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State Representative Ariel M.

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“I hope to inspire others to treat one another with respect.”

– Ariel

Why Ariel M. was Nominated:

In my current role as a School Counselor, I service 539 students at a Pre-K to 6th grade elementary school in Northwest Philadelphia. While I firmly believe that each and every one of my students I work with is exceptional in their own way, I have a select few that go above and beyond what is expected. Ariel Malcolm is one of those students who is a natural leader and shines amongst her peers. She is an intelligent, charismatic, hard-working sixth grader with a strong desire to consistently see, do and want more for herself and her peers. Throughout this school year, Ariel has served as the Captain of the School Safeties, an elite committee of students dedicated to abiding by our school-wide expectations and teaching by example. In this position, Ariel has provided nothing short of 100%. She is truly dedicated to this position and invested in the work necessary to maintain this leadership role. Simultaneously, Ariel has continued to remain at the top of her graduating class, consistently earning straight A’s. For months now, Ariel has arrived to school promptly at 8am, before arrival begins at 8:20. Ariel meticulously circles the perimeter of the school, ensuring the rest of the committee is prepared to receive students eager to get to class. More specifically, Ariel supervises a committee of 22 other safeties and ensures that everyone is at their safety posts, ready to greet parents, students and staff, while ensuring an orderly arrival at school. Similarly, Ariel does the same at dismissal time. Overall, Ariel is successful in this position because she is well respected by her peers and fellow safeties and absolutely adored by her teachers. During weekly safety meetings, Ariel reports on the biggest school-wide concerns and serves as the voice for the committee. She often articulates the biggest “”Glows and Grows”” of the week and makes suggestions of how to improve. Her peers value what she has to say and almost always seem to respond well to her feedback and advice on ways in which we can do a better job as a committee. Additionally, three days a week, during lunch and recess, Ariel circles the cafeteria and recess yard, serving as an extra set of eyes on high alert for any unacceptable behavior, specifically, bullying. Ariel is quick to conduct mediations for minor issues and promptly reports major issues to me. She is also quick to stand up against bullies and advocates for students to resolve conflicts in an appropriate manner. At Edmonds, I encourage students to utilize the “”walk it out”” or “”talk it out”” method, a catchy phrase I created to remind students that when they encounter a disagreement with a peer or feel frustrated they have two options in that very moment. For minor conflicts, students can either talk out the problem and come to a resolution or walk away and cool off and seek assistance from an adult. While at recess, Ariel often takes the lead in facilitating structured activities to promote the development of social skills amongst students. She encourages all children to join in on the game and encourages kindness and friendship. Overall, Ariel’s due diligence to fulfilling her roles and responsibilities has significantly contributed to the decrease in bullying within our school. Her attentiveness to student needs, consistency in routines and ability to quickly problem solve has prevented a number of incidents from turning into bigger issues and/or bullying. Outside of her role as the Captain of the School Safety Committee, Ariel also serves as a mentor in a first grade classroom. This leadership role is something Ariel is dedicated to fulfilling. She spends 2 days a week, mentoring younger children, teaching them valuable skills such as how to resolve conflicts, how to communicate needs and wants and how to appropriately interact with peers. Due to the success of this position, Ariel and I have spoken about her desire to serve as a Middle School Peer Mediator. I hope to train Ariel and 2 additional students on how to effectively conduct peer mediation for the 2017-2018 school year. The logistics of this are still in the works. Lastly, at F.S. Edmonds, I oversee the School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) committee which aims to create a school-wide environment that is respectful, responsible and safe. Students who earn a pre-determined amount of points for each month, are invited to attend a monthly event as a reward for the exceptional behavior. Often times, the Safety Committee assists in setting up these events. Consistently, month after month, Ariel is permitted to attend these events as she always exceeds the required point total. All in all, Ariel is an amazing young lady who aspires to inspire. She is highly motivated and strives to hold leadership roles and for that reason, I believe she would be the perfect candidate to represent the state of Pennsylvania. I am certain that if selected, Ariel will excel and demonstrate her passion for taking a stand against bullying. Her involvement in the Be Strong campaign is likely to empower youth to be the change they wish to see in the world. Both Ariel and I hope to become a part of the mission by standing up with Be Strong.


