Widener University, in partnership with WCAU-TV NBC10, announced the winners of the Widener University High School Leadership Awards, including students from Kent and New Castle counties.

In its seventh year, the program recognized 175 students from high schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware who demonstrated courage and leadership within their communities.

The Kent County student selected was Anthony Buscemi, Smyrna High School.

New Castle County students selected were Kelsey Higgins, Appoquinimink High School; Ryan Hodlofski, Archmere Academy; Sheyenne Allen, Cab Calloway School of the Arts; Jenna Hopkins, Caravel Academy; Abbrielle Henry, Concord High School; Dha’zhea Freeman, Howard High School of Technology; Sydney Jones, Padua Academy; Sonni Alvarez, Paul M. Hodgson Vocational Technical High School; Analeah DaPonte, Red Lion Christian Academy; Robert Young, Salesianum School; Herman Jones, St. Elizabeth High School; Morgan Mitchell, St. George’s Technical High School; Margaret Bounds, The Charter School of Wilmington; Jorge Najera-Ledesma, Thomas McKean High School; Madison Gac, William Penn High School; and Jacob Arnoldy, Wilmington Christian School.

Students were selected for their abilities to stand up for what is right, address a wrong and make a difference in their communities or schools. Among the winners, the Widener University High School Leadership Awards recognized students who started initiatives to advocate for women’s rights, racial equality, educational reform, and ending domestic violence; created apps to feed the hungry, built playgrounds for children with special needs, and collected supplies for local veterans; and volunteered as educational tutors, mentors and coaches in local communities.

Winners are invited to a celebratory program at the National Constitution Center on March 13 and a leadership conference presented by the Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener University in fall 2018. Winners will receive a scholarship of $20,000 during four years should they enroll at Widener University for undergraduate studies.

For more, visit widener.edu.