2014-02 - Topaz Leshin-Szewczok

Seventeen year old Topaz Leshin-Szewczok is the twelfth winner of the Metta Students Foundation Grant.

Teacher Stephen Levesque nominated Leshin-Szewczok saying, “She is involved in a wide variety of volunteer activities including: B'Nai Brith Youth Organization, free private academic tutoring, volunteering at Temple Sinai, the AIDS Walk in Providence, Operation Smile to raise money for surgery for children born with clef pallets, and Safety Town where she teaches first-grade students how to safely cross streets.

Leshin-Szewczok is also President of her school's chapter of the Gay Straight Alliance, secretary for LeOlum Mazkirah as part of B'Nai Brith, and is Vice-President of the Chapter Project for the National Honor Society.”

It is important to give back to your community because that is what shows your character,” says Leshin-Szewczok. “By showing that you are willing to give up your time for your community, without any visible award, you are proving that you are worthy of what your community has to give to you. Winning this grant means that I am successfully living up to being the person that I want to be. Kindness is free to give away and doing so comes with priceless rewards.”