Congratulations to Ryan Hobbib, a Dingeman Elementary School fifth grader in Mrs. Schwartz' class. His essay, "Finding Courage Within Myself," won First Place in the 2010 Character Matters Essay Contest, sponsored by the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences, Character Development Center. The Character Matters Essay Contest offers students the opportunity to reflect on and write about experiences related to honesty, courage, respect, responsibility, self-discipline and other character traits.
Ryan's essay won first place out of 1,500 essays submitted in the Elementary School division. He received a plaque and a $125 prize from university officials. Principal Kimie Lochtefeld notified Ryan of his award and personally congratulated him in class.