Local students, schools recognized for success in peer mediation

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Some deserving students were recognized Wednesday night for their work as peer mediators.

The Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire held their Peer Mediation Recognition and Awards Banquet at Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School.

It’s a chance for student mediators to be awarded for working to help their peers navigate conflict and develop conversation skills in their schools and communities.

WSAV’s own Kim Gusby emceed the event with Honorable Judge Tammy Stokes as the keynote speaker.

Every peer mediator that attended received a “Peers Working It Out” medallion. Special awards were also given to some standouts:

  • Student Engagement Award: Kiarra Gaskins of Jenkins High School 
  • Innovation Award: Hubert Middle School for their “No Place for Hate” campaign
  • Platinum Award: Hubert Middle School for most cases mediated by student peer mediators in Chatham County  
  • Platinum Award: Metter Middle School for most cases mediated of all schools in the program

The Mediation Center’s Peer Mediation Program has trained over 1000 students in three school districts in Georgia.

“We are proud to recognize students who are committed to making their school a peaceful place to learn,” Mediation Center Executive Director Jill Cheeks said in a statement. “These students go through intensive training in effective communication, problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills before becoming peer mediators and it is vital that we celebrate their success and award their efforts.”

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