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CORE: Creating Opportunities and Recognizing Excellence

Christy Bergman, Robbie Binnicker, Calder Ehrmann,
Brooke Holloway, Ken Peterson, Crystal Todd

C.O.R.E. desires to recognize high school students who inspire others because they have overcome obstacles in their lives.  To accomplish this, the group has partnered with Carolina and Greenville High Schools in Greenville, South Carolina.  Based on criteria established by the group, each school will select two students from their schools—one male and one female—to receive the “DLI   C.O.R.E. Student of Distinction Award.”  Selected students will receive a trophy, an electronic device (i.e., a Kindle reader), a limo ride and dinner, and will be invited to attend an event, with a guest of their choice.  In addition, a video will be developed on which C.O.R.E. group members will share inspirational thoughts for other students to view – students will be recognized on this video as well for all students to see.

The C.O.R.E. team has discussed the feasibility of recognizing students with this award annually. If this does occur, schools will be identified across the Upstate we’d like to participate (two in Anderson, two in Greenville, and two in Spartanburg).  Award recognition will rotate from community to community, with four students being recognized from participating schools within each identified area. Selection criteria will remain consistent.