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Noah Zeitlin

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Bio

Hello, I'm Noah! I just got accepted to NYU (my dream school!) and am thrilled to begin my education there. I will be starting in NYU's Liberal Studies Core as I am undecided about my major. Though I am undecided, I am incredibly passionate about certain things. The thing I love most in the world is theatre. Performing on stage makes me happier than any thing else. I also am passionate about the environment, civil rights, economic equality, and public transit just to name a few. I would be a great candidate for any scholarship because I work pertinaciously to achieve what I want. I worked tirelessly through four years of high school to get into an elite school, and I intend to continue working at an unwavering rigorous pace.

Education

Kent Island High School

High School
2020 - 2024
  • GPA:
    4

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft
    • City/Urban, Community, and Regional Planning
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Political Science and Government
    • Journalism
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Test scores:

    • 1490
      SAT

    Career

    • Dream career field:

      Arts

    • Dream career goals:

      Professional Musical Theater Actor

    • Escape Room Actor

      Save the Day Escape Rooms
      2023 – Present1 year
    • Barista

      Starbucks
      2022 – 2022

    Sports

    Ultimate Frisbee

    Varsity
    2024 – 2024

    Arts

    • Kent Island High School Drama Department & Kent Island Theatre Summer Camp

      Theatre
      Disney's The Lion King Kids, Disney's High School Musical Jr, Disney's Frozen Jr, The Little Mermaid, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Addams Family, The Importance of Being Earnest, My Fair Lady
      2017 – Present

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center — Feed the resident birds of prey unable to survive in the wild
      2017 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Schoolhouse World — SAT EBRW Tutor
      2023 – 2023

