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Media Releases: December 18, 2003

The community is being asked to submit nominations for the character education awards program established by the Character Counts! Steering Committee of St. Johns County. The awards are part of the American Youth Character Awards (AYCA) program and recognize high school juniors and seniors who exhibit the Six Pillars of Character.

The program is open to current juniors and seniors attending high school in St. Johns County. Approximately four percent of the junior class at each high school, as well as one to three seniors depending on the school size, will be honored at the fourth annual AYCA Banquet to be held April 15 at World Golf Village.

Applications are currently available at each of the high schools and on the school district web site at: www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/about/ccawards.html

Deadline for submission is February 6, 2004.

Character Counts! is a national values education program founded by the Josephson Institute of Ethics of California in 1992. It was adopted by the school district and endorsed by the county and other youth-serving organizations five years ago.

Character Counts! of St. Johns County was honored with the Governor’s Points of Light Award on October 28 as part of St. Augustine’s “Capital for a Day” Program. This award recognizes exemplary efforts by non-profit organizations that benefit local communities and make a difference in the lives of those they serve.

The Six Pillars of Character are Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.



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