Columbus, OH (PRWEB) March 14, 2013
The Better Business Bureau Center for Character Ethics is proud to announce the 2013 finalists in its statewide Laws of Life Essay Contest, a unique character-themed writing competition for students in grades 6-12.
The statewide contest, in its thirteenth year, is open to winners of local Laws of Life essay contests for both middle and high school students. The contest encourages students to think about the people and experiences that have helped to shape their principles and challenges them to write about what they believe in. A panel of business leaders, educators and community volunteers judged the entries. Perseverance, compassion, honesty and appreciation are some of the topics this year’s finalists wrote about in their essays.
Sir John Templeton, noted financier and philanthropist, created the Laws of Life Essay Contest in 1987 to challenge young people to reflect and write about their values. Today the contest is a true community-wide effort that promotes communication between students, teachers, parents and business members to advance universal ethical principles like forgiveness, honesty, respect and love. The BBB Center for Character Ethics adopted the contest to help young people develop positive ethics that will lead them into adulthood as our future workforce. Major support for the contest comes from Honda of America, Wendy’s, the Walker family and the English Family Foundation. Local schools and community organizations can visit http://lol.centerforcharacterethics.org/contests/ohio for information and assistance in sponsoring a local contest.
Finalists, their parents, teachers and contest judges will attend the Awards Banquet on April 25, 2013 at the Villa Milano in Columbus where the winners will be announced. Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo will address the finalists and offer congratulations. Cash prizes ranging from $25 to $500 will be awarded to finalists, their teachers and contest coordinators.
For more information about the program, please contact Lucy Frontera at lawsoflife(at)centerforcharacterethics(dot)org, or 614-893-9971.