RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph High School junior Renee Shen has been accepted to the prestigious New Jersey Scholar Program.

Renee said she is proud to represent Randolph High School and excited to attend the program from June 24-July 27 at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

RHS Principal Debbie Iosso, Counseor Tashi Oyola and Teacher Peter Flynn met Renee in the high school main office to congratulate her on her accomplishment. "We could not be more proud of Renee," said Mrs. Iosso.

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Renee wrote an application essay, submitted an essay which she wrote for a class and submitted recommendation letters and a transcript. She also participated in a group interview and was selected as one of the 39 New Jersey scholars in the program.

Renee noted that she is very excited about the main topic for this summer's program: "Mind and Body: The Future of Being Human."

According to the NJ Scholar website, the mission of the New Jersey Scholars Program is to reach out to able and enthusiastic students who come from a broad cross-section of the state’s population. The program creates an intense, interdisciplinary intellectual experience that will change students’ lives by teaching them to think in a new way — relating disciplines instead of dividing them. Scholars participate in lectures and small-group seminars where they actively engage with the disciplines. They also have extensive reading assignments, and pursue research at world class libraries and museums. They write essays and work closely with a faculty member to produce a 10-15 page interdisciplinary research paper. They are also stretched as they hone their creative talents in art, music, writing, drama and public speaking by contributing to an Arts Festival that is thematically related to the Program topic.

The scholars do not receive grades and the faculty evaluates their work in an interactive fashion. As a result, the Scholars discover the love of learning for its own sake and gain confidence in their intellectual abilities. For many Scholars, the program awakens in them the awareness of their potential to achieve academic excellence and dramatically increases their ambitions for higher learning. There is no program comparable to the New Jersey Scholars Program.

The program topic and faculty change biennially, and over the years, the faculty have been drawn from colleges and universities including Columbia University, Columbia University School of Law, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Penn State University, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, Rhode Island School of Design, Rutgers University, The Sorbonne (Paris), The University of Bristol (UK), The University of Cape Town, The University of Illinois, The University of Indiana, The University of Jordan, The University of Pennsylvania, The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Vermont.