High School Seniors Nominated for National Award

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School student Lani Roskes and Pikesville High School student Jesse Fidel will find out in just a few weeks whether either will be one of up to just 141 high school seniors nationwide invited to Washington, D.C., to receive one the nation’s most prestigious awards given to high school students.

Their selection as candidates for the Presidential Scholars Program ranks them among the top 3,000 high school seniors in the United States, but the wait to see whether or not she will walk away with the award is not nearly as nerve-racking as applying to college, shared Roskes.

In January, Roskes was notified of her candidacy. Last month, she submitted test scores, essays and a list of activities. Now, she waits to see if she is selected.

“It’s not as big a deal, but it’s very exciting,” she said, comparing it with the wait to hear back about her college application.

In the fall, Roskes will begin studies at Johns Hopkins University, where she was admitted by early decision. She is leaning toward a major in biochemistry.

Roskes transferred to BT as a sophomore after attending Yeshivat Rambam. She is captain of the varsity tennis and varsity softball teams at BT, in addition to being involved in the arts, including ceramics, which she teaches.

The 17-year-old also volunteers at BT as national co-director of America Eats for Israel, a program that asks restaurants to donate 10 percent of their profits one day a year.

Last year, the program raised more than $10,000 nationwide, all of which was donated to Meir Panim to help Israelis in need.

Roskes said she has no trouble balancing her busy schedule.

“I kind of like doing a little bit of everything,” she said.


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