Release Date: 5/15/2018
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Patapsco High student named one of 100 national LEDA Lead Scholars

Yara Daraiseh
TOWSON – Yara Daraiseh, a Grade 11 student at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, has been named one of only 100 LEDA Lead Scholars.

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) recruits high-achieving students with leadership potential from across the nation and provides them with additional supports to enable them to enter and succeed at highly competitive colleges and universities. The program generally receives 1,250 applications each year. The program targets students with certain characteristics, seeking a racially diverse group, most of whom will be first-generation college students with socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

As a LEDA Lead Scholar, Daraiseh will participate free of charge this summer in an intensive seven-week Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute on the campus of Princeton University. Summer Institute coursework covers leadership training, academic writing instruction, standardized test preparation, college guidance, and community building. After the Summer Institute, Daraiseh and the other LEDA Lead Scholars receive comprehensive college guidance, and ongoing support during their college years from a College Success team.

The college acceptance statistics for the program are impressive – 70% of last year’s cohort were accepted to Ivy League schools, and 97% were accepted into a school described as “most competitive." A recent Washington Post article described the program’s success.

Daraiseh, who lives in Dundalk, is involved in her school’s steering committee, National Honor Society, and National English Honor Society, where she is president. She also has been involved with Patapsco’s mock trial team, debate team, and a variety of athletics teams. She has worked with local elected officials to lobby for the establishment of the school’s Java Shop and has volunteered to provide Thanksgiving dinners and holiday gifts to families in need and the elderly. She was one of two finalists to serve as the 2018-2019 student member of the Board of Education of Baltimore County.

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