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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 service.

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 Harrellson.

First Coast Technical High School – Melinda Horovsky

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.

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