‘Character Strong’ winners take center stage

13 Yukon students honored for demonstrating positive traits

Central Elementary School’s Character Strong winner Levi Scott is introduced by Principal Laurie Gallagher at November’s YPS Board of Education meeting. The Central first grade was among 13 students honored for displaying positive character traits. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Associate Editor

An admired group of 13 Yukon students were recently honored for positive character traits they demonstrated in school.

Yukon Public Schools’ “Character Strong” winners for October were presented at the Nov. 6th Yukon Board of Education meeting. Proud family members filled the Dixie Ritz Memorial Board Room inside the YPS administration building, 600 Maple

YPS officials launched the program this fall to recognize students monthly across the district. Yukon’s site principals were energized after learning about Character Strong during an education conference in Washington, D.C.

“We’re going to start a new traditional of monthly recognizing our students who exhibit the character traits that the site is focusing on,” YPS Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth said.

The Yukon school district’s first honorees were introduced by their principals during November’s school board meeting:

Central Elementary – Levi Scott

Myers Elementary – Parker Jones

Parkland Elementary – Zadok Thetford

Ranchwood Elementary – Maddi Bailey

Shedeck Elementary – Jacquelyn Blanton

Skyview Elementary – Gabe Silva

Surrey Hills Elementary – Daisy Sue Osborne

Independence Intermediate – Bethany Chapin

Lakeview Intermediate – Lorelai Mann

Redstone Intermediate – Blakely Beams

Yukon Middle School – Carter Brown

Yukon High School – Cameron Nelson

Yukon Alternative School – Jamar Sampson

YPS Character Strong honorees for October pose for photos at the Nov. 6th YPS Board of Education meeting: Levi Scott, Parker Jones, Zadok Thetford, Maddi Bailey, Jacquelyn Blanton, Gabe Silva, Daisy Sue Osborne, Bethany Chapin, Lorelai Mann, Blakely Beams, Carter Brown, and Jamar Sampson. Not pictured is Cameron Nelson.


Honorees were recognized for exemplifying kindness, compassion, respect, leadership, humor, resiliency, responsibility, and collaboration while showing a strong work ethic, being role models and helping others.

These students received special Character Strong T-shirts presented by YPS Executive Director of Elementary Education Scott Hein and YPS Executive Director of Secondary Education Adam Jewell. They had pictures taken with their principals and fellow winners.

“We’re going to celebrate this each month moving forward,” Dr. Simeroth told the audience. “It’s really good just to show the fantastic kids that we have.”

YPS Board Member Brian Coulson was pleased to see students being honored through this character initiative.

“I think a lot more kids need to learn character building,” Coulson said.

Several teachers joined the principals in praising their school’s Student of the Month recipients at the Nov. 6th board meeting.

Teachers and support personnel from all YPS sites nominate students for this prestigious award.