BOD students, programs excel in year
Several Bishop O'Dowd High School students were nationally recognized for their work in the area of social justice and public speaking.
In recognition of his demonstrated commitment to advancing the cause of positive race relations and his work to increase understanding and respect among all races, Dylan Brown '17 received a 2017 Princeton Prize in Race Relations.
Dylan created O'Dowd's first social justice advisory group, Solidarity Not Solitary, an organization that serves as a vehicle for students to advocate on issues such as implicit bias, the need for diversity in the Silicon Valley, mass incarceration and solitary confinement, immigration reform, sustainability and indigenous rights and Islamophobia.
One of 27 regional winners from across the United States, Dylan was honored April 27-29 during the annual Princeton Prize Symposium on Race held on the Princeton University campus. The event included group discussions, presentations and speeches, including a keynote address by Cornell William Brooks, president of the NAACP.
Seniors Antoneil Carter and Isabel Hallock participated in the National Bar Association's 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition. After advancing through a local competition, held in Oakland on April 15, Isabel placed first at the regional competition, held in Marina Del Rey on April 29, during the California Association of Black Lawyers Conference, while Antoneil placed second. As one of 12 regional winners from across the country, Isabel will participate in the National Competition set for Aug. 3 in Toronto, Canada.
Meanwhile, O'Dowd's Center for Environmental Studies won an Acterra Business Environmental Award in the category of Sustainable Built Environment. The CES is one of 20 verified zero net energy (ZNE) buildings in California.
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