Flagler County, FL (April 5, 2021) –  Sheriff Rick Staly visited three local schools to present three exceptional students with awards for being “Great Kids” for the month of March 2021.

“Our Flagler County youth is doing phenomenal things to get involved in the community while excelling in their education,” said Sheriff Staly. “The recipients of the Great Kids Awards are actively continuing to strive for success in all aspects of their lives, making Flagler County proud of their hard work. We want them to know that the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is honored to have them represent our community, very pleased with their achievements and they are fully supported by our agency in their future endeavors.”

Debra Powell

Debra Powell is a Wadsworth Elementary School student who’s a strong leader with a kind heart. She has a positive attitude, enjoys learning and is always smiling. Debbie is always willing to lend a helping hand, volunteers for any job or project and manages our student news show. She is a hard worker and conquers any task that she is given. Debbie spreads joy through random acts of kindness by leaving notes for students and teachers to find and purchases books and donates money to others in need. She is the perfect example of PURR attributes!

Tilisha Sammons


Tilisha Lea Sammons is an Indian Trails Middle School student and has been chosen by Deputy Cooper for her compassion and thoughtfulness. Tilisha demonstrates many leadership qualities and is a nice, well-rounded and respectful student that will be a great example for others to follow when she enters High School. She is a “Great Kid” and we are lucky to have such an outstanding young lady as part of our school family!

Logan Cestare was recommended by School Resource Deputy’s Alecrim and Williams for this award. He has a weighted GPA of 4.2 and is on the Leadership Team of the TV Production Program and is the lead student on the filming and editing of the Code Red Drill Video. Logan has been a valued part of school safety education and assists deputies and the district in providing media support for Alert Training and Code Red procedures. He is always eager to offer his support and provides great feedback regarding our training and presentations. We are lucky to have him as part of our school family!

The “Great Kid” award is presented by the Sheriff to a student selected by School Resource Deputies who show respect for their peers, help others, work hard to do well in academics, and represent themselves, their family, and their school with great character. The recipients for the awards are nominated by Flagler County Sheriff’s School Resource Deputies and Flagler Schools and are awarded on a monthly basis to one elementary, middle, and high school student.


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