From left, Rosie Avila, Bonnie Snyder and Mackenzie Miller, recipients of the Acadia Friends Peace Award. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ACADIA FRIENDS

Peace awards



BAR HARBOR — Mackenzie Miller, daughter of Tracy and Charlie Miller, Bonnie Snyder, daughter of Ellen Finn and Russel Snyder, and Rosie Avila, daughter of Leilani and Kyle Avila, received the 18th annual Acadia Friends Peace Award at the Mount Desert Island High School Awards Assembly on May 30.

Clerk of Acadia Friends Meeting Mary Booher presented the award, which recognizes graduating MDI High School or home-schooled seniors who demonstrate peaceful resolution of conflict in school and community, support for an inclusive atmosphere with respect for diversity, and/or involvement in national or international efforts to promote understanding and peace. Recipients are nominated by teachers, peers and community members.

The nominations of Miller, Snyder and Avila attested to their efforts to build bridges between people, ensure that all students feel welcome and have a voice, help settle conflicts by proposing solutions that appeal to all parties, and/or by organizing, promoting and participating in local, state and New England peaceful protests regarding gun violence.

Recipients receive an unrestricted monetary award and a subscription to “Yes Magazine.” Miller received $500, and Snyder and Avila each received $250.

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