nicoleRed Bank Regional Class of 2008 grad Nicole Tortoriello (third from left) is pictured with students from the Social Justice class in RBR’s Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences, including Christopher Perl, Charles Travis, Aliyyah Godsey, and Michael Cola.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Recently, Red Bank Regional High School welcomed back one of its alumni, former Shrewsbury resident Nicole Tortoriello. A member of the Class of 2008, Nicole visited the Social Justice class in the Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences at the invitation of lead teacher Rose Powers, to share her experience of college and law school, and to discuss the evolution of her social justice career path.

“My core belief is that everyone should have a good, free, public education like I did at RBR,” stated Nicole, who recently completed her first year of law school at Columbia University, following employment at a non-profit advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. Nicole’s time at RBR saw her serve as class president for three years, participating in Mock Trial and on the swimming team. She also worked throughout high school and during her college years at Georgetown, from which she graduated in 2012.

“Whatever you are doing, work really hard,” explained the guest speaker — an attitude that should extend as well to unpaid internships, which have become more and more common in this employment environment.

“Do really good work, because people will respect you and help you find something else — like a paying job,” she continued, pointing out that she herself would soon be initiating a summer internship with the U.S. Department of Education back in Washington D.C.

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