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Young Achiever: Tessa Houser

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
 

Age: 16

School: Junior at Quaker Valley High School

Family: Parents, Mark and Diane; siblings, Rachael, 19; Audrey, 13, and Theo, 11

Noteworthy: Tessa has been awarded a Global Travel Scholarship from the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, which provides funds for high school students to participate in summer programs abroad. Tessa plans to visit Tanzania this summer through The Experiment in International Living program.

Hobbies: Tessa has participated in conference and video conferences on current global topics as part of Quaker Valley's Global Scholars program, which aims to provide students with a relevant, 21st-century education based in real-world application. She has competed in a WorldQuest event and taught a global marketplace curriculum to middle school students.

Quote: “I'm definitely looking forward to learning about other cultures and spreading mine as well. Ultimately, the program is an exchange of cultures.”

— Jason Cato

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