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Oliver W. Winch Middle School student Cameron Cardinale recognized as Gold Star Student by ADL

June 11, 2018

Cameron CardinaleSeventh-grade student Cameron Cardinale was recognized last week as part of the Anti-Defamation League No Place for Hate ceremony as the middle school recipient of the Gold Star Student Award. The award recognizes a student who has exhibited extraordinary leadership in the effort to make his or her school No Place for Hate.

During the course of the school year, OWWMS Principal Tim Dawkins says Cameron took up a leadership position and was present at all of the NPFH committee meetings and often stayed late to make sure the group was on task. He organized student attendance at events, and he oversaw from start to finish the design and implementation of the school’s “I Am” wall activity.

The “I Am” Wall is an activity that gives students the opportunity to see similarities that they have, instead of just focusing on differences, giving them an opportunity to express who they are and connect with others. Students wrote “I Am” statements on the wall

As part of the “I Am” Wall, he produced and edited a video. You can see the video that Cameron directed and produced here.

“Cam works hard to make OWWMS a positive and welcoming place for all,” said Abby Brigham, OWWMS AIS ELA teacher. “Between his work with NPFH, to his activism for Autism awareness, to his technology know-how, Cam is an essential part of our school community. We are proud that his efforts were recognized by the Anti-Defamation League at the No Place for Hate ceremony earlier this month.”

When asked about the qualities that best describe Cameron, Dawkins said, “Cameron routinely shows kindness to all; he has the courage to stand up for what is right; and the openness to form friendships with students from all backgrounds.”

“We’re so proud of the work Cameron has done to make OWWMS a better place,” Dawkins said. “We believe our school is a place where students can express who they are and feel safe doing so. Cameron’s work this past year has encouraged students to be more accepting and welcoming to all.”

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