Local student picked for Girls Rock! Award
Waterville — Hardy Girls Healthy Women will celebrate Maine girls in its sixth annual Girls Rock! Weekend Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6. The weekend includes the fifth annual Girls Rock! Awards, a ceremony that will recognize the accomplishments of five Maine girls including Peyton Feener, a senior at the Community School in Camden.
Girls Rock! Weekend celebrates girls’ voices in art, music, literature and society, and the awards honor girls who are using their voices in bold and powerful ways to make Maine a better place for all girls. Feener, 17, is the Health Advocacy Award winner. Desiring to be a positive change in the world, Peyton spends her time advocating for teenage girls and youth in the LGBTQ community. Working with the Family Planning Association of Maine through Project AWARE, she scripted, acted in and directed the short film “Two Seconds,” which addresses teens struggling with sexual health issues. She also is a member of Out! As I Want to Be, an organization for LGBTQ youth in Midcoast Maine. In addition to her other advocacy work, Peyton facilitates a radio show that announces events designed to promote a safe space for the Midcoast’s LGBTQ community.
“Whether it’s leading by example or organizing the school to campaign for social justice, we want to honor girls who are making Maine a better place for other girls to live here,” said Jackie Dupont, vice president of research and programs of Hardy Girls Healthy Women. “We were in awe by the powerful social changes these girls are doing not only because it will spark other girls to take the lead, but because their actions also break stereotypes about what girls are capable of doing and what they care about.”
Other award winners to be honored at Girls Rock! Weekend include Anne McIntire from Bailey Island, who will be awarded the Title IX Championship Award for being a huge proponent in creating a girls varsity hockey team at Mt. Ararat High School; Derian Chenel Gatewood from Dexter, who will receive the Entrepreneurship Award for starting her own business and pledging 10 percent of her sales to Womancare, a local domestic violence agency; Adrienne Damicis from Scarborough, who will be given the Against the Odds Award for becoming a key community figure, president of her high school’s Key Club and mentor and counselor for Camp No Limits; and Jasmine and Christina Smedberg from Waterville, who will be awarded the Community Organization Award for taking a stand against bullying and organizing a community event to raise awareness.
To find out more about the Hardy Girls programs and events, visit hghw.org or call 861-8131. Hardy Girls Healthy Women is a nonprofit located in Waterville that works to ensure all women and girls are independent, safe and equal in their everyday lives.
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