River Dell High School student Emily Fleischman wins 12 th annual NJCTS Children’s Scholarship Award

The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) is proud to announce Emily A. Fleischman 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.

Fleischman, who is graduating from River Dell Regional 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.

Fleischman’s award essay was titled “TS has Shaped My Life,” and her list of activities and achievements is extensive and impressive. Fleischman has written and illustrated the children’s TS book “Emily’s Tic,” was New Jersey’s National Tourette Syndrome Youth Ambassador in 2010, was named NJCTS’ Youth Advocate of the Year in 2012, discussed TS on News 12 New Jersey’s “To Your Health” show in 2012, has participated in the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey for the past 13 years and has been a member of the Teens Against Cancer Club since 2009.

NJCTS congratulates Fleischman – who will attend Binghamton University in Southern New York State 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.