Annual Awards

Students Against Violence Everywhere Recognizes Students, Advisors and Chapters!

Each year, SAVE recognizes outstanding SAVE students, advisors and chapters for the difference they have made through SAVE. Nominate a student, advisor or chapter who has made a difference in your school or community.  Award recipients will be announced at the National SAVE Summit and will receive a letter of recognition and certificate. Additionally they will be highlighted in press releases in their regional area and nationally on the National SAVE website.

Recognize your outstanding SAVE participants!


 2015-2016 Annual Award Winners

On March 12, 2016 SAVE Chapters From Around the Country Came Together for the 16th Annual SAVE Youth Summit. These Awards Honor and Recognize SAVE Members Who Go Above and Beyond to Make Their Schools and Communities Safe for All. 

The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere, a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to decreasing the potential for violence in schools and communities, recognized exceptional participants with its annual award program. SAVE Students of the Year, Advisor of the Year, and Chapter of the Year were all nominated by community members from across the country and are recognized for their outstanding efforts in preventing violence in our schools.

SAVE Student of the Year

Haley

This year SAVE has had the honor of awarding SAVE Student of the Year to not one, but two nominees. One of these winners is Haley Abernathy of the Highland School of Technology. Haley has had the honor of serving as a Youth Advisory Board member for three years, and has been the president of the Youth Advisory Board for the past two years. She has demonstrated leadership not only as a member of the board, but in her own chapter as well. She and her chapter went to Woodhill Elementary School and read “Twenty Twinkling Stars” to all of the first grade students, under her guidance they also participated in several projects with the Boys and Girls Club. Haley has participated in events with the local domestic violence shelter, where she coordinated to buy laundry baskets and other toiletry items to make the residents feel as though they have their own space.This along with other events such as attending a Violence Awareness Campaign and organizing the Mix It Up Campaign about teaching tolerance are just some of the many ways that Haley has exemplified the SAVE character traits of leadership, compassion and non-violence.

Belinda PicOur second SAVE Student of the Year is Belinda Benjamin from Lockhart Elementary School in the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a third grader, Belinda is one of the youngest members of her SAVE chapter, but that doesn’t stop her from exhibiting compassion, respect and tolerance. Belinda actively participates in all anti-violence and peace rallies in addition to being a role model for other students in her chapter and school. She is a peace maker among her peers and speaks freely to other students about how it feels when people name call, push others off playground equipment or challenge each other to fights. Because of Belinda’s participation and interest in her chapter she even convinced other student’s parents to allow them to join SAVE.

 

 

SAVE Advisor of the Year

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SAVE is so fortunate to have many wonderful adults work with students across the country. SAVE is thrilled to announce the SAVE Advisor of the year is Sarah Dianich from Mukwonago High School in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. According to SAVE Member Paige Fix, “Ms. Dianich has worked tirelessly to make their chapter incredible.” Her accomplishments include an extremely successful Safe Schools’ Week, which promoted the end of bullying across school campuses. She facilitated the chapter raising over $2,000 for the Waukesha Women’s Shelter through the schools Penny War. Mrs. Dianich demonstrated her compassion for others and dedication to her community by organizing a Winter Wear Coat drive, which collected winter gear for families in need. Through Ms. Dianich’s efforts, SAVE has spread into the community to two other schools and she ensures that the high school members coordinate outreach and activities at the elementary and middle school chapters.

SAVE Chapter of Year

Optimism Preventive

SAVE is full of dedicated, hard-working chapters who go above and beyond to make their schools and communities a safer place. One of these chapters is Optimism Preventive Services of Georgetown, SC! This chapter has been extremely active in their community this year, hosting a community wide anti-bullying rally as well as organizing a giving drive for the Family Justice Women’s Shelter, where they collected personal items and clothing to give to those in need. For America’s Safe Schools’ Week, Optimism Preventive Services teamed up with the South Carolina Correctional Center to host their annual Operation Get Smart crime prevention program. The SAVE Chapter conducted a Teen Dating Violence Workshop for youth in their community and also visited elementary schools, day cares, and the library conducting presentations utilizing Twenty Twinkling Stars and SAVE’s Ernie the Elephant coloring books. This SAVE Chapter has overcome many obstacles this year including being flooded out of their meeting location and having to seek alternative meeting space. Through all of their challenges, they have kept reaching out to other youth in their community and surrounding schools to spread SAVE’s message and engage youth in violence prevention activities. As a community-based SAVE chapter, Optimism Preventive Services has implemented programs and events as well as created a collaboration with schools, law enforcement and community organizations to work together to address the many challenges and barriers that our youth encounter daily.

