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Webb senior receives achievement award


Webb School of Knoxville senior Anjali Bisaria received a United Nations Youth Assembly Youth Achievement Award by the Friendship Ambassadors Found-ation, Inc., an award given to high school students who are making outstanding contributions in the area of humanitarian service.

Anjali was one of nine recipients from across the globe to receive a Youth Assembly Award for Excellence, which honors top outstanding students who have performed exceptional service to the global community through their leadership and innovation.

Anjali helped spearhead Webb’s Upper School “Unite for Uganda” evening program, this past spring, which was open to the Knoxville community and featured guest speakers, films and informational booths about the plight of the people, especially the children, of Northern Uganda. The program raised approximately $4,000, which was donated to organizations working in Northern Uganda.

She also designed T-shirts for the event and solicited donations of gift cards from local businesses for a raffle.

Webb Upper School service learning director, Kirk LaFon, said, “Anjali’s dedication and effort made the local community not only aware of a tragic situation rarely covered by the news media, but she also helped provide the means to do something about it.”

Anjali is also very active in Webb’s PeaceJam club, an international organization that provides youth the opportunity to meet and learn from Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.

In preparing to attend the annual regional conferences, students in the club meet regularly to discuss issues of peace and justice, study the lives and thoughts of the laureate with whom they will meet, and organize service projects. In addition, Anjali, a member of Webb’s Cum Laude Society, Webb’s Spartan Spirit Pep Band, and a member of last year’s Lady Spartan Division II cross-country state championship team, is very involved with the Girl Scouts of the USA, and has dedicated her time and efforts to other community service projects, including Webb’s third school-sponsored Habitat for Humanity House.

The Friendship Ambassadors Foundation is a non-for-profit organization affiliated with the United Nations that promotes reconciliation, healing and peace through cultural exchange.

 

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