Integrity, The Key Ingredient for Embracing Diversity, Pastor Andre Mitchell
The speaker for the 2018 Committee for Integrity Enhancement Awards Ceremony was Pastor Andre Mitchell, Senior Pastor of Deliverance Temple Church in Muncie. His words offered inspiration and encouragement and challenged the students and all attending to embrace integrity and diversity in their lives.
His key points for us to remember:
“Integrity comes from the root word integer which means whole instead of fraction. So integrity starts with personal wholeness.”
“Broken people break people. Hurting people hurt people. When people are whole they become healed people and healed people heal people.”
“When personal integrity stands side by side with diversity it’s easy to interact with those other than you because you view them as one race the human race.”
“Wholeness that stems from integrity teaches us that all differences can be embraced whether age, gender, race, or political differences because we offer others the same respect we desire ourselves.”
“Lastly, we must remember the tortoise and the hare. The hare made the tragic mistake of judging his success based on who was next to him instead of the finish line. Personal Integrity is our finish line and it becomes easy to relate to others different from us when we don’t make them our focus. Our personal focus is to be the best, most whole people we can be. That is our finish line.”
The Committee for Integrity Enhancement’s 24th Awards Ceremony was April 11, 2016 in the Northside Middle School Auditorium.
The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Jeff Mosier, local representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in East Central Indiana.
The Theme for the 2016 essay contest was “How do my beliefs and actions show my commitment to being a person of integrity.” Essays were entered from more than 850 students. Each school had two winners in each division, and overall winners were selected from school winners. Committee for Integrity Enhancement board member Brian Ramsey introduced and read portions from the essay contest winners for each division.
Elementary: First, Lydia Coombs, Selma in Mr Faulkner’s class; second, Ryder Brown, Heritage Hall in Mrs. Smith’s class; third, Norah Quirk, St. Mary’s in Carrie Craig’s class.
Middle school: First, Alana Stonewall, Heritage Hall in Mr. Callan’s class; second, Evan Cartwright, Heritage Hall in Mr. McKee’s class; third, Emeline Thygerson, Northside in Mrs. Carr’s class.
High school: First, Joli Finley, Delta in Mrs. Fox’s class; second, Ben Martin, Woodward Academy in Dee Martin’s class; third, Audrey Summers, Delta in Mrs. Fox’s class.
Bryan Rausch, Stephen Avila, W.C. Edwards, Jason Adams, Ronald Sloan and Marvin Porter (photo unavailable) were this year’s Personal Integrity Award recipients.
This year’s winners of the Teachers Appreciation Awards were Maryann Foltz and Rebecca Juday.
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Congratulations to all!
The Committee for Integrity Enhancement consists of local citizens working together to promote and recognize “integrity” in the lives of area residents of all ages in the Muncie/Delaware County area. The committee is supported through private community donations. For more information, or to nominate someone for the personal integrity award: Committee for Integrity Enhancement, P.O. Box 764, Muncie, Ind. 47308.
Committee for Integrity Enhancement Announces 2014 Winners
The Committee for Integrity Enhancement 22th Awards Ceremony was held April 21, 2014, at Northside Middle School Auditorium. The keynote speaker for the Ceremony was editorial cartoonist Gary Varvel. Gary’s message for the evening began: “Humor is not always the goal of the cartoonist, presenting the topic with fact and truth is.” He displayed some of his more prominent cartoons for the young audience, teachers and parents to understand the integrity in each one. He expressed his opinion by drawing the event as a cartoon, for example, the World Trade Center tragedy, the success of capturing Bin Laden, Suddam Hussein, an eye for an eye. He mentioned Teddy Roosevelt as saying we can afford to differ on many things, with the exception of honesty. Mr. Varvel’s main focus on closing was that to be successful, you must keep trying, DON’T QUIT, have confidence and passion for what you do and have “Fire in Your Belly” for your career of choice, whatever that may be.
The topic for the 2014 student essay contest this year was “How Can I Show Integrity in the Way I Express My Opinions?” 887 essays were received from Delaware County elementary, middle, high school and home schools. Essays were coded prior to being given to the judges and students’ names were omitted. After the judges selected the winning essays, the Committee members awarded the overall winners for First, Second and Third in each division, from the two finalist from each school. Only then were the codes matched and the names of the students revealed.
