Wellington resident and Palm Beach Virtual School senior Talia Fradkin thought she was giving a presentation on the college admissions process from a student’s perspective. Instead, Fradkin received a surprise when Nordstrom representative Jennifer Gross, the store manager from the Palm Beach Gardens location, stood up in the audience and announced that Fradkin had won the 2015 Nordstrom Scholarship.
Teachers and staff at her school had been in on the secret and planned the event a week prior after receiving the news from Nordstrom. Fradkin was designated a Nordstrom Scholar in recognition of her strong academics and superior commitment to community service.
Fradkin is an active volunteer in her community, tutoring students in algebra, geometry and chemistry. She is also a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award as well as President George H. Bush’s Daily Points of Light Award and a National Merit Semifinalist. Fradkin was one of 11,000 applicants nationwide.
ABOVE: Fradkin (center) receives her award from Principal Debra Johnson (left) and Nordstrom representative Jennifer Lemons (right).