Better Business Bureau announces 2017 Laws of Life winners

April 26, 2017

Essay contest for sixth through eighth grade students rewards reflection on core values

SAN ANTONIOBetter Business Bureau serving the Heart of Texas's sixth annual San Antonio Laws of Life Essay Contest concluded this week. Local sixth through eighth grade students were encouraged to write from the heart and express the core values, or laws of life, by which they live.

Out of 268 entries, 13 finalists and their families were invited to attend a special ceremony where the following regional winners were announced and awarded a cash prize and certificate.

First Place: Rebecca Taylor – Basis San Antonio – Eighth Grade

Second Place: Peyton Randolph – San Antonio Academy – Seventh Grade

Third Place: Kimberly Macdonald – Keystone School – Eighth Grade

Fourth Place: Andy De la Garza – Keystone School – Eighth Grade

Fourth Place: Jatin Gurrala – San Antonio Academy – Sixth Grade

Certificate of Merit:

Ella Best – Keystone School – Eighth Grade

Roan Erwin – San Antonio Academy – Seventh Grade

Nicole Grater – Keystone School – Eighth Grade

Emory Hill – San Antonio Academy – Eighth Grade

Walker Noble – San Antonio Academy – Eighth Grade

Megan Riebe – Keystone School – Eighth Grade

Karina Sauceda – Keystone School – Eighth Grade

Tatum Spriester – Keystone School – Eighth Grade

The first and second place winners also received a custom piece of jewelry created by our sponsor, Americus Diamond. The teachers of the first and second place students also received a cash prize.

“This is a great achievement for these students, and we are very proud of them for taking the opportunity to write about the positive values that build outstanding character,” said Carrie A. Hurt, President and CEO of BBB serving the Heart of Texas.

“We hope that by participating in this contest, they reflected on their own laws of life, and that this will have an impact on their academic and personal lives for their future.”

Participating schools ran local contests for their students, and school-wide winners were submitted to the BBB Education Foundation for judging in the regional contest. Laws of Life essays were judged by a panel of professionals from the business and academic communities. BBB Education Foundation Director, Dean Taylor, recognized the winners as a special presentation held at their respective schools. Students received their awards with their family, friends, peers and teachers in attendance.

BBB would like to thank sponsors of the Laws of Life Essay Contest, County Wide Service Company and Americus Diamond, both of San Antonio.

Schools interested in participating in next year’s Laws of Life Essay Contest should contact Dean Taylor, BBB Education Director, at 210-212-1123 or

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