LIHUE — Sophia Badua, a fourth grade student at the Elsie Wilcox Elementary School, was a big winner for her take on Fairness, Saturday.
Badua was the first place winner for the Kauai Family and Community Education 2016 Character Counts art and essay contest. Her entry earned the right to advance to the state competition where she finished second place, receiving a congratulatory letter and a monetary award of $75. Combined with her Kauai monetary award, Badua went home with $150.
The winners, their teachers and their parents were honored for their achievements during a luncheon prepared by Kauai FCE members at the Lihue Neighborhood Center.
Schasie Sasil, a student from Eleele Elementary School, received $50 for her second place finish in the contest where four elementary schools participated in.
Kailee Gorospe, a student at the Kapaa Elementary School, earned $25 for her third place finish.
Honorable mention winners included Pohaikealoha Kaona of Kapaa Elementary School, Chenelle Mae Andres of Wilcox Elementary, and Cresa Valenciano of Eleele Elementary. They each earned $15.
Character Counts is a national art and essay contest based on six character traits — Caring, Citizenship, Trustworthiness, Respect and Responsibility. This year’s character was Fairness and open to all students in the fourth grade at public, private and home schools, administered by the Kauai FCE.