The City Commission recognized Shayna Gershman for being one of seven girls whose essays were chosen as winners by the National Foundation for Women Legislators in Washington, D.C.
She won a $3,000.00 scholarship, as well as a 5-day trip to their annual conference in Louisville, KY, in October, where she delivered a speech that she wrote. The theme of the essay contest was "Revolutionary American Women." Shayna was co-sponsored for this award by State Representatives Ari Porth, Maria Lorts- Sachs and Faye Culp.
Shayna’s other accomplishments include creating and coordinating the "Lessons of 9/11" essay and art program with the City's middle-school and high-school students, culminating in a weeklong exhibit at the Northwest Regional Library and a presentation by select students, which she introduced, at the 2006 9/11 memorial commemoration.
She also coordinated the Student Leadership Forum for State Rep. Ari Porth's office (where she has been working as an intern) that was held on September 6, 2007 (in the City Commission Chambers). She is the president of the Coral Springs High School National Honor Society, which is doing great things in the area of community service. She was also awarded the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Humanitarian Award by the University of Rochester and being a semi-finalist in the Coca-Cola Scholars program.
Shayna plans to pursue International Relations in college, possibly followed by Law School.