for a rewarding career.

Heather Dover and Joanne Maffei, both Senior Forensic Chemists in the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, echoed that as they spoke of their experiences testing evidence for links to crime scenes. Both are graduates of local colleges. Heather graduated from Georgian Court University and Joanne from Stockton College.

Ocean County Administrator Carl W. Block presented the commission members with a proclamation from the Board of Chosen Freeholders to recognize the commission’s work and declaring March Women’s History Month in Ocean County.

Library Commission Chair Bonnie Peterson, also a member of the women’s commission, introduced the contest winners.

Those winners included:

Grades 1-4: Olivia Morgan; Isabelle Padilla; and Kurt Wehner.

Grades 5-8: Kimberly Gotthold; Julianna Alvarez; and Gabriella Navantieri.

Grades 9-12: Bea Nobleza; Monica Douglas; and Shawn Barry.

The theme for this year’s program was “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination.”

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1- 1st Place winner in the Middle School Division: Kimberly Gotthold.

2- All the student winners received a certificate and gift card.

3- OC Administrator Carl W. Block presented the Ocean County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women with a proclamation from the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

4- Library Director Susan Quinn encourages students in their education.

5- Senior Forensic Chemists Maffei and Dover.

6- The Color Guard assembles prior to the start of the awards ceremony.)

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