On their best behavior

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John Russel, 12, tosses a ring for a chance at a prize
It was a day to play for 318 students at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex who did not receive a disciplinary referral the entire school year.

Carnival games, food, music and plenty of room to run around was the reward for these students Thursday, June 14 during the fifth annual Superextravaganza. “They deserve it,” said teacher Kristen Aponte who helped organize the event. Local donations were made by the Ventnor City Police Department and Policeman’s Benevolent Association Local 97, Fireman’s Mutual Benevolence Association Local 38, ShopRite, Rosenberger and Wolf, Annette’s Luncheonette, Capri Pizza, Movie Day, VECC Honor Society, Ocean City Home Bank, Shellem’s Surf Shack, Nix Salon, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3361, Dr. John Gaffney, Sam’s Wholesale Club, Jalapeno’s, Sun Hut Ocean City, AAAA Bike Shop, Chickie’s and Pete’s, Ventnor Beauty Supply, Acme, Caruso’s Pizza, Margate Card Studio, Absecon Island Surfing Contest and Donna’s Hallmark. 

Photos by Shaun Smith

Smit Parekh, 11, lets loose down an inflatable slide.   Twelve-year-olds take a break from the excitement of Superextravaganza. From left are Briana Presta, Taylor Davis, Soondus Hussein, Shanzida Alam, Mia Guerrera and Zena Naylor.   Cousins Oliva Bergman, 13, and Emma Bergman, 14, check out the yearbook for the Ventnor Educational Community Complex Class of 2012.   Monty Hills, 12, throws a strike at a stack of cans.   From left are Raquel Rothstein, 12; Mariah Horan, 12; Carly Sykes, 12; Bianca Pettigrosso, 13, and Summer Roche, 13.   Anxiously counting down the last days of school are from left, Nicole Chavez, 11; Nikki Waninger, 10; Alison Gery, 10; Rose Roberts, 11; Emma Horner, 11, and Kaitlyn Mannering, 11.   The third time is a charm for Colin Nolan, 11, who bounced a ball into the coffee for a chance at a prize.   From left are Adriana Nicosia, Nicole Mannery and Bella Goodry, all 14, enjoying Superextravaganza.   Christian Mannery, 14, throws a softball and nails the target to dunk teacher Bob Braverman.

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