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KU’s Turner Gill helps honor Character Counts award winners at New York School

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill addresses students at New York school Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. Gill spoke during the school's monthly Character Counts assembly, which recognizes a selection of students for respect, trustworthiness, caring and other attributes.

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill addresses students at New York school Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. Gill spoke during the school's monthly Character Counts assembly, which recognizes a selection of students for respect, trustworthiness, caring and other attributes.

December 2, 2010

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Turner Gill talks to students at New York school

KU football coach visited New York school, Thursday Dec. 2. 2010, to address students during their Character Counts assembly. Enlarge video

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill addresses students at New York school Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. Gill spoke during the school's monthly Character Counts assembly, which recognizes a selection of students for respect, trustworthiness, caring and other attributes.

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill addresses students at New York school Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. Gill spoke during the school's monthly Character Counts assembly, which recognizes a selection of students for respect, trustworthiness, caring and other attributes.

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill gets his photograph taken with New York third-grader Isabel Esselstyn, at school Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. Gill spoke during the school's monthly Character Counts assembly, which recognizes a selection of students for respect, trustworthiness, caring and other attributes.

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill gets his photograph taken with New York third-grader Isabel Esselstyn, at school Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. Gill spoke during the school's monthly Character Counts assembly, which recognizes a selection of students for respect, trustworthiness, caring and other attributes.

New York school students listen to Kansas University football coach Turner Gill as he addresses them Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. Gill spoke during the school's monthly Character Counts assembly, which recognizes a selection of students for respect, trustworthiness, caring and other attributes.

New York school students listen to Kansas University football coach Turner Gill as he addresses them Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. Gill spoke during the school's monthly Character Counts assembly, which recognizes a selection of students for respect, trustworthiness, caring and other attributes.

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill helped honor 11 students and one paraeducator with special awards Thursday during New York School’s monthly Character Counts assembly.

Gill, the assembly’s guest speaker, urged the more than 200 students, teachers, staffers and parents in attendance to work hard, perservere and enter each day with a good attitude.

“Don’t give up,” he told the crowd, noting that he’d struggled with math while in school.

Here are this month’s award winners, including some of the words from teachers’ nomination letters read by Principal Nancy DeGarmo:

• Benjamin Buller, a kindergartener honored for his fairness, “who is always positive and does the right thing.”

• Ilyana Douglas, a kindergartener who “cooperates with others, obeys the rules and works hard to make things around them better,” thus displaying the character trait of citizenship.

• Josiah Nash, a first-grader who displays trustworthiness by making “an effort to encourage every member of our class to follow directions and work hard. Josiah is a wonderful student who makes me proud every day.”

• Cosmo Clock, a first-grader honored for his fairness as he “notices the situations around him and is concerned that things be done fairly. … Cosmo’s sense of justice and fairness will certainly help him as he makes his way in the future.”

• Chloe Gulotta, a “caring” and “warm-hearted” second-grader who “seems to know when any of us need a a helping hand, encouragement or a smile. She is always eager to help anyone in any way.”

• Isabel Esselstyn, whose “repsonsibility” as a third-grader is clear as she “puts forth her best work and her best effort at all times.”

• Chance Branson, a fourth-grader who “takes responsibility for his learning, his successes and his mistakes. Whatever goals he chooses in life, he has the strength of character to achieve them.”

• Destini Howard, a fourth-grader and “model student” whose actions embodying responsibility and good citizenship “make it easy to be her teacher.”

• Cris Moland, a “caring” fourth-grader who “is a kind and compassionate person who has shown me that he likes to help others.”

• Sam Greene, a fifth-grader, who “often shows compassion and caring for others in class by making sure everyone is included and by helping those in need.”

• Annie Olson, a sixth-grader whose actions fill the many traits of “responsibility,” and she “is someone you can watch as an example of doing the right thing.”

Rose Rylko, a paraeducator, was honored for citizenship by being “caring, fair, responsible, respectful and trustworthy” and “a great example for students and staff.”

Comments

KEITHMILES05 4 years ago

Why is he going all the way to NY when there is work to be in Kansas?

garyr 4 years ago

Back to NY? Is he going to stay there? Buffalo? Please, go back to Buffalo!!!

stuckinthemiddle 4 years ago

you got a guy giving back to his community...

and some people just can't keep themselves from making jackass comments...

ranger73 4 years ago

Uh, seriously? New York School in East Lawrence...Just gotta be haters for anything Coach does don't you?

youarewhatyoueat 4 years ago

It's awesome seeing him diving into the community in my opinion. Despite the football year he is involving himself and making himself a member of our community. That is more respectful to me than a winning season, as a resident.

parrothead8 4 years ago

Anyone who can make a statement about a coach's value after only one year knows very little about football. Give the guy a few years worth of his own recruits and see which direction the program is headed.

parrothead8 4 years ago

None of what you said has anything to do with my point. There's not a coach alive we could have brought in this season who would have done much better than Gill did. Oh, sure, maybe another coach could have gotten us one more W against North Saskatchewan Bible College early in the season, but no coach could have changed the outcome of most of the games KU played.

The fact of the matter is that the coach is not the main problem: the level of talent on the field is the main problem. Sure, I was embarrassed to see players "quit" on the field at times, but I'm also realistic. I know you don't turn around a college program overnight. Apparently you believe in the Easter Bunny, and you were the only person who didn't seem to notice that the team got better as the year went on. It's like you don't have a clue about offensive schemes and how certain personnel fit and don't fit. Gill needs different players than the ones Mangino left him. In the meantime, he's doing the best he has with what he's got.

Lots of great football players and coaches aren't great speakers of the "properly constructed sentence." Bear Bryant, at times, sounded like an ignorant hick...but he had talent in the locker room.

You want me to read other papers? How about YOU try some of your own medicine, and get back to me when you get done reading the dozens of big-city and national publications who all said the same thing coming into the season: that KU football had maybe the least talent of any roster in the Big 12. You can thank Mark Mangino for that.

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