By: Melissa Morreale
On January 13, 2022, Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly visited four local schools to present four exceptional students with awards for being “Great Kids” for the month of December 2021.
“The Great Kid Awards give us the opportunity to meet and recognize some phenomenal kids doing great things in our community and in their schools,” said Sheriff Staly. “This is a terrific tradition that we started in 2018 and it is something that we look forward to every month. We hear too much in the media about kids who make bad decisions, it is an honor to present this award to these students and shine a spotlight on the kids in Flagler County who are working to make a positive impact.”
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) recognizes Bruno Ferreira from Old Kings Elementary School for honoring the responsibility that is required to maintain academic progress with his schoolwork and individual goals. He is a role model for other students to follow by showing his love for learning and constant kindness to all. Bruno is worthy of receiving this recognition and we are lucky to have such an outstanding young man as part of our school family!
Bunnell Elementary school is proud to recognize 13-year-old Damian Carter who is deserving of this award for his dedication to ‘See Something, Say Something’ in helping keep the community safe. Damian located a firearm in the area of Bulldog Drive and notified his mother who contacted law enforcement. Although the firearm was found to be a BB gun, he is being recognized for doing a good thing and reporting it as he thought it was real. This is a great example of “If You See Something, Say Something.”
Andrew Medearis is being nominated for his great attitude and his respectful personality. He brightens up the Dean’s Office on a daily basis when he arrives. He shares his stories of how he enjoys volunteering with his father in the community with beach clean-up and his adventures from his Rocket Club launches. “Drew” as we call him, is an avid Steelers fan who keeps everyone on their toes regarding final scores; especially when FSU is losing! Andrew is truly a Great Kid and well-deserving of this award!
Kameran Gordon has been a member of the Explorer Post for a year and is also part of the Flagler Palm Coast High School Girls Basketball Team. She is also very active with the Student Government Association at FPC. She also very generously donated to FCSO’s Shop with a Cop in addition to the Family Assistance Program to make a difference in the lives of children during Christmas. Kameran is an outstanding student and a deserving recipient of the Great Kids Award!
The “Great Kid” award is presented by the Sheriff to a student selected by School Resource Deputies who show respect for their peers, help others, work hard to do well in academics, and represent themselves, their family, and their school with great character. The recipients for the awards are nominated by Flagler County Sheriff’s School Resource Deputies and Flagler Schools and are awarded on a monthly basis to one elementary, middle, and high school student.