Nominate a student for an annual youth character award

Instilling good character in children as they prepare for the real world is a big deal in Martin County. United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program sits at the forefront of this effort and recognizes local students for exemplifying good character during the annual Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards.

Each year, United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! hosts the Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards to honor students whose lives and achievements demonstrate an enduring commitment to any or all of the Six Pillars of Character – Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. Examples of qualities associated with good character include: uncompromising integrity and courage shown by a willingness to do the right thing despite social pressures or personal risk; generosity of spirit and willingness for self-sacrifice in devotion to helping others; community service in working for the common good; or perseverance and inner strength to overcome physical, financial or other difficulties.

Nominations for this year’s Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards, sponsored by Phyllis Kordick; Kramer, Sopko Copeland & Clasen, P.A.; Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC; and Tykes & Teens, are due by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14. Nominees must be Martin County public school students in 7th, 8th or 12th grades. Nomination forms and guidelines are available at or by contacting Holly Laiben at 772-283-4800, ext. 234 or