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Peer Alliance Day

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Pledge thumb prints by Lilly Milman
Pledge thumb prints by Lilly Milman

On January 29th, Hills West participated in the second annual Peer Alliance Day.  The Hills West Peer Ambassadors looked to raise awareness against bullying through this event.  “We hope to be the people to whom anybody can turn to if needed,” explained senior Jared Silberlust about the Peer Ambassadors.

“Peer Alliance Day was organized by the Peer Ambassadors Program in order to gain the school’s support against bullying. Everyone wore blue for our cause, and over 1,000 students signed the pledge stating that they were not going to bully, and would stand up for what’s right. Afterwards, they would place their thumbprint on a poster along with their peers, showing that if everyone comes together as one, we can make a difference to prevent bullying. Peer Alliance Day was a huge success, and I am very proud to have been a part of it,” explained senior and Peer Ambassador Danielle Cardito.

Those who participated were rewarded for their efforts.  Students who wore blue received cookies donated by the DiGiorgi family, and those who pledged received a blue bracelet that had “Take The Pledge” written across it.

Peer Ambassadors looks to raise awareness to the worldwide problem of bullying, not just through this event, but throughout the entire school year.

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Miles Essner is a junior at Half Hollow Hills High School West. Miles has been editor of the Arts and Entertainment section of the newspaper since freshman year. Miles aspires to have an occupation in media arts; working behind the camera has been a dream of his for a long time. Films such as Pulp Fiction and The Godfather heavily influence him. In school, Miles is more geared towards the social science subjects of school including Social Studies and English; he uses the knowledge and skill from these classes to help put out the finest possible writing. Miles is also a well-accomplished percussionist and is part of the High School West Music Honor Society. Miles is heavily driven and well versed in the entertainment scene for which he covers.