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Character Counts! awards 53 students

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Fifty-three public school and Youth ChalleNGe Academy students received awards Tuesday night for their efforts to communicate six pillars of character, as defined by the Chaves County Character Counts! organization.

Each year, K-12 students are given the chance to produce poems, artwork or essays that represent one or all of the six pillars: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship.

“I am a firm believer that the six pillars lay a foundation for your future,” said Amy McVey Davis, a board member during the award ceremony at Roswell High School.

She also urged award winners to display the character attributes no matter where they are or what they are doing. “Imagine that you are wearing the medals at all times,” she said.

Kindergarten students to 12th graders received medals for their work, some of which was displayed on the wall of the RHS cafeteria.

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The schools represented included Berrendo Elementary, Berrendo Middle, Dexter Middle, Dexter High School, Gateway Christian, Hagerman Elementary, Hagerman Middle, New Mexico Youth Challenge Academy, Pecos Elementary and Valley View Elementary.