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Outstanding Students Named Recipients of Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards

Twenty-three outstanding Martin County students were presented with the prestigious Joe Kordick Youth Character Award during a recognition ceremony on February 27, 2019. Members of the United Way of Martin County's CHARACTER COUNTS! advisory board presented middle school winners with a plaque and high school winners with a $1,000 check.


The Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards are named in honor of the late Joe Kordick, founding chairman and the driving force of CHARACTER COUNTS! in Martin County. He believed that character development starts at home, but also felt strongly that by bringing parents, teachers, community leaders, and businesses together, everyone could share the task of teaching young people to be responsible and to live with integrity.


Presented by United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program and sponsored by Phyllis Kordick; Carr, Riggs & Ingram, PLLC; Kramer, Sopko & Copeland, PA; and Tykes & Teens, Inc., the awards are presented annually to middle school students and high school seniors in the Martin County School District whose lives and achievements demonstrate an enduring commitment to any or all of the six pillars of character – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.


This year, more than 80 nominations were received from schools and members of the community. A panel of judges from the community made the final selection based upon students’ essays, their community involvement, leadership qualities, how they have dealt with and overcome obstacles in their lives, and personal interviews with high school finalists.


Congratulations to the following award winners:


Middle School Award Recipients


Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School – Isyss Bryant, Emily Maraddiaga-Monson, Elizabeth Michels and Sarah Michels


Hidden Oaks Middle School – Evan Boze, Ella Glover, Lillian Lamparillo and Renee Spakowski


Indiantown Middle School – Anita Cardona


Murray Middle School – Andrew Engle


Stuart Middle School – Ridge Bradford, Grace Fenniman and Riley McGuire



High School Award Recipients


Clark Advanced Learning Center – Allison Falco and Devon Shpiruk


Jensen Beach High School – Lauren Langley and Erich Periman


Martin County High School – Nicholas Ciampi, Colin Dobbins, Erica Renzulli and Carly Witte


South Fork High School – Kobe Jarmon and Jennifer Mijares


United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program is focused on building a community of good character. Although highly identified with schools, CHARACTER COUNTS! is an initiative for people of all ages and walks of life and is embraced by government, law enforcement and businesses in Martin County. CHARACTER COUNTS! encourages everyone to uphold the Six Pillars of Character as they go on with their daily lives. For more information about CHARACTER COUNTS!, please click here.