Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) May 06, 2013
At the Ohio Statewide Essay Contest Awards banquet on April 26,the Better Business Bureau Center for Character Ethics awarded 29 students and their schools over $6,000 in prizes, as well as certificates of commendation signed by the governor. The banquet, held at the Villa Milano in Columbus, was attended by 160 students, families, teachers, principals, contest judges and sponsors. Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo addressed the students, and applauded the contest’s nurturing of character in Ohio’s youth. Each student’s essay was displayed at the event and after all the awards were announced, the first place middle and high school students read their essays to the audience.
The statewide contest, in its thirteenth year, is open to all Ohio schools or youth groups for students in grades 6-12. Teachers select the best essays from their class or school and submit them to the statewide contest. 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. The finalists were chosen from 112 entries submitted to the contest from over 4300 essays written in the 39 schools that participated in the statewide contest.
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/contest/ohio for information and assistance in entering the contest.
For more information about the program, please contact Lucy Frontera at lawsoflife(at)centerforcharacterethics(dot)org, or 614-893-9971.
Schools with contest finalists and/or awards. Contact individual schools for the names and awards received.
Lima Central Catholic HS - (private)
Bath High School - Bath Local Schools
Apollo Career Center - Apollo Career Center
Wapakoneta High School - Wapakoneta City Schools
Waynesfield-Goshen High School - Waynesfield-Goshen Local School
Ohio Connections Academy High School - (charter)
Columbus City Prep School for Girls - Columbus City Schools
Dominion Middle - Columbus City Schools
Genoa Middle School - Westerville City Schools
Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow - (charter)
Ankeney Middle School - Beavercreek City Schools
Springer School & Center - (private)
Liberty Center Middle & High Schools- Liberty Center Local Schools
Lorain County JVS - Lorain County JVS
Springfield Middle and High School- Springfield Local Schools
Tri-Rivers Career Center - Tri-Rivers Career Center
Beallsville High School - Switzerland of Ohio
Zanesville Middle School - Zanesville City Schools
West Muskingum Middle School - West Muskingum Schools
Teays Valley High School -Teays Valley Local Schools
Westfall High School -Westfall Local Schools
Stanton Middle School - Kent City School District
Miller City-New Cleveland Middle School - Miller City-New Cleveland Schools
Green Middle & High Schools - Green Local Schools
Brookfield Middle School - Brookfield Local Schools