Cherokee Student a Tri-State "Hero of Character"

Cherokee Sixth-Grader Youngest of Only Six Tri-State “Heroes of Character”
Posted on 11/07/2018
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Landyn Bomar in a wheelchair with former teacher Todd OverbeckThe standing ovation Cherokee Elementary sixth-grader Landyn Bomar received from a gymnasium full of his classmates last week demonstrated that his depth of his character went far deeper than the words expressed in a recent nomination letter from his former teacher, Todd Overbeck.

“Landyn helped to create an atmosphere of kindness, tolerance, perseverance and joy that made my entire classroom a better place to be,” Overbeck wrote. “These special qualities are difficult to teach to students. However, when there is a classmate who exemplifies these traits every day, his attitude becomes naturally contagious.”

Overbeck went on to describe that most days, Landyn is living with a five to seven out of 10 level of pain as a result of his battle against spina bifida. “Through it all, he never complains and always tries his best to be joyful.”

Those words helped place Landyn among just six students in the Tri-State honored at the Oct. 25 Heroes of Character Celebration. Hosted by the Character Council, which serves Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana, the event honors youth and adults who consistently demonstrate outstanding character traits in their everyday lives. Landyn was the youngest recipient of all six student honorees.

Before the awards dinner, Cherokee Principal Valerie Montgomery organized a special recognition of Landyn as part of the school’s first quarter achievement awards assembly. She knew his classmates would stand behind the nomination for all that they’ve gained from Landyn, too.

“This young man exemplifies everything I aspire to be with his character, courage, strength and kindness,” said Montgomery, who attended the banquet in Lawrenceburg alongside Landyn. “His smile lights up a room and makes Cherokee and the world a better place. He truly embodies everything ‘Cheetah Pride’ stands for.”