Senior Keren Ott was this years WHS recipient of the Student Peace Award of Frederick County. This year all FCPS public schools and private had a recipient, making 13 winners total. The awards were formally presented at a peace conference and awards ceremony held at Friends Meeting School in Ijamsville, Maryland on April 14.
The purpose of the award is to honor students who are helping to make our world a better place by promoting the values of peacemaking, conflict resolution, and respect for all people. Each winner received a $200 check, and a $100 contribution to the charity of the student’s choice. Ott decided to give her $100 to the Wounded Warrior Project.
“It was an honor to be able to receive the award, and know that the work I’m doing is recognized,” Ott commented.
Ott thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony itself. “The ceremony itself was really eye opening. The different charities, clubs, and service acts the fellow award recipients are involved with was really touching. I cried for almost every single recipient because what they are doing is really touching.”
“I took away from my experience at the ceremony that there are many ways that we as humans can improve and help to make the world a better place. It’s just a matter of changing and doing it,” Ott added.
“Keren is a true ambassador of kindness and civility. Her desire to improve our school and community lens in regards to acceptance, tolerance, and moral character is admirable. She leads by example. This year she was one of two seniors responsible for organizing goody bags with messages of congratulations to our Unified Tennis (Special Olympics) for their victory in the state tournament. She also served as our school representative for the FCPS Choosing Civility Campaign. Last year Keren helped organize an entire spirit week at our school centered around ‘Random Acts of Kindness and Character,’” said Principal Tracey Kibler.
“This young lady is a role model to all. Her daily life models her values. She is respected by her peers holds numerous leadership positions through clubs and service organization. As her principal I am tremendously proud of Keren. She exemplifies our vision of an Exemplary Lion and deserves this honor with full recognition,” stated Kibler.
If you do community service you don’t have an expectation of receiving anything. You simply do it out of the kindness of your heart. Ott exemplifies exactly that, “We don’t do community service and acts of kindness and expect a reward. It is nice to be recognized for that.”
Way to go Ott and to all the other recipients of this award. Keep up the great services you do for the community.