Isabelle Tersio’s Story (as of April 2016)
Originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Isabelle (Izzy) moved with her family to the United States when she was 3 years old She was enrolled at Florence Fuller Child Development Centers (FFCDC) as a preschooler where she spent two years learning English and preparing for kindergarten.
Izzy entered Boca Elementary and by first grade was tested and deemed gifted. In the FFCDC afterschool program, she participated in karate, ballet, girl scouts and also developed a love of basketball. In 4th grade, she became “principal for a day” as a reward for her perfect 6 on FCAT Writes, and in 5th grade she served as captain of the safety patrols.
Moving on to Boca Raton Middle School, she was a member of the Pre-Med Academy, and the Math Academy. Being a member of these academies cemented Izzy’s love for math and science and her dream of becoming a doctor. Her achievements also allowed her to take five high school honors classes while still in middle school. As a member of the school and jazz bands, Izzy was named first chair oboe for all three years and played the saxophone as a second instrument. Additionally, her love for basketball was represented as a leader in both her school team and travel team. During her “spare” time, in eighth grade, Izzy won county districts in track.
Recently, Izzy’s dream of becoming pediatric surgeon became possible with a $250,000 award from the Leonore Annenberg College Scholarship Fund. Nominated for the scholarship by the Council for Educational Change, Izzy was one of ten students nationwide recognized for her exemplary academic performance, remarkable leadership skills and commitment to her community.