2012 CIE Awards announced

From the Star Press Article:

The Committee for Integrity Enhancement 20th Awards Ceremony was April 23 in the Northside Middle School auditorium.

Keynote speaker for the ceremony was Mary Dollison, co-founder of Motivate Our Minds (MOMs) and winner of many awards including Sagamore of the Wabash, and The Star Press Person of the Year, as well as a past winner of the Personal Integrity Award.

This year’s Personal Integrity Award winners were Pastor Jim Ballinger, Harris Chapel Nazarene Church; Ken Briner, a retiree from Muncie Power Products; and Tony Rolli, Disaster Relief and Secret Families.

Recipients of the Teacher Appreciation Awards were: Elementary, Carolyn Shelton, Royerton Elementary School; middle school, Tammy Underwood, Cowan Junior-Senior High School; and high school, Bob Winebarger, Heritage Hall Christian School.

More than 900 Delaware County elementary, middle, high school and homeschool students entered the essay contest, the theme for which was “How can I demonstrate integrity through my service to others.” Each participating school had two winners in each division. The overall winners were then selected from the two finalists in each division.

All essay contest participants receive certificates of participation. The top two students in their respective division received $10. The overall winners in each division received a plaque and a prize of $150 for first place, $100 for second or $75 for third.

Overall winners for the essay contest were:

Elementary: First, Marla Isaacson, Heritage Hall; second, Jennalyn Selvey, Albany Elementary School; third, Laura White, Albany Elementary School.

Middle school: First, Jacob Brewer, Delta Middle School; second, Danica Fultz, Selma Middle School; third, Ben Martin, Heritage Hall.

High school: First, Karly Koch, Higher Ground Academy (homeschool); second, Fabian House, Central High School; third, Collin Bond, Heritage Hall.

The Committee for Integrity Enhancement is made up of local citizens working together to promote and recognize integrity in the lives of Delaware County residents of all ages. Chairman of the committee is Joe Schmaltz. The committee is supported through private community donations.

2012 Annual Essay Contest Announced

Far too often the American people are driven to corruption by the need to succeed, to win the prize, to accumulate wealth and material possessions, and they will go to any length to accomplish this with no regard for others. Scarcely a week goes by that we do not hear of political corruption at some level in government. We see it in the salesman who cheats on his expense account, the motorist who drives ten miles over the speed limit, the person who throws a pop can out the window of the car and into someone’s yard. We have the business person who charges personal items to the company, the student who cheats on a test. Insurance fraud and tax evasion are some of the more acceptable kinds of dishonesty practiced on a regular basis.

This is what was troubling a small group of people back in 1992, so they decided to see if they could try to do something to change the tide. Area residents from business, education, politics and industry came together and formed the Committee for Integrity Enhancement. The Committee was founded for the purpose of raising the level of integrity consciousness in our community. It is their aim to promote and recognize integrity in the business community, as well as in the personal lives of area residents. It is their belief that values must not only be taught to our children, but integrity must be demonstrated by those people with whom they have contact every day.

The Committee agrees with what Tony Dungy wrote in his recent book entitled Uncommon. “Integrity is what you do when no one is watching; it’s doing the right thing all the time, even when it may work to your disadvantage. Integrity is that internal compass and rudder that directs you to where you know you should go when everything around you is pulling you in a different direction.”

At present the Committee has two programs to accomplish their purpose. The first is an annual essay contest established in the city and county schools where students write about some aspect of integrity. The goal in this contest is to encourage young people to gain an understanding of what integrity means and how it should be applied in their lives now and when they become adults.

The topic of this year’s 19th annual essay is “How can I demonstrate integrity through my service to others?” Students in grades 4-12 are presently writing and the essays will be submitted to the Committee. Winners will be announced and recognized at a presentation on April 23.

Thousands of students over the last 18 years have written essays and the Committee hopes their lives have been touched. Several teachers have noted that the Integrity Essay has given them a vehicle to communicate values and character lessons to their students.

The second activity of the Committee is the awarding of the Delaware County Personal Integrity Award. This is a program whereby residents of Delaware County may nominate an individual whose life continuously shows strong evidence of integrity. Based on these nominations, several citizens will be awarded plaques at the same reception in April. If you wish to nominate someone, call 289-8645 for details. Nominations must be post marked no later than February 28.

The Committee for Integrity Enhancement is a not-for-profit organization and is financed through donations f businesses and individuals.