2016 Tulare County Kids of Character

Thank You

to everyone who took the time to nominate a deserving Tulare County student for the

2016 Kids of Character Awards.

Thanks to your participation, nearly 6,500 young people from 139 schools in Tulare County were recognized. Choose the link below to view a list of all of the students who were nominated.

Complete list of all of the 2016 Kids of Character nominees

On Saturday, October 22, the Visalia Times-Delta/Tulare Advance-Register published a two-page ad highlighting the school representatives (one from each of the 139 schools submitted) chosen during the 2016 Kids of Character Week, October 17-22). View the two-page ad. View the descriptions written by the nominators for each of the 139 students.

Provident-Salierno Family Foundation Honorees

Of the nearly 6,500 students nominated, 45 were selected as honorees for the Provident-Salierno Family Foundation Celebration held on October 26. These exemplary students are pictured below. Read their stories.

Trustworthiness honorees
Top Honorees:
Rhegan Fernandes,
Mission Oak High School

Luz Uribe,
Sierra Vista High School
Leah See, Annie R. Mitchell Elementary School
Crystal Vasquez-Jauregui, Lincoln Elementary School (Lindsay)
Arturo Torres, Palo Verde Union School
Angel Verduzco, Tipton School

Respect honorees
Top Honorees:
Madison Crawford,
Mt. Whitney High School

Richard Torres, Jr.,
Mission Oak High School
Jeannine Ocampo, Live Oak Middle School
Syndey Brown, Tulare Union High School
Isabella Chamalbide, Valley Life Charter School
Jaime Valdez, Valley Oak Middle School

Responsibility honorees
Top Honorees:
Edith Guijon,
Woodlake High School

Emily Thompson,
Pixley Elementary School
Chris Martinez, Monache High School
Jazmine Soto, Strathmore Middle School
Jessie Munoz, Tulare Western High School
Brenda Arambula, Woodlake Valley Middle School

Fairness honorees
Top Honorees:
Yannina Minguela,
Roosevelt Elementary School (Tulare)

Suri Moguel-Moguel,
Highland Elementary School
Derek Schaub, Kings River Union School
Caleb Kennerley, Monson-Sultana School
Selena Velasquez, Vandalia Elementary School
Katelin Cortez, Waukena School

Caring honorees
Top Honorees:
Pedro Jimenez Lopez,
Granite Hills High School

Makenna Wood,
Valley Life Charter School
Parker Boles, Alpine Vista School
Yadira Barajas, COS Community Based Instruction
Ethan Rocchi, La Sierra Military Academy
Adrian Rodriguez, Pleasant View Elementary School

Citizenship honorees
Top Honorees:
Nolan Montgomery,
El Diamante High School

Brianna Stephens,
Tulare Union High School
Joseph Covarrubias, Granite Hills High School
Andrew Taylor, Lincoln Elementary School (Exeter)
Jesslyn Garcia, Oak Grove Elementary School (Porterville)
Woodlake High School Recycle Club including:
Uriel Cordero, Phoebe Esque, Noemi Franco. TJ Gilbert, John Perez, Skye Perez, Jacquelin Ruelas, Anthony Torres, Christina Trujillo, and Jeorge Valdez-Meza

For more information about the CHARACTER COUNTS! program, visit


or contact Kelley Petty, Program Coordinator, at kelleyp@tcoe.org or call (559) 740-4303.

CHARACTER COUNTS! is a nationwide initiative which embraces the six core values mentioned above. These values, common in a democratic society, can be taught by teachers, parents and community members to build and develop character in youth. The CHARACTER COUNTS! program is provided to the schools in the 43 districts administered by the Tulare County Office of Education.

CHARACTER COUNTS! is a service mark of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition, a project of the Josephson Institute of Ethics.