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BCHS senior honored with Siena College MLK Courage Award

Filed in Archive, BCHS, Student Spotlight by on March 23, 2021

a picture of Zoe ThomasZoe Thomas cares deeply about her community, her education, and her fellow classmates. Now, her actions are being recognized by an area college.

The Bethlehem senior is a recipient of the MLK Student Courage Award from Siena College. The award is given to students in the Capital Region “who have demonstrated personal courage by taking positive action against racism, prejudice and bias-related violence in their community… the award honors those who actively promote the ideal of a just and inclusive society that values diversity and the uniqueness of each individual.”

“I am so honored and excited to be a recipient of this award,” Zoe said.

Zoe was nominated for her work in leading a Read-In on Juneteenth 2020 and meeting with the head of the Bethlehem English Department about diversifying the district’s English Language Arts curriculum. At the read-in, anyone was welcome to read a poem or passage of a story by an author of color. Zoe has also worked with the Amnesty International Club, giving a presentation to 8th graders about the importance of media literacy and understanding social issues such as LGBTQ+ rights, racial injustice, environmental issues, and gender equality. “I feel that fellow classmates should understand the importance of diversity in the curriculum and the impact that inclusion has,” she said.

“When our curriculum includes all voices, it can truly reflect the values of the school and community. I am glad to see that Bethlehem is working to provide more inclusive books for students.”

After graduating from Bethlehem, Zoe plans to study Political Science at Boston University.

Click here to read more information about Siena College’s MLK Student Courage Award.