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MARTIN COUNTY -- More than 100 local students were nominated for the 2012-13 Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards, but only 25 were honored with the prestigious award.
This year's Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards ceremony, presented by United Way of Martin County's CHARACTER COUNTS! program, took place on Feb. 27 at the Wolf-High Technology Center at Indian River State College's Chastain Campus in Stuart.
The 15 middle and 10 high school students, along with their friends and family members, packed into the auditorium where guest speakers, Tim Kinane, United Way board president; Mina Hamilton, 2004 Joe Kordick Youth Character Award recipient; and Chad Hastings, 2011-12 Employee Pillar of Character recipient; each congratulated the students for their accomplishments and encouraged them to keep on the path of good character.
The Kordick awards are given annually to middle school students and high school seniors in the Martin County School District and nominations are based on good character. A panel of independent judges from the community selects the winners based on a personal essay, volunteer and community involvement, how they have dealt with and overcome obstacles in their lives, and personal interviews with the high school nominees.
Each middle school recipient receives a plaque and each high school recipient receives a $1,000 check, which is made possible through the generous support of The Kordick Trust; Kramer, Sopko & Levenstein, PA; and Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, CPA.
On hand to present the awards were the following CHARACTER COUNTS! advisory board members: Lester Bird, Darcy Flierl, Mark Lively, Dianne Pierce, Jim Sopko and Robyn Vanover.
Middle school award recipients:
Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School: Jade Neumann
Hidden Oaks Middle School: Coulter Burns, Jonathan Cooper, Isobel Hamilton, Meghan Mickiewicz, Elizabeth Mullen, Tanner Perry and Tristan Skidmore.
Indiantown Middle School: Caitlin Mazariegos-Diaz, and Melissa Quinto-Cardenas.
Murray Middle School: Molly Kate Throgmorton and Taia Trommenschlager.
Stuart Middle School: Chase Cohn, Madelyn Parker and Sofia Perez Yudin.
High school recipients:
Clark Advanced Learning Center: Jamie Bennett, Rachel Maib, Kristine Stiles and Joseph Todd.
Jensen Beach High School:
Carl Bauer, Samantha Knight and Danielle Stoneman.
Martin County High School: Andrew Bartuska.
South Fork High School:
Mario Jose and Dean Mazariegos.
CHARACTER COUNTS! has been providing character-building resources, activities and programs throughout our community for 17 years as part of an on-going effort to increase public awareness of the importance of core ethical values. Call (772) 283-4800, Ext. 234 or go online to www.charactercounts.net.