Congratulations to the 2024 NMUSD Superintendent’s Character Trait Award Winners

High school seniors Samantha Forbath (NHHS), Marcelina Sanchez, Skylar Ford-Noel, Peyton Vovan (CdMHS), Connor Do, Jenny Fernanda Vazquez Bernal and Haifa Afridi were recognized as Superintendent’s Character Trait Award winners at the April 2 Board of Education meeting. These Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) students were nominated by their respective schools as representing one of seven specific pillars of leadership: Caring, Citizenship, Courage, Fairness, Respect, Responsibility and Trustworthiness.

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(L-R) Marcelina Sanchez (Citizenship), Early College High School; Jenny Fernanda Vazquez Bernal (Responsibility), Back Bay High School; Haifa Afridi (Trustworthiness), Monte Vista Independent Study; Connor Do (Respect), Costa Mesa High School; Peyton Vovan (Fairness), Corona del Mar High School; Skylar Ford-Noel (Courage), Estancia High School and Samantha Forbath (Caring), Newport Harbor High School

Each student received a certificate of recognition, and banners with their name, photo, school and corresponding character traits will be displayed in the district office for one year.

“I am honored to recognize our amazing students who serve as a powerful example for our entire school community as they embody the values we strive to instill in all our 18,000-plus students. Their achievements attest to their sterling character and underscore the supportive environment fostered by our dedicated educators and families. Congratulations to each of you for being a shining example of admirable character,” said NMUSD Superintendent Dr. Wesley Smith.


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