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Alexander Chen is Student of the Month for May at SCVTHS

Alexander Chen


Alexander Chen, a sophomore in the Academy for Health & Medical Sciences, has been selected as Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School’s Student of the Month for May 2019. Alexander is the son of Irene Jao and Eric Chen of Warren.

SCVTHS Social Studies Instructor Dr. Tokarsky-Unda nominated Alexander for the Student of the Month award because, “Alex is polite, observant, mature, courteous, and exhibits a love of learning. He’s diligent and highly self-motivated, setting goals for himself and managing his time in order to meet them. In short, he’s remarkably hard-working and self-driven. What impresses me most about him is that he cares deeply about the way in which his actions and words affect others, and has exhibited a genuine concern about other people. Not surprisingly, he is pursuing a career in medicine so that he can help others.”

At SCVTHS, Alexander is a member of the Principal’s Honor Roll and has been a National Spanish Exam Gold Medalist for the past two years.

Outside of school, Alexander is a seven-year member of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, volunteers at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the YMCA, is a member of the Science Bowl and Science Olympiad teams, the president of Music for More Club and a member of the Watchung Hills Varsity Ultimate Frisbee team. Alex was also a member for a club Ultimate Frisbee team that represented the northeastern region of the United States by competing at the 2018 National Youth Club Championship. Recently, Alexander was accepted into the Regional and New Jersey All-State Orchestra.

In his free time, Alexander enjoys reading non-fiction books and watching science videos. When asked about his future, Alexander explained he is “passionate about scientific research” and hopes to “engage in cutting-edge research, specifically genetics, to ultimately become an entrepreneur in the field of biomedical sciences.”

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