St. Louis, Mo., August 23, 2012 – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) will recognize three high school seniors as winners of its “Student of Ethics” awards at the BBB TORCH Awards luncheon on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Chase Park Plaza.
The award provides $2,500 toward college expenses and recognizes students who demonstrate high ethics through leadership, community service, personal integrity and academic achievement.
CHARACTERplus, a program of cooperating school districts, selected the students from 271 applicants based on their essays, community service, academics and other achievements. Last year, 251 students from Missouri and Illinois competed for the awards.
“The winners of this year’s Student of Ethics awards give us great hope for a bright future,” said Joanie Taylor, BBB board chair and director of consumer affairs and community relations at Schnuck Markets, Inc. “They truly stand out as great examples of principled, goal-oriented young people who will be tomorrow’s capable leaders in business and in the community.”
The winners are:
- Melina Delkic, Oakville Senior High School, St. Louis County, Mo.
- Nathaniel Robert Leingang, Columbia High School, Columbia, Ill.
- Jacqueline Mueller, Seckman High School, Imperial, Mo.
Delkic, who speaks Spanish, German and Bosnian in addition to English, is considering several different universities, where she hopes to study international business or marketing as well as further concentration on Spanish and German.
Leingang said he plans to study engineering or sports management at a four-year university.
Mueller plans to attend Missouri University of Science and Technology, where she expects to major in biological sciences with a minor in psychology. She plans to attend medical school after completing her bachelor’s degree.
The students and winners of the BBB’s TORCH Awards
will be recognized at a Nov. 2 luncheon. The TORCH Awards recognize 11 businesses and two charities who also exemplify high ethics in their treatment of customers, employees and suppliers.
The top award will go to Kevin J. Hunt, president and chief executive of Ralcorp Holdings Inc., in recognition of his company’s commitment to exceptional ethical business practices and customer service. Last year’s top recipient, Derek Glanvill, corporate president and chief operating officer of McCarthy Building Cos., will present the award to Hunt. Jasmine Huda, KMOV news anchor, will emcee.
The Nov. 2 event is in the Khorassan Room at the Chase Park Plaza at noon. Tickets for the luncheon are available at $50 a person. Tables for 10 are available at $500. For additional information or reservations, contact the BBB at 314-645-0606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Corey, President & CEO, 314-584-6800, email@example.com
, or Chris Thetford, Vice President-Communications, 314-584-6743 or 314-681-4719 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org