Van-Far students and staff celebrated another successful year focused on a variety of character traits with a visit from Miss Missouri Sydney Friar during their Character+ Celebration held on Tuesday, March 13.
Miss Missouri, a native of El Dorado Springs and someone who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Evangel University, spoke to the students about developing strong personal character. She also told students of the importance for setting goals for development into the person they hope to become.
“I kind of marched to the beat of my own drum,” Friar told the students. “…In high school, I was worrying less about what people thought about what I was doing. I started to care more about how I made other people feel about themselves. I wasn’t going to change for anyone else.”
Friar talked about her personal struggles and triumphs in becoming the 2011 Miss Missouri, after five years of competition for the crown. She never gave up doing the pageant her own way even after people suggested that she try to conform to the status quo of Miss Missouri pageantry.
During the ceremony, the Character+ Committee also celebrated the voted role models of character for Van-Far Jr./Sr. High School.
Abbegail Robinson, 8th grade daughter of Matt and Esther Robinson of Vandalia, was voted the Junior High School Character+ student of the Year, due to her traits of hardworking, considerate, and self-motivated.
Senior Jessie Fowler, daughter of Bruce and Marsha Fowler of Vandalia, was voted the Senior High School Character+ Student of the Year, due to her caring, hardworking, and dependable nature.
The Certified Character+ staff member of the year was Teresa Winders. Winders teaches English I and English III and is also the Yearbook Sponsor.
The Non-Certified Character+ staff member of the year was Vera Hayden, Nurse’s Assistant at the High School.
The winner of the Kindle was Rosa Tate and flash drive winners were both Haley Hopke and Renee Nelson. The North Hall won the food drive for the Audrain County Crisis Center.
Students also received certificates from Rep. Jay Houghton for those with a 3.0 GPA in the first semester.