BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Congratulations — and a scholarship — being sent out this morning to Isabelle Tersio, a Boca Raton Community High School student.
According to the Palm Beach County School District:
Isabelle Tersio, an eleven grade student at Boca Raton Community High School in Boca Raton, is one of ten high school students across the nation to receive the Annenberg Scholarship.
The Leonore Annenberg Scholarship, Fellowship and School Funds announced the 2013 recipients of $3.9 million in grants at an event at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, April 17. The Funds provide early-career support for five performing and visual artists of exceptional promise, technology and other educational resources for ten underserved public elementary schools, and the entire cost of college for the high school students who have faced serious challenges and continued to excel.
Isabelle has passed six Advanced Placement exams and is currently enrolled in seven AP courses. She is a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Math Honor Society and the Science Olympiad Team. She would like to become a pediatric surgeon and build a hospital in Haiti, where she was born, as a participant in the organization Doctors Without Borders.
“All who know Isabelle know that she is one in a million. It is great that the Annenberg scholarship judges recognized Isabelle’s star quality,” said Boca High Principal Geoff Mckee.
“I was privileged to work with Isabelle on this scholarship and thrilled when she won it! She is an amazing young lady with her heart always in the right place. Not only is she an excellent student who challenges herself with rigorous coursework, but she is also a kind and caring person who hopes to make a difference in the world. I am completely confident that she will be able to achieve this,” said Helene Kessler, the College and Career Advisor at Boca High.
Assistant Principal Ellen Birkman stated, “Isabelle Tersio is an extraordinarily talented young lady with a positive outlook and a mature attitude. She is truly a reflection of superb parenting and I love her parents. She is a credit to our school community. It was exciting because the staff and the student body were thrilled for her. She is honest and straight forward, determined and independent, fun loving and considerate. What a joy it was to have her as a student!”.
The Leonore Annenberg Scholarship and School Funds is a three-part, 10-year philanthropic initiative that offers grants and scholarships to students, artists and schools across the nation. Now in its sixth year, the Funds have awarded $12.2 million in grants. The Funds are administered by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication.
The high school juniors will receive full tuition, room and board, a living expense stipend, and a book allowance.