Wellington Students Recognized for Efforts Toward World Peace


Shaelyn Drost, Managing Editor

Two students from Wellington High School were recognized by the Wellington Rotary Club this past Sunday, September 23rd at the Wellington Rotary Peace Park. Senior Wyatt Crosby received first place for Wellington as the winner of the World Peace High School Essay Contest, and O’Mari Burgess received the Student Mediator Award.

The Wellington Rotary Club held the annual World Peace Ceremony, honoring winners of their elementary, middle, and high school competitions. The high school essay contest required students to write on the subject of the achievement and importance of world peace.

WHS English teachers encouraged participation in the contest last year by providing extra credit opportunities to students and reminding them of the $200 prize being awarded to the winner. This was Wyatt Crosby’s initial motivation until he began writing.

“As I wrote my essay, I got more and more into it,” Crosby said. “It wasn’t about extra credit anymore. I realized how important world peace is, and why it is important for everyone to try to achieve that goal.”

Crosby, along with his English Language teacher, Mrs. Flora Rigolo, was thrilled to learn that he had won. The two stood together as he was recognized in the ceremony.

Additionally, O’mari Burgess was nominated by Coach Hernandez of WHS for the Student Mediator Award (STAR). Staff members recognized Burgess’ involvement in the campus community and his kindness among peers.

 “It honestly just felt like an honor being nominated,” Burgess said, “and to have won was just incredible. I just didn’t know people thought of me that highly, so when I heard about it I was just so surprised.”

Both award recipients believed it to be important to have competitions like these, ranging from elementary to high school, and for both staff members and students.

“The competition is really promoting peace and happiness within the community and school,” Burgess stated. “I think that’s definitely important, to promote peace as much as possible.”

Wellington High School is excited to see who will promote these values in next year’s contest.