The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has announced that Naomi Fay Zipursky and Matthew James Kent, both seniors at Harry A. Burke High School in Omaha, have been named the 2013 Scott Mecham BBB Students of Integrity for metro Omaha and Southwest Iowa. They will each receive $2,000 scholarships.
BBB Student of Integrity Awards are presented annually to eight senior high school students for demonstrated ethical behavior and character: two from metro Omaha/southwest Iowa, two from metro Lincoln/greater Nebraska, two from South Dakota and two from the Kansas Plains - the geographic area served by the BBB.
“Unlike many other scholarships, grades, financial need and ethnicity are not major factors in selecting a ‘Student of Integrity.’ Their purpose is to award personal integrity and to nurture future ethical business leaders. Naomi and Matthew won these prestigious awards because of their commitment to honesty and accountability inside and outside of the classroom,” said BBB President and CEO Jim Hegarty.
An independent panel of judges, consisting of teachers, school administrators and guidance counselors selected these two Winners from a pool of about 80 applicants. Letters of recommendation, school and community activities and an essay that addressed an ethical dilemma were required for submission.
Although the judges could only select two students to receive scholarships from metro Omaha and Southwest Iowa, they also wished to recognize seven other students for Honorable Mention. They are: Eli West, Bellevue East High School, Bellevue, NE; Zoe Otteman and Alissa Martindale, Gretna High School, Gretna, NE; Molly Goltz, Nishnabotna High School, Farragut, IA; Ryan Collins, Fremont Senior High School, Fremont, NE; Madeline Lambert, Marian High School, Omaha, NE and Lindsey Ciurej, Bryan High School, Omaha, NE.