Hopkins High School senior Hannah Mickelson was recognized at the 84th Annual Rose Rees Peace Awards on May 1. The award ceremony, sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), honors exceptional high school seniors from 25 local schools who demonstration a special interest in and commitment to international relations and world peace.
“This is a perfect time of year to hear from and learn from all these wonderful future leaders,” said Hopkins High School principal Doug Bullinger, who attended the ceremony. “It gives us all hope.”
The award commemorates Rose Rees who died in 1935 while serving as president of the NCJW-Greater Minneapolis Section. Rees made world peace a guiding principle of the NCJW, and also funded the World Affairs Council of Minneapolis.
As part of the nomination process, students must demonstrate that they have a vision for world peace, submit an essay, and be endorsed by a teacher or faculty member at their school. Social Studies teacher Rick Rexroth and his department colleagues nominated Mickelson. After graduation, she plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study science and engineering.