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Mona Mavluda (Music 2022) Named Rose Rees Peace Award Recipient

April 21, 2022

Mona Mavluda (Music 2022), Perpich Arts High School’s selection for the 87th Annual Rose Rees Peace Award

Congratulations to senior Mona Mavluda (Music 2022) for being named Perpich Arts High School’s selection for the 87th Annual Rose Rees Peace Award! The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Rose Rees Peace Awards honor exceptional high school seniors from 25 local schools who have demonstrated a special interest in and commitment to international relations and world peace.

Principal Conn McCartan said, “Mona’s passion for amplifying women’s voices and shining a light on environmental issues made her a clear choice for this year’s Rose Rees Peace Award.”

“I am so thankful to be considered for this award,” said Mona. “I am honored and I thank the NCJW.” Mavluda is from St. Louis Park, Minnesota and previously attended St. Louis Park High School.

Perpich Arts High School began participating in the Rose Rees Peace Awards program in 2007. The award is given to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to peace, activism, and community involvement. “Perpich has participated in this program for a number of years and I think the Rose Rees Peace Award is both a great program and a cool honor to bestow upon one of our graduating seniors,” said Bob Frey, Social Studies Instructor. Frey is the program liaison for Perpich.

Established in 1935, the award commemorates Rose Rees, a past president of National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)-Greater Minneapolis Section, to honor high school seniors who share her passion for peace and justice. Rees’ passion for world peace was a guiding principle of NCJW, as well as at the World Affairs Council of Minneapolis, which she founded. Each year, NCJW honors selected seniors from participating schools (as well as their family members, teachers, and principals) in Rose’s honor. Students selected for the Rose Rees Peace Award have demonstrated leadership in community service or advocacy in a peaceful and positive manner. The award is not based on academic performance and is given to students regardless of their race, color, gender, gender identity, national origin, disability, and/or sexual orientation. The 87th Annual Rose Rees Peace Awards Luncheon was scheduled to take place virtually on Friday, April 22, 2022 but was cancelled earlier in the week.

Kristy Wesson, Director of Communications and Programming for NCJW, said, “We anticipate great things from this group and we do hope that you stay in touch and share your achievements and accomplishments along the way. We’d also like to recognize and thank your parents, guardians, caregivers, teachers, coaches and mentors for helping and cheering you on in each of your respective journeys. Thank you for showing up in your communities and continuing to move conversations forward. Thank you for all that you do. CONGRATULATIONS!”

Any questions about NCJW or the Rose Rees Peace Awards may be directed to Kristy Wesson at 952-922-7900 or