November 09, 2015 08:00 ET

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) and the National Center for Human and Civil Rights, Inc. Will Co-Host a Student Symposium Saturday, Nov 14

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - November 09, 2015) - The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), an international honor society dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment, will co-host a student symposium with The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 14, 2015. The symposium, titled "Finding Inspiration Inside: Recognizing Character, Realizing Potential," will be held at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. At the conclusion of the symposium, five $1,000 scholarships will be rewarded to NSHSS members.

The symposium offers high school and college NSHSS members an exclusive opportunity to gain insight into the meaning of the Nobel Prizes and reflect on the character traits and leadership styles of Nobel Laureates.

Claes Nobel, Chairman of NSHSS and senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, said, "When given respect and support, youth have immense potential to inspire others and initiate change in their communities."

Professor Merrick Tabor of the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University will give a keynote address about the intricacies of the Nobel Prizes, and offer young scholars a unique perspective on the importance of the Prizes in today's society.

Professor Tabor joins Nicole Moore, Manager of Interpretation and School Programs at The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. in leading the symposium workshop for NSHSS scholars to reflect on their own potential as social change agents and their ability to inspire and influence others.

Additionally, Shirley Franklin, the former mayor of Atlanta for eight years, and the current Chair of The Center will be speaking at this event.

Five $1,000 scholarships will be presented at the conclusion of the symposium. Sponsored by The TAPO Institute, these scholarships award NSHSS members who submitted an essay about what youth today can learn from Malala Yousafzai, co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. The 2015 NSHSS "Finding Inspiration Inside" Scholar Symposium Essay Competition winners are:

Maksud Dzhabrailov, Rome, GA
Darlington School

Angelique Edwards, Johns Creek, GA
Georgia Institute of Technology

Jazmin Garrett, Fort Deposit, AL
LBW Community College

Elijah Wilde, Asheville, NC
School of Inquiry & Life Sciences

Haley Williams, Harrisburg, NC
University of South Carolina

"The Center for Civil and Human Rights is pleased to partner with the National Society of High School Scholars for this symposium. In connecting these students with our current rotating exhibition, 'The Meaning of the Nobel Prize,' we honor the character traits of Dr. King and his fellow Nobel Prize winners as we intertwine the activism of the past with that of the present. Our mission to empower people to take the protection of every human's rights personally aligns seamlessly with this inspirational program for students," said Dina Bailey, Director of Educational Strategies at The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc.

Todd Corley, Founder of The TAPO Institute and Board Chair of the NSHSS Foundation said, "Our global community benefits greatly when we view things through the generational lens of today's youth, reminding us of the obligation we have to advocate for inclusivity and fairness."

About the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS):

Formed in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, The National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and helps to advance the goals and aspirations of high-achieving millennials through unique learning experiences, scholarships, internships, international study and peer networks. NSHSS members become lifetime members. At each step along the way -- from high school to college to career -- NSHSS connects outstanding young scholars with the resources they need to develop their strengths and pursue their passions. Currently, there are more than 1,000,000 Society members in 160 countries. To help us further efforts that provide students with continued opportunity, please acknowledge NSHSS in any press release mentions by providing a resource link to For more information about NSHSS visit

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