Nearly 50 peer mediators from Kohala and Kealakehe middle schools gathered in Hawi for the 3rd Annual Middle School Peer Mediator Conference. The students were joined by numerous adults and volunteers, including WHMC BOD members Ruth Smith and Jan Marrack. The purpose of the event is to bring together mediators from different schools so that they can get to know one another and develop camaraderie over their shared interest in mediation. The day was filled with an abundance of positive, youthful energy as the mediators engaged in a diversity of activities including a mixer, the creation of 60-90 second video commercials about peer mediation, a rousing game of kick softball, and an ono lunch served with aloha by the friendly staff at The Hub. Students were sent on their way with gift bags and our sincere aloha for the service they offer to their schools. This event gets larger and more complex every year and we are grateful for the support of the Hub, volunteer videographer Mike Frailey, school counselors Lauren Canton and Lisa Harris, WHMC BOD and staff members, and most of all – the kids! It’s easy to get excited about the future when you spend the day around such engaging youth.