The 2021 Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County, held virtually Sunday, March 14, recognized high school junior and senior students at 24 public high schools in the county who made a positive contribution to their school or wider community by promoting mutual understanding and respect for all people.
The Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County were begun in 2006 to encourage people to think more about peace as both a means and an end, and to recognize young people who work as peacemakers. Every year, the high schools in Fairfax County are asked to select one junior or senior, or a group of students, whose work has promoted peace. The project is organized by volunteers and funded by donations from 17 secular and religious sponsoring organizations, including Herndon Friends Meeting.
The awardees received $250, plus another $100 to be given to any nonprofit organization of their choice that operated in the spirit of the Peace Awards. The students also received the book, Sweet Fruit from a Bitter Tree by Mark Andreas, who was also the guest speaker.
Margaret Fisher served as emcee, reading a summary profile of each student. Margaret and some thirty-five other volunteers from the sponsoring organizations, including many from Herndon Friends, worked to help make the reception a success.
For the full list or awardees, see this press release.