MARISSA CAPPEL is a 16 year old student from Brooklyn, New York, where she attends New Utrecht High School. Its Peer Mediation program is a pilot program in this New York City school which has 3000 students representing 30 different cultures, religions, and languages. Ms. Cappel is described as one of the school’s finest mediators with an established track record of mediating upwards of 150 student conflicts. She is a conflict resolution leader who has contributed in full measure to keeping New Utrecht in the top 2% of the safest schools citywide. Ms. Cappell is cited as having mastered the skills of mediation, and is a role model for her peers by helping to engender a community based on inclusion. She empowers all by treating others with mutual respect. Ms. Cappel participates in a nyc Department of Education community based program, tasc-City Scholars, in which she teaches young people to understand differences and work toward peaceful means to resolve conflicts. Her teachers describe her as a leader who believes that tolerance and mutual respect should be safeguarded, one who strives to make the world a better place.
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