South Madison board honors Character Counts award winners

Feb. 2—PENDLETON — Six students from Pendleton Heights Middle School were recognized for setting positive examples in and out of the classroom as part of the school's Character Counts program.

Honored at Thursday's meeting of the South Madison Community School Corp.'s Board of Trustees were Mackenzie Wandel, Cooper Cunningham, Celia Shields, Liam Tyler, Hannah Ragan and Andrew Bledsoe.

Each student was recognized for epitomizing positive character traits connected with one of the program's six pillars: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

"They exemplify the kinds of behaviors and characteristics that we wish we saw in all kids, but these kids are leaders in that way," said Jennifer Chestnut, principal at Pendleton Heights Middle School. "They aren't swayed by peer pressure or whatever else...if everybody else is being ridiculous, they're not."

Chestnut told board members that the award winners were chosen from nominations submitted for each pillar by the school's faculty and staff. Each student was presented with a certificate and accepted individual congratulations from board members and administrators.

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