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Local Students Honored for Expressing Positive Character in BBB Essay Contest
May 17, 2013

“Be thankful, do not give up and value life” were common themes expressed by high school students who participated in the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Laws of Life Essay Contest. The first place winner was recognized on stage during the 2013 BBB Business Ethics Awards dinner in May.

As a program of BBB’s Center for Character Ethics, the Laws of Life Essay Contest invites high school students to share the “laws” that influence their thoughts and actions, and help them make daily decisions. Encouraging them to write from the heart, submissions are judged on organization of thought, clarity of expression, enthusiasm and overall quality of writing. The Valley of the Sun Kiwanis Club judged the essays, and contest winners received cash prizes.

“Positive character is exhibited every day, but it often goes unrecognized,” said Erin Harshfield, BBB Foundation Director. “Through the Laws of Life Essay Contest, students can acknowledge the positive influences that impact their lives, and BBB values the opportunity to recognize their work and inspire others with their stories.”

First Place


BBB congratulates Mia Weinert of AAEC South Mountain Early College High School, first place winner of the Laws of Life Essay Contest 2013. Entitled, “Learn to Value the Value of Life,” her essay focuses on acceptance and cherishing the time we have with those we love. Click
here to read Mia’s winning essay.

Second Place

“Just be Thankful” by Elizabeth Meneses, 10th Grade, AAEC South Mountain

Superior Mentions

  • “Be Grateful For What You Have” by Muhammad A’Ishah, 10th Grade, AAEC South Mountain
  • “Never, Never, Never Give Up” by Saban Megan, 10th Grade, AAEC South Mountain

Honorable Mentions

  • Life By S.M., 10th Grade, AAEC South Mountain
  • What Is Time? By M.P., 10th Grade, AAEC South Mountain
  • Be Kind to the Homeless Guy By N.V., 10th Grade, AAEC South Mountain
  • Laws of Life By E.W., 10th Grade, Maryvale High School
  • To Have a Romantic Logical Understanding of Karma By Jordan Wirdam, 10th Grade, AAEC South Mountain
  • My Motivations of Life By Jazmin Yepiz, 10th Grade, Maryvale High School



A special thank you to the schools that participated in the Laws of Life Essay Contest:

AAEC South Mountain Early College High School, an independent charter school serving approximately 400 students. AAEC South Mountain is one of five AAEC high schools where students can take college classes on a college campus while attending high school, providing students with the opportunity to achieve an Associate's degree prior to high school graduation.

Maryvale High School is a comprehensive high school known for maintaining the best attendance and graduation rate (91.4%) in the Phoenix High School District. A rigorous curriculum consists of over AP and Honors section in all academic and elective classes. Students have the opportunity to be dual enrolled with Phoenix College earning college credit alongside high school credit.

Visit the Center for Character Ethics of Greater Arizona to read all the essays that were recognized in this year’s contest. Contact BBB at 602-264-2864 or by email at bbbfoundation@arizonabbb.org for information on the next contest cycle.