James Sampson Receives Peace Action Youth Award

Nottingham High School senior James Sampson will receive the 2008 Peace Action Youth Award. The $500 award, funded by John F. X. Mannion and Stephanie Miner, is given to a high school senior in Onondaga County who has demonstrated a commitment to working for peace and social justice. James has been a leader in the Jenna Foundation for Non-Violence, a violence prevention program. He mentors fifth-grade students, helping them deal with problems without resorting to violence. The skills learned reduce teasing, bullying and fights, not only in school, but also at home and in the neighborhood. James volunteers at the Salvation Army Day Care Center, participates in the Community Wide Dialogue Fayetteville-Manlius/Nottingham Exchange Program to promote racial understanding, and works in voter registration drives. He also works at Wegmans and is in Wegmans Hillside Work Scholarship Connection. At Nottingham James is in the Honor Society, he directs the Gospel Choir and plays alto sax in the band.

He also sings in his church choir. In the fall James will attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In the future he plans to continue mentoring African American young people. James is the son of DeAndra Wilson.
- Margrit Diehl, Peace Action