The Waldo County Peace Activist Award for 2015 has been awarded to two graduating seniors, Madison Cook of Belfast and Autumn Jackson of Searsport.

Cook, who graduated from Islesboro Central School, is the founder of Young Voices of Waldo County, a coalition dedicated to making sure that the voices of young people are heard in local and state politics. She logged many hours volunteering for candidates in the November election. She plans to study architecture at Tulane University, and to use that knowledge to help meet the need for sustainable infrastructure.

Jackson rose above difficult personal challenges to become a contributor to her community. Her service includes peer leadership at Belfast High School and volunteering for a number of service projects for the needy, in the overall community and through the Baptist church. She plans to study psychology at Thomas College, and seeks a career that will allow her to help people surmount obstacles to fulfill their potential.

The Waldo County Peace Activist Award was founded in 2005 by David Demere, a local peace activist. Belfast Area Friends Meeting assumed fiscal sponsorship in 2005.

Contributions to the award are tax-deductible and can be sent to Waldo County Peace Activist Award, 74 Church St., Belfast ME 04915.