BBB Announces 2009 Students of Integrity Winners

April 23, 2009

DAYTON, OHIO, April 23, 2009 - Your Better Business Bureau, in partnership with the BBB Education Foundation, announces the winners of its Students of Integrity, sponsored by McAfee Heating and Air Conditioning Company, Inc. This is the seventh 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 12 at your Better Business Bureau’s Eclipse Integrity Awards at the Schuster Performing Arts Center.

Aliza Bruchs

Brookville, OH

Brookville High School

Aliza Bruchs is a quiet leader with a positive attitude and good morales who’s been described as motivated, friendly and goal-oriented. She’s a leader in the classroom, extra-curricular activities, the workplace and more. She’s an active young woman who loves soccer. She’s served as captain of the varsity soccer team, played indoor soccer, refereed, been an assistant coach for S.A.Y. soccer and led the Warrior’s Soccer Club as captain. Her soccer skills earned her MVP for the varsity team, the honor of Second Team All Area and the Rae Burick Women In Sports Award. Aliza serves the community through her work with Relay for Life, S.A.D.D., Y.M.C.A. Strong Kids Triathlon Service Project, Youth At The Booth and Brookhaven Nursing Home service projects. She’s a S.O.A.R. scholar who has worked at Target since 2006 and been one of the youngest employees to hold the team trainer position in the store’s history. This student body president and valedictorian for her senior class is a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies. She’s even taken college courses while attending high school. Her success will leave a lasting impact on future generations. This exceptional young lady with exemplary character is driven in her pursuit for excellence. Your Better Business Bureau is proud to honor Aliza Bruchs as a Student of Integrity winner.

Julie Creech

Dayton, OH

Centerville High School

A truly gifted young woman, both academically and personally, Julie Creech shares with the world an extraordinary work ethic wrapped up in grace, strength, compassion and courage. She approaches every aspect of her life with drive, commitment to excellence and the heart of a servant leader. She’s a National Honor Society officer and member of the German National Honor Society. This remarkable young person is an Academic All-GWOC, All-Ohio and All-American. With a passion for swimming, she’s served as the school swim team captain, participated on the Washington Township Recreation Center Swim Team and Coffman Family YMCA Swim Team, in addition to working as a head lifeguard and swim lesson instructor. As a swimmer, she’s been honored as a three time district qualifier, third place All-GWOC and Scholar Athlete. She also participates on the Centerville Cross Country Team. Julie has a good sense of community commitment, demonstrated by her participation in D.A.R.E., STAND, Lunch Buddies, tutoring, Adopt A Family program, Backpack Program for the Homeless, Project Linus, the community Food Pantry Program and volunteering at Bethany Lutheran Village, where she organized a senior citizens dance program called Dancing with Senior Stars. In support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Julie rode the 100 mile Ride to Cure Diabetes and was honored with the Outstanding Young Rider Award. Julie Creech will continue to make her mark and be a positive influence, making her an exceptional Student of Integrity.

Daniel Laughlin

Dayton, OH

Dominion Academy Of Dayton

Daniel Laughlin embodies a rare combination of intelligence, high academic achievement, service and humility. He has the integrity and courage to do the right thing, inspiring others to strive for excellence in character, work and giving. This valedictorian attended the University of Cincinnati’s Cincinnatus Scholarship Competition and received Wright State University’s Valedictorian Salutatorian Scholarship. Taking college courses while attending high school, he was named to Sinclair Community College’s Dean’s List. This natural-born leader has served on the Student Council, including serving as the school recycling coordinator. One of Daniel’s remarkable achievements was inventing and instituting a new scholarship program at his school called The All Nation’s Scholarship Fund, designed for foreign students now living in the U.S. Daniel is very active in his church, helping teach Sunday School, tutoring public school students, cleaning and maintaining the church building, serving as an acolyte and teaching English Bible classes to young Japanese children. He’s also committed hours of service to a Refugee Ministry, providing baby sitting service, while adult refugees take English classes. In addition, he has volunteered his time and labor as a Special Olympics coach and Old North Dayton Clubhouse counselor. This busy young man also finds time to work for Childers Photography and Shiloh Farmer’s Market, Inc. This exemplary Better Business Bureau Student of Integrity is committed to his local community and being a citizen of the world.

Andrew Schultze

Kettering, OH

Kettering Fairmont High School

Andrew Schultze has a passion for his academic success, his athletic success and helping our community. This National Honor Society member, Scholar Athlete and valedictorian served as captain of the wrestling team, played football and track and field. This president of Christian Athletes for Scholastic Excellence earned the Michael William Klenk Award for Selflessness, Commitment, Dedication and Loyalty. He’s worked locally, regionally, nationally and internationally in leadership to help serve others in need, including in Dayton, Jackson and Cincinnati, Ohio; New York City, New York; Tijuana, Mexico; and Samara, Russia. Among his service projects, this Eagle Scout, who’s been honored with Volunteer of the Year Awards, has worked at St. Vincent’s Shelter every fourth Sunday since 2003, travelled extensively to do mission work, served as a mentor to an at-risk elementary child and volunteered regularly at church. Through leadership projects like Summer Urban Plunge, 30 Hour Famine, Serve Ohio, USA Today’s National Make A Difference Day and Dayton Work Project, Andrew has demonstrated an ability to be a leader in promoting healthy relations between diverse ethnic groups and ages. Employed by R.L.S. & Associates, Inc., this dedicated young man even finds time to volunteer for the Holiday At Home community event and lead food drives. Andrew Schultze believes integrity breeds integrity and strives to be the person people look up to and emulate. Your Better Business Bureau is pleased to honor him as a Student of Integrity.

Abdul Wasey

Springfield, OH

Springfield High School

Abdul Wasey is diligent and creative in his efforts whether they are academic, sports-oriented or voluntary. Leading by quiet example, Abdul has taken on leadership roles in Student Council, Key Club, Student Leadership Team, Spanish Club and Spirit Board, as well as serving as a Peer Mediator. This National Honor Society member not only plays the cello with the Springfield Youth Chamber Orchestra, but also played tennis and soccer for his high school. As an International Baccalaureate Programme participant, Abdul was required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of creativity, action and service. This dedicated and philanthropic student chose to spearhead an effort to increase awareness of human trafficking, contacting the Salvation Army and arranging for the social services director to present a workshop to his peer group and faculty. Abdul has been honored with a Springfield Community Award of Excellence, Penn Station Student Athlete of the Month, Congressional Art Award, US Achievement Academy Award in Mathematics, Outstanding Student Awards and Exchange Club Youth of the Month Award. He volunteers with many organizations, including Mercy Hospital, Red Cross, Culture Fest, Project Woman and Clark County Warder Literacy Center. In addition, Abdul is the core founder and treasurer of Interfaith Youth Service Core. Abdul is honest, goal-oriented and cares for others more than he cares for his own personal needs. Your Better Business Bureau is proud to have Abdul Wasey as a 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 six 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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