SANTA BARBARA Ten eighth-graders have received Outstanding Character Awards from United Way of Santa Barbara County.
The students are Isaiah Castro, Angelica Cummings, Luis Henandez Flores, Jazmin Gonzalez, Rebecca Jamgochian, Junior Jiminez, Aleena Madrid, Remington Mislang, Jaciel Rios and Samantha Sandoval. They received their awards at their middle schools, which include Carpinteria Middle School, Goleta Valley Junior High, La Cumbre Junior High School, Santa Barbara Junior High and Santa Ynez Elementary School.
“These young scholars worked tirelessly all school year while maintaining positive attitudes and proving that they care for others,” said Steve Ortiz, CEO of United Way of Santa Barbara County. “We’re so proud to present these awards to students that have bright futures ahead of them.”
Students received recognition for displaying positive behavior centered on the six pillars of character —’ trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship
United Way of Santa Barbara County follows a national framework called Character Counts! formulated by Playa-Del-Rey-based nonprofit Josephson Institute. United Way of Santa Barbara County promotes this framework both in their own educational programming as well as in Santa Barbara County’s schools to recognize students who excel at the listed qualities.
For information about United Way of Santa Barbara County, call the organization at 965-8591 or visit its website www.unitedwaysb.org.