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Character Counts! Awards Ceremony Set for Feb. 12

character counts emblemTo celebrate CHARACTER COUNTS! in Gaithersburg, 529 students created written and graphic works celebrating the six pillars of character: Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

The winners of the annual poster and Adult Heroes essay contests will be recognized at a public awards ceremony on February 12 at Goshen Elementary School.

This year’s poster contest, “Celebrating CHARACTER COUNTS! In the Community and Through Service,” was open to all students in Gaithersburg area elementary and middle schools. It was co-sponsored by the Gazette Newspapers and received 470 entries. The ten winners are:

Jasmine Echeona 5th Grade Brown Station Elementary School Poster (PDF format)
Johnson (Amani) Mbonimpa 4th Grade Brown Station Elementary School Poster (PDF format)
Violeta Salcewicz-Gomez 4th Grade Brown Station Elementary School Poster (PDF format)
Naveen Ramamurthy 2nd Grade DuFief Elementary School Poster (PDF format)
Annabelle Headley 7th Grade Gaithersburg Middle School Poster (PDF format)
Victoria Harvey 8th Grade Gaithersburg Middle School Poster (PDF format)
Calley Mullin 7th Grade Gaithersburg Middle School Poster (PDF format)
Alison Van 7th Grade Gaithersburg Middle School Poster (PDF format)
Emmy Adzannur 4th Grade Rosemont Elementary School Poster (PDF format)
Todd Benowitz 5th Grade Strawberry Knoll Elementary School Poster (PDF format)

Elementary and middle school students also participated in an “Adult Heroes in OUR Community” essay contest, co-sponsored by the Gaithersburg Rotary Club. Participants wrote about someone who has had a positive, personal influence on their lives related to one or more of the Six Pillars of Character. 59 entries were received. The five winners, all 5th grade students, are:

David Goba Goshen Elementary School Essay (PDF format)
Caitlin Jimenez Goshen Elementary School Essay (PDF format)
Kimberly Amaya Washington Grove Elementary School Essay (PDF format)
Sophie Gilmore Washington Grove Elementary School Essay (PDF format)
Sean P. Nguyen Washington Grove Elementary School Essay (PDF format)

The posters and essays are on display at Lakeforest Shopping Center through February 28.

 

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