Sierra Middle students honored for character

October 13, 2010 • Local News

Over 40 Sierra Middle School students were recognized by an ethics training program for outstanding displays of character. The ceremony, hosted by the school’s parent advisory committee, was held Monday in the school’s gym.

[auth] Character Counts!, a nonprofit national teaching organization with a local branch in Chaves County, awarded certificates to the teenagers for upholding the Six Pillars of Character the group values: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

“Our parent involvement group is really trying to focus on character in the schools,” said Amy Davis, president of the school’s PAC.

The ceremony kicked off with Sierra Middle School’s girls choir singing the national anthem, followed by the cheerleading squad doing a cheer. Next, Alvin Jones, a retired District Court judge, along with current District Court Judge Freddie Romero, lectured the students about the importance of community, education and character.

“I thought the event was a wonderful recognition of the young people of character and their parents,” said Jones, one of the founding board members of Character Counts! in Chaves County.

Two businesses were also recognized for their excellence in character: Classics Frozen Custard on North Main Street and Kelli Goodpasture with the Southwest Dairy Farmers. Classics pledged to give a free ice cream cone to every honor roll student in the school, and likewise, Southwest Dairy promised to provide complimentary refreshments to honor roll students.

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