Integrity Icon Philly Awards Ceremony

By Jessica Blatt Press, The Philadelphia Citizen | March 2, 2021

Stoneleigh Fellow Ruth Abaya joined The Philadelphia Citizen’s Integrity Icon Philly Awards Ceremony as one of its five first-ever Integrity Icons.

What is integrity?

To the five local heroes we honored on Friday night as the first-ever Integrity Icons in Philadelphia—and the country—it means many things, all of them inspiring.[…]

“Integrity is not something you do, it’s who you are,” said Richard Gordon IV, the principal at Paul Robeson High School. Gordon, who was also named Principal of the Year for 2020, shared that his earliest model of integrity was his mother, Cecilia Watkins. In the wake of Gordon’s father being incarcerated, she woke up at 5am every day to make sure Gordon and his younger brother arrived at their New Jersey school on time.

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