Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Standley Middle student wins USD essay contest

Character is hard to define for many, but seventh-grader Ashley Meader already has a firm grasp of its meaning and purpose.

Ashley Meader Her essay entitled “Human” won first place in the University of San Diego School Of Leadership and Education Sciences’ Character Matters essay contest.

Responding to the essay theme “Why Character Matters,” her essay described the significance of the 10 Badges of Character and how they are an integral part of our lives. Those badges of character include respect, responsibility, gratitude, compassion, courage, citizenship, self-discipline, trust, honesty and perseverance.

“See, character is the basis of human nature. It is what drives us to help one another, to make the world better than it already is,” Ashley wrote in her essay. “Because character is what causes accomplishment. Accomplishment causes success. And success opens the door to making a bigger and better impact on the world.”

Ashley received a plaque from USD for her accomplishment, which was presented to her in class by a representative from the USD School of Leadership and Education Services.

“Ashley truly displayed character traits such as responsibility, courage, perseverance and self-discipline by taking on the challenge of the contest and reading her insightful and inspiring essay to her classmates,” said Ashley’s teacher, Judi Lattimore.

Each year, the Character Development Center at USD sponsors the essay contest. The Center works with educators and youth to promote the development of life skills necessary for a productive personal and social life.