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2017 Character Winner

Philandell Campaner for Respect

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) recognized six high school seniors for their exceptional character leadership traits. For the fifth year in a row, Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro recognized one graduating senior from each high school who exemplifies one of the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Each high school is asked to submit the names of six seniors they believe are exemplars of each pillar of character. A district team reviews the 36 nominations and selects one student from each school that best represents one of the six pillars of character. In May each student received a surprise visit at their school from and was presented a letter of recognition and an invitation to be recognized by the Board of Education at the June 13, 2017 Board Meeting. A banner for each student will be displayed in the district lobby with a photo of each student, name of their high school and their character trait. The banners will remain throughout the 2017-18 school year.

"This is one of my favorite awards because it allows us an opportunity to acknowledge students for just being genuinely good people," said Superintended Dr. Fred Navarro. 

Congratulations to the following student selected as Character Trait Award Winner for Respect:

Phil C for Respect

Philandell Campaner
Back Bay High School

Character Trait: Respect

a student of martial arts Philandell applies the philosophy of the sport to those around him. He shows restraint, is slow to anger and uses his thoughts as a tool to help others. He learned early in life that to be successful in school you had to do the work, question the content, not the teacher, and ask for help. He demonstrates his respect for the classes he is in by engaging in theworkAsand participating in discussions. He learned not to judge others who have failed because he himself has failed and from his own failures he learned to empathize with students who are struggling. He has volunteered as a math tutor on campus and supports other students in the classroom. He also embraces discipline and restraint. As a site council member, Phil was able to participate with adults and staff members and joined in discussions.