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Gregory Stokes

Position: School Resource Officer
School: Ormond Beach Middle School
School District: Volusia County Schools
City, State: Ormond Beach, FL

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Gregory Stokes was nominated by his assistant principal, Troy Kent.

Officer Stokes is someone who many would call "The Best in the Business."  He's a true leader and mentor for the students and staff at Ormond Beach Middle School.  He's in his current role for the right reasons; he loves people, and he has a positive, infectious personality.  He loves the students, not only at OBMS, but at surrounding schools.  Officer Stokes takes his job of safety/security very seriously.  He is constantly patrolling campus and alerting administration to any weaknesses in the security plan.

Officer Stokes is always connecting with students and staff alike.  Students can be heard yelling his name and giving him a high five or fist bump during every class change. The staff love to talk with him about college football, and they have a sense of calm when he is around.

"I have told Officer Stokes on several occasions that he missed his calling and should have been a classroom teacher," said Kent. "Officer Stokes has a way of captivating those who are around him with his stories and personality. He's also an incredible role-model for our student population.  He's there for students in many ways, not only when they get in trouble, but before they make a poor decision.  Officer Stokes can be seen around campus mentoring students about their choices and the effect they have on the big picture. While he is mentoring students, I have heard him talk about his life choices as a child and how he wishes he had made some different decisions."

"Officer Stokes goes above and beyond the call of duty of a school resource officer every day at OBMS.  Our students and staff look to him as a mentor, leader, friend and police officer," Kent concluded. "We are fortunate to have Officer Stokes share his talents with us every day."

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