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Media Releases: April 3, 2003

Eighty-eight St. Johns County students will be honored for their exemplary character at the Third Annual American Youth Character Awards (AYCA) Banquet scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on April 24 at the World Golf Village.

Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased at the School Board Administration Center, 40 Orange Street, or Educational Community Credit Union, 220 State Road 312. Reservations can also be made by contacting Laura Cooper at 819-7510.

Honorees include four percent of the junior class from each high school and sixteen seniors who have been identified as students of character. Nineteen juniors from Bartram Trail High School, 14 from Nease High School, 16 from Pedro Menendez High School, 15 from St. Augustine High School, one from the Evelyn Hamblen Center, one from First Coast Technical High School, one from First Coast Skills Academy and five from St. Joseph Academy will be recognized. Students also will invite their parents and a mentor who has served as a character role model for them.

Criteria for the AYCA awards are based on the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. These awards recognize students for serving as good role models for their generation. Nominees were evaluated in four categories as they relate to the Six Pillars: overcoming obstacles, making difficult choices, generosity and self-sacrifice, and community service.

All honorees will receive AYCA pins and certificates. In addition, each senior will receive a $500 check in recognition of their exemplary character.



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St. Johns County School District
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