Each participating school had two winners in each division. All participants received a certificate of participation. The top two students in their respective division received $20. The overall winners in each division received a plaque and a 1st Place prize of $150, 2nd place prize of $100 and a 3rd place prize of $75.
In addition to the essay contest, the Committee awards Personal Integrity and Teacher Appreciation Awards.
The Committee for Integrity Enhancement is made of local citizens working together to promote and recognize “integrity” in the lives of area residents of all ages in the Muncie/Delaware County area. Follow CIE on their Facebook Page.
The Chairman of the 2014 Committee is Mary Ann Stroeh. The committee is supported through private community donations. For more information, or to nominate someone for the teacher, or personal integrity award, please send your request or suggestions to Committee for Integrity Enhancement, P. O. Box 764, Muncie IN 47308.
Elementary Winners: First Place: Brady Hunt, Royerton Elem.– Mrs. Christopher’s Grade 5. Second Place: Joey Scholl, Storer Elem. – Erin Jackson’s Grade 4. Third Place: Javin Kile, Albany Elem. – Mr. Richey’s Grade 4.
Middle School Winners: First Place: Kennedy Little, Northside – Mrs. Turner’s Grade 6. Second place: Hannah Smith, Heritage Hall – Mr. Winebarger’s Grade 7. Third Place: Kassidy Koch, Home School Higher Ground Academy, Tammy Koch’s Grade 7
High School Winners: First Place: Anna Groover, Delta – Suzy Fox’s Grade 10. Second Place: Konner Koch, Home School Higher Ground Academy, Tammy Koch’s Grade 9. Third Place: Drew Bond, Heritage Hall, Mr. Winebarger’s Grade 11
Teacher Appreciation Award Winners: Elementary: Christine Holdren, Selma. Middle School: Carrie Milliner, Selma. High School: Suzy Fox, Delta
Personal Integrity Award Winners: Dr. Michael and Laura Williamson created the Cancer Survivor Choir, serve as Autism Counselors and participate in The Civic Theater. Cornelius Dollison, President of Whitely Community Council and works with the Buley Center. Tim Cleland, Delta High School Teacher and Tennis Coach.
The Committee for Integrity Enhancement 21st Awards’ Ceremony was held April 22, 2013, at Northside Middle School Auditorium. The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Kelsey Timmerman, local author and world traveler, who has presented his message that we should all aware of our environment and what we are eating and wearing to schools and colleges around the globe. His books include: Where Am I Wearing and Where Am I Eating.
His interest began when he noticed that his underwear was made in Nicaragua. He traveled there and learned the manufacturer’s employees made only $1.00 (one dollar) per day for working in the clothing factories. He then traveled to other countries and learned the same thing was going on there and the countries were all in poverty. He met many interesting people and began writing his books to make others aware of these conditions.
The theme for the essay contest this year was “How Can I Demonstrate Integrity through My Responsible Use of the World’s Resources?” Twelve Hundred and thirty-five (1,235), essays were received from Delaware County Elementary, Middle, High, and Home Schools. When essays are received they are coded and names and schools are omitted from the essays when they are given to the preliminary judges. After these judges have finished reading the essays and have chosen two school winners, the Committee for Community Enhancement selects the final division winners. The codes are then matched to the essays to reveal the names of the students and their respective schools. Each participating school had two winners in each division. The overall winners were then selected from the two finalists in each division. All participants receive a certificate of participation. The top two students in their respective division receive $20. The overall winners in each division receive a plaque and a 1st Place prize of$150, 2nd place prize of $100 and a 3rd place prize of $75.
The winners of this year’s contest are:
2013 Essay Contest Winners
St. Mary’s Catholic
Heritage Hall Christian
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Higher Ground Academy
High -Division lll
Heritage Hall Christian
The Committee for Integrity Enhancement is made of local citizens working together to promote and recognize “integrity” in the lives of area residents of all ages in the Muncie/Delaware County area. The Chairman of the Committee this year is Joe Schmaltz. The committee is supported through private community donations. For more information on the Committee for Integrity Enhancement, please send your request or suggestions to P. O. Box 764, Muncie IN. 47308.
Jeff Shore, Daleville, Indiana is the photographer, and the committee wishes to thank him for his many years of dedicated service to the committee.