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Interfaith Network presents Peace Awards

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Two graduating seniors at DeKalb High School received Interfaith Network Peace and Justice Scholarship Awards on senior awards night in May.

In presenting the $2,000 first-place award to Chlorissa Saint Arbor, Clinton Jesser cited her high school leadership as president of DHS Students for Peace, her service as an elections judge and her assistance at the Network-sponsored Counter Recruitment Peace Table at the high school, as well as her attendance at the weekly Friday peace vigils in Memorial Park. Chlorissa, the daughter of Douglas and Marla Saint Arbor, received a number of other scholarships and will attend Northern Illinois University in the fall, where she plans to study Spanish and English. Her career goal is to lead environmental travel groups to increase global understanding of other countries.

In presenting a $1,000 award to Raychael Ayres, Jesser cited her high school record of leadership and service, including four years in chorus, leadership in her church’s children’s group, and volunteer work at Hope Haven homeless shelter and Feed’em Soup. She also has won two photography awards. Raychael, the daughter of Gary and Kristin Ayres, plans to attend Kishwaukee College. Her career goal is to become a marriage and family counselor.

The Interfaith Network has handed out its Peace and Justice awards for 20 years. The awards are intended to encourage students to consider careers furthering peace and justice. In view of rising cost of secondary education, the network hopes to increase the amount of future scholarships. Anyone interested in contributing to the scholarship fund can contact Lolly Voss at 815-758-2370 or Cele Meyer at 815-758-0796.

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