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Friday, January 14, 2000


CCHS senior receives Anti-Defamation League award

One of the panelists in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, held at Middlesex School on Sunday, was CCHS senior Megan Miller of Fiske Street. In November, Miller was one of four students from throughout the country to be recognized for her work against bigotry and prejudice. She was honored at the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) fundraiser, "In Concert Against Hate," held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on November 15. The four young people, ages 16-21, were singled out as representatives of the next generation of leaders to fight against bigotry and prejudice.

Miller, winner of the New England Regional Chapter of the ADL's "Golden Youth" Award last spring, is founder of "Across the Lines," a CCHS antibias program. "Across the Lines," a day-long youth summit, held at the John Hancock Building in Boston for the past two years, has brought suburban and urban students together to talk about race relations and racial and ethnic stereotypes.

Miller is concerned that many students are too involved in academic, athletic and extracurricular activities to find time to participate in events of diversity.

She hopes to continue her volunteer work in the area of racial diversity and bigotry next year when she becomes a freshman in college.

Miller felt the panel discussion sponsored by the Human Rights Council was a good start in getting a conversation going between students and adults. "Students have this sterotype idea that older people aren't open to looking at these problems," said Miller. She believes the panel discussion was a chance to start a dialog.

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