79 seniors also received a distinguished honor for their projects.
These are the topics of focus for our finalists.
Manasa Akella - Personal Improvement NSLI-Y Taiwan Language Immersion Program Participated in a Chinese language immersion program in Taiwan for seven weeks through the National Securities Language Initiative for Youth and researched the topic of linguistics. Ariel Yardeni, Advisor
Drew Fischer - Internship - OSU LiFE Sports Completed an internship at The Ohio State University as a camp counselor and played nine different sports with underprivileged children in June and July. Dawn Anderson, Advisor
Zaina Kret - Finding Humanity in the Syrian Civil War Completed a 120-hour internship with the DAAM Organization helping amputees who lost limbs in the war and served on Saint Ephrem Patriarchal Committee distributing supplies to refugees. Essa Fares and Fatat Jadid, Advisors
Hannah Lewis - Nellie's Champions for Kids (NC4K) Completed and internship at NC4K, an organization for kids with cancer, and learned how to plan fundraisers that are effective and entertaining; used this knowledge to plan the Eagles Tackle Cancer football game fundraiser at New Albany High School. Mandy Powell, Advisor
Sophia Orsinelli - Service: My Passion Completed service trips, Gospel Road and Blest Week Ever; participated in construction and other volunteer work in Vinton County and downtown Columbus; organized a donation drive that collected 7,448 personal care items for the Joint Organization for inner-city needs. Katy Wyatt, Advisor