Pa Lor has been selected as a LEDA Scholar. LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America) is held annually on the Princeton University campus. LEDA's Aspect of Leadership Summer Institute is an intensive, seven-week program that includes leadership training, writing instruction, standardized test preparation, and college guidance (prepares students for the application process at the most competitive colleges and universities in the United States).
There are only 60 students nationwide that are accepted into this program. Students must demonstrate several characteristics in order to be considered as a LEDA scholar such as:
• Leadership abilities
• Ethics, integrity, and strength of character
• Cumulative GPA and class ranking within the top 10% of the high school class
• A record of enrollment and success in the most rigorous courses available to the student, e.g., honors, AP, IB, dual credit, or concurrent enrollment courses
Pa Lor is a junior at Thomas Edison High School and is taking several International Baccalaureate (college preparatory) classes at Edison. She is a PSEO (Postsecondary Enrollment Options) student enrolled part-timed at the University of Minnesota.
Pa has consistently been on the A honor roll since her freshmen year and was inducted into Edison's student wall of honor on March 17, 2015.
Pa’s interests goes beyond academics. She is also involved with several leadership and extra-curricular programs at Edison High School: Junior Achievement, National Honor Society, Student Council, Debate, and Stage Crew.
Junior Achievement: Pa has served as Vice President for Edison’s JA companies these past three years. She led the team in designing a product, starting a company, and receiving the Company of the Year Award. The team won regionals in the 2014 Junior Achievement Competition and advanced to Nationals held in Washington D.C. Their company placed in the top three for the Microsoft's Social Innovation Award.
Debate: Pa debated as a Maverick debater, a single member team, and received the First Place Novice Speaker Award of the UDL Championship. As a team, they received the Second Place Novice Team Award of the UDL Championship.
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB/MYP) Project: Pa was one of the first students to complete the Middle Years Program personal project which is a component of the IB MYP program. The project she selected was to write a novel about a veteran with PTSD, in which she learned more about her passion for writing.
Pa has worked closely with several of Edison’s college access programs and stated, “I am very grateful to College Possible because of their assistance I was accepted into LEDA.”