Saint Ursula Academy is proud to announce junior Emma Foster ’19 of Delhi was selected as a finalist for AJC Simon Lazarus, Jr., Human Relations Award. On Wednesday, April 10, at Rockdale Temple in Amberley Village, the American Jewish Committee (AJC Cincinnati) celebrated the 54th anniversary of the Lazarus Award at a ceremony in which local high school juniors and seniors were recognized for their volunteer accomplishments.
Emma was nominated by Saint Ursula’s Community Learning Service Department for her leadership in Saint Ursula Academy’s Social Justice Organization. This organization is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to learn more about social justice issues such as modern human trafficking, world poverty, gender inequality, fair trade and more. Emma has helped plan and lead efforts to raise money and awareness of these issues, and, due to her efforts, Saint Ursula has contributed over $3,500 to non-profits across the globe which focus on the global girl.
Emma also works in Saint Ursula’s Bulldog Boost coffee shop, promoting fairly-traded coffee and hot chocolate, and has traveled to Nicaragua to volunteer at a center which empowers women and supports families in the impoverished region of Managua.
Community Service Learning Department Director Rachel Kemper is proud of Emma and stated in her nomination, “Emma is a well-rounded student who does not need to be involved in everything. She listens to her heart, follows her passion and then fully commits. Service has become an opportunity for growth and connection for her. Emma has become an insightful leader who has expanded her awareness of others, looking beyond the first impression of each individual.”
Throughout the years, dozens of local public, private, and parochial high schools have nominated deserving students for this prestigious award. Each school making a nomination receives a book for its library, inscribed with the names of its nominees. Also at the Awards ceremony, all student nominees receive a certificate recognizing their achievements.