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Malcolm McDowell Awards – 2018
Two high school graduates received the Malcolm McDowell Awards this past week due to their excellence in humanitarian service and fierce support for human rights. The award was given in honor of the late Rev. Malcolm McDowell who was a stark proponent of human rights activism and whose legacy lives on by aiding students in their future endeavors after high school.
The first student who received this award was Amanda Pfautz, a Barnstable High School graduate. Amanda was an active member of the Barnstable Human Rights Club and pursued a variety of projects during her four-year high school term. Amongst these projects were her annual participation in the Housing Assistance Corporation’s “Big Fix”, fundraising for “Homeless not Hopeless Inc.”, and a food drive for the 9/11 Day of Service. Amanda plans to study at Emmanuel College, pursuing a degree in biology with a focus in health sciences. She then plans to go on to attend medical school with the hopes of entering a career in pediatric medicine.
The second student who received the award was Isabella Pellegrini, who graduated from Nauset Regional High School. Like Amanda, Isabella was deeply invested in the issues surrounding human rights and promptly joined the Nauset Human Rights Academy during her first year of high school. Over her four year tenure, Isabella became the Communications and PR director of the club, tasked with the duty of connecting with local organizations. Isabella took on this role by reaching out to the nonprofit organization, “Cape Cod People Against Trafficking Humans” (PATH), which works to eradicate human trafficking on Cape Cod integrated her knowledge into the club’s advocacy and fundraising. This fall, Isabella will be attending American University to continue her studies in the realm of international relations and human rights.
The award was presented by Kate Epperly, Vice Chair to the Human Rights Advisory Board and Malcolm’s wife, Kathleen McDowell. The HRC organizes the Human Rights Academy every year, allowing students to begin to explore topics world wide which pertain to improving living standards and protecting individual rights. The Commission looks forward to the future developments of both graduates and wishes them the best of luck at their respective institutions.