Congratulations to St. Martin’s 8th graders Layla Abudayeh, Benjamin Bell, and Jordan A. Raffo for being 3 out of the 5 winners in The City of Gaithersburg and the Gaithersburg Rotary Club Character Counts Essay Contest!
Elementary and middle school students were asked to reflect upon and write about a person they admire and the value and ethics their “hero” exemplifies based on the 6 Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.
Layla Abudayeh - Adult Hero: Mrs. Helene Redmond, 8th Grade Teacheryla Abudayeh – Adult Hero: Mrs. Redmond
Benjamin Bell – Adult Hero: Father Brennan
Jordan A. Raffo – Adult Hero: Luzmila Fernandez, Grandmother
The PWCBF provides cash prizes for the annual Character Counts Essay Contest which is sponsored in local middle schools by the PWCBA, in conjunction with the Greater Manassas Character Counts! Coalition. The essay contest is conducted each Fall during National Character Counts! Week to encourage middle school student to focus on the meaning of the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. The winning essay from each of the six pillars is awarded a cash prize along with donations from local merchants. The award-winning essays are then incorporated into a traveling exhibition for display in various public locations throughtout Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.
City of Gaithersburg Character Counts Essay Winners!
For the past eight years,the Family and Community Education group hosts a Character Counts essay contest for fourth-graders, with a different theme each year. This year, the theme was "How citizenship affects me at home."