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Juniors recognized as Ambassadors for Justice

May. 12, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- Several area students were recently recognized as Ambassadors for Justice in the second year of a program started by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

In told, there were 56 West Virginia high school juniors who were given the award at a banquet in April.

"These 56 students have each demonstrated a powerful ethical compass," Goodwin said. "They've exemplified tremendous leadership. Their ideas and perspectives are invaluable. These are students who are willing to step forward and do something if one of their peers makes a self-destructive decision or bullies someone else."

The U.S. Attorney's Ambassadors for Justice program was created by Goodwin last year in response to rising school bullying and social media threats involving young people. The program was also spurred by a February 2012 school shooting at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, in which a student opened fire on his classmates, killing three and wounding two others.

Junior Ambassadors include Anthony Jaime, Huntington High School; Jaime Schussler, Cabell Midland High School; Logan Miller, Lincoln County High School; Ayla Edwards, Point Pleasant Jr./Sr. High School; Wynston Lloyd, Hannan Jr./Sr. High School; Paige Stanhope, Wahama Jr./Sr. High School; Cory Hoshor, Buffalo High School; Carla Haikal, Winfield High School; Sarah Lawrence, Hurricane High School; Kyle McClanahan, Poca High School; Payton Fetty, Wayne High School; Kristen Griffith, Tolsia High School; and Meredith Hall, Spring Valley High School.