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Oswego Students Earn Character Counts Awards

Jan 10, 2017 07:05AM ● Published by Steven Jack

Two Churchill Elementary School students were recently honored by the Oswego Village Board with Character Counts! Awards. Both Jenna Green and Noah Deist were nominated by Churchill teacher Tracy Zalud. The following are the nominating statements for both students. 

Jenna Green
Jenna is a third grader at Churchill Elementary School, and her outstanding character shines through each and every day.  Jenna is a young girl who is mature beyond her years.  

She has incredible perception, compassion and empathy toward others  She is able to put herself in others' shoes.  Her caring demeanor helps to support her classmates and teacher.  One day, she left her teacher a note in her mailbox that said, "Dear Mrs. Zalud, I can tell you had a rough day  Tomorrow will be better."  

Jenna leads by example and is a hard-working student who takes pride in her work every day.  She recently did some independent research about home-lessness and presented her information to the class to raise awareness about this issue that she cares about.  

She is a prime example of "Good character is doing the right thing when others aren't looking." Jenna is very humble and doesn't seek external reward for showing good character.

Noah Deist
Noah Deist is a third grader at Churchill Elementary School.  He was nominated for this award because he shows exceptional character every day at school.  

From day one this year, Noah has been a role model in every pillar of character.  He is a rather quiet student who leads by example through his actions toward others.  Recently, his class had some issues on the playground at recess regarding boys playing football.  A student in the class mentioned that he was feeling left out during recess football games.  

Other students said many of the boys playing football were not showing good sportsmanship.  Noah immediately replied to the student, "I will bring another football from home and play catch with you."  

He also said he would help talk to the other boys about the importance of including everyone.  It is not uncommon to see Noah showing good citizenship and caring to his peers on a daily basis.

Way to go, Noah and Jenna! 


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