Congratulations to all of our 2015-2016 winners!


2014-2015 Annual Award Winners

SAVE Recently Held the National SAVE Summit and Announced Our Dedicated Award Winners! Over 26 Years of SAVE Members Determined to Make a Difference in Preventing School Violence!

The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere, a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to decreasing the potential for violence in schools and communities, recognized exceptional participants with its annual award program. SAVE Students of the Year, Advisor of the Year, and Chapter of the Year were all nominated by community members from across the country and are recognized for their outstanding efforts in preventing violence in our schools.

SAVE Student of the Year

This year SAVE had two very important students to honor for their outstanding Leo Webservice and accomplishments with SAVE. Our first award winner is Courtney Leo Myers from White Oak High School. Leo is an enthusiastic student against violence and especially against bullying of students who are gay, lesbian, and/or transgender.  Leo successfully leads club meetings along with presentations at the high school, middle school and elementary school.  Leo is a positive role model with a “can do it attitude.” This transcends to students that, “it is okay to be different.” Leo believes in SAVE and incorporates the mission statement, mantras, and philosophies into everyday life and shares it willingly with others. Assistant principal David Anderson stated the “Leo has helped to shape the SAVE club on the White Oak campus.  Today, it is one of the most popular and active clubs.  It is not a coincidence that Leo has been the President of the club for two of those years.” Leo was nominated by former SAVE President Zach Bakke and the school assistant principal, David Anderson.

Our Second SAVE Student of the Year is Sydney Gilbert from Muckwonago HighSydney Award School in Wisconsin.  Since a freshman, Sydney has worked tirelessly to promote and model the objectives of SAVE.  She has served as president of her chapter for two years and has initiated numerous activities and campaigns to promote nonviolence and mitigate bullying in our school district and community.  Sydney initiated the first “True Beauty” Day which is a day to promote being ourselves rather than focusing on the media’s views of beauty. She is a strong believer in peer to peer teaching and created multiple activities for the chapter to utilize when working with their local middle schools.  Sydney has become the face of SAVE at her 1600 student high school.  She is looked to as a model and spokesperson and had brought several life-changing initiatives to the high school, middle school and elementary school.  Sarah Dianch remarked that “Sydney is the most dedicated SAVE officer she has had in her nine years as a SAVE Advisor.  So much of her inspiration will be carried forward into future years of SAVE.” Sidney was nominated by school Advisor, Sarah Dianich.

SAVE Advisor of the Year

SAVE is so fortunate to have many wonderful adults work with students across the Watson Webcountry. Our Advisor of the Year award goes to one who has truly made a difference in her community, Officer Daisy Watson from Biloxi High School. Officer Watson is passionate about SAVE and everything that it stands for.  She is known as the glue for the Biloxi High School SAVE Chapter because she keeps everything running smoothly. She encourages her students to put community and safety of others first.  Officer Daisy helped them organize a very successful toy drive in accordance with the Biloxi Police Department called Santa Wears a Badge which allowed them to pass out over 1500 toys to children in the community.  With her guidance the chapter promoted safe driving and drunk driving awareness by using her contacts to set up DUI reenactments with real police, fire, and ambulance.  Officer Daisy also cares about the cohesiveness of the club.  They focus on team building and building positive relationships.  Officer Watson coordinated for the SAVE Chapter to attend North Bay Elementary and read SAVE’s Ernie the Elephant tales to 600 kids followed by an honest discussion regarding how to better address conflicts.  Even with such a demanding job as SRO she always finds time to dedicate to the chapter.  She has turned the club into one of the biggest in the school, boasting 60 plus members.  Under her guidance the SAVE Chapter also hosted the Mississippi Teen Safe Driving Workshop sponsored by Allstate.

