Notre Dame Academy seniors, Sara Scazzero and Leen Yassine were selected as Youth of the Month by the West Toledo Exchange Club. The Exchange Club is a service organization that works to prevent child abuse and to help and honor youth. This club recognizes that young people of our nation represent America’s greatest treasure. The West Toledo Exchange Club honors six students to be recognized as Youth of the Month. These students are chosen based on academics, school, and community involvement. Both attended a lunch meeting where they spoke about their academic achievements, organizations in which they participate, community service, school leadership roles, and academic and personal plans for the future.
Sara is an AP and Honors student who has achieved First Honors her entire high school career. She plans on attending Moody Bible Institute in Chicago in the fall to double major in Bible and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). Hoping to travel overseas as a missionary/minister/teacher.
At NDA, Sara is a Link Crew leader, an officer in the Asian Club and the Women of Wisdom Club. She is a member of the St. Cecilia’s Club. Sara is deeply involved in campus ministry and has traveled to Appalachia Mission team to help those in need. She also has participated in the “March for Life” in Washington, D.C. As an accomplished pianist, she was selected play in OMTA concerts, and has participated in OMEA where she received a superior ratings. She also plays the clarinet in the NDA Orchestra.
She is involved in her church serving in the Children’s Ministry and as a youth group leader. Along with her studies and other activities she works in the summer at Bedford Hills Mini-Golf.
Leen is a full International Baccalaureate Diploma student. She also took multiple AP courses and is hoping to attend Loyola University in Chicago in the fall. Leen is considering a double major in Journalism and English and a minor in French.
“Receiving this honor was completely unexpected, I am so grateful,” she said. “I have always tried to challenge myself, both inside the classroom and out. Whether it comes to my academic studies or organizing the charitable fundraiser called, “Rowing for Refugees” receiving this honor is heartwarming.”
At NDA, Leen is involved in Rowing Team, Speech & Debate Team (state-finalist in Lincoln Douglas debate), Building Bridges Club, French Club, Film Studies Club and is an NDA Ambassador. Congratulations to both of these amazing young ladies!