The Holocaust Museum & Tolerance Center named Madalyn Fernbach, a sophomore at Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School, its December "Upstander of the Month" for taking a lead in activism in her school.
Fernbach came to the Center's attention as an 8th-grader, when she created an inspirational Facebook page where people could post uplifting poems and quotes.
She has taken up a range of causes, including cancer research and prevention and anti-bullying and tolerance. Fernbach has been asked to lead a Leo club in her high school. The clubs are associated with Lion’s Clubs International, and work to raise awareness in their communities about local issues.
"It is exciting to be nominated for the Upstander of the Month. I look forward to a shift towards tolerance and peace in the future," Fernbach said.