Pascack Valley High School student wins 11th annual NJCTS Children’s Scholarship award

The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) is proud to announce Melissa F. Chayt as a recipient of the 2012 NJCTS Children’s Scholarship. Chayt, who will graduate from Pascack Valley High School, was selected for her academic achievement, community service and accomplishments as an individual with Tourette Syndrome – a neurological disorder that affects 1 in 100 children.

Chayt has volunteered at Loving Touch Nursery School as a teacher’s aide and for an organization titled Glamour Girls, which involved visiting RiverVale Assisted Living and giving makeovers to senior citizens. She also is an active member of the JAC (Just About Caring) Community Service Club and is closing out her term as a peer leader at Pascack Valley, having worked as a guidance counselor of sorts to freshmen. Chayt is quite an athlete, too, serving as the team captain for the varsity track & field team, and has played the flute each of the past two fall seasons for the school marching band.

NJCTS congratulates Chayt, who is undecided on where she will attend college in the fall, on her achievements and wishes her continued success in her academic and career endeavors.

Since 2001, the NJCTS Children’s Scholarship Award has been awarded to more than 200 outstanding high school seniors in the state of New Jersey who have excelled in their schools, communities and lives – representing themselves as excellent advocates for Tourette Syndrome. To learn more about the scholarship program, this year’s other scholarship winners or discover other NJCTS programs and services, please visit www.njcts.org.


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