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Scholar of the Month: Central junior is thankful for community support

New Hampshire Union Leader

November 19. 2017 10:41PM


MANCHESTER — Tops in her class. A talented athlete. Volunteer extraordinaire.

At the age of 16, Tamsin Weissberg has put in a lot of hard work at Manchester High School Central. But try to commend her, and she quickly says none of it would be possible without the support of the Greater Manchester community.

“I’ve found so many incredible community partners through my experiences at Central,” said Weissberg.

She said when the school newspaper, magazine, Key Club, etc. have reached out for help, businesses large and small, other Manchester schools, and Manchester citizens have responded enthusiastically. The junior has been chosen as the Francis Wayland Parker Scholar for October. She previously achieved Scholar of the Month honors for November 2016.

With a 4.0 grade point average, Weissberg, currently ranked No. 1 in the class of 2019, has excelled both in the classroom and as a member of the varsity tennis team, winter track team and editor of the student newspaper at Central, The Little Green.

Weissberg, who also serves as treasurer for the Central Key Club, said she and other club members came up with the idea this year to make recycled toys for dogs at the Manchester Animal Shelter.

“We found a simple design online for braided chew toys,” said Weissberg. “We asked everyone to bring in old T-shirts to our meeting, where everyone cut and braided the fabric strips. We were able to make 96 toys in a single one-hour meeting because our members stepped up, brought in the supplies, and spent the time to make them.”

Weissberg, who plans to pursue a degree in biology after high school, said she also enjoys serving in student government. She has been involved in various levels of student government since 6th grade.

“The best part for me is meeting students that I might not otherwise cross paths with during the school day and working together toward a common goal,” she said.

In her Francis Wayland Parker essay, named for the 19th-century, Bedford-born education reformer, Weissberg said Parker’s educational philosophy could be utilized at Central today despite “technology-filled classrooms.”

“With Parker as our curriculum director,” writes Weissberg, “Central students would be required to take classes widely varying in subject matter, classes would be based on projects and experiments, and classes of different subjects would collaborate to show students how everything they learn has connections and applications in the real world.”

Weissberg said it would be “a tough task” to single out any individual who has inspired her to achieve such academic heights at such a young age. “I’ve had the benefit of the kindest, most supportive teachers starting in elementary school,” said Weissberg.

The Francis Wayland Parker Scholar program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Association of School Principals, in cooperation with the New Hampshire Union Leader, Lifetouch Studios and the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Northern New England.

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