Every year, the Katz-Helen and Ray Whittle Jr. Foundation and the Glynn County School System honor students who were selected as Golden Rule Character Award winners during the school year.
Recognized as Golden Rule Character Award Students of the Year for the 2022-2023 school year were Elliot Colsby (Glyndale Elementary), Jazymne Pate (Risley Middle), and Ellyora Wills (Glynn Academy). Each received a $250 cash award.
Selected as Senior Students of the Year were Ulysses Martinez (Brunswick High), Eddren Jackson (Glynn Academy) and Litzy Joaquin-Martinez (Golden Isles College & Career Academy). Each received a $3,000 cash award. Senior of the Year runners-up Quame Pierre (Brunswick High) and Katelyn Johnson (Glynn Academy) received $1,500 cash awards each.
Glyndale Elementary’s Linda Brown was named winner of the Staff of the Year Award. She received a $1,000 cash award. Needwood Middle’s Kandace McHargue was named the Paragon of the Year Award winner. She received a $1,500 cash award.
The Golden Rule Character Award program in the Glynn County Schools was the dream of the late Helen Whittle Katz, founder of the Katz-Helen and Ray Whittle Jr. Foundation, which provides the funds for all program awards. Started during the 1999-2000 school year, the program promotes positive character development by stressing the importance of the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”