FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2009

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
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UNION COUNTY MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT NAMED PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR

Union County Magnet High School senior Mark Vander Schaaf has received a 2009 Presidential Scholar award. The Westfield was one of only 141 high school students nationwide to receive the prestigious award.
Union County Magnet High School senior
Mark Vander Schaaf has received a 2009 Presidential Scholar award.  The Westfield was one of only 141 high school students nationwide to receive the prestigious award.

Elizabeth, NJ Mark Vander Schaaf, a senior at Union County Magnet High School, has become one of only 141 high school seniors nationwide to receive the prestigious Presidential Scholar award.  The Westfield resident was selected from a pool of 3,000 qualified candidates, out of 3 million high school graduates.

“On behalf of the Freeholder Board, I’d like to express our respect and admiration for Mark’s achievement, and our appreciation for the support and guidance he received from teachers, administration, and fellow students at Magnet High School,” said Freeholder Angel G. Estrada.

The Union County Magnet High School for Science, Mathematics and Technology is located at the county’s Vo-Tech Schools campus in Scotch Plains.  It was founded in 1997 to provide select students with a program that emphasizes the responsible application of technology through interdisciplinary education.  Magnet High School is a Governor’s School of Excellence, a New Jersey Star School, and a National Blue Ribbon School.

 

“Everyone on the Union County Vocational-Technical School District campus is extremely proud of Mark, his accomplishments while in high school and this extraordinary recognition,” said Dr. Thomas J. Bistocchi, Vo-Tech Schools Superintendent.  “What is even more extraordinary to us is that this is the second year in a row that a Magnet High School senior has been recognized as a Presidential Scholar.”

Candidates for the Presidential Scholar award qualify on the basis of college entrance exams, or through an arts competition conducted by the National Foundation for the Advancement of Arts.  The final selections recognize outstanding achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship and community service.

Mr. Vander Schaaf will receive his honors in Washington D.C. at the end of June, and the Freeholder Board presented him with a resolution marking his achievement last month.

Union County’s Vo-Tech schools are Magnet High School, the Academy for Allied Health, The Academy for Information Technology, the new Academy for the Performing Arts, and UC Tech, which offers a traditional curriculum updated for the contemporary job market.  For more information about Union County Vo-Tech Schools, visit www.ucvts.tec.nj.us/ucvts.