ACLU Youth Award Winners Announced
May 23, 2005
Honolulu - The ACLU of Hawai'i today announced that two Kamehameha Schools students who started a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at the private school and a Pahoa High and Intermediate School senior are recipients in the third annual Guardians of Liberty and Justice Youth Awards.
Co-winners Maxine Anderson, a junior, and senior Lehua Farrar-Ivey from Kamehameha Schools and finalist Myles Cockcroft will receive their awards in a ceremony on June 4 presented by Chief Justice Ronald T. Y. Moon at the State Supreme Court.
"These students have been persistent and brave in their commitment to fundamental rights. Maxine and Lehua have taken a stand for fairness in the face of peer and adult pressure to conform and Myles has shown exceptional initiative," said executive director Vanessa Chong.
Anderson and Farrar-Ivey will be recognized for their instrumental role in initiating a GSA at the Christian-based private school. The pair has worked since 2002 to obtain formal recognition of this group. Because of these girls' leadership, the youth group received approval to become an official club on campus. The students expanded its membership to recognize every student's individuality and took on a new name, "PRIDE", to reflect its mission to promote appreciation and acceptance in diversity.
Cockcroft will be acknowledged for being an advocate who carries the Constitution and Bill of Rights with him and is considered a "go to" resource among his peers when students rights issues come up. He recently opposed a new student identification policy, to address on-campus security, because it unfairly infringed on the right to privacy. He has refused to wear the new ID and has been threatened with suspension.
The ACLU's youth award was created in 2003 to recognize the efforts of young individuals, who are not older than a senior in high school, who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the protection of fundamental freedoms. The awards are donated by Honolulu resident Dr. Leslie Wilbur. The co-winners will split the $1,000 award and the finalist will receive $500.
The awards ceremony is open to the public but a RSVP is required due to limited seating. For more information, contact the ACLU at 522-5900.
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