BBB Celebrates Young Arizona Writers in “Laws of Life” Essay Contest

June 03, 2014

Arizona high school students shared the personal principles and ideals that guide them through life by participating in the Laws of Life Essay contest. Offered through Better Business Bureau Serving Central, Northern and Western Arizona (BBB) and its Foundation, and supported by the Valley of the Sun Kiwanis Club and Swiss America Trading Corporation, the contest recognized students who wrote from the heart about the values that matter most in their lives.

2014 Laws of Life First Place Winners:

Phoebe Chilton, 9th Grade
Mingus Union High School, Cottonwood
“More Than Rules”

Mikayla Wilson, 10th Grade
AAEC South Mountain, Phoenix
“Toilet Seat Truths”

Jordan Gonen, 11th Grade
Chaparral High School, Scottsdale
“Everybody Lives”

Parker Greene, 12th Grade
Chaparral High School, Scottsdale
“Defining Who I Am”

Photo courtesy of Peter Jordan Photo.

First place winners were recognized on stage during the BBB Business Ethics Awards on May 7, 2014.

Members of the Valley of the Sun Kiwanis Club judged the essays based on clarity of writing, grammar, originality, depth of understanding and a clearly articulated law of life.

"The students are thrilled to be recognized for their essays and I'm thrilled that you have a contest which is so open to student voices," said J. Williams, teacher at AAEC Early College High School South Mountain.

BBB also recognized 16 students with honorable mentions and 20 students with superior mentions. First, second and third place prizes were awarded in each grade level. Overall, $2,500 in prizes were awarded to young Arizona writers.

BBB would like to extend thanks to this year's generous sponsors: Valley of the Sun Kiwanis Club for funding the prizes for this year’s contest and Swiss America Trading Corporation for making it possible for the four first place winners to attend the BBB Business Ethics Awards with their families.

15 Arizona high schools were recognized in year’s contest:

  1. AAEC Paradise Valley, Phoenix
  2. AAEC South Mountain, Phoenix
  3. Chaparral High School, Scottsdale
  4. Coconino High School, Flagstaff
  5. Greyhills Academy High School, Tuba City
  6. Higley High School, Gilbert
  7. Kofa High School, Yuma
  8. Marcos de Niza High School, Tempe
  9. Millennium High School, Goodyear
  10. River Valley High School, Mohave Valley
  11. Salt River High School, Scottsdale
  12. Shadow Ridge High School, Surprise
  13. Summit High School, Phoenix
  14. Valley Vista High School, Surprise
  15. Willow Canyon High School, El Mirage

For a complete list of winners and to read the essays, visit the BBB Foundation website at or click here

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