Cassidy Parady received the Acadia Friends Meeting Peace Award at the MDI High School Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 1. Carol Woolman presented the award to Cassidy, who is the daughter of Heidi Sterling Arey and Scott Parady. It included a certificate, $500, and one year subscription to “YES” magazine.

For 16 years, Acadia Friends Quaker Meeting has presented the Peace Award to a graduating senior or home-schooler in Union 98 who has been nominated by teachers, community members, and/or peers. It recognizes a student who demonstrates peaceful resolution of conflict in school and community, support for an inclusive atmosphere with respect for diversity, and/or involvement in national or international efforts to promote understanding and peace.

Cassidy is a star athlete in three sports (volleyball, basketball, and softball), in which she is known as a team player. She serves in a position of leadership and service in the National Honor Society. As a member of the Hearing Committee, she is known to listen carefully, be fair in determining outcomes of problems, and to be the epitome of grace under fire. She is admired for her warmth and acceptance of students of all abilities and her friendly attitude everywhere she goes.