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      Widener and NBC10 Recognize a Record Number of High School Leadership Award Recipients

      High School Leadership Awards

      Dr. Julie E. Wollman and NBC10 anchor Tracy Davidson join the region's best and brightest for the High School Leadership Awards breakfast.

      The 2017 High School Leadership Awards made history with the largest group of honorees in the event’s six years running. The program recognized 174 students from high schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware who demonstrated courage and leadership within their communities.

      The students were honored at a breakfast in the National Constitution Center on March 23. WCAU-TV NBC10 anchor Tracy Davidson was the event emcee. From the podium, she predicted the crowd contained future teachers, inventors, doctors, lawyers and “maybe even a few news anchors.” The station partners with Widener on the awards program.

      “In a world with so many distractions you have proven to be a guiding force for us finding a better place,” Davidson told the students. “As I look around this room I am elated to know you are the future.”

      In addition to the breakfast, high school winners will be invited to a leadership conference presented through the Oskin Leadership Institute in the fall. They will also receive $20,000 scholarships over four years, should they enroll at Widener for undergraduate studies.

      Widener President Dr. Julie E. Wollman told the students that they affirm Widener’s mission, noting each of them embodies the university’s values of academic excellence, character and leadership.

      “Your dedication to your schools and communities deserves to be celebrated,” Wollman said

      Students were selected for their abilities to stand up for what is right, address a wrong and make a difference in their communities or schools. Among the winners, the awards recognized students who:

      • Volunteered with organizations that feed the hungry, raise money for cancer research and children with special needs, and take a stance against bullying.
      • Travelled to Costa Rica, Thailand and Mexico to help those less fortunate.
      • Started initiatives to advocate for civil rights and raise awareness of domestic and global issues.

      Visit the High School Leadership Awards page for more information. Want an inside look at the fun had at this year's awards banquet? View the 2017 HSLA Breakfast Flickr gallery!


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