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2017 Halsey Scholar is Noah Cantor

Noah Cantor from Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in Florida chooses to study in Zaragoza, Spain

School Year Abroad (SYA) is pleased to announce Noah Cantor as the recipient of the 2017-2018 Halsey Fund Scholarship, a fully-funded scholarship that includes tuition, accommodation and round-trip airfare to the SYA country of the student's choice.

Noah, a current junior at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida, first learned about SYA from student Owen Petno ES'17, whom he befriended during a summer spent at Middlebury Language Schools.

Sharing what this opportunity means to him, Noah said, "When I was studying Spanish over the summer in 2015 at Middlebury College, I had a close friend named Owen who introduced me to SYA because he was doing it after the summer ended. We have kept in touch since then, and he constantly tells me how much of a life-changing and exciting experience this has been for him. He's now fluent in Spanish and has loved the journey every step of the way.

In studying abroad, I hope to acquire knowledge of the language and culture of Spain that can only be obtained in such an immersive environment. I plan to pursue work in Latin America in the future, and I know this program will equip me with the fundamental skills required to live in new places and interact with new cultures. In Spain, I am certain to adapt quickly to the new lifestyle, including eating tapas throughout the day and having dinner at very strange hours. I'm excited and honored by this opportunity, where my knowledge will expand, but also where I will grow at heart."

In addition to his unquestionable passion for the Spanish language, Noah has focused his efforts on extracurricular activities that revolve around Spanish. He manages a volunteer group at his school called, Operation Education, which helps a local Mayan Refugee Center. He is also an active member of the Hispanic heritage group and occasionally writes opinion pieces for the school's digital newspaper, The Muse.

Speaking about Noah's scholarship, Mark Carson, School Counselor at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts said, "Noah is deeply committed to learning the Spanish language with the aim of becoming fluent. We are thrilled that he has this incredible opportunity to live and learn in Spain for a year. He proactively seeks out co-curricular opportunities to further his personal interest in studying Spanish all the time and has played a key leadership role in various groups at school. I also have no doubt that he will represent himself and Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in a humble, yet enthusiastic and righteous manner."

Commenting on this year's selection, SYA President Tom Hassan said, "Noah is a very worthy recipient of this year's Halsey Scholarship and was chosen from 86 applications. What stood out was his empathy for people and his appetite for the Spanish language. He exudes energy and a demonstrable commitment to developing his lively curiosity about the world and his future place in it. These qualities are exactly what we look for in SYA students and during their year abroad we encourage them to challenge assumptions, explore the unfamiliar and, in the process, develop self-reliance, resourcefulness, adaptability, self-confidence and respect for difference. That is what America and the world need today. And that is why SYA is still relevant, now more than ever."