Upper School Students Awarded for Community Service and Academic Excellence

Upper School Students Awarded for Community Service and Academic Excellence

At WT, the only thing more powerful than what students learn is why they learn it.

We're so proud of the following Upper School students who were recognized for their volunteer service, humanitarianism, and academic achievements.

Anna Nesbitt, Class of 2021, was honored for her exemplary volunteer community service with a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Anna was among the top 10 percent of all applicants in Pennsylvania for this program, and she also earned the President's Volunteer Service Award in recognition of the many hours she has dedicated to serving the community and country.

Alexandra Friedlander and Thatcher 'TJ' Montgomery, both Class of 2020, were recognized with 2019 Carson Scholar designations for their community work, humanitarianism, and academic achievements. Alexandra was one of the 505 students from across the country recognized as a 2019 Carson Scholar for which she will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. TJ was one of 878 students honored as a 2019 Recognized Carson Scholar. In addition to excelling in academics, Alexandra and TJ were recognized for their dedicated service to the community. They will be celebrated at a regional awards banquet in April.

As well as being a 2019 Carson Scholar, Alexandra's response to the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh's Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition additional essay prompt for this year's competition – "In the aftermath of the Tree of Life massacre – What do you see as the causes of hate crimes and antisemitism, and what would you do to stop these forms of hatred?" –earned the top prize in this category. Alexandra will be honored at the award ceremony in May.

Congratulations to all!

From left to right, Anna Nesbitt, Class of 2021, Alexandra Friedlander, Class of 2020, and TJ Montgomery, Class of 2020.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.

The Carson Scholars Fund awards $1,000 college scholarships to students in grades 4-11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities.

The Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition allows middle school and high school students in Allegheny County and in partner region Israel, Karmiel-Misgav to submit original art and compete for academic scholarships.