The Quincy Exchange Club presented the Character Champion Awards to five outstanding students in the area who show great character and leadership qualities on and off the field or court.

The awards went to Senior Winston Smith of Southeastern High School, Jaci Higgins, a senior at Central High School, Max Venvertloh, a senior at Quincy Notre Dame High School and Kayla Gronewold, a senior at Unity High.  Jalan Vance, an 8th grader at Central was also honored with an award as well.

Principal McDowell of QND and Superintendent Todd Fox of Southeastern and the Athletic Directors, Matt Long of Central, and Christina Meyer of Unity were also on hand for the ceremony along with the parents involved.

The Character Champions program began back in 2004 and was the brainchild of Exchange Club member Jim Benz .Chuck Venvertloh also announced that the Exchange Club will also be presenting a $1000 scholarship to one of the Character Champions honorees later this year.