Peabody Alumna Jessie Press-Williams is the 2012 Emily Couric Leadership Forum Scholarship Winner!

Jessica Press-Williams, Peabody Class of 2008, received the prestigious Emily Couric Leadership scholarship in April 2012.  The Emily Couric Leadership Forum honors Emily Couric’s contributions to our community by encouraging young women to adopt an active role in government, public issues, and policy debates affecting their communities, and to inspire young women to pursue activities that will enable them to become effective leaders.

Jessie received $30,000 for the 12th Annual Emily Couric Leadership Scholarship, the highest amount ever given for this award. Officials noted that Jessie’s sense of initiative, problem-solving ability, creativity, motivational effectiveness, communication skills, listening capacity, team building style, proven follow-through performance, and effective interpersonal skills all contributed to her selection for this award.

Jessie was selected by her school for her extraordinary leadership, both in school and within the community.  At Charlottesville High School, she was president of the debate team and winner of a State Department-sponsored summer scholarship. She studied French and Arabic, edited the school newspaper, served on the team that won NASA’s “Balloons at High Altitude Flight Competition”, and presided over the science club that she co-founded: BACON, or Best All-Round Club of Nerds. This Fall, Jessie became a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Peabody School is proud to congratulate Jessie Press-Williams on this outstanding accomplishment, and to wish her much success in her future endeavors!