The following is a press release from the District Attorney's Office:
DA Morrissey presents leadership award to Wellesley High Senior
District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey has presented Wellesley High Senior Anna Zannetos one of just 23 Peer Leadership Recognition awards given county-wide for 2012.
“The strength and health of school communities derives largely from the students who lead by example,” District Attorney Morrissey said after presenting the award at his 2012 Peer Leadership Conference, held in Norwood recently. “Good teachers and thoughtful administrators are important, but it is students like Anna doing the work.”
Guidance Counselor Kristi Stone was effusive in her letter to the DA putting Zannetos’ name forward for the award, mentioning her work in the Student Congress, her election as Class Treasurer, participation in a leadership course, selection as Historian for the Key Club and her election as President of the Peer Mentoring program.
“Anna Zannetos is an amazing young woman,” Stone wrote. “She is one of the most intelligent, hardworking and caring students that I have ever worked with.”
The award presentations were made midway through the five-hour Peer Leadership Conference, which supplied workshops and presentations on bullying prevention, dating violence, drug and alcohol use, mentoring and other subjects to more than 150 students hand-chosen to attend from across the county. “We worked to put together a program that might supply tools to the students who are shaping the attitudes and cultures within our schools,” District Attorney Morrissey said.
The conference was financed with money seized during drug raids and forfeited during subsequent court proceedings. “We are using money earned through bad decisions and dangerous activities to promote good decisions and safety in our schools,” District Attorney Morrissey said.