RHS Students Aaron Bennett and Sangho Lee Accepted to Prestigeous Summer Programs

  Sangho Lee (left) & Aaron Bennett (right)   Credits: Pamela Bennett

RANDOLPH, NJ - Two Randolph High School seniors are are making huge strides towards their future. Aaron Bennett and Sangho Lee were both selected to be be apart of two of the most prestige summer programs offered to high schoolers. Aaron Bennett was accepted to The New Jersey Scholar’s Program (NJSP) and Sangho Lee was accepted to New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences (NJGSS). 

Both programs are highly selective and to even apply, an individual must be nominated. Even if nominated, there is a intense application process to go through in hopes of being narrowed down to be selected as a finalist. 

Aaron Bennett is a well rounded student. During his junior year he was the debate team president and a member of the national honors society. Early in the beginning of the year, he was approached by administrator Deborah Holz who is in charge of nominations and submitting applications for RHS. Up to two applications can be sent from each school and Aaron was selected. 

Sign Up for E-News

The NJSP is a five week long summer program at the Lawrenceville School that enables 39 of the most motivated high school students from around the country to embark on a inter-disciplinary college level learning journey. The mission of the school is to teach students to think in a new way by having them learn together by participating in small group seminars. The students sit through lectures and seminars much like college classes,  and are required to do a 10-15 page research paper on a topic derived from their classes. Each year the program focuses on a specific area of study. This year the topic is "Climate Change and the Human Experience."

Upon notification that he was nominated, Aaron had to speak with his family about the program before deciding if he would continue with the application process. “Climate change wasn’t really something we learned about or thought about,” said Aaron but he decided to pursue the application. Aaron wrote four essays all approximately 500 words each, submitted a writing sample from school along with transcripts and obtained get a letter of recommendation.

By the end of February Bennett was notified that he was one of 150 finalists. On March 28 Aaron was invited to tour the school and participate in a group interview. The interviews consisted of a round table discussion with students split into groups of 4 along with a professor and Trustee. Going into the interview Aaron was confident, “I come from an activity where I public speak for fun,” said Bennett. “I was fairy confident coming out of the interview,” he said. 

His public speaking skill definitely paid off. Aaron was accepted and moved in a few weeks ago. He is currently at the Lawrenceville school working hard. He has about three lectures/seminars a day on topics ranging from multi-disciplinary, history, anthropology and science literature. He said "It’s great and I look forward to “networking and being friends with 39 of the smartest people in the state.” Aaron said he enjoys living there and the only downfall is that there is no air-conditioning, but aside from that he’s looking forward to “adapting to the lifestyle (college) without gaining too much weight.” 

Friend and fellow soon to be senior, Sangho Lee, went through a similar process to get his acceptance. Sangho is a science enthusiast. He participated in forensics, debate and lacrosse in his junior year. Summer of his freshman year, Sangho went on a church mission program with 10 other church members to Guatemala. In his time there there he worked with children and experienced work done with prosthetic limbs which inspired him to want to become a biomedical engineer. 

With that goal in mind Sangho is involved a lot in science and medicine. He volunteers weekly at St. Claires hospital in Dover. For this summer, his plans were to intern at Memorial Cancer in New York City. He applied, but those plans were put on hold when he was notified that he was nominated along with a few other students by Deborah Holz as an applicant for New Jersey Governor’s School in the Science at Drew University. “I didn’t understand that it was really prestigous at first. It was just fun,” said Lee. Sangho discussed with his family and decided it was a good program to go into and save the intern for later. “I have a huge interest in science so Governor’s school just compliments that,” he said. 

NJGSS is a three week residential program at Drew University for science enthused students that gives them a chance to gain exposure and hands-on research in the their area of interest. Students are required to attend classes much like college, but their core courses are science based consisting of; cell biology, archeology, chemistry and physics. Student’s also are required to have an individual lab twice a week as well as a group lab three times a week. The program is meant to broaden student's horizons in scientific research and provide exposure to a variety of scientific topics. 

