RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph High School sophomore Paul Ward, a bass player in the high school orchestra, was recently recognized by the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown as a Music Student of the Month.

Eric Shaberg, Randolph High School's orchestra director, said he recognized Paul, a string bassist, as an outstanding high school orchestra member for his hard work and dedication.

"Paul was awarded fourth chair in Senior Region 1      Orchestra after going through an audition process and secured the only bass seat in the Senior Region 1 Wind Ensemble," Schaberg said.  "He is Principal Bass in Arietta Advanced String Ensemble, a member of the Randolph High School Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Strings on string bass.  With all of his obligations in the various music ensembles in and out of school Paul maintains a very strong GPA.  Paul has helped mentor younger bassists and always leads by example in orchestra.  He is always at rehearsals "on time", which in the music world means he is always at least 15 min. early to a rehearsal.  He is willing to go out on a limb to answer questions in class and is kind to his colleagues in orchestra.  He is always a true gentleman and has a very bright future ahead of him."

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Paul said he was surprised when he learned of the honor. "I was not expecting it," he said. "It feels great to be rewarded for all of the hard work I have done."

This is Paul's sixth year playing the bass and he chose the instrument because his uncle also plays the instrument. "He was an inspiration to me," Paul said.

As part of the recognition, Paul attended a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, which he enjoyed. Paul and several other students from area schools in Morris County were recognized for their achievements on stage prior to the concert and had the opportunity to meet members of the orchestra.

Students were nominated by their teachers and were chosen by the Theaters' Education Department based on their commitment to and excellence in the performing arts.

The Theater will honor a group of students every month throughout the season and invites area teachers to nominate students for this honor. Students will be invited to perform at a year-end recital in June.