SJCP Senior, James McKane was selected as this year’s recipient of the “Student Peace Award of Frederick County” representing Saint John’s Catholic Prep. James has worked to raise awareness about the impact of bullying in our schools and community.
James states “After a troubling incident in my freshman year of high school, I wanted to help combat the epidemic of bullying in our community. I was honored in May of 2018, when Stand for the Silent Inc., an anti-bullying non-profit, 501 (c)(3) recognized my request to form the “Frederick County Chapter of Stand for the Silent”. It is my intent to share the lesson taught through the Stand for the Silent program, that I AM SOMEBODY. Students will no longer have to stand in front of their peers to suffer at the hands of a bully as I once did, but be empowered to speak out and tell the bully to stop. I want to share my experience to demonstrate that it is possible to turn the lowest point of your life into something positive and help others. I plan to dedicate my entire life to help combat bullying by becoming a nurse so I can help change lives for the better.”
Each year, high schools in Frederick County are invited to choose one of their students to receive the “Student Peace Award of Frederick County.” 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. This year all 11 public high schools and 2 private high schools in Frederick County selected a student to receive the award.
The award comes with a $200 check for the student and a $100 contribution to the charity of the student's choice. James has chosen The United Way of Frederick County’s program United in Kindness: A community Response to Stop Bullying.
Awards were formally presented at a peace conference and awards ceremony held at Friends Meeting School in Ijamsville, Maryland on March 30th. Congratulations to James on receiving this recognition from his school community!
(James is pictured on the far right.)