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Green students among winners of BBB of Akron essay contest

4/24/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

From left are Better Business Bureau of Akron’s first annual BBB’s Laws of Life Essay Contest winners: Green High School students Neda Lozanovic, Megan Zwart, Hailey Ruth, Monica Armanetti and Samuel Olin-Hitt. Not pictured is Jacob Diaz.
Photo courtesy of the Better Business Bureau of Akron
GREEN — Six Green High School students were among the 22 students, contest coordinators and teachers that received more than $4,000 in prizes and certificates for their entries in the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Akron’s first annual BBB’s Laws of Life Essay Contest.

According to BBB officials, the contest was open to junior and senior high school students in BBB’s six-county service area — Summit, Medina, Ashland, Portage, Richland and Wayne counties.

Students were asked to write about the following: “How should I live my life?”; “What is important to me?”; and “Who or what taught me the most valuable lessons in life?” According to BBB officials, these questions gave the students an opportunity to self-reflect, and in the process, learn more about themselves and what they stand for.

The Green High School students receiving awards included: Monica Armanetti, who was awarded $500 for Best Overall Essay; Hailey Ruth, who received $150 for second place; and Samuel Olin-Hitt, who received $100 for third place. Also, Jacob Diaz, Neda Lozanovic and Megan Zwart received $50 each for Superior ratings.

The top two essays, submitted by Armanetti and Lauren Casey, of Wadsworth High School, who won a first-place award, will now be entered in the BBB Center for Character Ethics’ Statewide Essay Contest. Topics for these essays were “Honesty” and “Keeping Life Simple,” according to BBB officials.

The entries for this statewide contest will be judged by a panel of business leaders, educators and community volunteers, and winners will be announced later this month, according to BBB officials.

According to BBB officials, by writing about the “laws” or values by which they live their lives, students further their knowledge of and conviction to good character. Participating in a writing contest furthers both academic goals and character development. The contest structure also builds in participation of the wider community, encouraging business and community members to aid schools and parents in helping youth develop good character, according to BBB officials.

For more on the program, contact Christy Page, president and CEO of Akron BBB, at 330-253-4565 or Lucy Frontera at lawsoflife@centerforcharacterethics.org or by calling 614-893-9971.

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