FLPS Students Receive HOBY and Pinnacle Awards for Excellence

Outstanding Students Recognized for Achievement inside and outside the Classroom

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (May 27, 2010) Fort Lauderdale Preparatory School, a private Pre-K thru 12th academy located at 3275 W. Oakland Park Boulevard, proudly announces that two of its students have been recognized for outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement. Donald Leonard Smith, Jr. has received the HOBY Award for Excellence and Brian Israel Tacher has received the Broward County Nonpublic School Association Pinnacle Scholar Award.

Donald, who began attending FLPS in the fourth grade, is currently a sophomore and has flourished academically since his arrival. Well recognized by FLPS and his peers, Donald has succeeded in and outside of school as he is currently a member of the National Honor Society, is the highest academic achiever in the tenth grade, and has demonstrated unprecedented leadership skills. FLPS chose to nominate Donald for the HOBY Award because of his commitment to the school community and his outstanding academic performance.

Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY is nationally recognized and its programs provide youth opportunities to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences. Nearly 9,000 students participate in HOBY programs annually and the award is given to those who are sophomores in high school.

Brian Israel Tacher, a 2010 graduate, was named eighth-grade Valedictorian in his first year of enrollment at FLPS. A member of the National Honor Society, Brian was also awarded the Florida International Book Award, the Bright Futures Award, and the Florida Medallion Scholar (FMS) Award, and was a  HOBY winner in his sophomore year. Having graduated this year, Brian was named Senior Valedictorian and was given the Pinnacle Scholar Award for Excellence for his commitment to community service. Brian completed his community service by serving as a computer lab tutor to the lower school students within his own FLPS community. He received straight A’s and has one of the highest GPAs in his grade.

The Broward County Nonpublic School Association Pinnacle Award recognizes exemplary students who set an example for others to follow in their actions in the home, the school, or the community. They excel in one or more of these areas: academics, community service, citizenship, fine arts, athletics, students activities, perseverance, effort, dedication, commitment to positive goals, improvement in performance, and attitude. The Broward County Nonpublic School Association Pinnacle Award Program is one of a kind, as it celebrates the academic and extracurricular accomplishments of high school students with limited financial means.

“I could not be more proud of Donald and Brian. Both students exemplify all that FLPS stands for – academic excellence, strong character, and student leadership. I know that these two students will continue to achieve great things into the future,” said Anita Lonstein, FLPS director.

Fort Lauderdale Preparatory School (FLPS) is a nationally recognized institution serving Pre-K through 12th grade and is accredited by SACS, NIPSA, and CITA. FLPS students receive a college prep, classical, liberal arts education, designed to fit individual needs and learning behaviors. FLPS is small by design and has been educating South Florida students for more than thirty years. The school accepts a variety of scholarships including McKay, Step Up for Students, VPK and Family Central, and also offers their own in-house assistance to students in need. The school’s philosophy includes helping young people to develop self-discipline, love of learning, and service to others.

For more information, please visit: www.flps.com.