Much like his friend Aaron, Shangho went through a tough application process. “I was excited when I got nominated,” he said, but was skeptical about his odds of getting in when he compared himself to his fellow colleagues nominated. Nominees are based on classes, grades, how immersed the student is in sciences, extra curricular activities, percentile on standardized tests and PSAT/SAT scores. Sangho decided to continue the process, and learned in April that he was accepted.

Sangho moved in July 13 and said he’s "Looking forward to just hanging with friends and finally learn things I never got exposed to.” 





TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Road Resurfacing Work in Randolph for July 9 - 16

July 7, 2018

Below is a list of the streets for the upcoming resurfacing work. All roads will remain open for local traffic and emergency vehicles. Motorists should allow additional time for travel.

Street Name
Dates of Milling
Dates of Paving

Springhill Road - Forrest Road to #40

Musiker Avenue - Morey Lane to ...

Randolph Diner: Serving Up the Next Version of the Diner Experience

July 16, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- A diner, back in the early days of diners, typically referred to a restaurant that resembled a dining car on a train. Today, most diners still have a long counter and an array of booths lining the windows – much like the old railroad dining cars – but in many communities, the “diner” evolved into something more than a restaurant.

The diner became a ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, July 19, 9:00 AM

Brooklyn Bagel, Randolph

Coffee with a Cop

Community Calendar


Thu, July 19, 7:00 PM

Randolph Township Free Public Library, Randolph

Musical Monters

Community Calendar


Mon, July 23, 9:30 AM

Randolph Township Free Public Library, Randolph

Nursery Rhyme Time

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar Health & Wellness Other

Catriona Lucus Selected to Play in 2018 National Lacrosse Academy  

July 16, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- Catriona Lucus, a rising freshman at Randolph High School has been named as a 2018 Maverik National Lacrosse All-Star and has been selected to attend the Maverik National Lacrosse Academy to be held July 16-19, 2018 in Frederica, Delaware at the DE Turf Sportsplex.

Catriona plays on the DEWLAX 2022 West club lacrosse team as well as being chosen to play with the DEWLAX ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

Education: A Bedrock of Democracy, Civic Engagement and Economic Prosperity

July 6, 2018

More than 240 years ago, our nation’s founders envisioned a country where individuals could forge their own destinies and not be constrained by the circumstances of birth. The essential concept was that people could govern themselves and participate in democracy, or what Benjamin Franklin and others called “a great experiment.” The vision was bold and has flourished as the ...

Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 16, 2018

Eliminates Prior Approval for Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Medications; Counseling Options to be Expanded

July 16, 2018

(TRENTON) – The Murphy administration on Monday announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death ...

Garden State Urology named a Center of Excellence by NAFC

Urology group recognized for exemplary care, dedication to patients

WHIPPANY, NJ – Garden State Urology, part of Atlantic Medical Group, was recently designated a Center of Excellence by the National Association for Continence.

Garden State Urology is a cooperative urology group that provides residents in northwestern New Jersey with a modern, integrated, comprehensive health care ...

Registration open for Randolph Hebrew with Early Bird Discount!

Entering its 17th year, Randolph Hebrew of Morris County has opened registration to new students for the upcoming school year that is set to begin on Sunday, September 16th.

Randolph Hebrew enjoys a well-earned reputation as a trend setter in creative Jewish education. It's well trained staff, cutting edge curriculum along with the teacher to student ration allows for individualized ...

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey

How often do you read TAPinto?  Have you downloaded the TAPinto APP?  These are a few of the questions for readers in our 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

We want to hear from you!

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will help TAPinto better serve you. 

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

Thank you.  We appreciate your support and ...

Atlantic Health System, MedExpress partner in 11 New Jersey Urgent Care Centers

Atlantic Health System, an integrated health care delivery system, and MedExpress, a neighborhood health care provider, are collaborating to coordinate care between MedExpress' 11 neighborhood medical centers in northern New Jersey and Atlantic Health System's extensive clinically integrated network of physicians, hospitals and other care sites.

The jointly owned centers will enable ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.