Traprock Peace Center

5th Annual Peace Maker Awards - May 4, 2004 at Greenfield High School -
Sponsored by Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Peace Center

Honored:

* Emily Ellis of Turners Falls High School
*Yusef Hamdan of Mohawk Trail Regional High School;
*Hannah Specht of Mohawk Trail Regional High School;
*High School members of G.R.A.C.E.
- Get Real & Create Equality, an FCAC Youth Program:
(Adriana Lara, Ashley Wheeler, Ashley Burns, Tasha Gaston Greenfield HS;
and Austin McKelvey and Jaymee Conway of Franklin County Tech HS)
*Jay Whitney of Pioneer Valley Regional School;
*Nicole St. Hilaire of Greenfield, attending Franklin County Technical Sch.;
*Cale Weissman, of Colrain,
attending the Pioneer Valley Charter School for the Performing Arts;
*Carmen Caban of Greenfield High School, and
*Andrew Bates of Mahar High School.

Sunny Miller (Traprock Peace Center) and Frank Moss (St. James Episcopal Church) emc'd the event. (more below)

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Peace Makers Prize
Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, May 4, 2004


Fourteen Franklin County high school students were honored for their
peacemaking initiatives at the fifth annual Peace Makers Awards Ceremony on
May 4th. All students received awards and are listed in the order of
nominations received:

* Emily Ellis of Turners Falls High School
*Yusef Hamdan of Mohawk Trail Regional High School;
*Hannah Specht of Mohawk Trail Regional High School;
*High School members of G.R.A.C.E.
- Get Real & Create Equality, an FCAC Youth Program:
(Adriana Lara, Ashley Wheeler, Ashley Burns, Tasha Gaston Greenfield HS;
and Austin McKelvey and Jaymee Conway of Franklin County Tech HS)
*Jay Whitney of Pioneer Valley Regional School;
*Nicole St. Hilaire of Greenfield, attending Franklin County Technical Sch.;
*Cale Weissman, of Colrain,
attending the Pioneer Valley Charter School for the Performing Arts;
*Carmen Caban of Greenfield High School, and
*Andrew Bates of Mahar High School.

The public was invited to hear inspiring recommendations for these remarkable
young people, hear directly from them, and offer congratulations at a
reception following the awards ceremony on Tuesday May 4 at 7:30 PM at the
Greenfield High School cafeteria. All nominated students, their immediate
families and past nominees were invited to arrive early for pizza at 6:30.
Doors opened to the public at 7:20, with Sullivan Fraser of Deerfield, on
piano. At 7:30 "Hogapella," an international group of six young men from
Northfield Mount Hermon School will perform a rousing, up-beat song to
spread many smiles.
This group has performed at benefits for the Franklin
County United Way and Big Brother-Big Sister, and performs soon for the Walk
for Hunger in Boston. Following comments and awards there will be a
reception with refreshments.

The Franklin County Interfaith Council & Traprock Peace Center have
collaborated to create this ceremony for five years, this year providing
$750 in prizes, flowers, award certificates, photographs of the nominees
with family members, friends or teachers, refreshments, an honorarium for
musicians and additional letters of recommendation for all nominees. Sunny
Miller, chair of the planning committee and members Nancy Franklin, Sue
Bowman, Storm, Gerda Bennet, Donna Black and Doris McLeod thank Greenfield
Public Schools for their hospitality and co-sponsorship of this event.
Judges for this year include a former social studies teacher Rich Trenholm
of Greenfield, Rev. Virginia Brown of Greenfield, Rev. Will Sencabaugh of
South Deerfield, Mike McCusker, of Shelburne Falls and McCusker's Market,
and Karen Fogliatti of New Salem, a nonviolence teacher-trainer with the
Conscious Communications Institute. This event is recommended by the 16th
annual Coalition for a Safe Community. For photographs of previous winners
see http://traprockpeace.org/Awards2003/ (last year's) and previous years at
http://traprockpeace.org/youngpeacemakers.html