Media Releases: April 16, 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
April 24 at the World Golf Village.
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, two from First Coast Technical High School 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.
Senior award recipients are Erynn Bell, Jamie Cronin and Stacie Owens of Bartram
Trail High School; Loren Bolton, Robert Geissler, and Kelli Knight
of Nease High School; Julie Long, Chandler Trenta and Katie
Wood of Pedro Menendez High School; Kyle Forson, Alicia Mitchell
and Mary Povia of St. Augustine High School; Mehgan Arnold
of the Evelyn Hamblen Center; Crystal Solano of First
Coast Technical High School; Kenneth Gatchell of First Coast
Skills Academy; and Ericka Bancks of St. Joseph Academy.
The junior nominees are as follows:
Bartram Trail High School – Brianne Butler, Rachel Davis,
Yvonne Davis, Leia Fixel, Sarah Glicksteen, Jonathan Goslow, Ashley Haliko,
Amber Harrington, Matthew Helgeson, Shelby Jacobs, Lindsay Johannesen, Crystal
Lee, Meaghan Lilienthal, Kathryn Mancino, Jacob Maxwell, Neil Ragland, Erica
Ross, Lindsey Taylor and Nathan Thompson.
Pedro Menendez High School – Halley Alexander, Tim
Callum, Corey Clement, Stephen DiMare, Va-Monda Evans, Devan Fullerton, Shaun
Lasky, Heather Martyn, Jarod Mast, Kyle Masters, Abigail Meyer, Anthony Quintieri,
Andrea Rice, Travin Robinson, Andrea Searcy, and Ashley West.
Nease High School – Jessica Carzoli, Alicia
Corning, Caitlin Culleton, Carlye Gillum, Elizabeth “Callie” Ham,
Erika Henderson, Joseph Kuhlman, Jessica “Hope” Lewis,
Alexandra Pape, Tara Pirkle, Jenna Sandler, Joshua Smith, Daniel
Trifiletti and Laura Weston.
St. Augustine High School – Crystal Burchfield,
Heather Connaway, David Fleming, Devon Hutchins, Celia Lopez, Tiana
Mitchell, Charlotte Mueller, Amanda Nelson-Duac, Allyson Stoller,
Leah Thorpe, Kristen Wiles, Megan Willard, Ivory Williams, Qulanda
Williams and Jennifer Wiseman.The Evelyn Hamblen Center – Darrell
First Coast Technical High School – Melinda
First Coast Skills Academy – Elizabeth Burres
St. Joseph Academy –Jena Burchfield, Jeremy
Butcher, Kristen Dela Cruz, Michael Greenleaf, and James Keane.
Major sponsors for the banquet are Character Counts! of St. Johns County, the
Pepsi Bottling Group and Northrop Grumman. Many other businesses, civic organizations
and individuals also contribute to this event.