2017 CIE awards announced

The 25th annual Committee for Integrity Enhancement Essay Awards Program was held on April 10, 2017 in the Northside Middle School Auditorium. Students from all schools in Muncie and Delaware County, including private and home schools, were invited to write on the topic, “Why Is It Important to Show Integrity in Working to Achieve a Difficult Goal?”

The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Robert Scaife, pastor of Union Missionary Baptist Church and former detective with the City of Muncie Police Department where he led the taskforce that focused on gang activity.

This year 1,057 essays from 32 schools were submitted. Preliminary readers select two winners from each school. From these school winners, the committee selected the top three county winners in each division: elementary (grades 4-5), middle school (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12).

School winners each receive $20 for their efforts. Third-place county winners in each division receive $100, second place $150, and first place $250.

Elementary Division winners: First place, Emma Judge, 4th grade, West View Elementary (Teacher: Miss Hunter); second, Ella Pittman, Yorktown Elementary; third, Nicki Southerland, Royerton Elementary.

 

Emma Judge, 1st Place
Ella Pittman, 2nd Place
Nicki Southerland, 3rd Place

Middle School Division winners: First place, Lea Alexander, 8th grade, Yorktown Middle School (Teacher: Robert Reid); second, Brady Hunt, and third, Laura Fowler, both from Delta Middle School.

Lea Alexander, 1st Place
Brady Hunt, 2nd Place
Laura Fowler, 3rd Place

High School Division winners: First place, Matthew Zirkle, 12th grade, Heritage Hall Christian School (Teacher: Bob Winebarger); second, Ben Martin, Woodward Academy; third, Haley Bennett, Delta High School.

Matthew Zirkle, 1st Place
Ben Martin, 2nd Place
Haley Bennett, 3rd Place

In addition to essay winners, each year the committee presents Personal Integrity Awards.  Four individuals and one couple received this honor:

Roger Lavery, Dean, Ball State University College of Communications, Information and Media. Lavery was a key contributor to the Muncie-Delaware County economic development strategy, known as Vision 2016 and now Vision 2021. He serves as chair of the Image Committee with the Chamber.

Matt Luce, head basketball coach and teacher at Wapahani High School.  His nomination mentioned such attributes as “commitment to excellence, respect for others, accountability, fantastic teacher.”

David and Judi Reece, volunteers extraordinaire who have donated their time as co-chairs of Update Learning through High Street Methodist Church,  Prevent Child Abuse of Delaware County, America’s Hometown Band, VISTA (an organization that completes income taxes at no charge), and the Veterans Day Flag Celebration at Minnetrista.

Magi Sikora, CPA and certified information technology professional with Estep, Doctor and Company PC. Sikora is Board Chair of the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Muncie YMCA, and serves at Westminster Presbyterian Church on the missions committee and as VBS director.

Tara Smalstig, general counsel with Dennis, Wenger, and Abrell.  Smalstig has served on the boards of Secret Families Christmas Charity, Muncie Children’s Museum, Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Cornerstone Center for the Arts, Muncie YMCA, Altrusa/Athena Young Professionals, among others.

Roger Lavery
Matt Luce
David & Judi Reece

 

 

 

 

 

Magi Sikora
Tara Smalstig

 

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations to all!

2017 CIE Essay Winners

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.

Photographs by Chelsy Ray

 

 

2015 CIE awards announced

The Committee for Integrity Enhancement 23rd Awards Ceremony was held April 20, 2015, at Northside Middle School Auditorium.  The keynote speaker for the ceremony was The Honorable Brian M. Pierce, Master Commissioner over Delaware County’s Juvenile Court.  The Magistrate is appointed by the five elected judges in Delaware County. He has served in this capacity for seven years.

Magistrate Pierce stressed to the audience that it is very important that children learn integrity and respect at an early age, to avoid negative consequences in their lives. Most children appearing in his Court have not learned the importance of respecting authority, in any form.  He suggested that teaching young children respect in the way they address adults would be by the use of: Mr., Mrs., Yes, Sir, or No, Sir, etc…  (This custom was absolute in years past, but is not widely used today). Many parents and teachers do not insist on this practice at the current time; if there is a show of respect for authority, it is like stepping stones to a positive impact on the paths of our children. Children must learn there will always be someone in authority they must show respect for in order to succeed in life. Behavior is learned from our environment.  Respect is a two-way street; there must be integrity, and trust to receive and show respect.