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Politics

    Volunteering

    Gloria Rickett Memorial Scholarship
    From my first time in New York City as a young child, I fell in love with the city. The hustle and bustle of everything, the fact that everyone seems to have a purpose. It felt rather magical. Throughout my college search, I knew that I just had to go to college in New York City. Four of my top five choices for college were in New York City. I worked incredibly hard for four years to get to where I am now, and I am lucky enough to have been accepted to New York University. Despite the excitement at my acceptance to my dream college, the reality of the cost soon dawned upon me. NYU is a very expensive school, though, it is not without its benefits. My dream is to major in Musical Theatre and bring the joy of the performing arts to as many people as possible. Unfortunately, the sheer cost of attending NYU makes this dream difficult to achieve. It is a challenge I am willing to face head on, but doing so will take up time from my studies. A scholarship would allow me to focus even more on my studies. I don’t expect to have everything paid for and handed to me, but the aid from this scholarship would allow me to worry less about the cost of everything and let me become the best possible version of myself. Though scoffed at by some and completely laughed at by others, the performing arts are an incredibly important part of the world. For years, Musical Theatre has been used to communicate controversial ideas in an easy-to-understand manner. A Strange Loop, Next to Normal, Hadestown, and many others all introduce important societal ideas to audiences that may never have considered the impacts of these issues. By pursuing Musical Theater, I will bring discussions of controversial and important topics to more people than ever before. Theater facilitates important discussions about society, and I would love to help facilitate that. Additionally, in pursuing Musical Theater, I dream of bringing it to every corner of the world, especially those that have experienced a lack of it. My high school theater community is full of the most loving and welcoming people I have ever met; I would love nothing more than to bring this same type of community to youth around the world. Musical Theater is a vital form of enrichment, discussion, and even pure entertainment. In receiving a scholarship, I will be able to focus more ardently on my studies as a Musical Theater major. This will enable me to spread the joy and love of the performing arts to people around the world.
    Elena Johnston Memorial Scholarship
    Six years ago, I stepped on stage for the first time, a moment which lives vividly in my memory. That stage marked the beginning of a transformative journey with the theatre, the single greatest passion in my life. From a shy sixth grader to a bombastic high school senior, the theatre sculpted my identity and became my first true love. Theatre is a profoundly flexible storyteller, capable of both spectacle and intimacy. From black box sets to the biggest Broadway stage, its power lies not in the polish but in the emotions it evokes. Through my struggles, the theatre provided comfort and taught me acceptance. Musicals like Falsettos and Fun Home, for example, became anchors of understanding, shaping my self-perception and encouraging empathy. Now, theatre is my rock, guiding me towards a future where I can return its impact on my life. Through performance and creation, I will share intimate moments with audiences, with each performance resonating with the potential to inspire change. My dream is to fill every theatrical performance with meaning/ I want to leave audience members empowered to enrich others' lives. In this pursuit, will harness theatre’s communicative power to address pertinent issues and foster connection. Through the theatre, I can create positive change and contribute to a world where understanding and empathy thrive.
    Jeff Stanley Memorial Scholarship
    Six years ago, I stepped onto a stage for the first time, and music changed my life forever. I still remember it like it was yesterday. I was standing on stage at Kent Island High School, shaking with anxiety. As I took my place on stage, I heard the chatter of the audience just on the other side of the curtain that would soon fly open, kicking off my love for the theatre. Ever since that first experience with theatre, it has remained one of the largest parts of my life. The story of my growth in musical theatre is the story of my life. I went from a shy sixth grader who could hardly keep rhythm to a loud high school senior whose entire life revolves around music. I have found the power of music to be profoundly inspiring. It is a whole separate medium of storytelling that requires immense levels of skill. The amazing thing about music is how complex it can be…and how simple it can be. I have seen pieces performed by a single person on a stage with no accompaniment. I have also seen pieces performed by a cast of over 50 people, accompanied by almost 30 instruments in an orchestra. What has shocked me throughout my life, however, is that the most moving pieces of music are the most simple ones. Growing up, I often felt at odds with my community. My identity didn’t exactly align with what many people around me considered “ideal”. I found solace in music. Music about people experiencing similar things to what I was going through. Musicals like Falsettos or Fun Home gave me songs that I could relate to. They also taught me acceptance, acceptance of myself. Today music is used to communicate controversial and important ideas. Music is an engaging form of communication, one that people can laugh to, cheer to, or even cry to. It is my dream to use music to help others the way it has helped me. I have spent my life learning about music and gaining so much from it. It is due time that I give back to music what it has given me. I want to spend my life performing on stage and creating intimate moments with an audience. I dream that every time I perform in a musical each audience member takes home a part of the musical with them and uses it to better their own life, or others’ lives.
    Heather Rylie Memorial Scholarship
