By Paul Smith
Loudoun Times-Mirror, November 17, 2009
Two high school students won awards for their interfaith work during the Day of Thanks celebration Nov. 8 at Ida Lee Recreation Center in Leesburg. Nearly 200 attended the event, hosted by Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES. It was the first such event in Loudoun for interfaith leaders and community members.
Ezza Anees, a senior at Broad Run High School, and Celia Lechtman, a junior at Stone Bridge High School, won Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES Youth Awards. Each received a cash award of $750 to be used toward their college education or to support their future interfaith initiatives.
Ezza received the award for participating in several multicultural forums and events, and for organizing a Muslim Student Association at Broad Run to foster interfaith dialogue among students and faculty. Celia was recognized for having sung at and participated in interfaith activities, and for her vision to produce a CD featuring the melodies and songs of various faith traditions.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2009
Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES is proud to announce that it is accepting applications for the Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES Community Youth Award. This is the first year that student residents of Loudoun County, grades 9-12, are urged to apply for one of two grants awarded on the basis of their leadership in the area of interfaith activities. One grant of $1000 and another of $500 will be presented at the Interfaith Day of Thanks on Sunday, November 8, 2009 at the Ida Lee Recreation Center in Leesburg Virginia.
The awards will be based on completion and submission of an application which describes the student’s involvement in a community service activity that fosters interfaith or multicultural understanding. Applications must include letters of recommendation and other documentation which supports their involvement.
Applications can be obtained from the BRIDGES website, loudouninterfaithbridges.org. They must be submitted by October 25 after which they will be reviewed by a selection committee of BRIDGES members. Loudoun County students are encouraged to celebrate the cultural and religious diversity in our county and be recognized accordingly. Contact email@example.com with questions.