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Character Matters in Lake County announces recipients of the 13th Annual Excellence in Character Award


Character Matters in Lake County, a committee of the YES (Youth Empowerment for Success) Coalition and the Lake County Regional Office of Education announce the recipients of the 13th annual Excellence in Character Award.

This year, 32 students and 26 staff members from Pre-K-12 educational institutions across Lake County received this distinguished award, which is given to individuals who demonstrate outstanding character and citizenship in their schools and communities. The students and staff members, hailing from elementary, middle and high schools as well as two charter schools, a learning center and an academy, were honored throughout the spring in their schools’ year-end programs. Each award recipient received a certificate and a letter of congratulations. Students received Excellence in Character medals, and staff members received corresponding lapel pins.

Ashley Ward, co-chair of the Character Matters in Lake County committee, remarked, “It is rewarding to see so many schools participate in this program year after year, and we are honored to hear the recipients’ stories. Lake County is full of students and staff members who go above and beyond to help make their classrooms and schools welcoming and safe places to learn and grow. Thanks to all who have contributed to the development of the people on this list. It takes a village.”

The Excellence in Character Award program demonstrates Character Matters’ continuing efforts to celebrate positive character in our communities. The attributes of this year’s nominees prove that Lake County schools are full of outstanding individuals who are highly regarded for their selfless actions, their generosity and compassion toward others.

“The award recipients are incredible contributors to their school communities,” noted Dr. Viki Cvitkovic, dean of the Southlake Campus and CLC Online at the College of Lake County and fellow Character Matters in Lake County co-chair. “Their demonstration of kindness and good character serves as an inspiration to others. It is an honor to be part of recognizing them.”


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