We believe character is an important component to Leadership. Character Keys are presented throughout the Leadership Seminole sessions. The Keys are respect, honesty, courage, gratitude, generosity, caring, knowledge, fairness, patriotism, service, responsibility and courtesy.

The annual High School Character Video Contest incorporates the most critical issues facing high school students as identified by the Seminole County Youth Commission (seminoleyouth.org). Based on two separate surveys (2009, 2010) of Seminole County high school students, the issues are drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, body image, conflict resolution, and depression.

All nine Seminole County public high schools participate in the contest. The nine competing videos are shown with the student teams and faculty advisers in attendance at the annual High School Character Video Awards in April. The top three winners are announced. Each member of the winning team, their faculty adviser and their school receive recognition and a trophy. More than 160 community leaders attend. Many of the videos are shown in Seminole County high schools. The end result is students messaging to students.

The winning video premiers at the annual Leadership’s Community Leadership Celebration Luncheon in May. The students and their faculty advisers are introduced. 400 people in attendance.

Lyman High School was the Leadership Seminole 2019 High School Character Video Contest winner. Watch their masterpiece here.