Four Prince George’s County seniors swept the peer leader awards at the regional College Summit awards ceremony in late April.
Three seniors from Largo High School and one from Crossland High School in Temple Hills were recognized for their leadership in creating a college-going culture in their schools.
“The most influential person in a 17-year-old’s life is another 17-year-old,” said Vinette Brown, the development director for the National Capital region of College Summit, a nationwide organization that works with school systems to increase rates of college attendance.
“These students are the keys to show everyone in the building that college is cool and college is attainable.”
Kaelyn Scruggs and Omari Wilson, both from Largo High, were named peer leaders of the year and won iPads.
Allegra Coleman, from Largo High, and Dominica Beverly, from Crossland High, won $250 college book scholarships as runner-up peer leader winners.
The National Capital region includes 21 schools and about 3,700 students in Prince George’s and Howard counties; Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; Arlington, Va.; and Alexandria, Va., Brown said.
About 200 seniors are chosen as peer leaders each year, and those seniors can apply to be considered for peer leader of the year awards, Brown said. A panel of five judges selected the winners based on the work they have done to inspire students in their schools to pursue post-secondary education.