Students from Alabaster, Pelham, Hoover recognized during Character in Action Awards

Published 6:04 pm Thursday, April 25, 2024

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By NOAH WORTHAM | Managing Editor

MONTEVALLO – Students from Alabaster City Schools, Pelham City Schools and Hoover City Schools were recognized for their display of good character during the Children’s Policy Council’s Character in Action Awards on Thursday, April 18.

The awards, which were presented through joint partnerships between the Shelby County Juvenile Court, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office and American Legion Post 555, recognized one student from each school in ACS, PCS and HCS. This event follows the first awards ceremony  which took place on Nov. 16, 2023 in which students from the Shelby County Schools district were recognized.

“While educators want their students to do well academically, more importantly, they strive to work to help our students become well-rounded individuals who display strength and character as they are being prepared for the future,” said Miss Teen Alabama Ali Mims, who served as emcee for the event. “The Character in Action Awards were created to recognize those students going above and beyond the norm by setting good examples for other students to follow.”

The students selected for the Character in Action Awards were chosen based upon their demonstrations of exemplary character in the areas of respect, self-discipline, responsibility, citizenship, friendship, fairness, perseverance and courage.

Students and their respective families were recognized for their efforts in instilling and displaying exemplary character and the actions thereof. In that spirit, each student was presented with a certificate and bestowed a medal by representatives of the American Legion Post 555.

Val Crofts, chief education and programs officer at the American Village, served as the guest speaker during the event and tied together moments and figures in American history with the subject of good character.

“You have already acted worthy of yourselves, your family, your school and I know you will continue to do so as you become an engaged member of our nation,” Crofts said.

The list of honored students at the Character in Action Awards were as follows:

  • Aimee Moody – Creek View Elementary School
  • Grady Cheek – Meadow View Elementary School
  • Daney Matherson Thompson Intermediate School
  • Noah Humphreys – Thompson Middle School
  • Josh Smith – Thompson High School
  • Cole Bookwalter – The DAY Program
  • Zainab Derkaoui – Spain Park High School
  • Landon Morris – Riverchase Elementary School
  • Emma Dailey – Pelham Ridge Elementary School
  • Gerren Whitlock – Pelham Oaks Elementary School
  • Malayia Wilson – Pelham Park Middle School
  • Sloan Bridges – Pelham High School