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Priyanka Achanta (2016), Dylan Alejandro (2013), Nicholas Alejandro (2010), Luis Arias (2012), Sarah Battersby (2011), Hailey Benoit  (2017), Maddie Buck (2017), Ava Buttacavoli (2011), Emanuel Carrerra (2010), Melina Colucci (2014), Nicole Cozzi (2016), Rachel Daciolas (2017), Michael D'Agostini (2009), Ryan Donnelly (2012), Madeleine Fasana (2012), Rosemary Florido (2010), Sam Galante (2015), Madison Gordon (2015), Leah Hanke (2011), Kassidy Harper (2014), Jennifer Hauser (2013), Nelly Hernandez (2010), Natalie Kuchler (2014), Sydney Lavallie (2016), Jacob Lauing  (2013),  Jaden Mahoney (2017), Anthony Mannella (2014), Evelyn Mendez (2016), Robert Metaxatos (2012), Olivia Miceli (2011),  Jordyn Miles (2015), Bianca Olson  (2013),  Sophia Piemonte (2017), Jeremy Pilz (2009), Megan Rosenberg (2009), Isaiah Romanski (2015), Julia Ryan (2016), Isabella Sansone (2012), Catherine Serio (2009), Kimberly Sickler (2014), Hannah Solarz (2010), Josh Solarz (2011), Makayla Testolin (2017), Olivia Turman (2012, 2015)), Maritza Vasquez (2015), Michele Vavalle (2011), Alec Verven  (2013), Pawel Wilisowski (2009), Toni Yonkee (2014), Jeremy Zakic (2016), Kelly Zehnder (2013)       

List doesn’t include those from 2008 and earlier.

Youth Character Awards

Every fall the Bloomingdale CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition presents the American Youth Character Award Winners nominated by each of their schools. 

2017 American Youth Character Awards

Photo:  Village Trustee Frank Bucaro with the AYCA recipients and their nominating officials, front row left to right: Hailey Benoit (Denise Miranda, Chris Helms, Bloomingdale Bears Cheerleading),  Jaden Mahoney (Principal Stefan Larsson, Westfield Middle), Maddie Buck (Principal Patrick Haugens, Erickson), Makayla Testolin (Principal Cyndi Collins, St. Isidore), Sophia Piemonte (Principal Mark Dwyer, DuJardin), and Rachel Daciolas (Principal Jon Pokora, Winnebago).

2016 American Youth Character Awards

Pictured (left to right) with Mayor Franco, Village Trustee Michael Hovde Jr. and their nominating officials at the 2016 American Youth Character Award Winners:  Jeremy Zakic (Erickson), Nicole Cozzi (Westfield), Sydney LaVallie (BYBA), Priyanka Achanta (DuJardin), Julia Ryan (St. Isidore), and Evelyn Mendez (Winnebago).

2015 American Youth Character Awards

Front Row (l to r) Sam Galante (Bloomingdale Barracudas), Maritza Vasquez (Winnebago), Jordyn Miles (Erickson), Isaiah Romanski (DuJardin), Olivia Turman (Westfield), and Madison Gordon (St. Isidore).

2014 American Youth Character Awards

The 2014 winners are pictured above (left to right): Anthony Mannella (Erickson), Kassidy Harper (Winnebago), Toni Yonkee (DuJardin), Melina Colucci (Westfield), Kimberly Sickler (Bloomingdale Baseball Softball Association) and Natalie Kuchler (St. Isidore), along with Principal Mark Dwyer, Village Trustee Michael Hovde Jr and their nominating school officials in the back row.

2013 American Youth Character Awards


(Left to right) Nancy Butler (CC!Coalition Chair), Alec Verven (Westfield), Jennifer Hauser (St Isidore), Jacob Lauing (DuJardin), Kelly Zehnder (Bloomingdale Park District), Bianca Olson (Erickson), not pictured Dylan Alejandro (Winnebago) see Dylan's pictured below

Each year, the Bloomingdale CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition honors six young people who are nominated by their teachers and/or coach to receive a CHARACTER COUNTS! Youth Character Award for modeling one or more of the six pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS! - Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.

Jacob Lauing (DuJardin School), is a very caring young man who goes out of his way to help others. He recently organized and carried out an all-school, week-long juice box collection to benefit PADS of DuPage County. He is a great role model.

Kelly Zehnder (Bloomingdale Park District), has been a gymnast for the Park's Competitive Team since 2009. In the past four years she has exhibited strong leadership, and good sportsmanship as a team captain, as well as volunteering to take care of the little tumblers at their meets.

Dylan Alejandro (Winnebago School), is very responsible and always helps others, showing an extremely positive attitude. Last year, as a fourth grader on safety patrol, he was asked to take on more responsible roles, which he did with flying colors. He exemplifies several pillars of character. (Dylan is pictured right with Principal Jon Pokora.)

Bianca Olson (Erickson School), is a very responsible 5th grade student in her own studies, as well as respectful and helpful toward her fellow classmates. She is also exemplifies caring and citizenship as an active member of the school's service clubs, Character Counts! Club and Student Council.

Jennifer Hauser (St Isidore School), models the six pillars of character on a daily basis. She consistently exemplifies leadership. The eighth grader is always ready to step up to assist an adult or fellow classmate whenever someone needs help.

Alec Verven (Westfield Middle School), is a strong leader in the classroom. He always shows great respect toward both adults and his peers. He is considerate and helpful whenever someone is in need. The eighth grader has a strong work ethic and is a good role model.

Congratulations to these young people on their recognition.

2012 American Youth Character Awards

Pictured above with Mayor Iden and their nominating school officials, from left to right: Luis Arias (Winnebago), Olivia Turman (Erickson), Robert Metaxatos (Westfield), Isabella Sansone (St. Isidore), Madeleine Fasana (Bloomindale Soccer), and Ryan Donnelly (Dujardin)

2011 American Youth Character Awards

The 2011 American Youth Character Award Winners; pictured above with Mayor Iden and their nominating school officials are as follows, from left to right: Leah Hanke (Erickson), Michele Vavalle (Bloomingdale Athletic Club), Olivia Miceli (DuJardin), Ava Buttacavoli (Winnebago), Sarah Battersby (St. Isidore), and Josh Solarz (Westfield).

2010 American Youth Character Awards

The 2010 American Youth Character Award Winners; pictured above with Mayor Iden and their nominating school officials are as follows, from left to right: Hannah Solarz (Erickson), Rosemary Florido (St. Isidore), Emanuel Carrerra (DuJardin), Nelly Hernandez (Westfield Middle School), and not pictured Nicholas Alejandro (Winnebago). 

2009 American Youth Character Awards

Front Row: Pawel Wilisowski (Winnebago), Michael D'Agostini (Erickson), Jeremy Pilz (DuJardin), Megan Rosenberg (Westfield), Catherine Serio (St. Isidore).  Back Row: Erin O'Connor (Miss Illinois), Mayor Bob Iden and Sergeant Randy Sater.

2008 American Youth Character Awards

2005 American Youth Character Awards

2004 American Youth Character Awards

2002 American Youth Character Awards

2000 American Youth Character Awards