Having fully embraced his dyslexia, Maza now considers it as a major life asset and has shined in academics and extracurricular activities, graduating high school with a 4.0 GPA. In February 2013, he was recognized by the White House for his leadership role in developing a Teen Leadership Conference that brought diverse students to work together on social issues facing all teens, including eating disorders, teen pregnancy and more. Now at age 19, he is spending an exciting year studying abroad in Jerusalem, Israel; and he plans to start his freshman college year in 2014 pursuing American Studies at Yale University.
Learning Ally is proud to announce that Eddie Maza, his mother Stacy, and his 10th grade teacher/continuing friend and mentor Tikvah Weiner (pictured with Eddie at right) will attend our Gala celebration in Washington, DC this April, where he and several other outstanding students will be honored with National Achievement Awards. We visited him at home in New Jersey -- where he was visiting on break from his studies in Jerusalem -- to shoot a video story that will be shared when the NAA events kick off on April 25.
Above - one of several books Eddie Maza is reading for his rigorous religious studies in Jerusalem. Since it is not available in audiobook format, he has filled it with dozens of color-coded page tab markers; and almost every individual page is covered with inscriptions and underlines -- all part of a unique creative system he has developed over the years as a dyslexic student laboring to read books in printed format.
You can read more about Eddie Maza here and listen to the great essay he wrote as part of his application for the National Achievement Awards. FYI, applications for next year's awards are being taken until 3/10/14.
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