St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 2, 2011 – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) will recognize three high school seniors as winners of its “Student of Ethics” award at the BBB TORCH Awards luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 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 251 applicants based on their essays, community service, academics and other achievements. Last year, 208 students from Missouri and Illinois competed for the awards.
The winners are:
- Nicolas Koval, Duchesne High School, St. Charles, Mo.
- Haley Stevens, Frankfort Community High School, West Frankfort, Ill.
- Elliott Berry, Cape Central High School, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
“It is immensely satisfying to see students with an interest in maintaining high ethical standards in leadership and academics,” said Mary Kullman, BBB board chair and the chief governance officer and corporate secretary of The Laclede Group Inc. “As our future business leaders, we will all reap the benefits of their achievements today.”
Koval plans to attend the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, where he will study chemical engineering. After being involved in numerous service activities in high school, he wants to continue that in college and beyond.
Stevens, who also has done extensive volunteer work, plans to attend Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where she expects to major in chemistry. Her dream is to go on to medical school and become a dermatologist.
Berry, who has been very involved in Future Business Leaders of America, plans to attend the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he expects to major in either bio-medical engineering or pre-medical studies.
The students and winners of the BBB’s TORCH Awards will be recognized at a Nov. 30 luncheon. The TORCH Awards recognize 10 businesses and two charities who also exemplify high ethics in their treatment of customers, employees and suppliers.
As previously announced, the top award will go to Derek Glanvill, corporate president of McCarthy Building Cos. Inc., in recognition of his company’s world-wide commitment to exceptional ethical business practices and customer service. Last year’s top recipient, Hugh Grant, chairman, president and chief executive of Monsanto Company, will present the award to Glanvill. Jennifer Blome, KSDK news anchor, will emcee.
The Nov. 30 luncheon is in the Khorassan Room at the Chase Park Plaza. 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.Contacts:
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