The Brickies Are Awarded

2015 Brickie Award Winners Celebrated for Contributions to Ward 6

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen and 2015 Brickie Award winner and Eastern High School principal Rachel Skerritt at the Brickie Award celebration on Dec. 7 in the Eastern Market North Hall. (Photo by Christine Rushton)

The owner of Hill’s Kitchen and Eastern High School principal joined the list of five winners for the 2015 Ward 6 Brickie Awards. Ward 6 councilmember Charles Allen presented the awardees of the ninth annual Capitol Hill honor on Dec. 7 at a public celebration in Eastern Market’s North Hall on the 200 block of Seventh Street SE.

Brickie 2015 winners:

  • Business Award: Hill’s Kitchen owner Leah Daniels
  • Public Service Award: Eastern High School principal Rachel Skerritt
  • Civic Pride Award: DC Public Library executive director Richard Reyes-Gavilan
  • Community Organization Award: Southwest Neighborhood Assembly president Bruce Levine
  • Neighbor Award: ANC 6E commissioner Rachelle Nigro

Nigro, who won her first Brickie this year, said she focuses on helping her constituents understand how they can work with the city government to solve issues. She’s serving her third term as ANC 6E commissioner.

“I love talking to my community and getting things done,” she said. “It’s important that there is someone there for them.”

Nigro drives toward success when facing projects. But at the end of the day if she builds stronger relationships with her neighbors, she feels she has truly helped her community.

Rachel Skerritt, also a first time winner, recently graduated her first class of freshmen at Eastern High School after the school relaunched with only 300 ninth graders in 2011.

She said she attributes her award to the teamwork of her staff and students during the restoration of Eastern. She learns a little bit from each face she meets. 

“There’s a small or large victory every year,” Skerritt said. “Someone is going to do something that inspires you every day.” 

About 200 people received nominations for the 2015 Brickies, Councilmember Allen said. Former Ward 6 councilmember Tommy Wells started the Brickie Awards — previously the Livable Walkable Awards — to celebrate the individuals and organizations that support the local community.

“There’s plenty of holiday parties, but it’s important to celebrate the people in our community,” Allen said. “Ward 6 is the largest, and [the Brickie’s] help to highlight all the neighbors.”

The 2015 Brickie Award celebration in the Eastern Market North Hall. (Photo by Christine Rushton)