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Character council awards local students, schools

From left: Bruce Mitchell, CCWNY board of directors; Christine Seibert; Emily Arnold; David Even; Suzanne McKenney, CCWNY president; David Esposito, Harvest Time Partners Inc. managing partner.

HAMBURG — Three college-bound high school seniors and five schools in the Western New York area were recognized for demonstrating and promoting good character at the 2014 Character Excellence Awards Dinner on May 19, at Michael’s Banquet Facility in Hamburg.

The Character Council of Western New York and the Harvest Time Partners Foundation sponsored this event.

The students were awarded $1,000 scholarships, based on essays explaining how they incorporate character into their everyday lives, as well as recommendations from family members, teachers, coaches or other adults.

The scholarships will go toward tuition at their chosen post-secondary institutions. In all, 175 students across the Western New York area applied for this scholarship. The winners were Emily Arnold from Kenmore East, David Even from Orchard Park and Christine Seibert from Cassadaga Valley.

Five schools were awarded grants for their implementation of character education programs.

The winning schools received $750 in character resources and $250 in cash to be used toward purchasing additional materials. A total of 15 schools applied for this grant. The winning schools were Colden Elementary, Newfane Elementary, Saint Amelia School, Herbert Hoover Middle School and LoGuidice Alternative High School.

David Esposito of Harvest Time Partners Foundation was the keynote speaker. The theme of his address was overcoming your greatest challenges and setting goals in life, underpinned by character excellence.

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