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Medina High School Sophomores Earn Recognition in Essay Contest

Two Medina High School sophomores Peyton Johnson and Olivia Lauschin have earned recognition for essays submitted to the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Laws of Life Essay Contest.  Johnson’s essay To Make Me Feel Like a Hero took second place with Lauschin’s essay entitled Hold Your Umbrella Close was awarded third place.  Both students received prize money and t-shirts from the Better Business Bureau.


“Students had just completed a study of To Kill a Mockingbird and this was a final assignment,” said Kelly Kriner, Medina High School language arts teacher.  “Submission to the contest was optional. Students were asked to reflect on core values and write about how a specific value applied to their own lives,” Kriner continued.


This year, the BBB awarded over $5,000 to students and contest coordinators in grades 9-12 in Ashland, Medina, Portage, Richland, Summit, and Wayne counties. Awards ranged from $25 to $500. The $100 award for contest coordination will be donated to Medina High School’s  Feed the Bees food pantry. 


About the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB)  Laws of Life Essay Contest

The Laws of Life essay contest was created by Sir John Templeton in 1987 to encourage young people to reflect and write about their ‘laws of life’ or the core values and ideals by which they strive to live their life. BBB Marketplace Education Initiative promotes this enriching essay contest for youth which is aimed at developing the character of today’s students so they become the ethical, responsible, and trustworthy leaders, employees, and citizens of tomorrow.


Peyton Johnson Second Place Winner of the BBB Laws of Life Essay Contest   

Olivia Lauschin Third Place Winner of the BBB Laws of Life Essay Contest