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Jefferson City High School students, Justin Fuller, middle and Jake White, are congratulated and thanked for their honesty by assistant principal Karen Brickey. The pair found cash in a locker room Monday morning and turned it in to the office.

Jefferson City High School students, Justin Fuller, middle and Jake White, are congratulated and thanked for their honesty by assistant principal Karen Brickey. The pair found cash in a locker room Monday morning and turned it in to the office. Photo by Julie Smith.

Jake White and Justin Fuller are teens of few words, but big smiles.

On Monday, the two Jefferson City High School basketball players found an envelope filled with $150 laying on a stool in the boys’ basketball locker room.

“We were getting dressed after PE class when we saw this little white envelope,” said Fuller, a 16-year-old sophomore who plays on the school’s junior varsity team. “It was quiet in the room, only me and Jake. We’re the only basketball players in our gym class.”

The two boys took the cash to their coach, André Salmon, who turned the money into the high school’s office to be claimed.

Ultimately, school personnel were able to determine the money belonged to a wrestling referee who worked at a sporting event held at the school Saturday. The money has been returned.

But officials at the school wanted to give the two teens credit for displaying this month’s Character Plus trait, “Honesty.” Every month, the school district emphasizes a different value educators hope to instill in students.

To that end, they awarded the two students with certificates recognizing their honesty. The teens were also given, courtesy of Central Bank, some swag to reward them for their kindness. Each teen was given a backpack filled with a windbreaker, Frisbee, water bottle, pizza cutter and calendar with the bank’s logo.

White said it was “surprising and cool” to receive the stuffed backpacks.

The boys didn’t know until the end of the day on Tuesday that school personnel planned to celebrate their moral deed. On Wednesday morning, they said they hadn’t even told their parents that they had found and returned the money.

“We haven’t really talked to anyone about it,” Fuller said.

Both teens said they never considered keeping the money for themselves.

“I’m glad we did it,” White said.

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