The Spirit of Anne Frank Awards

The Ms. and Mr. Edmond Farber
2008 Outstanding Student Award

Natasha PollardNASTASHA POLLARD is a graduating senior at North Rockland High School in Thiells, New York. She is a member of the varsity volleyball team, an accomplished violinist, and a member of the National Honor Societies for Social Studies, Science, Math and Foreign Languages.

She has been a member of the Spring Valley Branch of the NAACP Youth Council and has served as President since 2007, promoting the ideals and carrying out the the NAACP’s mission to assist the socio-economically disenfranchised, and the educationally and financially deprived. She served as an Ambassador for the Rockland County Education Summit and through the Youth Council was instrumental in the drafting of a document about the children’s health insurance program, which was sent to the U.S. Congress. She is also vice-president of her school’s Key Club, which is the largest student-run community service organization in the world. She has participated in many of the club’s events, including the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, planning activities for local Girl Scouts, and collecting and distributing gifts for underprivileged children. Reaching out to under-served community members led Nastasha to establish the 4H Rockland Mohawk Club, with the mission of getting more girls interested in science. She recruited 9 girls ages 8 to 12 and taught 5-week, 90-minute classes covering topics such as genetic counseling, flower engineering, teen obesity and nutrition. The girls studied African plants and medicines, genetic mutations, and how junk food leads to obesity. The hands-on experiments left the girls wanting to learn more about science. In addition, exposing the girls to female scientists provided them with role models for their own futures in the sciences. Establishing a 4H club has shown Nastasha that she can make a difference in the world by empowering others with knowledge.



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