DeLissio names Peer to Peer and Unsung Heroes award recipients

PHILADELPHIA, June 19 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio honored 12 local students with Peer to Peer and Unsung Hero awards for the 2014-15 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.

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

  • AMY Northwest Middle School: Taeya Boi-Doku – Peer to Peer; Cailin Bitto – Unsung Hero;

  • Cook-Wissahickon School: Michael Orensky – Peer to Peer;Miavanna Muray – Unsung Hero;

  • James Dobson School:Emma Berlenbach – Peer to Peer; Julia Olszewski – Unsung Hero;

  • Lankenau Environmental Science High School: Robbie Farrell – Peer to Peer;

  • Lower Merion High School: Joshua Aronsohn – Peer to Peer;

  • Roxborough High School: Monali Patel – Peer to Peer; Evan Fritz – Unsung Hero;

  • Shawmont School: Derrick Dow: Peer to Peer; Madison Righter – Unsung Hero.

“It is an honor to present these awards to students for simply doing the right thing and being of strong character,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “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 student is someone who conducts his or herself 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.

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.

“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.”