Sheriff Staly Presents Great Kid Awards


Fifteen exceptional students who attend public and private schools in Flagler County are recognized by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) as a “Great Kid.” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly met with each of those students this week and presented them with their awards.

The “Great Kid” Award is presented monthly to students who show respect to their peers, help others, work hard in academics, and represent themselves and their school well. The recipients are nominated by FCSO’s School Resource Deputies and school employees. Sheriff Staly presented the fifteen awards for February, March, April, and May 2023 in order to catch up after being delayed in 2022 due to hurricanes and the holiday season.

“I congratulate each of these amazing students who represent their schools and our students in Flagler County so well,” said Sheriff Staly. “This is a way to recognize our kids that make the right decisions that you rarely hear about.”

Below is a summary of each student and why they received the Great Kid Award.

Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School

Regan Goff

Regan is an outstanding student who is hard-working, dedicated to her learning and growth, and is always kind and helpful to her peers. She takes time to comfort and reassures others when needed. Regan is a member of the school band and is a great role model to her classmates. We are lucky to have her as part of our school family!


Aiden Gribbin

Aiden is a hard-working student that exemplifies this award for his outstanding dedication and positive, respectful attitude. He is very focused on his work and goes above and beyond daily to make the right decisions. Aiden is a student who continues to exemplify great behavior and supports those around him.

Belle Terre Elementary School 

Deshawn Alexander Rucker-Romano

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office recognizes Belle Terre Elementary school student Deshawn Alexander Rucker-Romano for his kindness and positive outlook. He is always respectful to staff and his classmates and sets a great example for others to follow. He’s dependable, hard-working, and always determined to succeed. He exemplifies the true personality traits of a “Great Kid” and great friend.

Bunnell Elementary School

Mellissa Ryon

Mellissa is a hard-working, kind, honest, and responsible student who is constantly striving for excellence. She is a friend to all and is always willing to step in and help whoever needs it. She is a leader and is a great role model to her classmates. She is worthy of receiving this recognition and we are lucky to have such an outstanding young lady as part of our school family!

Ivy Partin

Ivy is a caring and respectful student that always displays a positive attitude that all enjoy being around. She is willing to assist teachers and her classmates. Ivy is doing great academically and embodies the skills and qualities of a true leader. We are lucky to have such an outstanding young lady as part of our school family and look forward to her bright future!

Old Kings Elementary School

Greyson Mette

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office recognizes Greyson Mette for exceeding expectations daily! He is a respectful young man who is always kind and ready to lend a hand to his peers when needed. He is a role model for other students to follow by showing his academic dedication and kindness to all. We are lucky to have him as part of our school family!

Buddy Taylor Middle School

Alexa Lamoureaux

Alexa is an amazing young lady who always has a smile on her face. She is a positive influence on her peers because of the kindness that she exhibits daily. She models the BTMS motto of “Bring your Best every day, Treat everyone with respect, Model exceptional leadership, and Strive to reach your goals.” Alexa genuinely connects with her peers and is a great example for others to follow.

Ehimen Ajede

Ehimen has exceptional leadership skills and is a real team player who strives to do better every day. He is an authentic listener and is empathic to staff and his peers. He is a responsible student who encourages other students and sets an example by displaying his leadership skills. He is also a dedicated athlete and models all of our BTMS expectations. He shows daily what it means to be a Great Kid!

Aaliyah Brown

Aaliyah Brown works hard and sets an example for other students to follow. She encourages her classmates and offers help to whoever needs it. Aaliyah is an exceptional student who makes good choices, is doing great academically learning difficult course content, and keeps her grades high.  She consistently demonstrates leadership skills inside and outside of the classroom.  She greets everyone with a smile and shows a genuine interest in those around her.  She is an amazing example of a Great Kid.

Indian Trails Middle School

Andrew Marcelo Franklin

Andrew is being nominated for his great attitude and his respectful personality. His academic dedication and commitment are to be commended and he is a prime example for his peers to follow. He makes Indian Trails Middle School a better school daily. Andrew is truly a Great Kid and well deserving of this award!

Flagler Palm Coast High School

Jacob Ward

Jacob is known on the FPC campus as everyone’s “Teacher’s Assistant.”  He is often in the administration hallway checking on staff to see if they need any assistance, spreading kindness and cheer. He delivers mail, makes copies for faculty, and is always eager to help in any way that he can. Jacob advocates for his friends and is always there for them with kindness and support. He encompasses and represents what it means to be a Bulldog.

Anthony Debisceglie

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office recognizes Flagler Palm Coast High School student Anthony Debisceglie for his academic dedication, commitment, and leadership qualities. Anthony is a responsible student who his teachers look forward to seeing every day. He is a leader and is a great role model to his classmates. He is worthy of receiving this recognition and we are lucky to have such an outstanding young man as part of our school family!

Mikiya Fitzgerald

Mikiya is an exemplary student & is the definition of what it means to “Be a Bulldog.” She is the FPC 2023 Student Government Association President, a member of the National Honor Society, a member of Leo Club, Captain of the FPC Girls Lacrosse Team & is also the Senior Class President. She is an Honor Roll student and is also dual enrolled at Daytona State College. She is equally as dedicated to her family as she is academically. She is one of FPC’s Great Kids!

Matanzas High School

Addison Rios

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office recognizes Matanzas High School student Addison Rios for her commitment and dedication to doing well in school and making good choices. She is involved in sports and consistently displays a positive attitude and is a wonderful role model to her peers and leads by example. She embodies the MHS motto of “Making Good Choices, Holding Herself Accountable, and Striving for Excellence.”

Cole Hash

Cole is a great representation of what it means to be a Matanzas Pirate. He is a true campus leader who makes good choices and strives for excellence daily. He is an exceptional multi-sport student-athlete for Pirate Nation, lettering in football & weightlifting; recently winning a district title in Traditional and Olympic weightlifting. He works equally as hard earning good grades as he does as an athlete. Cole has built positive, lasting relationships with staff & administration at MHS.

By Kim Hunt

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