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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2010


    November 11, 2010

    PAA Graduate Continues Her Quest for Academic Excellence
    Submitted by Robin DeRosa, PAA Guidance Counselor, edited by Jean Sullivan
    November 11, 2010

    Caption:Brittany Santos with her “Andrew J. Rider Scholar” certificate
    Caption:Brittany Santos with her “Andrew J. Rider Scholar” certificate


    OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY-Brittany Santos of Toms River, a 2008 graduate of the Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s Performing Arts Academy (PAA), was honored recently at the Rider University Founder’s Day ceremony. Brittany, a junior in the musical theater program at the Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University was one of only eight students recognized for her outstanding academic performance, placing in the top one percent of the student body. She has been chosen for this honor for the second consecutive year.

    While at the Performing Arts Academy Brittany excelled academically and graduated third in her class. In regards to her high school experience she has said, “The small academic class size was a very important factor for me. I got used to asking for help when I needed it, which is exactly what I am encouraged to do as a college student. The overall community at PAA is probably what I enjoyed the most. Among students and teachers there is room for creativity, self-expression, and fun.”

    It should also be mentioned that Brittany Santos was the recipient of the nationally renowned Gates Millennium Scholarship as a high school senior at the Performing Arts Academy. This highly selective and extremely competitive award given to only 1000 students nationwide annually provides for the full cost of tuition, room, board and expenses for a Bachelor’s degree in any field, as well as a Master’s and Doctorate in specified fields as long as the student maintains at least a 3.5 GPA.

    The OCVTS Performing Arts Academy (PAA) is a four-year public high school, administered by the Ocean County Vocational Technical School District. The school, which opened its doors in September 2001, is designed to provide performing arts curricula focused in dance, vocal music and acting along with a rigorous college preparatory academic program. The academy offers a unique, nurturing and challenging learning experience for students, living in Ocean County, who are gifted in the performing arts. For more information go to www.ocvts.org.

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