Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Texas proudly held its 3rd Annual LAWS OF LIFE Essay Program Banquet on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Over 4,500 6th, 7th and 8th grade students throughout Southeast Texas submitted essays for the LAWS OF LIFE initiative. Fifteen student finalists were honored, along with their teachers and school campuses at the banquet, which was held at The Event Centre in Beaumont.
First place winner, out of over 4,500 students, was Megan Do of St. Mary Catholic School in Orange. Megan, a 7th grade student, wrote about her battle with anorexia. Her “laws of life” were compassion and love. She writes that the compassion and love of her family helped her understand that her life is worth living and happiness comes from within. Second place winner was Whitney Flanigan from Orangefield Junior High. Whitney wrote about the struggles of feeling like you’re different. Her challenges with looking and acting differently than her peers helped her understand that being different is ok when you are true to yourself. Third place winner, Kaylea Rowe, is from Kirbyville Junior High. Kaylea’s essay outlined her experience with living in a foster home with other foster children who have been abused and neglected. She writes how grateful she is for all that she has.
Top essay winners per grade were Reagan Alston, Vidor Middle School - 6th grade category, Christian Adame, Vincent Middle School - 7th grade category, and Kaitlyn Gans, Legacy Christian Academy - 8th grade category. Each of these students were asked to share their essays with the audience. Remaining essay winners were as follows: Franya Blanton – St. Anne Catholic School, Isiaiah Broussard – South Park Middle School, Kaylee Kaufman – Little Cypress Junior High, Dylan Bridgers, Lumberton Intermediate School, Michael Henderson – Evadale Junior High, Bradley Clough - Marshall Middle School, Andrea Howard – Mauriceville Middle School, Bailey Hansen – Lumberton Middle School, and Courtney Gore – Silsbee Middle School.
Along with these students, their teachers and school campuses were also honored as outstanding individuals and schools who promote and exemplify character development and ethics. LAWS OF LIFE is an ethics-based essay initiative that encourages junior high and middle school students to reflect and write about their "laws of life" or ideals by which they strive to live their lives. Students are prompted to examine their core values, and through the program, are given tools to help them understand and develop positive character ethics. This experience helps teachers and parents better understand their students and the things that they are struggling with. LAWS OF LIFE is part of the BBB's future workforce programming initiative TOGGLE 2.0 (Teaching Our Generations Great Leadership Ethics), which provides every middle school, junior high and high school student in Southeast Texas the opportunity to engage in classroom discussion about ethics, character and core values.
Generous program sponsors include APAC – TEXAS, Bill Clark Pest Control, DuPont Goodrich Federal Credit Union, Mason Construction, and Previty Clinic for Surgical Care - Dr. and Mrs. Garrett Peel, with additional support from American Valve & Hydrant and Texas Marine.
iRule Dance Studio of Beaumont provided the dynamic entertainment with a surprise flash mob performance. For more information about the Laws of Life Program, please contact Michelle Brewer at (409) 835-5951 x102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org