NEWS: Law Junior Grant Wins Yale Bassett Award

Photo courtesy Rhea Grant)

By Maeve Rourke – Sports Editor

Jonathan Law’s Rhea Grant has been honored as one of the first recipients of the Yale Bassett Award for Community Engagement.

The award winners are “emerging leaders who have distinguished themselves through a record of creative leadership and public service, academic distinction, interdisciplinary problem solving, and experience addressing societal issues.”

Grant is among 20 high school juniors, out of 800 applicants, to receive the award. She applied by submitting information about her academics and extracurriculars, a letter of recommendation, and an essay.  

“I love engaging with the community because I feel like I’m making a difference and helping to make a positive impact,” Grant said.

Some of extracurriculars include playing soccer, being a key member of the tack team, the Interact Club, Key Club, and the National Honor Society. She is secretary of the junior class and treasurer of the Science Club.

“This is a well deserved honor for someone who has really taken a commitment to make the environment a better place,” Principal Mr. Thompson said. “We are very proud of hr and her  commitment to the environment because that is what Jonathan Law is all about.”

Rhea was also sworn in for her second term as a member of the Girl Scouts of the Connecticut board of directors. She is currently preparing to earn her Gold Award, one of the highest honors in scouting.

Rhea is also a inspiration to her friends.

“Rhea is example of what a true ambitious student is : a leader and one who gives back to her community,” junior Morgan Macey said. “She is an inspiration to me and always pushes me to be better.”

Grant’s essay and work in an internship involving environmental justice are some of the key reasons she was selected for the Bassett award.

“I wrote about my experiences working for my environmental education internship at Groundwork Bridgeport,” Grant said. “The main focus of my essay was how I planned to use what I had learned at the national youth summit about environmental justice to address issues such as environmental injustice.”

While working at Groundwork Bridgeport, Grant participated in several community engagement projects.

“Through working with my internship I’ve done tree planting, beach cleanup, planting gardens, environmental education programs for the public (teaching people about issues in Bridgeport), and I also worked with a landscape company on a waterfront restoration project in Bridgeport,” Grant said.

Next year, Grant plans on applying to Yale and continue to advocate for environmental justice.

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