The National Society of High School Scholars To Present Workshop At The 2016 Summer Youth Assembly At The United Nations Headquarters

Date: Monday, August 8, 2016

ATLANTA – August 8, 2016 – The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), an international honor society dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment, announced today that five of its lifetime members will present a panel discussion titled “Learn. Lead. Change the World. Transforming Vision into Action,” on Thursday, August 11, 2016 during the Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.  

The Youth Assembly is the largest and longest-running youth conference at the United Nations.  It is a unique platform that fosters dialogue and generates partnerships between exceptional youth, United Nations high officials and staff, the private sector and civil society.

Claes Nobel established The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) with James W. Lewis as an international honors organization to connect scholars with enriching experiences, scholarships and resources to advance their academics, personal growth and career interests.  Nobel said, “World betterment and the Nobel family have been synonymous for 115 years. My great-grand uncle, Dr. Alfred Nobel, started this mission by establishing The Nobel Peace Prize.  While it is an honor and a privilege to recognize the greatest scientists, poets, statesmen and philosophers among us, there is a special place in my heart for encouraging and recognizing the youth of the world.” 

During the workshop, NSHSS Vice President Beth Pann will moderate a discussion about the ways in which young leaders are impacting The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Active in education, health, social justice, peace, environmental, economic and poverty issues, NSHSS scholars significantly contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. In this session, attendees of the Youth Assembly will meet NSHSS members who are enthusiastically transforming their vision for a better world into reality. 

Panel members include:

Rose Carolyn Arbittier
York, Pennsylvania
Princeton University, Class of 2020

Founder of Rosie’s Class, a student-run, extracurricular organization that gets disabled students integrated in the school system and progresses their socialization.

Christian Boujaoude
Eatontown, New Jersey
Columbia University, Class of 2020

Founder of a non-profit service organization to combat the evils of human trafficking called “R U Aware.”

Katlyn Grasso
Hamburg, New York
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2015

Founder and CEO, GenHERation, an interactive media company for aspirational young women that provides high school and college students with access to career exploration, female executives, skill-building activities, and scholarships through its digital platform and national events.

Virginia Leach
Baltimore City, Maryland
Drew University, Class of 2020

Impacting homelessness, public health and education through service with the Public Health Civic Service Fellows and the Middle Grades Partnership to improve education for girls in Baltimore City, Maryland.

Anna Catherine Lubitz, B.S., MBA, MPH
Stony Brook University, Class of 2016

An aspiring pediatric dentist, Lubitz currently works as a graduate assistant for the School of Health, Technology, and Management in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at the Health Sciences Center and clinical research at the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine.

About the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS):

Formed in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, The National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and helps to advance the goals and aspirations of high-achieving millennials through unique learning experiences, scholarships, internships, international study and peer networks. NSHSS members become lifetime members. At each step along the way – from high school to college to career – NSHSS connects outstanding young scholars with the resources they need to develop their strengths and pursue their passions. Currently, there are more than 1,000,000 Society members in 160 countries. To help us further efforts that provide students with continued opportunity, please acknowledge NSHSS in any press release mentions by providing a resource link to For more information about NSHSS visit

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