Pat­ap­sco High stu­dent earns na­tional recog­ni­tion

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY PEOPLE THE -

Yara Daraiseh, a Grade 11 stu­dent at Pat­ap­sco High School and Cen­ter for the Arts, has been named one of only 100 LEDA Lead Schol­ars.

Lead­er­ship En­ter­prise for a Di­verse Amer­ica (LEDA) re­cruits high-achiev­ing stu­dents with lead­er­ship po­ten­tial from across the na­tion and pro­vides them with ad­di­tional sup­ports to en­able them to en­ter and suc­ceed at highly com­pet­i­tive col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties. The pro­gram gen­er­ally re­ceives 1,250 ap­pli­ca­tions each year. The pro­gram tar­gets stu­dents with cer­tain char­ac­ter­is­tics, seek­ing a racially di­verse group, most of whom will be first-gen­er­a­tion col­lege stu­dents with so­cioe­co­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds.

As a LEDA Lead Scholar, Daraiseh will par­tic­i­pate free of charge this sum­mer in an in­ten­sive seven-week As­pects of Lead­er­ship Sum­mer In­sti­tute on the cam­pus of Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity. Sum­mer In­sti­tute course­work cov­ers lead­er­ship train­ing, aca­demic writ­ing in­struc­tion, stan­dard­ized test prepa­ra­tion, col­lege guid­ance, and com­mu­nity build­ing. After the Sum­mer In­sti­tute, Daraiseh and the other LEDA Lead Schol­ars re­ceive com­pre­hen­sive col­lege guid­ance, and on­go­ing sup­port dur­ing their col­lege years from a Col­lege Suc­cess team.

Daraiseh, who lives in Dun­dalk, is in­volved in her school’s steer­ing com­mit­tee, Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety, and Na­tional English Honor So­ci­ety, where she is pres­i­dent. She also has been in­volved with Pat­ap­sco’s mock trial team, de­bate team, and a va­ri­ety of athletics teams. She has worked with lo­cal elected of­fi­cials to lobby for the estab­lish­ment of the school’s Java Shop and has vol­un­teered to pro­vide Thanks­giv­ing din­ners and hol­i­day gifts to fam­i­lies in need and the el­derly. She was one of two fi­nal­ists to serve as the 2018-2019 stu­dent mem­ber of the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion of Bal­ti­more County.


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