HEAD OF THE CLASS
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.
Rachel O’Brien is Eastern’s Student of the Month for October.