Ridge High School student Jayne DeRogatis wins 12 th annual NJCTS Children’s Scholarship Award

The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) is proud to announce Jayne DeRogatis as an honorable-mention recipient of the 2013 NJCTS Children’s Scholarship Award, which this year is being given in honor of the late Dr. Nathan Weiss and his contributions to the organization.

DeRogatis, who is graduating from Ridge High School, was selected for her academic achievement, community service and accomplishments as an individual with Tourette Syndrome – an inherited, misunderstood, misdiagnosed neurological disorder that affects 1 in 100 children.

DeRogatis’ award essay was titled “Overcoming an Enormous Obstacle,” and her list of activities is extensive and impressive. DeRogatis was very active in student government at Ridge, serving as a Junior Class Senator and the Senior Class President. She was a four-year letter winner as a varsity cheerleader, including serving as the team’s captain during her junior year. DeRogatis also was a member of the Red Cross Club and the National Honor Society.

NJCTS congratulates DeRogatis – who will attend Villanova University in suburban Philadelphia this 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. Dr. Weiss, President Emeritus of Kean University who passed away April 9, was a longtime friend and trusted adviser to NJCTS. To learn more about the scholarship program and other 2013 winners, or discover other NJCTS programs, please visit www.njcts.org or visit the Teens4TS blog.