DeLissio announces 2017-18 Peer to Peer, Unsung Hero awards

PHILADELPHIA, June 15 ­ State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., honored local students with Peer to Peer and Unsung Hero awards for the 2017-18 school year.

DeLissio’s 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. 

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 public schools in the district 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 graduating students who live in the 194th Legislative District were identified and presented with a certificate of acknowledgment from DeLissio outlining their good citizenship actions or their display of character:

• Cook-Wissahickon School: Emma McComb – Peer to Peer; Claire Bellina –

  Unsung Hero;

• James Dobson School: Bailey Marchion – Peer to Peer; Regan Weney –

  Unsung Hero;

• Lower Merion High School: Gabrielle VanHollander – Peer to Peer; Lena Anderson –

  Unsung Hero;

• The Academies at Roxborough High School: Seth Antrom – Peer to Peer; 

  Naseer Carter-Little – Unsung Hero;

• Shawmont School: Joshua Berry – Peer to Peer; Dayanna Rivers – Peer to Peer;

• W.B. Saul Agricultural High School: Christopher Connison – Peer to Peer; 

  Benjamin Jackson – Unsung Hero;

• Central High School: Jacqueline Reichner – Peer to Peer; Julius Duhan – 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.”