DAYTON, OH – April 15, 2010 - Your Better Business Bureau, in partnership with its BBB Center for Business and Consumer Ethics, Inc. (CBCE), announces the winners of its Students of Integrity, sponsored by McAfee Air Repair. This is the ninth year your BBB has recognized five Miami Valley high school juniors and seniors who exemplify high moral character. The award includes a $1,000 college scholarship. The Students of Integrity will be honored Tuesday, May 10 at your Better Business Bureau’s Eclipse Integrity Awards at the David H. Ponitz Sinclair Center.
Newton High School
Graham King is a leader among his peers who possesses the character, integrity and work ethic to succeed wherever he goes. A responsible member of his school and community, he’s respected by teachers and students. Graham currently carries a 4.0 G.P.A. while taking college preparatory courses, giving him an excellent chance to be the school valedictorian. In addition to his high academic standards, Graham’s also demonstrated his leadership through his sense of honesty and responsibility in his involvement in extra-curricular activities and community service. He’s a member of National Honor Society, Choir, vice president of the Art Club and is serving his fourth year as class vice president. Graham’s been recognized as a CCC Scholar Athlete and is admired by his teammates as captain of the varsity soccer and basketball teams. His composure in the classroom and on the court is mirrored in his involvement in community service. Graham gives back to his community as a volunteer at St. Patrick’s soup kitchen, a babysitter to homeless mothers at The Salvation Army and through his hard work planting trees and removing snow in Pleasant Hill Village. This outstanding Better Business Bureau Student of Integrity with exemplary character is driven in his pursuit of excellence.
Catholic Central High School
Leading with a quiet example and strong values, Matthew Kurian tackles any obstacle with enthusiasm. He’s ambitious in his quest for knowledge and due to a combination of intelligence and hard work, has received numerous honors. This Clark County Student of the Month and National Honor Society member has been named on the Honor Roll of Distinction with a 4.0 G.P.A. for four years. Matthew’s involved in numerous student organizations and was elected student body secretary and Key Club president. Taking part in Catholic Central’s Service Ministry as a Service Day leader, this philanthropic student spearheaded an event providing service to local organizations. He’s track team captain and a member of the soccer team that won district and regional titles. Matthew’s interest in a medical career led him to attending the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Chicago, was accepted to Cambridge College Program at Cambridge University in England and to Northwestern College Prep Program. His heartfelt desire to help others is evident in his volunteer work at Springfield Regional Medical Center, his local parish and as a STARS tutor. This commitment to service is also demonstrated through a job at a local dialysis center. Matthew is a person of the highest integrity, a model for his peers to emulate, and an extraordinary Student of Integrity.
Brookville High School
Ian is a highly-motivated learner who approaches every aspect of his life with drive and a commitment to excellence. He’s shown courage and dedication by following an advanced academic path and succeeding in his endeavors. With a 4.0 G.P.A., he’s not only a classroom leader, but has also been at the top of his Sinclair Community College classes. Ian’s maintained this success while balancing extra-curricular activities and sports. He was voted senior class vice president, Modern Language Club president, and varsity cross country team captain, clearly earning the respect of his peers. This National Honor Society member has also participated in Student’s Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and varsity soccer. Ian demonstrates his strong work ethic and maturity through his community involvement. He’s committed hours of service to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, Adopt a Family, the American Heart Association and has also been recognized for his efforts in the Boy Scouts of America where he was twice awarded Scout of the Year. This busy, young man has also maintained a part-time job to finance many of his activities. With plans to major in Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University, his success will surely leave a lasting impact on future generations. Your BBB’s proud to have Ian Schwochow as a Student of Integrity.
Northmont High School
A truly gifted young woman, Ashley Trick shows leadership by setting an example in her integrity, positive attitude and strong work ethic. Ashley’s innate desire to learn and dedication to personal growth make her a leader in the classroom, extra-curricular activities, workplace and more. She’s president of the SADD program, Interact Club and Pink Ribbon Committee. She fosters growth and reflection in her fellow students as a student leader in Peer Facilitation, a member of Link Crew and promotes racial and cultural tolerance as the Diversity Club vice president. This valedictorian candidate will graduate with an Honors diploma and has been named Best of the Bolts for maintaining a 4.0 G.P.A. her freshman through senior year. Ashley was recognized with the J.F.K. “Profiles in Courage” Award for her outstanding integrity and responsibility. With a passion for rowing, Ashley participates on a Club Team called Greater Dayton Rowing Association and helps to coach rookie rowers. This well-balanced young lady dedicates over 100 hours of community service to organizations, such as Smile Train, House of Bread, Neighbors Helping Neighbors and St. Jude’s Hospital. Highly skilled in the area of time management, she works part-time earning money to offset the cost of her extra-curricular activities. Ashley demonstrates exceptional drive and character. Her potential for success is limitless. Your BBB is pleased to honor her as a Student of Integrity.
New Weston, OH
Versailles High School
Blake Williams presents a unique combination of maturity, high academic achievement, dedication and compassion. Striving for excellence in all he does, he’s set an example for others to aspire to. This honor roll student currently possesses a 4.0 G.P.A., ranking first in his class and distinguishing himself as an energetic scholar with a strong desire to learn. He’s the student body vice president, a National Honor Society member, Drama Club, Math & Science Club and the Versailles High School College Club president. His ability to exhibit great motivation and time management skills have earned him many academic awards. Blake is a recipient of The Ohio State University’s Maximus Scholarship and placed 10th nationally at the Junior Engineering Technical Society Team competition. As a Versailles Academic Team member, he placed 4th at Wright State University’s Academic Team tournament and was named MAC Scholastic Bowl Tournament champion. These experiences will prove invaluable as he pursues engineering and science degrees at The Ohio State University. His selfless dedication to others is evident in his involvement in Big Brothers/Big Sisters as a mentor to five children, volunteer work at St. Vincent de Paul homeless shelter and as a member of St. Louis Youth Ministry Core Team. Blake exemplifies high moral character through his everyday outlook on life and his love for mankind, making him an exceptional Student of Integrity.
Out of the over 80 local high schools receiving the Student of Integrity application, more than 30 nominated students for this award. A panel of eight independent judges selected these five outstanding students.
Your Better Business Bureau believes identifying and honoring young people for high moral character is vital to its mission of promoting ethics in the marketplace. Like the Eclipse Integrity Awards, the Students of Integrity highlight outstanding ethics. In bringing young adults to the forefront, your BBB is closing the loop on what it takes to be a successful and contributing community leader whether business, nonprofit or individual.
John North, BBB president and CEO, says, “These Students of Integrity set an example for everyone in our community - young and old. Their dedication to the community and world are inspiring. Your Better Business Bureau is honored to recognize them for their efforts. ”
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