School's Peace Walk/Run draws 400

October 11, 1998


Peace walk/runAbout 400 people showed up for Northern Middle School's second annual Peace Walk/Run on Saturday morning, said Vice Principal Valerie Novak.

"It's really been great. The kids have been wonderful," Novak said.

The race was organized last year to unite the school's students, who are from varying socioeconomic backgrounds, Novak said.

Discipline referrals have dropped dramatically since the event began last year for the students in grades sixth through eight, she said. The school had 64 discipline referrals - none from fights - as of Friday, compared with about 200 this time last year, Novak said.

The 300 participants walked or ran four miles through the school's community down Northern Avenue, Oak Hill Avenue, Potomac Street, across Bethel Street, up North Jonathan Street to The Terrace and back to Northern Avenue, she said.


The walk/run ends a week of activities during which students were rewarded for best attendance and fewest discipline referrals, made huge banners for the gym and participated in Friday's pep rally.

Eighth graders also could earn student service learning credit through Peace Walk/Run activities, Novak said.

The overall winner in the race was Stephen Somers with a time of 27 minutes and 47 seconds, according to volunteer Claire Seibert.

The overall female first-place finisher was Clemence Vidal de la Blache with a time of 32 minutes and 39 seconds.

The first place finishers were:

  • Fifth-grade and under: boys, Theodore Vidal de la Blache; girls, Ikea Haskins.
  • Sixth-grade: boys, Cory Tolerton; girls, Anna Shetler.
  • Seventh-grade: boys, Adrian Haskins; girls, Jessica Hanlin.
  • Eighth-grade: boys, Stephen Feight; girls, Clemence Vidal de la Blache.
  • Ninth-grade and older: boys, Stephen Somers; girls, Joyce Kugler.
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