On Saturday, September 6, Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, hosted its second annual event at for NSHSS members, parents, and educators. The 400 attendees began the day with the NSHSS College Fair, receiving invaluable information from educational institutions and organizations such as AFS-USA Intercultural Programs, FairleighDickinsonUniversity, Semester at Sea, University of Queensland, and the U.S. Department of State. NSHSS scholars and parents had the option of attending a special workshop sponsored by NSHSS partner the Central Intelligence Agency, providing information about internships, scholarships, and career opportunities with the agency, or attending a FDU College Search Workshop, which provides information and tips about the college search process, financial aid, and college interviews.
During the member recognition program, the audience was welcomed by Andrew Ippolito, FDU Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Marketing, and Dr. Joseph J. Kiernan, Senior Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness. NSHSS member and published writer, Shyloh Boursiquot provided insight on translating his experiences into artistic expression.
Following a presentation by Admissions Counselor Kodi Milde on various educational opportunities offered by FDU, NSHSS Vice President Beth Pann recognized the student-nominated NSHSS Educators of Distinction, and Dr. Susan Thurman, NSHSS Scholarship Director, and Mr. Nobel, NSHSS Cofounder, presented scholarship recipient Kylie Lan Tumiatti with a $5,000 Claes Nobel Academic Scholarship. Kylie Lan spoke to the audience about her continuous growth through her ideals of diversity and acceptance and encouraged the group to take advantage of all the opportunities they can. Kylie Lan, a freshman at Seton Hall University, has recently joined the NSHSS college student council and also spoke about her participation in the 2013 Nobel Week activities in Sweden sponsored by Stockholm University for NSHSS members.
Serving as the keynote speaker, Mr. Nobel motivated and challenged each scholar in attendance to seek excellence in character, academics, and efforts for environmental sustainability. Mr. Nobel is confident that the scholars who gathered at FDU are the next generation of leaders who will make wise decisions to promote education, inclusion, and environmentalism throughout the world.