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Character Counts In Glenview Art & Video Contest Winners Named

Winners To Be Honored At Feb. 6 Village Board Meeting

Character Counts In Glenview Poster Art kindergarten through second grade category 1st Place Rachel Weinberg, a second grader from Wescott School. (Photo submitted)

Winners of the Character Counts in Glenview Art & Video contest will be recognized at the Tuesday, Feb. 6 Glenview Village Board meeting.  

This year’s poster art and video contest was open to all students from public or private schools serving Glenview, and was open to home-schooled students in Glenview from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Students from kindergarten through fourth grade were asked to make posters, while fifth through eighth-grade students were asked to make videos highlighting the Character Counts Six Pillars of Character.

This year’s contest theme was “Superheroes”. Students were asked to create original works that demonstrate how their superhero — real or fictional — demonstrates the pillars of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

Poster art contest winners in the kindergarten through second-grade category were: in first place, Rachel Weinberg, a second grader from Wescott School; second place, Vrish Akash, a second grader from Willowbrook School; and in third place, Eleanor Vinson, a second grader from Lyon School. 

Poster art winners in the third and fourth-grade category of the art contest were: in first place, Sophia Velez, a third grader from Willowbrook; in second place, Esra Mathew, a third grader from Wescott; and in third place, Zoey Patel a fourth grader from Winkelman School. 

Character Counts In Glenview Poster Art first place third and fourth grade category winner Sophia Veldez’s poster. Veldez is a third grader from Willowbrook. (Image submitted)

Winners of the video contest for fifth through eighth graders were: in first place, Arya Akash, a  fifth grader from Willowbrook; in second place, Emerson Theobald, a fifth grader from Willowbrook, and in third place, Eli Matthew, a sixth grader from Maple School. 

“We are so proud of the students who demonstrated their creativity and talent in order to remind us of the six pillars of character and our power to do good in our community,” Scott Carlson, co-chair of Character Counts in Glenview and Willowbrook School principal, said. “Since 1996, the principles of Character Counts have been embedded in our schools and throughout our community to guide us in being good citizens and neighbors.”

Contest winners will receive a monetary prize donated by the Kiwanis Club of Glenview-Northbrook at the Feb. 6 village board meeting as students are individually recognized. Additionally, winning poster artwork may be considered to be featured on Glenview Rotary Sunrise Hero Hustle t-shirts next fall.

Blind judging for the poster art was completed by a team from the Glenview Public Library. Videos submitted for the contest were judged by a team from Glenview Village Hall.

Character Counts in Glenview grew out of the Glenview Values Project. The character counts committee includes 15 members, including parents, students, and representatives from local civic organizations, and schools.

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