Better Business Bureau Announces Essay Contest Finalists

March 14, 2013

COLUMBUS, OHIO (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 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, or 614-893-9971.

Schools with contest finalists (in alphabetical order)


Lima Central Catholic HS



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 Schools


Ohio Connections Academy High School



Columbus City Prep School for Girls

Columbus City Schools


Dominion Middle

Columbus City Schools


Genoa Middle School

Westerville City Schools


Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow



Ankeney Middle School

Beavercreek City Schools


Springer School & Center



Liberty Center Middle & High Schools

Liberty Center Local Schools


Lorain County JVS

Lorain County JVS


Springfield Middle 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