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May 13, 2021

RBR Student Carter Costic Selected to New Jersey Scholars Program

By: Les Pierce

Red Bank Regional High School student Carter Costic was recently notified that he has been selected to participate in the prestigious New Jersey Scholars Program (NJSP).  The RBR junior is one of just 39 students chosen statewide.

The 39 students will attend a tuition-free five-week program for rising seniors. It is hosted by the Lawrenceville School and is scheduled to be held from Sunday, June 27 to Friday, July 30.  

Costic applied to the NJSP in January. The application required inclusion of four short essays of no more than 250 words each that embodied this year’s program theme, “Mind and Body: The Future of Being Human” as well as the applicant’s personal values and motivation. A sample of a previously written research paper was also required; Carter included his dissertation on the Peloponnesian War. A transcript and two letters of recommendation were also submitted with the application.

Semifinalists were notified at the end of February that they were to participate in Zoom interviews as the final qualifying round. The interviews were conducted mid-March. In the first week of April, Carter was notified that he was accepted into the program.   

The mission of the NJSP as stated on its website is “to reach out to able and enthusiastic students who come from a broad cross-section of the state’s population. The program creates an intense, interdisciplinary intellectual experience that will change students’ lives by teaching them to think in a new way — relating disciplines instead of dividing them. Scholars participate in lectures and small-group seminars where they actively engage with the disciplines. They also have extensive reading assignments, and pursue research at world-class libraries and museums. They write essays and work closely with a faculty member to produce a 10- to 15-page interdisciplinary research paper. They are also stretched as they hone their creative talents in art, music, writing, drama and public speaking by contributing to an Arts Festival that is thematically related to the program topic.”

RBR teacher Jeremiah Milonas said, “Carter is a tremendous talent and continues to impress through his hard work and determination. I am very proud of Carter and can’t wait to see what product him and his team will produce because I know it will be amazing.”  

This has certainly been an exciting year for Carter. Just months ago, he was named a national winner of the Future Business Leaders of America’s annual academic competition.