Thirteen outstanding high school seniors and four exceptional eighth-grade students were presented with Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards for their enduring commitment to the Six Pillars of Character – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship.
Presented by United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program and sponsored by Phyllis Kordick, the awards are presented annually to middle school students and high school seniors in the Martin County School District.
The Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards are named in honor of the late Joe Kordick, founding chairman and the driving force of CHARACTER COUNTS! in Martin County. He believed that character development starts at home but also felt strongly that by bringing parents, teachers, community leaders and businesses together, everyone could share the task of teaching young people to be responsible and to live with integrity.
This year, more than 50 nominations were received from schools and the community. Nominations of the students are based solely on their character. A panel of judges from the community made the final selection based upon the students’ essays, their community involvement, leadership qualities, how they have dealt with and overcome obstacles in their lives and personal interviews with the high school finalists.
The high school award recipients were announced at each school’s scholarship night, while middle school recipients were announced at each school’s graduation ceremony. Seniors were presented with a $1,000 cash award and middle school recipients were presented with a plaque.
HIGH SCHOOL RECIPIENTS
- Clark Advanced Learning Center: Cecilia Galeas, Sydnee Gilliam, Rebecca O’Neill, Juliana Sequeira, Samuel Vinci and Roman Woodcock
- Martin County High School: Elizabeth Buntin, Jocelyn Hlywa, Lauryn Klostreich, Hudson McKinney and Mark White
- South Fork High School: Esmeralda Acosta and Christopher Carnes
MIDDLE SCHOOL AWARD RECIPIENTS
- Murray Middle School: Hayden Mathews
- Hidden Oaks Middle School: Doriellen Padden
- Stuart Middle School: Zane Price
- Stuart Middle School: Aiden Wintercorn
About United Way of Martin County
United Way of Martin County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community. Since 1972, the United Way has been working to create long-term social change and provide support to Martin County residents by investing in programs that strive to enhance healthy living, improve education and support financial stability.
For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org or call (772) 283-4800.