Career and Technical Education

9th Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament for Cancer

Ridgewood, New Jersey/ US. June 2013.        

The Ninth Annual Wiffle for Cancer Tournament will be held rain or shine (but hopefully shine!) on Sunday, June 2, 2013, check-in begins at 11:30am, and the tournament starts at 12:00 noon at Ridgewood High School, 627 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

The tournament is held in memory of a former RHS student who passed away from Ewing’s Sarcoma.  To go to the website for the tournament, click here.

The focus of the Ridgewood High School DECA Community Service project/campaign this year was utilizing the Internet to support event promotion and registration.

Registration will be limited to 64 teams. Teams consist of 3 to 5 players (the maximum number of players that can be in the field at any one time is 5), but unlimited substitutions are allowed.

The tournament features two divisions–a “competitive” division for those teams who want to have fun, but also want to compete seriously for a shot at bragging rights as tournament champion, and a “recreational” division for those teams that primarily just want to have fun.

The tournament consists of a six-game round robin followed by a single-elimination round leading to a championship (with trophies!) for each division. In the round robin, teams will be grouped into four-team brackets and assigned to a particular field. Each team will play every other team in the bracket once, insuring that every team will play at least three games.

Trophies/prizes will also be awarded for best team name, shirt and costume, so be creative!

Making a Difference:

Karen Mendez (Ridgewood High School DECA Advisor) commented that “Students feel passionate about the Wiffle For Cancer tournament because it is held in memory and honor of a former RHS student, whose brother is currently a senior at RHS.  The DECA students felt it was extremely important for the event to be successful because of their connection to their peer and his family.”  

this year’s tournament.


Career and Technical Education benefits everyone

5th Annual Donna DeVito Guilbert Volleyball Tournament

Leonia, New Jersey/ US. October 2012.        

The 5th Annual Donna DeVito Guilbert Volleyball tournament is a community service project students from Leonia High School created and conduct each year to honor the memory of Mrs. Guilbert. This year the tournament was held on November 10th, 2012, at Leonia High School from 9:00 AM to 1:30PM.

Mrs. Guilbert, was a Leonia High School physical education teacher who lost her battle to breast cancer after teaching for 27 years. She grew up in Leonia and completed her elementary and high school education in Leonia. Proceeds made from the tournament benefit the scholarship fund in Mrs. Guilbert’s name which will be given to a graduating female scholar-athlete.

Leonia High School juniors, Amanda Maldonado and Nada ElJerai (members of Leonia High School’s DECA Club ) were the Project Managers for this year’s tournament.


Making a Difference:

Amanda Maldonado said that “This was hard work but I loved every minute of it. It was a good way to remember Mrs. Guilbert.”

Nada ElJerai stated that “As part of our participation in DECA, w e look for ways we can help our community. This project was the best fit for us and we all worked together in a good way to help someone else.”

Mrs. R. Gianfreddi (Leonia High School DECA Advisor) commented that “the students in our DECA chapter freely give their time and learn how to apply the skills they learn in the classroom to our community service projects.  Our teachers are proud of the contributions our students are making to our community.”

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