Character Counts! Contest Winners Announced in Gaithersburg
It’s the 20th anniversary of CHARACTER COUNTS! in Gaithersburg. To celebrate the anniversary, more than 420 students participated in an essay, photo, and poster contest recognizing the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
Contest winners and honorable mentions will be recognized at a special CHARACTER COUNTS! in Gaithersburg on May 3 at Gaithersburg Middle School from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This event is open to the public.
Below is a description of the contest theme and list of winners:
This year’s poster contest, “Caring and Citizenship in my Community,” was open to Gaithersburg area elementary and middle school students. 331 students submitted entries.
Noor Akhtar 1st Grade Goshen Elementary School
Chéhed Asheer 3rd Grade Brown Station Elementary School
Stephanie Cedillos 5th Grade Washington Grove Elementary School
Gustavo Diaz 4th Grade Thurgood Marshall Elementary School
Erlinda Diaz-Sanchez 3rd Grade Thurgood Marshall Elementary School
Methmi Dias 8th Grade Gaithersburg Middle School
This year’s photo contest, “Caring and Citizenship in my Community,” was open to middle and high school students.
Rachel Coates 12th Grade Gaithersburg High School.
The “Adult Heroes in Our Community” essay contest, co-sponsored by the Gaithersburg Rotary Club, was open to elementary and middle school students. 89 participants wrote about someone who has had a positive, personal influence on their lives, tied to the Six Pillars of Character.
Ben Levine 3rd Grade Washington Grove Elementary School
Carlos Quinonez 5th Grade Brown Station Elementary School
Maya Stewart 4th Grade Strawberry Knoll Elementary School
Brian Amugi 7th Grade St. Martin of Tours School
Andrew Dris 7th Grade St. Martin of Tours School
Colleen McNulty 7th Grade St. Martin of Tours School
Information about the yearlong anniversary celebration and the winning posters, essays and photo can be found online at www.gaithersburgmd.gov.