Recognizing the 2023 Fairfax County Student Peace Awards

Floor Speech

Date: April 13, 2023
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. CONNOLLY. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize the recipients of the 2023 Fairfax County Student Peace Awards.

The Fairfax County Student Peace Awards began with one high school in 2006 to encourage high school aged students to think about peace as both a means and an end, and to recognize young people who work as peacemakers. By 2013, the program was being offered in every public high school in Fairfax County, as well as in many private schools.

Participating high schools choose one Junior or Senior, or one student group active in promoting peace or removing the causes of conflict. Examples of outreach include committing to peace by engaging in activities that strive to end conflict, either locally or globally, promoting the understanding of divisive issues and situations to bridge differences, and working to resolve conflicts among students or members of the community who feel isolated or alienated.

I am pleased to include in the Record the names of this year's Student Peace Award winners:

Filimon Meaza, Annandale High School; Debora Horng, Centreville High School; Ella Ostlund, Chantilly High School; Ella Duncan-High, Edison High School; Adan Eftekhari, Fairfax High School; Lucia Patino Iporre, Falls Church High School; Ash Bulmer, Hayfield Secondary School; Amanda Green, Herndon High School; Girl Up, Justice High School; Nadine Elosta, King Abdullah Academy (KAA); Jessica Sim, Lake Braddock Secondary School; Bareen (Bree) Yagana, Langley High School; Mohamed Karim EI-Gaili, John. R. Lewis High School; Matthew Sullivan, Madison High School.

No Place for Hate, Marshall High School; Saehee Perez, McLean High School; Amare D'Agostino, Mount Vernon High School; Aaliyah Garnett, Mountain View High School; Frank Marquez, Quander Road School; Jaeda Lawton, Robinson Secondary School; John Claude Shaffer, South County High School; Urooj Khattak, South Lakes High School; Social Change Club, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; Sarah Salama, West Potomac High School; Muqtader Zahid, West Springfield High School; Cameron Kasper, Westfield High School; UNICEF Club, Woodson High School.

Mr. Speaker, the efforts of these young people are the building blocks of a more peaceful and tolerant world. I commend them on their efforts and dedication and ask my colleagues to join me in congratulating each award recipient and thanking them as well as Fairfax County Public School System and sponsor organizations for all they have done for our community.