SAVE Chapter of Year

SAVE honored two chapters this year! cuthbertsonwebOur first SAVE Chapter of the Year award winner is Cuthbertson High School under the direction of SAVE Advisor Leah Ross. This SAVE Chapter has been extremely active this year with plans to accomplish a lot more before the end of the school year.  They host weekly SAVE meetings and monthly club dinners.  They conducted back to school safety activities, coordinated a school-wide anti-bullying week, celebrated National SAVE Day, International Day, LGBT Marriage Equality awareness, and International Day of Peace. They presented a session at the SAVE Summit, conducted school wide 9/11 memorial activities, received multiple grants, conducted a supply drive for the SAVE chapter in Sierra Leone, and created and shipped 157 dresses for Africa.  They have also conducted food drives, raised over $2000 for their homeless shelter, organized blood drives and made valentine gift bags for their domestic violence shelter.  Their SAVE Chapter is known for giving back to their community and addressing difficult violence related issues.

Our second SAVE Chapter of the Year Award goes to Lockhart Elementary in the virgin islandsUS Virgin Islands. Their outstanding dedication to SAVE and their community has been remarkable this year! These students presented their version of Why Can’t We Be Friends at a community rally with over 700 attendees.  Each month they create and present a message to share with their student body reminding students to strive for Peace and Unity.  They were active during No-Name-Calling Week and Random Acts of Kindness Week.  Utilizing performing arts, they sing, dance, role play, chant, and recite poetry that focuses on peace and nonviolence.  Their advisor, JoAnne Saunders, states that “students who once could not get along together, now come to the club as hand holding friends, bringing new members with them every day.” They are active with social media posting great messages and presentation to share with the world.

Congratulations to ALL of our 2014-2015 SAVE Award winners!


2013-2014 Annual Award Winners

 SAVE Celebrates 2013-2014 Annual Awards and the Organization’s 25th Anniversary at National Summit For Students and Community Members Interested in Preventing School Violence

The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere, a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to decreasing the potential for violence in schools and communities, recognized exceptional participants in its annual awards program. SAVE’s Student of the Year, Advisor of the Year and Chapter of the Year were all nominated by community members from across the country and are recognized for their outstanding efforts in preventing violence in our schools.

zach2SAVE’s Student of the Year award went to Zachery Bakke, a senior at Bunn High School in North Carolina. Bakke co-founded his SAVE chapter four years ago and has been voted president ever since. He continually demonstrates outstanding leadership and commitment to the SAVE ideals, serving as a role model for not only other SAVE members, but students throughout the school. During Bakke’s time as president, gangs, bullying and crime have decreased tremendously. He was nominated by his SAVE chapter advisor, Ruby Savage.

May 1, 2014 – Pinwheels for Prevention – Royale Reporter – Louisburg, NC

The SAVE Advisor of the Year award went to Carol Jackson from White Oak High School in North Carolina. In addition to serving as advisor for White Oak High School’s SAVE chapter, Jackson also leads chapters at Hunters Creek Middle and Elementary Schools. As the social worker at each of these schools, Jackson has a unique ability to see things through her students’ eyes and makes a different in each of their lives. Jackson’s dedication to SAVE has made a tremendous impact on its members at each school.

Lastly, the SAVE Chapter of the Year award went to Biloxi High School in Biloxi, biloxiMiss. The Biloxi High School SAVE Chapter has conducted numerous activities during Safe Schools Week and Red Ribbon Week including creating PSAs, posters, banners, hosting pledge drives and putting on school wide assemblies. It shows commitment to not only its school, but also the local community by organizing clothing, toy and food drives. In addition, the Biloxi High School SAVE Chapter has been active in teen safe driving efforts throughout the year, conducting monthly seatbelt checks and reinforcing the dangers of drinking and driving in a DUI reenactment during prom week. The Biloxi High School SAVE chapter is led by its advisor, Daisy Watson.

“These three award winners exemplify the true spirit of SAVE,” said Carleen Wray, executive director of SAVE.  “The steps they have taken in their schools and communities go above and beyond what we could have ever imagined when SAVE began 25 years ago.”

The winners were revealed at the SAVE Summit, which was held April 12 at the McKimmon Center at N.C. State University in Raleigh. More than 250 people attended including SAVE participants, students, teachers, law enforcement, dropout prevention coordinators, social workers, counselors and parents. Through motivating workshops, peer-to-peer presentations and nationally acclaimed speakers, the Summit showcased successful practices in preventing violence and trained participants in effective ways to make their schools and communities safer.