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Global Ethics Essay Contest Winner Announced
For Immediate Release
SANTA CLARITA, CALIF., STUDENT WINS GLOBAL ETHICS ESSAY CONTEST
Contest gets teens thinking about how to foster ethical decision-making.
Colorado Springs, Colo. - Jeffrey A. Richards, a recently graduated senior from Golden Valley High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., has been named the global winner of the first-ever Junior Achievement's "JA Business Ethics™" essay contest, sponsored by The John Templeton Foundation and Deloitte. Jeffrey's entry was selected from entries received from three countries: the U.S., Guatemala and Armenia. He will receive a cash prize of $3,300.
The "JA Business Ethics" essay contest fosters ethical decision-making among young people; high school students who had completed the "JA Business Ethics" program were eligible to participate. Contestants were asked to imagine that they were among a group of people stranded on an island; their job was to formulate a plan to encourage ethical decision-making among the citizens of the island as they traded resources with nearby islands. Jeffrey's essay proposed that the inhabitants of the islands work collaboratively to counteract the impact of a disease afflicting their primary food supply, fish.
The essays were judged on originality, creativity, and how well the author conceptualized and presented their ethical views and ideas. Submissions were judged at the local, regional, and global levels by a panel comprised of Deloitte staff and Junior Achievement board members.
"Jeffrey's essay demonstrated the importance of ethical behavior at both the personal and societal levels," added Sean C. Rush, president and chief executive officer of JA Worldwide. "It is the responsibility of the individual to promote and foster ethical behavior and decision-making among their peers and in their community. Junior Achievement's ethics curricula provide tools to young people so that they can learn how to be positive change agents in the area of ethics."
"JA Business Ethics" is part of Deloitte’s $2 million initiative with Junior Achievement to help young people make ethical decisions. The program was developed in response to the needs of high school students and provides hands-on classroom activities and real-life applications designed to encourage ethical decision-making as students prepare to enter the workforce.
The contest's second-place winner was Arpine V. Manvelyan of Armenia. Arpine won a total cash prize of $2,300 at the local, regional, and global levels. Third place went to Edgar E. Ponce of JCCS Arcadia near San Diego, Calif. Edgar's total prize money for local, regional, and global levels was $1,300.
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