District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey has presented Milton High senior R. Dan Halloran one of just 23 Peer Leadership Recognition awards given county-wide for 2012.
“The strength and health of school communities derives largely from the students who lead by example,” District Attorney Morrissey said after presenting the award at his 2012 Peer Leadership Conference, held in Norwood recently. “Good teachers and thoughtful administrators are important, but it is students like Dan often doing the work.”
Halloran was nominated by faculty member Yolanda Beech, who called him “a natural born leader.” Halloran is president of the Spanish Club and Dramatics Society and participates in the Student Leaders program at the school. His teammates chose him captain of the tennis team and he is a member of the National Honor Society – and volunteers to handle public relations for the society, according to Beech.
“Dan is a leader in every sense of the word,” Beech wrote in her nomination letter.
The award presentations were made midway through the five-hour Peer Leadership Conference, which supplied workshops and presentations on bullying prevention, dating violence, drug and alcohol use, mentoring and other subjects to more than 150 students hand-chosen to attend from across the county. “We worked to put together a program that might supply tools to the students who are shaping the attitudes and cultures within our schools,” District Attorney Morrissey said.
The conference was financed with money seized during drug raids and forfeited during subsequent court proceedings. “We are using money earned through bad decisions and dangerous activities to promote good decisions and safety in our schools,” District Attorney Morrissey said.
-Office of Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey