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Character Counts! Winners of Video/Poster Contest Recognized on October 16

The cameras were clicking wildly on October 16, when Maple School Principal and Character Counts! Chair, Dr. Nate Carter recognized 16 winners of the annual Character Counts! Poster/Video Contest, during a Village of Glenview Trustees meeting. 
 
District 30 winners included the following students:
 
Grades K-2/Third place Poster Contest winner was Willowbrook School’s Ethan Kim
Grades 3-4/First place Poster Contest winner was Willowbrook School’s Naomi Chiang
Grades 5-6/First place Video Contest winners included Maple School's: Mia Hermann, Maia Abrahams, and Sophia Abrahams; second place Video Contest winner was Marisa Chi; and Maple School third place Video Contest winners were David Kang, Alexander Chae, and Jaden Cho.
Grades 7-8/First place Video Contest winner was Darshan Kommanapalli
 
For the past 23 years, Character Counts! in Glenview has held the student poster contest with three grade categories: kindergarten through second grades, third through fourth grades, and sixth through eighth grades. Since 2013, students in grades six through eight have been asked to create videos of one to two minutes, with any of the six pillars of character as the subject.
 
This year was the first year that fifth graders were invited to participate in the video contest instead of the poster portion of the contest! The posters and videos that were submitted were required to represent how good character is displayed, using one or more of the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. 
 
Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley, Maple School Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf, and Willowbrook School Principal Scott Carlson were in attendance, and congratulated each student for his/her achievement.

At the meeting’s conclusion, Dr. Carter wholeheartedly thanked the Kiwanis Club of Glenview-Northbrook for generously sponsoring the contest by providing cash awards to all winners.