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March 2024 Bearcats of Character Recognized

March 18, 2024

The Aledo ISD Board of Trustees recognized this latest group of students named Bearcats of Character for the 2023-2024 school year on Monday night for the character trait humility. As a part of the district's character education program, called the Positivity Project or P2, the district each month recognizes the good character on display by the great students across all of Aledo ISD.

P2 says that the character strength of HUMILITY describes individuals who are humble. Humble people have an honest and accurate (though not underestimated) sense of their abilities and achievements. They hold the capacity to acknowledge their mistakes and limitations and are open to advice and new ideas. Individuals showing humility do not show off their possessions or accomplishments. Research shows that humility is associated with positive developmental outcomes in individuals. Being humble allows a person to honestly reflect on their abilities and acknowledge how and where they can improve.

Congratulations to the following students, Aledo ISD's March 2024 Bearcats of Character!

Yuliana Hernandez Hernandez  Sarai De Leon  Lillie Gideon  Evan Danals  Ayannis Morales

Aledo High School: Yuliana Hernandez Hernandez, 12th grade
Yulie came to Aledo High School last year knowing only her sister, who was in 12th grade. Since then, she has become an invaluable ambassador to our new English learners with her exceptional leadership skills. Yulie always puts others before herself and encourages others around her. The humility she displays while being so valuable to our campus is a testament to what an outstanding human she is!

Aledo Learning Center: Sarai De Leon, 10th grade
Her teachers described Sarai as a great student. She's confident in who she is and what she's capable of, but she doesn't boast or brag. She asks for help when she needs it and helps others as they need it!

Daniel Ninth Grade: Lillie Gideon, 9th grade
Lillie shows humility by praising her soccer teammates and not herself in class. Lillie always compliments others and does not boast. A true leader uses the trait of humility to build others up, and Lillie does that every day. She is an outstanding soccer player, but her humility is really what shines through and makes her a great teammate and leader.

Aledo Middle School: Evan Danals, 6th grade
Evan has the ability to recognize his own strengths and accomplishments while remaining modest and respectful towards others. By embracing humility, Evan fosters a collaborative learning environment where everyone's contributions are valued. His modesty inspires others to work together, creating a positive atmosphere for growth and mutual support.

McAnally Middle School: Ayannis Morales, 7th grade
Anannis is an outstanding 7th-grade student who excels not only in academics but also on the basketball, volleyball, and track teams. What sets her apart is her humility. Despite being an all-star athlete and an accomplished scholar, she remains down-to-earth and always willing to support her classmates. Whether it’s helping a struggling peer or cheering on her teammates, she exemplifies the true meaning of humility, showing us all the importance of staying grounded even in the face of success.

Kezia Stillwell  Sofia Gonzales  Sebastien Beatey,  Jaylon Small  Jonathan Stringfellow  Kallie Neiswender

Annetta Elementary School: Kezia Stillwell, 2nd grade
Kezia is consistently seeking feedback to improve in anything that she learns. She is extremely bright, but still accepts new ideas or skills with an open mind, understanding that she has room to grow in all that she learns. Not only does she love to learn, but she also loves to help her peers each day, and never seeks the spotlight for helping.

Coder Elementary School: Sofia Gonzales, 2nd grade
In class, Sofia listens attentively to her peers' perspectives, showing a genuine interest in their ideas. Sofia quietly excels in her studies, never seeking recognition but always willing to help others. I admire her willingness to help others and her ability to excel academically without seeking attention. Thank you, Sofia, for making such a beautiful impact on our class.

McCall Elementary School: Sebastien Beatey, 4th grade
Sebastien is such a humble student. He never tries to seek the spotlight but lights up a room and makes everyone laugh when he is in it. He does try his best and if he does make a mistake, he is the first one to ask "how can I fix it?"! He shows humility in so many ways!

Stuard Elementary School: Jaylon Small, 3rd grade
Jaylon always gives 110 percent, and he never seeks attention or the praise of others. He has the ability to approach challenges with a humble attitude and is truly commendable. He sets a wonderful example for his classmates. He understands the value of learning and how it will impact his future. Humility is a rare quality that will serve him well in life.

Vandagriff Elementary School: Jonathan Stringfellow, 5th Grade
Jonathan is kind to everyone. He is always looking for ways to help others and to put their needs ahead of his own. Jonathan is a sweet and respectful young man! He is always helping both his teachers and his peers. After our Valentine's Day party, he swept each of our classrooms voluntarily. He also always cheers for the success of his peers (including all students during our student recognition assemblies) and does not boast about his own successes.

Walsh Elementary School: Kallie Neiswender, 2nd Grade
Kallie embodies the character trait of humility in many ways. Kallie remains grounded, never seeks the spotlight or boasts about her achievements. Instead, she quietly goes about her day with a sense of purpose and dedication and is always willing to lend a helping hand without expecting recognition in return. In conversations, Kallie listens intently, valuing the perspectives of others and showing interest in their experiences. Through her quiet humility, Kallie inspires others to strive for greatness with grace and integrity.