Meet Our 2012 Student Peacemaker Winners
1st PLACE WINNERS – Trip with Witness for Peace in Latin America
Monserrat Alvarez is a student at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. As her nominator wrote of her, “She is an outstanding young person and a role model not only for her peers, but also for our Meredith faculty and staff members.” A strong student activist, she is the co-founder of NC HEAT (who pushed for diversity-based assignment in our Wake County school system) and also a dedicated volunteer for YWCA, the Action for Community in Raleigh, and El Pueblo. Recently, she also participated in the “Walking the Immigrant Trail” – a 75 mile, 7 day walk of solidarity for those who risk their lives to enter the US.
Owen Clapp works as a mentor twice a week at Avent West Children’s Mentoring and also serves through the Brown Bag Ministry. This service work has put him in touch with children from poor backgrounds, many of them immigrants. He sees how peace issues are interwoven with the issues of poverty, education and immigration, and says, “World peace is only possible if we unlock the hearts and eyes of others so that they can see the problems of the world. Hopefully this will inspire people to fix issues that touch them with their diverse abilities. I feel that I am contributing to solving the world’s problems by being an example of good servant leadership.”
2nd PLACE WINNERS – Lobby Training Weekend with FCNL in Washington DC
Courtney Newsome is a student at Warren Wilson College, studying Social Work with a minor in Spanish. She has volunteered through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Kids on campus and also in the local Hispanic community. Courtney did a semester studying abroad in the Dominican Republic, where she saw first hand issues like poverty and immigration. She is passionate about racial issues in particular and seeks to integrate her social work and Spanish background with social, economic and environmental justice. By addressing these issues in our global and local communities, she believes we can build a more peaceful world.
Ana Maria Reichenbach is a student at UNC-Chapel Hill in International Studies. Born and raised in Ecuador with extensive travel experience in Latin American and Africa, she believes that US foreign policy and peace issues have local connections. A dedicated member of her local chapter of Students for a Democratic Society as well as the Occupy Movement, Ana Maria is dedicated to getting out the message that war, based on economic inequality and the neoliberal paradigm, has local consequences for education and civilian rights. As her nominator said of her, “She is a leader in the truest sense of the word.”