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Diocese of Buffalo Character Awards at Immaculate Conception School

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By Sandy Rigas

Developing character is an important part of an education at Immaculate Conception School of Allegany County. The Diocese of Buffalo has chosen 10 different character traits for the 2022-2023 academic year, for the purpose of spotlighting each month’s trait and helping students to recognize these traits in others, and in themselves.

September began the year with “Welcoming” followed by “Sportsmanship” for October and “Service” for November. Each month’s trait was encouraged among the students, faculty, and staff, to exhibit and exemplify. At the end of each month, teachers have been asked to nominate a student whom they felt best represented the month’s trait. Recognition certificates were given to two students each month. Awards have been given at a Friday morning Mass and noted in the school’s monthly newsletter.

Father Robert Agbo after a Friday morning Mass with September Character Award for “Welcoming” winners Nathan Goodridge (2nd grade) and Hayden Fish (6th grade).

Nathan, Father Robert, and Hayden

October’s Character Award for “Sportsmanship” winners Hendrick Scott (5th grade) and Jackson Francisco

(1st grade).

Hendrick and Jackson

November’s Character Award for “Service” winners, from left, Harrison Reagan (5th grade) and brothers Darrell Ueblacker (5th grade) and Gregory Ueblacker (1st grade). Reagan was applauded for his service to the Ugandan Water Project and the Ueblacker brothers for their volunteering with their family at the Fassett Greenspace Garden.

Father Jim Hartwell, pastor of Immaculate Conception parish, congratulates the boys for their service after a Friday morning Mass.

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