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For Release: October 1, 2003

State Board Honors Atlantic City High School Senior as October Student of the Month

The New Jersey State Board of Education today honored Christine Rha, a senior at Atlantic City High School in Atlantic County, as the October student of the month.

Rha, who is ranked number one in her class, is currently a member of her school’s cross country and track teams. She is also involved in the following activities: National Honor Society, Peer Mediation and Young Life. She is also president of the school’s Key Club.

"The State Board of Education is pleased to recognize Christine Rha as our October student of the month," Board President Arnold G. Hyndman said. "She is a high achieving, well-rounded and dedicated student, with an impressive record of academic achievement, community service and involvement in athletics and the arts. The State Board is pleased to acknowledge her accomplishments and we wish her well in the future."

"The Department of Education is proud to join the State Board in honoring Christine and her many diverse accomplishments," Commissioner of Education William L. Librera said. "We are certain that our success statewide is due in large part to the contributions of students like Christine. We think she will certainly see continued success in the future."

Rha, who has studied the piano for seven years, has competed in several local and statewide academic competitions, including the Rutgers Academic Challenge. She also competed in the 2002 and 2003 Merk Day Science Competitions. In 2003, she achieved the highest score in Atlantic County for the chemistry portion of the exam.

Rha additionally volunteers at Shore Memorial Hospital.

Each month during the school year, the State Board recognizes a student or group of students for accomplishments in community service, the arts, academics and sports. Last month, the State Board honored the Piscataway High School Superchief Band in Middlesex County.

For more information, please contact the Department of Education Public Information Office at (609) 292-1126.