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