Students from 23 Schools Named Recipients of Fairfax County 2018 Student Peace Awards

News Release
February 28, 2018

Students from 23 Fairfax County public schools have been named recipients of the 2018 Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County, designed to recognize young people who work as peacemakers.  Recipients will be recognized at a reception on March 11 at the Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax.

The 2018 recipients are:

  • Annandale High School:  Nahom Dagnachew, Dongun Kim, Victor Nguyen, and Kaa-lok Yap, for their work in defense of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
  • Cedar Lane School:  Khalil Anderson and Arnaz Carter-Newman, for their leadership of their school’s Positivity Project.
  • Centreville High School:  Ricardo Avalos, for helping foreign-born students who are learning English feel less socially isolated.
  • Chantilly High School:  Kimberly Schmaus, for her work with the Fairfax County Student Human Rights Commission, International Awareness Club, and Girl Up.
  • Fairfax High School:  Stran Kurdi, for her work with Kurdish AID (KAID) and for founding a KAID Club at school.
  • Hayfield Secondary School: Carmen Mazyck, for arranging guest speakers for the school’s Black Student Union group and organizing a minority student panel.
  • Herndon High School:  Joyce Lee, for her volunteer work with Jill’s House and her participation in Young Musicians Inspiring Change.
  • Lake Braddock Secondary School:  Zahra Alisa, for her work with the Fairfax County Student Human Rights Commission’s fair housing committee and mental health project.
  • Langley High School: Katherine Mansourova and Junnah Mozaffar, for establishing a chapter of Amnesty International at school and encouraging activism among members.
  • Lee High School:  Eyerusalem Desta, for her work with her school’s chapter of Amnesty International and working to help at-risk families in the community.
  • Madison High School:  Allison Janowski and Katherine Oliveira, for their work with Madison’s Amnesty International group and for establishing a debate day where safe and respectful conversations can take place. 
  • Marshall High School: Janan Iranbomy, for her work to co-found Humans of Marshall Educate, a website that highlights the diversity at her school, and the Embrace Diversity Campaign.
  • McLean High School:  Bryce Liquerman, for his work as a Special Olympics coach, and with the school’s Sources of Strength group that helps students deal with pressure and anxiety related to school and home.
  • Mount Vernon High School:  Scarlett Elizabeth Reyes, for her work with Christian Relief Services that helps families in the U.S. and around the world find safe havens from violence and attain clean water, housing, medical assistance, and education.
  • Mountain View High School: Brayan Geronimo Perez Brito, for his leadership at the Centreville Immigration Forum and working to create an economy of inclusion, including dignity of workers, a living wage, and fighting racism.
  • Oakton High School:  Kinda Callas, for her work with Oakton’s Best Buddies Club to create a video to “Spread the Word to End the Word” and her work to help the homeless in the community.
  • Quander Road School:  Gina Scapellato, for instituting a peace project that encourages classmates to be more aware of how their actions and communication affect others, and for her work to help the homeless.
  • Robinson Secondary School: Faraz Zia, for establishing Project NNZIA, a business venture in which 20 percent of all profits from clothing sales go towards the Edhi Foundation in Pakistan that helps the needy.
  • South Lakes High School:  Zhiyi Wang, for sharing the story of her father, a Chinese dissident, and working with media and conference attendees to explain how to help fight for human rights and democracy in China.
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology:  The TJ Gay Straight Alliance, Ash Rossi, and other officers, for raising awareness of gender and orientation issues at the school, and campaigning against homophobia and transphobia.
  • West Potomac High School: Kameron Clarke, for opening the conversation between students, local police, and community leaders to foster learning, communication, and understanding and foster safer interactions between students and the police.
  • Westfield High School:  the Muslim Student Association, for supporting Muslim students, breaking down negative stereotypes, providing education, and holding service projects to raise funds for clean water projects and mental health education.
  • Woodson High School:  Yousof Omeish, who founded his school’s Muslim Student Association that has fostered increased tolerance and understanding while presenting facts on Islam and dispelling misinformation.  He is the third member of his family to receive a Student Peace Award.