Salida Middle School seventh- and eighth-graders in the Extra Learning Opportunities (ELO) program received awards Tuesday for their presentations on “peace warriors” – people who have contributed positively to society through nonviolent means.
First place went to Brooke Beasley for her poster and presentation on Michael Franti, singer and peace activist. Second place went to Gianna Giorno for her work on Michael Franti, and third went to Wyatt Shomion for his presentation on civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Honorable mentions went to Anya Evaskovich for her project on Marshall Rosenberg, creator of nonviolent communication, and to Ripleigh Potts for her work on Howard Zehr, who brought restorative justice to the United States.
The top three winners received gift cards from Full Circle Restorative Justice. Judges were Patty LaTaille, program director for Full Circle Restorative Justice, and volunteers Dunkley DeCew and Linda Erickson.
The ELO program for gifted, talented and high-ability students is taught by Adrienne Everett and Pam Smith. Smith is also a trained facilitator for restorative justice.
The class was created by Everett and Smith to provide “something extra” for high-ability students.