St. Louis, Mo., August 29, 2013 – 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 Thursday, Oct. 24, 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 126 applicants based on their essays, community service, academics and other achievements.
“This year’s Student of Ethics award winners set sterling examples for their peers as well as the rest of us,” said Joe Schmelzle, BBB board chair and senior director for agency development and customer service at United Van Lines. “Their accomplishments as well as their ethical backbone will serve them well as they develop into tomorrow’s leaders in business and in the community.”
The winners are:
- Katherine Yutong Ren, Clayton High School, Clayton, Mo.
- Martina Marie Hukel, Governor French Academy, Belleville, Ill.
- Madeleine Erin Marlow, Jefferson High School, Festus, Mo.
Ren has been class president for three years at Clayton High School and served as editor of the school newspaper. She has competed internationally in business finance competitions and volunteers at St. Louis Modern Chinese School. She plans to major in business in college.
Hukel has served as vice president of the student council at Governor French Academy and yearbook junior editor. She has volunteered at church, at a food pantry and at blood drives. She plans to attend the University of New Haven and major in criminal justice.
Marlow has been a representative, president and president-elect of the student council at Jefferson High School and has plans to major in biology or neurology in college. In her essay, she explains why she informed a teacher about a party a friend was planning to throw that involved drinking.
The students and winners of the BBB’s TORCH Awards
will be recognized at an Oct. 24 luncheon. The TORCH Awards recognize nine businesses and three charities who also exemplify high ethics in their treatment of customers, employees and suppliers.
Stephen M.R. Covey, best-selling author of The Speed of Trust
, will be the keynote speaker. Covey is co-founder of Covey Link and FranklinCovey Global Speed of Trust Practice, leadership training firms that help companies raise trust from a fuzzy concept to a driver of their growth and profitability.
KSDK News Anchor Art Holliday will emcee the TORCH Awards.
The Oct. 24 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. Sign up online
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