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Peace award presented to Edina High School senior

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Edina High School (EHS) senior Adrian Lampron received the 2018 Rose Rees Peace Award from the National Council of Jewish Women – Minnesota (NCJW) at a ceremony April 25. Adrian is one of 25 area students to receive the award, which is given to high school seniors who have a “demonstrated interest in and commitment to international relations and world peace.”

Adrian was nominated by the EHS social studies department, and actively participates in various student clubs and activities at the high school, including Model U.N., the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) and Student Senate. As president of the Student Senate, Adrian works to build connections between students and administration. Adrian was also one of the founding members of the Mosaic Project, which works to bring students together and create a unified student body. “Adrian’s voice has been crucial in that work,” said Mike Pretasky, EHS assistant principal.

The award commemorates Rose Rees, past-president of the NCJW-Greater Minneapolis Section, whose passion for world peace was a guiding principal of the council’s work. She also founded the World Affairs Council of Minneapolis.

“To me, the Rose Rees Peace Award means that I've been charged with making a difference in the world,” Adrian said. “I strongly believe in the power of diplomacy to bridge gaps between people with different values and opinions. International leaders must be masters of diplomacy to maintain a peaceful world. My nominators saw potential in me and I’m excited to make them proud.”