isabelle-tersio_cc-fc.jpgBOCA RATON — Isabelle Tersio, an 11th-grade student at Boca Raton Community High School in Boca Raton, is one of ten high school students across the nation to receive the Annenberg Scholarship.

The Leonore Annenberg Scholarship, Fellowship and School Funds announced the 2013 recipients of $3.9 million in grants at an event at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, April 17.

The funds provide early career support for five performing and visual artists of exceptional promise, technology and other educational resources for 10 underserved public elementary schools, and the entire cost of college for the high school students who have faced serious challenges and continued to excel.

Tersio has passed six Advanced Placement exams and is currently enrolled in seven AP courses. She is a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Math Honor Society and the Science Olympiad Team. She would like to become a pediatric surgeon and build a hospital in Haiti, where she was born, as a participant in the organization Doctors Without Borders.

“All who know Isabelle know that she is one in a million. It is great that the Annenberg scholarship judges recognized Isabelle’s star quality,” said Boca High Principal Geoff Mckee.

“I was privileged to work with Isabelle on this scholarship and thrilled when she won it, said Helene Kessler, the college and career advisor at Boca High. “She is an amazing young lady with her heart always in the right place. Not only is she an excellent student who challenges herself with rigorous coursework, but she is also a kind and caring person who hopes to make a difference in the world. I am completely confident that she will be able to achieve this.”

Assistant Principal Ellen Birkman said Tersio “is an extraordinarily talented young lady with a positive outlook and a mature attitude. She is truly a reflection of superb parenting and I love her parents. She is a credit to our school community. It was exciting because the staff and the student body were thrilled for her. She is honest and straight forward, determined and independent, fun loving and considerate. What a joy it was to have her as a student.”

The high school juniors will receive full tuition, room and board, a living expense stipend, and a book allowance. Now in its sixth year, the Leonore Annenberg Scholarship and School Funds is a three-part, 10-year philanthropic initiative that has awarded $12.2 million in grants. The Funds are a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

For more information contact Geoff Mckee at 561-338-1402, email or visit