DeLissio announces 2016-17 Peer to Peer, Unsung Hero awards

PHILADELPHIA, June 16 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., honored local students with Peer to Peer and Unsung Hero awards for the 2016-17 school year.

The honors are awarded annually to students who live in the 194th Legislative District. They are nominated by their teachers, counselors and other school staff members.

“Each year, the schools are contacted inviting them to identify two students who have excelled in contributing to good citizenship and/or displaying a behavior or action which may otherwise go unnoticed or unrecognized,” DeLissio said. “Congratulations to these students for their compassion and willingness to do the ‘right thing’ without expectation of recognition or an award. Our communities are the better because of their contributions.”

The following schools participated and identified these graduating students to receive the following awards:

  • AMY Northwest Middle School: Charlemagne Hunter – Peer to Peer;  Bianca Hamilton – Unsung Hero;
  • Cook-Wissahickon School:  Samantha Sturkey – Peer to Peer;  Nosaj Briddell – Unsung Hero;
  • James Dobson School: Lilly Hammer – Peer to Peer;  Kyree Keels – Unsung Hero;
  • Thomas Mifflin School:  Bree Johnson – Peer to Peer;  Darrah Green - Unsung Hero;
  • Lower Merion High School:  Sylvia Coopersmith – Peer to Peer;  Maya Tiob - Unsung Hero;
  • Roxborough High School: Alliyah Maxwell – Peer to Peer;  Shakuwra Muhammad-Brown – Unsung Hero;
  • Shawmont School:  Byron Holley : Peer to Peer;  Alexis Hustler –  Peer to Peer
  • W.B. Saul Agricultural High School: Stefanie Pleasant - Peer to Peer;  Kacey Plunkett - Unsung Hero;

“It is an honor to recognize these students for simply doing the right thing and being of strong character,” DeLissio said. “At the end of the academic year when many honors are being awarded, particularly for scholastic and athletic achievement, these qualities are often overlooked. The ability to display kindness, fairness, generosity, and acts of civic or community engagement demonstrate the traits of true leadership and compassion.”    

The Peer to Peer Award is in recognition of a student who, through an established program or on his or her own, helps another student through friendship or through other assistance such as tutoring or informal or formal mentoring.

The Unsung Hero Award is in recognition of a student whose good deeds and actions have made a difference in his or her school or community environment. 

“These awards are given to students who conduct themselves in such a way because it is the right thing to do and not because he or she is motivated by recognition or reward”, DeLissio said.