    Six years ago, I stepped onto a stage for the first time. I remember it like it was yesterday. Stepping out of the bright hallway into the blinding darkness of the stage. Feeling my way around the backstage area to find my place on the stage. Then, waiting. I was shaking from anxiety, but also excitement. I had spent weeks with the cast and crew of The Lion King and Kent Island Theatre Summer Camp and this was the moment it all paid off. After what felt like hours, the house lights went dark, and as the first notes to The Circle of Life began to blare throughout the auditorium the curtain flew open and the stage lights came up. The exact feeling of that moment was something incredibly unique. At that moment, I fell in love with musical theater and knew that I would devote my life to it. It is difficult to describe the exact feeling I had the moment the curtains flew open, but I experience it every time I open a new production. Nothing else in this world can quite compare. Since I first decided to venture on stage in The Lion King, I have performed in seventh shows and am currently working on my seventh and last show in my hometown of Kent Island. Each time I participate in a show, I grow as a person. Many of the skills I learned on stage are just as valuable offstage. My most cherished gift that I have received from theatre, however, would be the countless friends I have made. Working with a diverse cast is such a unique gift, and I couldn’t ask for a better group of friends. These days, the performing arts play a larger role in my life than ever before. When I am not honing my singing, acting, or dancing skills, I am listening to various musical theatre soundtracks (I’m listening to Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods as I write this) while I go about my life. Recently, I have embarked on a new journey for myself. I have begun the process of writing my first musical. Loosely inspired by the poem Haunted Houses by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, my poem will explore themes of love, loss, and letting go. The thought of writing a musical is a daunting one, but I am more than up for the challenge. I could not be more excited for my future in the arts. There is a whole world of performing arts out there just waiting to be explored. When I am grown, I dream of inspiring children to pursue the performing arts. Just as the actors of today inspired me. I hope that every audience of a show that I take part in leaves the theatre taking a part of the show home with them. The performing arts are an amazing world, and I for one can’t wait to dive headfirst into it.
    Michael C. Overholser Memorial Scholarship
    Winner
    Six years ago, I stepped onto a stage for the first time, and music changed my life forever. I still remember it like it was yesterday. I was standing on stage at Kent Island High School, shaking with anxiety. As I took my place on stage, I heard the chatter of the audience just on the other side of the curtain that would soon fly open, kicking off my love for the theatre. Ever since that first experience with theatre, it has remained one of the largest parts of my life. The story of my growth in musical theatre is the story of my life. I went from a shy sixth grader who could hardly keep rhythm to a loud high school senior whose entire life revolves around music. I have found the power of music to be profoundly inspiring. It is a whole separate medium of storytelling that requires immense levels of skill. The amazing thing about music is how complex it can be…and how simple it can be. I have seen pieces performed by a single person on a stage with no accompaniment. I have also seen pieces performed by a cast of over 50 people, accompanied by almost 30 instruments in an orchestra. What has shocked me throughout my life, however, is that the most moving pieces of music are the most simple ones. Growing up, I often felt at odds with my community. My identity didn’t exactly align with what many people around me considered “ideal”. I found solace in music. Music about people experiencing similar things to what I was going through. Musicals like Falsettos or Fun Home gave me songs that I could relate to. They also taught me acceptance, acceptance of myself. Today music is used to communicate controversial and important ideas. Music is an engaging form of communication, one that people can laugh to, cheer to, or even cry to. It is my dream to use music to help others the way it has helped me. I have spent my life learning about music and gaining so much from it. It is due time that I give back to music what it has given me. I want to spend my life performing on stage and creating intimate moments with an audience. I dream that every time I perform in a musical each audience member takes home a part of the musical with them and uses it to better their own life, or others’ lives.
    Disney Super Fan Scholarship
    Over a decade ago, on an early August morning, my family excitedly boarded a plane to Orlando. My parents had not told my brothers and me where we would be going, I was honestly just excited to get to go on a plane! We landed in Orlando a couple of hours later, stepping out into the thick, humid summer air, I looked to my right, and none other than mickey mouse was waving through a bus window. Boarding Disney's Magical Express sparked a lifelong love for Disney that would turn me into the person I am today. I still vividly remember that vacation, meeting all my favorite characters, riding the most amazing rides anywhere in the world, and watching a magnificent nighttime spectacular to round off each day. Disney's entire storytelling platform is one of the greatest in the world, however, the masterful work done to create Disney Parks resonates especially deeply with me. After our first trip in 2010, we visited Disney World every year until 2014, when my brothers and I were old enough to travel abroad and appreciate everything that other vacation destinations had to offer. Though we stopped going to Walt Disney World, my love for it never faded in the slightest. It was obvious that every part of those parks had been crafted with love, care, and intent. I had experienced nothing like Disney before, and perhaps nothing will come close to that experience. Over the years, I spent countless hours pouring over information about Disney parks around the world, anyone could ask me anything about Disney, and I would almost always have an answer. As much as my love for the parks was maintained, it would be almost ten years before my family would return to a Disney Park. In 2021, My dad told my brothers and me that we would be road-tripping up the West Coast for our summer vacation. 10 days traveling from Los Angeles to Seattle. My father - and anyone who spent any time with me - was well aware of how important Disney was to me. He offered for us to spend a day at Disneyland, to which my brothers and I responded with a resounding yes. Though we had never been to Disneyland before, being back in a Disney park created a rush of nostalgia within me. Disney represents my entire childhood and means so much to me that being able to visit Disneyland, to walk in Walt Disney's footsteps, I was happier than I'd been in a long time. Later that year, on Christmas, my mom surprised my brothers and me with a trip to Disney World. 9 years after stopping our visits to Disney World, we would finally be back. That short, 4-day trip was one of my favorite trips ever. I half expected to be mildly disappointed with the parks, as I was now much older and had a much different understanding of the world. But once I stepped through the gates at the Magic Kingdom, it was like I was 7 years old again, and I only appreciated the parks even more than before. For the past decade of my life, Disney has been my rock. The inclusive storytelling in their films and the magic within their parks live with me every day. I have used Disney's stories to push through the hardest times of my life, only helping to increase just how much it means to me. One day, I hope to work with Disney, telling stories and creating a whole new generation of Disney dreamers.