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The “Great Kids” Program was started by Sheriff Bill Leeper to recognize outstanding kids in our community who constantly show respect for their peers, help others in a time of need, maintain a strong academic standard, and represent themselves, their family and their school with great character and pride.  The program is facilitated in partnership with NCSO’s School Resource Deputies and Nassau County Public Schools.

“All too often in today’s society we focus our resources and time on those that don’t do it right, while kids who go above and beyond tend to go unrecognized,” said Sheriff Leeper. “The Great Kids Award allows us to recognize students who make a positive impact in our community.”

Kenneth Aldrich, who is in the 12th grade at Yulee High School, was nominated for the Great Kids Award by School Resource Deputy Alyssa Fender.

According to Deputy Fender, Kenneth, who is on the cross country team, is a very respectful student who never fails to set an example for his peers.  He holds the cafeteria door open every day for other students and school staff entering the cafeteria.  He always has a positive attitude, is a motivated athlete and serves as a role model for other students.  His daily actions show what it truly means to be a Yulee Hornet.  Kenneth’s future goal is to become a firefighter in Nassau County.

“These qualities not only make Kenneth a great kid, but will one day ensure that he is a great young man who respects and helps others in order to make our community a better place,” said Leeper.

On Friday, January 24, 2020, Kenneth received a plaque and a challenge coin from Sheriff Leeper for being a “Great Kid.”



Photo Left-to-right:  Deputy Alyssa Fender, YHS Principal Natasha Drake, Kenneth Aldrich, Sheriff Bill Leeper