Two Logan Co. juniors were recognized, along with other 88 high school students throughout West Virginia, as U.S. Attorney’s Ambassadors for Justice by United States Attorneys Booth Goodwin, Southern District of West Virginia, and Bill Ihlenfeld, Northern District of West Virginia.
Jonathan Collins from Man High School and James Frye from Logan Senior High School were honored for showing outstanding leadership skills and a commitment to social justice.
The ceremony, held March 12, marked the third time that U.S. Attorney Goodwin has recognized leaders from high schools in the Southern District of West Virginia. This year, U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld joined to recognize students from the Northern District of West Virginia.
“I am very pleased to honor these remarkable high school juniors from throughout the state of West Virginia as Ambassadors for Justice,” said Goodwin. “These 88 students have each demonstrated a powerful ethical compass and have shown tremendous leadership. Their ideas and perspectives are invaluable in helping to identify and resolve common and important issues. These are students who are willing to step forward and do something if one of their peers makes a self-destructive decision or bullies someone else.”
Goodwin said that he and U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld share concerns about problems facing young people in West Virginia.
“This isn’t just an award or a title. This is an ongoing mission for us, for our offices, our communities and for each of these Ambassadors for Justice. Together, we can exert positive influence in our schools and communities,” said Goodwin.
The U.S. Attorney’s Ambassadors for Justice program was created by U.S. Attorney Goodwin two years ago in response to rising school bullying and social media threats involving young people and a February 2012 school shooting Ohio. The incident resulted in three dead and two injured. Many other instances of similar merit also inspired the program.
School principals and administrative leaders nominated students who display outstanding character, devotion to citizenship, and a commitment to serving others are fundamentals for nomination. This year, 87 high schools in 46 counties in West Virginia nominated 88 outstanding students to be Ambassadors for Justice.