DAYTON, OHIO, May 5, 2017 – Your Better Business Bureau’s Center for Business and Consumer Ethics, Inc. (CBCE) announces the winners of The Dayton Power and Light Company Students of Integrity. This is the 15th year BBB has recognized Miami Valley high school seniors who exemplify strong ethics and integrity. The award includes a $1,000 college scholarship. The Students of Integrity will be honored Tuesday, May 9 at your Better Business Bureau’s Eclipse Integrity Awards hosted at the David H. Ponitz Sinclair Center.
Tipp City, OH
Tippecanoe High School
Accomplished and exceptionally motivated is how Tippecanoe High School senior, Mitchell Colvin, is described. This National Honor Society student with a 3.89 GPA is a selfless leader whose accomplishments are shared with his peers. He has served as president of the student senate class, Interact Service and Spanish Club, varsity soccer team captain, was selected to be a HOBY Delegate for Ohio Southwest and honored as GWOC and CBC Scholar Athlete. Mitchell is dedicated to helping those in need and does so by volunteering for organizations, such as the Needy Basket, 4PAWS and his church, Christian Life Center. With a giving heart, he’s helped distribute food for families locally and, even abroad, through a mission trip to Nicaragua. With plans to study exercise science with a minor in Spanish, Mitchell’s goal is to become a physical therapist for Doctors Without Borders.
Charles Jerry “CJ” Destefani, II
Bellbrook High School
A gifted and multi-talented Bellbrook High School student, Charles “CJ” Destefani, II values the responsibility of being a role model and earning others’ respect while encouraging excellence and teamwork. This National Honor Society member maintained a 3.8 GPA while taking advanced placement courses, scored a 99 percent on the SAT and has been honored with a host of academic and leadership awards. Beyond the classroom, CJ participates in the mentor choir, theater and cross country. Because of his extensive involvement, CJ received the Boy Scout Eagle and Triple Crown High Advantage Awards, while earning 48 merit badges. He provides food and household items to homeless and low-income families and encourages kids to lead drug, alcohol and tobacco free lifestyles. CJ’s been accepted to six universities and plans to earn a B.S. in physics or astrophysics.
Versailles High School
Kari Kueterman is determined to make a difference in the world. Ranked first in her Versailles High School class, Kari is enrolled in both high school and college classes, a National Honor Society member and the recipient of various academic awards. Serving as junior and senior class secretary, Rotary Interact president and student council representative, Kari demonstrates proven leadership among her peers. She believes in the value of helping others, which is evident in her volunteering for Adopt-A-Highway, the Community Blood Center and Darke County Hope Foundation. Kari is a gymnastics and cheer coach and helps organize food and clothing drives for her community. With a desire to serve others, Kari will join the US Army Reserve this summer. Following her training, she’ll major in logistics management and minor in political science at The Ohio State University.
Chaminade-Julienne Catholic High School
Noah Meyer exemplifies true servant leadership. This Chaminade-Julienne Catholic High School senior believes strong leadership can bring about real change in the world. His high moral character, value of education and strong work ethic is evident in his many accomplishments. He holds a 4.67 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society and was awarded a variety of honors, including the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science and Boonshoft Museum of Discovery’s Education Volunteer of the Year Awards. Noah is well-respected inside and outside of the classroom. He’s a member of the Junior Council on World Affairs, was selected as a 2017 Tedx Youth@Dayton Conference speaker and co-created and lead the HOME project, which supports and advocates for Dayton refugees by building friendships between people of different backgrounds. Noah intends to study physics and math with a minor in philosophy.
West Milton, OH
Milton-Union High School
Described as a natural leader, Riko Waymire is said to radiate enthusiasm and life among her peers at Milton-Union High School. A National Honor Society member with a 3.7 GPA, Riko has made a lasting impression in and out of the classroom. Through her leadership as student government vice president and Interact Club president, raising money for Dayton Children’s and participating as a mentor for incoming freshman, she has learned to put others before herself. Outside of school, Riko has impacted her community through her church, anti-bullying organizations and a part-time job. She has used forgiveness as a tool to overcome struggles that have crossed her path to motivate her to become the exceptional student and role-model she is today. Riko plans to attend the University of Cincinnati to participate in their College of Nursing program.
A panel of independent judges selected these five students from 54 applications. All high schools in BBB’s service area received invitations to nominate two outstanding students from their senior classes.
Better Business Bureau believes identifying and honoring young people for strong integrity and 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, BBB is closing the loop on what it takes to be a successful and contributing community leader whether business, nonprofit or individual.
“DP&L is pleased to sponsor the BBB’s Students of Integrity recognizing these young people who exemplify and uphold high standards in their behavior and interactions,” said DP&L president and CEO Tom Raga. “We are impressed by the students, valuing their enthusiasm and potential contributions; soon these motivated individuals will be tomorrow’s leaders making a lasting difference in the Dayton Region.”
John North, BBB president and CEO, says, “Better Business Bureau is proud to honor students with such inspiring accomplishments. They set the example for everyone in our community. We wish them great success in the future and thank them for the great things they’ve done to make our world a better place.”
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