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UP­PER MORE­LAND >> Rachel O’Brien is the Oc­to­ber 2018 Student of the Month at Eastern Cen­ter for Arts and Tech­nol­ogy in Wil­low Grove.

She is in Eastern’s com­mer­cial art pro­gram and a se­nior at Up­per More­land High School.

The Student of the Month Award is spon­sored by Eastern’s fac­ulty, Joint Com­mit­tee and the Wil­low Grove Ro­tary Club to highlight student ex­cel­lence, suc­cess and ser­vice. Ten stu­dents each year are se­lected for this honor.

O’Brien first learned about the pro­grams at Eastern through a pre­sen­ta­tion at her high school that in­cluded alumni tes­ti­mo­ni­als. In the video, Eastern com­mer­cial art alumna, Rachel Freed, who owns her own wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness dis­cussed how the pro­gram helped put her at the top of her class in col­lege and taught her the ba­sics of graphic de­sign, il­lus­tra­tion, pho­tog­ra­phy, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and cus­tomer ser­vice skills. O’Brien knew her fu­ture in­volved pho­tog­ra­phy, so she vis­ited the pro­gram. When O’Brien met the com­mer­cial art in­struc­tor, Nicole Mohrey, she was im­pressed by her knowl­edge and love of the com­mer­cial art field and felt as though this pro­gram was the right fit for her.

O’Brien was cho­sen by her in­struc­tor to at­tend the Ca­reer and Tech­ni­cal So­ci­ety Or­ga­ni­za­tion (CTSO) Fall Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence in Novem­ber 2017. At Eastern’s Awards Night in May 2018, O’Brien was rec­og­nized with the At­ten­dance and Straight A awards.

At Up­per More­land High School, O’Brien is a mem­ber of the Key Club and Drama Club Stage Crew.

“Rachel works ex­tremely hard and con­sis­tently im­presses me with her pro­fes­sion­al­ism,” Mohrey said. “I am proud of how far she has come over the past year, and I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing what her se­nior year brings. Her ta­lent and pos­i­tiv­ity will take her far in the com­mer­cial art field.”

After grad­u­a­tion from Up­per More­land High School and Eastern’s com­mer­cial art pro­gram, she plans to at­tend art col­lege. She is cur­rently look­ing at sev­eral pro­grams with pho­tog­ra­phy and graphic de­sign ma­jors.

Eastern is a pub­lic school serv­ing stu­dents in nine Eastern Mont­gomery County school dis­tricts: Abing­ton, Bryn Athyn, Chel­tenham, Hatboro-Hor­sham, Jenk­in­town, Lower More­land, Spring­field, Up­per Dublin and Up­per More­land.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — EASTERN

Rachel O’Brien is Eastern’s Student of the Month for Oc­to­ber.

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