Over 40 Sierra Middle School students were recognized by an ethics training program for outstanding displays of character. The ceremony, hosted by the schoolâ€™sâ€ˆparent advisory committee, was held Monday in the schoolâ€™s gym.
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:â€ˆtrustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
â€œOur parent involvement group is really trying to focus on character in the schools,â€â€ˆsaid Amy Davis, president of the schoolâ€™s PAC.
The ceremony kicked off with Sierra Middle Schoolâ€™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.
â€œI thought the event was a wonderful recognition of the young people of character and their parents,â€â€ˆsaid Jones, one of the founding board members of Character Counts! in Chaves County.
Two businesses were also recognized for their excellence in character:â€ˆClassics 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.