This month, we celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of our students, eagerly anticipating the upcoming graduation ceremonies in May. It's a time filled with pride and joy for me, witnessing the hard work and dedication of our teachers, administrators and staff reflected in the achievements of our students.

Within our community, we take great pride in acknowledging students not only for their academic successes but also for their outstanding character. With that in mind, I'm excited to share details about two upcoming events that will honor the excellence within our student body.

On April 17, we will proudly recognize 126 seniors at the annual STAR event who have distinguished themselves by graduating in the top 3% of their class. STAR, which stands for Students Taking Academic Responsibility, celebrates not only academic achievement but also the mentorship and inspiration provided by dedicated teachers. Each student selects a teacher-mentor who has played a significant role in their academic journey. Additionally, students will be awarded with a medal and certificate, marking their exceptional academic accomplishment. It's truly an honor to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of these high-performing students, and I have every confidence in their future success as they transition to the next phase of their lives.

On April 25, we will host the annual American Youth Character Awards banquet, where we will recognize over 110 students for their exemplary character. These awards celebrate students who serve as positive role models for their peers, embodying the values encapsulated by The Six Pillars of Character - Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. Nominees are evaluated based on their demonstration of these pillars in various aspects of their lives, including overcoming obstacles, making difficult choices and engaging in community service. All junior honorees will receive a certificate and a lapel pin, while seniors will be awarded medals and a $500 scholarship. Furthermore, nine seniors will be acknowledged as Pursuing Victory With Honor nominees for exemplifying the pillar traits on and off the athletic field, with the overall winner receiving a $1,000 award.

I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all the students being recognized for their achievements, as well as to their families, mentors and school personnel who have supported them throughout their high school journey.

April also marks National Volunteer Month, and I want to express my gratitude to all our volunteers who selflessly contribute to the success of SJCSD. Your dedication to providing services such as early literacy, tutoring and mentoring to our students is invaluable. For those interested in volunteering and exploring opportunities to make a difference in St. Johns County schools, please reach out to Cheryl Freeman, our RSVP/Volunteer Services Coordinator, at (904) 547-3952 or

Thank you for your continued support and involvement in our school community.

Tim Forson
Superintendent of Schools