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State Representative Drew R.

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“I believe it is important that every student is provided with the the opportunity to speak freely about anything that they feel to be important.”

– Drew

Why Drew was Nominated:

I believe that Drew is a qualified candidate because he is easy to talk to. Also, he is not afraid to go up to someone he doesn’t know who may be sitting alone. He has a wide friend group and he is in tune with the Shipley community and what it is about/what can be improved. He wants to help the community and make sure no ones feels alone or left out, but he also realizes that some people do need their alone time. He does not want to intrude on someone who may be an introvert and needs alone time to recharge. Overall, he feels as though by being a state representative of We Dine Together he can make a positive impact on Shipley through the club and eventually pass the role down to someone else who will continue to practice what the club represents.

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State Representative Sarah B.

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” One of the steps I’ve taken is talking to middle-schoolers and trying to inspire them to be more kind to one another, but also making them more conscientious about how their actions affect others.”

– Sarah

Why Sarah B. was Nominated:

Sarah is a conscientious and dedicated student. She is passionate about helping her peers. She seeks out students who do not have anyone to eat with at lunch. This social experience can be stressful and anxiety producing for students. Once she identifies such students, she kindly offers to eat with them. If the offer is accepted, they attempt to maintain a friendship. Sarah is also an advocate for students in the classroom. I have on many occasions witnessed Sarah come to the aid of her peers when they were overwhelmed, emotional or simply not themselves.


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State Representative Kacie W.

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“I believe that we can put bullying and criticism to and end.”

– Kacie

Why Kacie was Nominated:

Kacie is a very outgoing student at Panther Valley Jr/Sr High School. She does her best to be a positive influence on others by being kind, helping new students as they adapt to our building, and helping fellow students when they are confused about assignments or were absent and need to catch up. She is a very upbeat individual who exudes confidence and kindness. No matter what she is doing in her own life, she always takes time for others. Kacie has tried out for our school chorus and is very interested in drawing and singing! She is very eager to become involved with the Be Strong organization and to spread kindness with and to others!

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State Representative Edward H.

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“As a Be Strong Student State Rep. I will represent my home, school and community to the best of my ability. I as raised to be respectful, kind and treat others as I would want to be treated. I am hard worker and I try my best to complete any task that I am involved in.”

– EJ

Why EJ was Nominated:

EJ is an exceptionally kind, sensitive, caring and polite young man. He has a calm, gentle demeanor, but is fervent about accepting others. He is a champion of respecting others’ differences while knowing that underneath we are all the same–human beings. EJ doesn’t seek recognition–all the more reason to acknowledge his admirable character and behavior.

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State Representative Matt R.

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“Be strong is not just having the physical strength but being morally strong. Sometimes when everything seems to be going wrong, a simple word of encouragement can pull someone through.”

– Matt

Why Matt was Nominated:

To scroll down my newsfeed and see your post about ‘Be Strong’, may have just been the highlight of my birthday. I am a Security Officer at East Stroudsburg HS South. I have the pleasure of seeing Matt everyday. But my relationship with Matt started many years ago when I met his beautiful family, and they instantly became a piece of my heart. Matt is the oldest of four boys for Naty and Ray. He, along with his triplet brothers, embody everything that a good human is. He is a role model, not only for students, but for adults as well. I have a positivity board at school. I started it hoping that students would find something that they could relate to. A little piece of positivity. When I see Matt I think of that board. He is embodies every quote I post. He is helpful and kind. He is hardworking. He is sweet. He is genuine. He owns his actions. He is unique. He is real. He gives of himself freely and with compassion and love. Have I said how smart he is? Well, he is a genius! A scholar. A pianist. A Scout. An athlete. He does it all. But most importantly, he is LOVE. In everything he does, you see LOVE. Be Strong to me is staying true to who you are. He is that. When my daughter graduated last year she worried about me. She knew I would miss her. I told her not to worry. I had so many other children to help and give guidance to. Well, Matt, like my daughter, is that one student that reminds me that it is okay to be proud for standing up for kindness. To help others. To keep your heart open. To remain humble. I love this young man. I am proud to say he is a part of my heart. I nominate this young man because he is everything that we should all aspire to be.

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