Pope High School junior Tessa Stanton, 17, is one of two high-schoolers in the nation awarded Hadassah Leaders of Tomorrow Award scholarships for Young Judaea’s Teen Summer Program in Israel this year.
The highly selective, merit-based competition, now in its fourth year, covers full tuition for four weeks in the Israel program. Shira Subar, 17, of Studio City, Calif., is the other winner. Noa Pitkowsky, 16, from New York receives $1,000 toward expenses in the Machon program in Israel as the runner-up.
Tessa, an East Cobb resident, has been involved with BBYO since 2014, belongs to the Jewish Club, the Interact Club and the National Honor Society, and during her freshman year captained a club soccer team, according to the announcement from Hadassah. She has volunteered at the Atlanta Community Food Bank for several years and provides care for children in an elementary school’s after-school program.
Last summer Tessa completed an internship at the tech startup Cloudtags.
“We are proud to provide opportunities for leadership and personal growth for women of all ages,” Hadassah President Ellen Hershkin said. “We congratulate these three exceptional young women for their achievements, especially their passion for Israel and the Jewish people.”
Hadassah’s national chair for Young Judaea, Barbara Spack, added: “We know that Shira Subar and Tessa Stanton, along with runner-up Noa Pitkowsky, will continue to demonstrate their exceptional leadership skills as well as their noteworthy academic achievements as they grow to lead Hadassah groups in the future.”