The Better Business Bureau presented its Students of Integrity Awards to four Greater Cleveland high school students who personify integrity through their leadership, community service, academics, and strong character ethics.
An independent selection committee selected four award recipients. Three received scholarships of $1,000 to an accredited school/college of their choice, and a fourth student was awarded a $2,500 scholarship. Winners were honored and awards presented at ceremonies held at the downtown Hilton Garden Inn.
A total of 40 public and private high schools within the BBB’s five county service area participated by selecting their own Student of Integrity who in turn submitted an application to the BBB.
“The Students of Integrity Awards program is one of several BBB initiatives that emphasize the importance of continually enhancing and emphasizing character-building in all aspects of one’s life…whether you are a high school student or a business leader,” said David Weiss, president of the BBB.
The 2010 Students of Integrity Award recipients:
Mercedes Engle (Cleveland), Saint Martin De Porres High School ($2,500 Scholarship Winner)
“There are students who look to me as an example of how to be a person of character and integrity. I want them not to be like me but to be better.”
Michael Blake (Westlake), St. Ignatius High School
"…’Human beings are like tea bags, they don’t know their own strength until they’re in hot water’…When I am stretched beyond my limits, I find truths about myself that I did not previously know.