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Education

Valley View students honored for their character

Jamie McGee second-grader Johnny Roussakis was honored in the Elementary School Category.
Jamie McGee second-grader Johnny Roussakis was honored in the Elementary School Category.

BOLINGBROOK – Three Valley View School District 365U students from Bolingbrook received 2013 Character Counts Coalition awards at the Bolingbrook Village Board meeting Oct. 22.

“Character Counts focuses on Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship,” said Ron Oestreich, who joined Kristine Wahlgren in representing the group at the presentation.  “Good character is all about people. The more you practice good character the bigger difference you will make in someone’s life.”  

Jamie McGee second-grader Johnny Roussakis was honored in the Elementary School category.

“[Johnny] is extremely bright and talented, but you would not know it because he is very humble and makes sure attention is given to others,” according to the person who nominated him. “He leads by example, helps other students who are struggling and makes sure they understand and are happy before he leaves them.”

Brooks eighth-grader Piper Smith was honored in the Middle School category.

A member of the National Junior Honor Society and numerous other organizations, including Band, she “is a caring, compassionate leader who cares about everyone around her,” according to her nomination papers.

Diamond Flourney, a Bolingbrook High School senior, is the High School category recipient.   

“Diamond is a caring, smiling, beautiful young lady who deserves this wonderful recognition. Her positive attitude has influenced many other students,” her nominator said. “Any task given to Diamond is completed with a smile. She will be a success in anything she sets her mind to because of her personality, work ethic and character.”

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