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Trustworthiness. Respect. Responsibility. Fairness. Caring. Citizenship. Alone, each of these attributes is considered exemplary; together, they form the Pillars of Character Counts, a national character education program incorporated in each Yorkville 115 school.
To honor students who demonstrate these qualities, the faculty and administrators of Yorkville Intermediate School hosted a Character Counts Breakfast, Feb. 24, where the students and their parents were recognized, according to Steve Bjork, principal of Yorkville Intermediate School.
“Teachers nominated students for showing excellence in the six pillars of Character Counts,” said Lauren Campbell, one of the faculty sponsors of the program. “We are proud to honor these students and to celebrate with their parents,” she said.
“In addition to the breakfast, Yorkville’s Associate Superintendent Tim Shimp gave an inspiring message to the students and their parents,” said Campbell.
Students honored at the breakfast were:
4th grade: George Babbitt, Adam Borowiak, Spencer Buckley, Lindsey Caldwell, Jacob DeVol, Sam Golinski, Gwyni Green, Chloe Grunwald, Travis Horan, Michaela Hunt, Maggie Krider, Dani Miramontes, Shelby Spencer-Horton, Tori Splayt, Alyce Turner, Emily Velez and Elaina Wilkinson.
5th grade: Salvador Alfaro, Christian Beck, Kelly Borneman, Illissa DeLange, Josh Ellsoos, Joseph Godinez, Abby Huelhorst, Aidann Kinsella, Ryan Kummer, Jacob Mackowick, Colleen O'Connor, Katie Orisek, Jack Quantock, Paxton Shields, and Kara Sparto.
6th grade: Sam Daugherty, Anna Doty, Alex Engelken, Matthew Liszeo, Anthony Medina, Victoria Mleczko, Hunter Negron, Katy O'Malley, Reanna Panlilio, Alberto Ramos, Daniel Rench, Rhiannon Speckman, Matthew Tschannen, Nick Vanacora, Kathryn VanBoekel, Logan Voisin, and MacKenzie Ward.