UNION, NJ – A Union High School senior was awarded a scholarship at the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Union County dinner on Thursday, March 12.

Zach Radler, 17, was awarded a scholarship from the organization at their “Annual Tribute to Our Irish Heritage” event.

Radler said a school counselor provided him with the application and later he was interviewed by eight scholarship committee members.  “While waiting at the interview, I could hear some of the other candidates, and they were all great.  Afterwards when they called me and told me I won, I was in shock.”  Radler was the first from Union High School to receive a scholarship.

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According to the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Union County dinner booklet, Radler is ranked within the top five percent of his class at Union High School.  “Zach was able to maintain his impressive academic level despite having an impressive array of extracurricular activities such as captaining the Cross Country, Winter and Spring Track teams.  Zach has also acted as a leader among his peers by participating in both mentoring and leadership programs.  Zach is extremely proud of his Irish heritage and what he feels is a unique culture.”

Radler said he maintains a 4.6 GPA and achieved a 1450 on the SAT.  He is a member of the Peer Leadership Program, the National Honor Society, the Farmer Fam, and ACE Mentoring Club.  He also works part-time as a busboy at Tiff’s Burger and AleHouse and mows lawns in the warmer weather.

“I have a twin sister, so I’m super excited to get this scholarship,” Radler said.  “Everything helps, and I’m very proud.”  Radler plans to attend NJIT to study architecture in the fall.