The following is taken from a press release recieved from the Norfolk District Attorney's office.
Medfield High School Student Haley Kramer has received a 2012 Peer Leadership Award from District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey.
Kramer is among just 23 Norfolk County high school students to win the award county-wide this year.
“The strength and health of school communities derives largely from the students who lead by example,” District Attorney Morrissey said after presenting the award at his 2012 Peer Leadership Conference, held in Norwood recently. “Good teachers and thoughtful administrators are important, but it is students like Haley doing the work.”
Her advisor at the high school, Karen Renaud, was effusive in her nomination, citing Kramer’s work in Medfield’s Peer Tutoring and Leadership program, the Youth Action Committee, the Fit Girls Running Club for elementary students, her presidency of the Prom Committee and her work with the Massachusetts Special Olympics.
Renaud wrote, “I have had the honor of teaching some fantastic young people over the past 15 years, but she is truly one of the best.”
The award presentations were made midway through the five-hour Peer Leadership Conference program, which supplied workshops and presentations on bullying prevention, dating violence, drug and alcohol use, mentoring and other subjects to more than 150 students hand-chosen to attend from across the county.
“We worked to put together a program that might supply tools to the students who are shaping the attitudes and cultures within our schools,” Morrissey said.
The conference was financed using money seized during drug raids and later forfeited by drug dealers as being criminal proceeds.
“We are using money earned through bad decisions and dangerous activities to promote good decisions and safety in our schools,” Morrissey said.