Women of Tomorrow Leadership Award Announced

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The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), an international honor society dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment, announces today the recipients of the 2016 Claes Nobel Women of Tomorrow Leadership Awards.

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), an international honor society dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment, announces today the recipients of the 2016 Claes Nobel Women of Tomorrow Leadership Awards. This scholarship was established to encourage and empower young women to assume future leadership roles in their colleges and universities, their careers and communities and to become mentors for the young women following in their footsteps. Five $1,000 scholarships are awarded to outstanding NSHSS female high school seniors with a 3.5 minimum GPA who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in their schools and communities.

The winners of the 2016 NSHSS Claes Nobel Women of Tomorrow Leadership Awards are:

Mackenzie Berry
Dupont Manual High School, Louisville, Kentucky
Berry is the founder and director of a nonprofit organization, Young Poets of Louisville, which aims “to provide a safe space for young people ages 13 to19 years to develop themselves through the written and spoken expression of poetry.” She is a blogger and member of the Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council, a member of the National Spanish Honor Society, and Beta Club. She also placed 2nd in the poetry category of the 2015 NSHSS Literary Competition.

Elizabeth Harvey
The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, Georgia
A student leader, Harvey believes in advocating for the voiceless. She has implemented two educational programs for the Mary Hall Freedom House daycare center. Harvey is a board member of Active Minds, and she has worked to increase mental health awareness in her school and community. Harvey is also the creator of the Power of the Pencil Project (POPP), an organization established to “enhance the education of at-risk children.”

Stephanie Luna-Lopez
Atwater High School, Atwater, California
While attending the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Youth Leadership Institute and the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, Luna-Lopez met the founder and chief executive officer of the Ivy League Project. Excited to share her newfound knowledge of the college admissions process, Luna-Lopez created the Visionary Leadership Conference. Students attending Luna-Lopez’s first annual conference heard from university alumni, scholarship recipients, and university representatives.

Meilani Meleisea
San Diego High School of International Studies, San Diego, California
As a freshman, Meleisea worked tirelessly to bring back the school choir, Re[choir]ed, at San Diego High School. More than 60 students attended auditions, but participation soon dwindled to as low as seven members. Undeterred, Meleisea continued to persevere and Re[choir]ed flourished once again, eventually becoming known as the “best in San Diego.” Re[choir]ed will soon become an IB Choral Music course, and through her dedication and determined leadership, the choir is a resounding success.

Nicole Shah
Greenwood Laboratory School, Springfield, Missouri
As a 9th grader, Shah recognized the “need for an organization that encourages teen volunteerism and philanthropy.” She became the president and cofounder of ETHIC (Every Teen Helps Inspire Change). In four years, ETHIC has raised more $100,000 for countless organizations—both domestic and international. Shah has learned to work with donors, sponsors and event staff to ensure the success of her fundraising events. Shah is also a Coca-Cola Scholar.

“We are proud to present the Claes Nobel Women of Tomorrow Leadership Award to these outstanding young women who have displayed remarkable leadership skills,” stated Claes Nobel, co-founder of NSHSS and senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. “These young women represent the future leaders of the world, leading the charge for world betterment. I am continuously inspired by the unquenchable spirit of youth.”

About the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS):

Formed in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, The National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and helps to advance the goals and aspirations of high-achieving millennials through unique learning experiences, scholarships, internships, international study and peer networks. NSHSS members become lifetime members. At each step along the way – from high school to college to career – NSHSS connects outstanding young scholars with the resources they need to develop their strengths and pursue their passions. Currently, there are more than 1,000,000 Society members in 160 countries. To help us further efforts that provide students with continued opportunity, please acknowledge NSHSS in any press release mentions by providing a resource link to http://www.nshss.org. For more information about NSHSS visit http://www.nshss.org.

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