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2019 Event Summary
 
In celebration of Governor Walz’s proclamation of May 23 as Character Recognition Day in Minnesota, seven schools, three community programs and two “champions of character” were celebrated for excellence in character and ethical leadership development.
 
Dr. Archelle Georgiou served as the event emcee and Dr. Laura Bloomberg, dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota delivered an inspiring keynote. Craig Wethington, School Safety and Technical Assistance Center director provided a welcome from the Minnesota Department of Education. Senator Sandy Pappas, Representative Kaohly Her and Ramsey County Commissioner Mary Jo McGuire assisted with the awards presentations.
 

2019 Honorees:
  • Community of Peace Academy, Saint Paul
  • Avalon School, St. Paul
  • Community of Peace Academy*, St. Paul
  • Hennepin Gateway to College, Eden Prairie
  • Henry Sibley High School, Mendota Heights
  • Lakes International Language Academy, Forest Lake
  • Red Lake Early Childhood Center, Red Lake
  • Red Lake Elementary Complex, Red Lake
  • Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellowships in Human Rights and Law (World Without Genocide)
  • Minnesota Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (MN FCCLA)
  • Urban Learning Center After School Program (Hospitality House Youth Development)
Champion of Character:
  • Robert J. Brown, professor emeritus, University of St. Thomas
  • Stephen B. Young, global executive director, Caux Round Table
The inaugural Champion of Character award honors individuals who consistently demonstrate positive character as a visible role model. 
 
*Receiving national recognition from Character.org 

Thank you to the generous sponsors and donors that helped make the 2019 event a success!
 
Trust Sponsor:
  • Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion, U.S. Army
Courage Sponsors:
  • Bob Brown
  • Sourcewell
Respect Sponsor:
  • South Central Service Cooperative
Honor Sponsor:
  • The Craighead Family Fund
Donors (financial and in-kind):
  • GJB Images
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Steven Wall & Taylor Nielsen, Ameriprise Financial
  • Strategic Financial Concepts Giving Fund
  • Deborah and Steve Yungner
 
 
Avalon School
Avalon School

Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellowships in Human Rights and Law
Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellowships in Human Rights and Law

Robert J. Brown
Robert J. Brown

Community of Peace Academy
Community of Peace Academy

Hennepin Gateway to College
Hennepin Gateway to College

Henry Sibley High School
Henry Sibley High School

Lakes International Language Academy
Lakes International Language Academy

Minnesota Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
Minnesota Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

Red Lake Early Childhood Center; Red Lake Elementary Complex
Red Lake Early Childhood Center; Red Lake Elementary Complex

Urban Learning Center After School Program
Urban Learning Center After School Program

Stephen B. Young
Stephen B. Young

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