Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Parker Space and Senator Steve Oroho (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to extend opportunities to earn varsity letters to high school students who participate in competitive activities other than athletics is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.
Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and Asm. Parker Space to award varsity letters to students who participate in non-athletic competitions is now law. (Wikimedia Commons)
“It’s appropriate that kids who take part in extracurricular activities other than sports get a chance to earn a varsity letter,” said Assemblyman Space. “A varsity letter is a source of pride earned through tireless effort, fierce determination and unwavering commitment. These students compete just as passionately as any athlete, and they should receive recognition.”
The bill, S-2398, allows school districts to adopt policies allowing high school students who compete in any school-sponsored, interscholastic extracurricular activities to earn a varsity letter awarded by the district.
Oroho signed on as a co-sponsor of the bill after meeting with the robotics team from Newton High School. The team builds machines in order to learn more about science and engineering, and they represent the school in robotics competitions throughout the state.
“These students put a lot of hours into preparing for their competitions both at school and at home,” Senator Oroho said. “We’ve been rewarding students who show this kind of commitment on the court and the field, so it makes sense that students who represent their schools in academic competitions get the same honor.”
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