BreAnne Shaw, a senior at Clairton High School, is the winner of the 2014 Caplan-Lieber Human Relations Scholarship Award. The Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee presents this award to a high school junior or senior who has shown leadership and initiative in building bridges between diverse groups in his/her school or community.
BreAnne initiated a program with South Allegheny High School’s Expect Respect program, which educates youth about teen dating violence. Together, they created a video that encourages teens to discuss the subject. (youtu.be/nEoYjHsEsO0). She is in the Carnegie Mellon University Progress Speak Up group, which teaches young girls how to appropriately and effectively negotiate.
BreAnne will receive a $1,000 scholarship to further her educational goals, and Clairton High School will receive a $500 grant for future diversity initiatives. The presentations will be made during the Clairton High School award assembly on May 22.
Judges for the Caplain-Lieber Human Relations Scholarship were Charlie Batch, former Pittsburgh Steeler and president/founder of Best of the Batch Foundation; Robert Paserba, secretary for Catholic education, superintendent of schools (retired) for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh; and Tony Norman, columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.