The topic for the 2015 essay contest was “How does my response to authority (parents, teachers, police, etc.), reflect my integrity?”  Essays were received from 26 Delaware County Elementary, Middle, High and Home Schools, with 55 teachers participating.  Essays are coded prior to being given to the judges and all student information is omitted. After the judges select the winning essays, the Committee then selects the overall winners for First, Second and Third in each division, from the two finalist from each school.  Then, only after all selections have been made, are the codes matched and the names of the students are revealed. Each participating school has two winners in each division. All participants receive a certificate of participation, and in addition to the certificate, the finalists from each school receive a plaque and a monetary gift.

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Names of Elementary Essay Winners: First Place: Benjamin Stanley, St. Mary’s Elemetary, teacher Carrie Craig – Grade 5; Second Place: Rachel Zimmers, Daleville Elementary, teacher Mr. Middleton – Grade 5; Third Place:  Haley Blanchard, Storer Elementary, teacher Amanda Seal – Grade 5.

Benjamin Stanley
Benjamin Stanley
Rachael Zimmers
Rachael Zimmers
Haley Blanchard
Haley Blanchard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle School Essay Winners: First Place: Douglas McDaniel, Delta Middle School, teacher Mrs. Decker’s – 8th Grade;  Second place: Hannah Smith, Heritage Hall, teacher Roy Callan – 8th Grade; Third Place: Kayla Hicks, Delta Middle School, teacher Mrs. Decker – 8th Grade.

Douglas McDaniel
Douglas McDaniel
Hannah Smith
Hannah Smith
Kayla Hicks
Kayla Hicks

 

 

 

 

 

 

High School Essay Winners: First Place: Ben Martin, Woodward Academy, teacher Dee Martin – 9th Grade; Second Place: Jessica Munson, Yorktown High School, teacher Wendy Jones – 10th Grade; Third Place: Drew Bond, Heritage Hall, teacher Mr. Winebarger – 12th grade.

Ben Martin
Ben Martin
Jessica Munson
Jessica Munson
Drew Bond
Drew Bond

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the essay contest the Committee awards Personal Integrity and Teacher Appreciation Awards. Sue Dalton, Bobbi Leaird, Barbara Stedman and Jeff Tingler were this year’s Personal Integrity Award recipients.

Sue Dalton
Sue Dalton
Bobbi Leaird
Bobbi Leaird
Barbara Stedman
Barbara Stedman
Jeff Tingler
Jeff Tingler

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s winners of the Teachers Appreciation Awards were John Kelly, 5th grade teacher at Royerton Elementary and Jeremy Middleton, 5th grade teacher at Daleville Elementary. (Photos not available)

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 Chairman of the 2015 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.

 

2014 CIE awards announced

Committee for Integrity Enhancement Announces 2014 Winners

Gary Varvel
Gary Varvel

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.

Brady Hunt
Brady Hunt
Joey Scholl
Joey Scholl
Javin Kile
Javin Kile

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Kennedy Little
Kennedy Little
Hannah Smith
Hannah Smith
Kassidy Koch
Kassidy Koch

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Anna Groover
Anna Groover
Konnor Koch
Konnor Koch
Drew Bond
Drew Bond

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher Appreciation Award Winners: Elementary: Christine Holdren, Selma. Middle School: Carrie Milliner, Selma. High School: Suzy Fox, Delta

Christine Holdren
Christine Holdren
Carrie Milliner
Carrie Milliner
Suzy Fox
Suzy Fox

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Michael & Laura Williamson
Michael & Laura Williamson
Cornelius Dollison
Cornelius Dollison
Tim Cleland
Tim Cleland

2013 CIE awards announced

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:

Division Winners
2013 Essay Contest Winners
Place
 
Grade
 
School
Elementary Division 
Nora Bauer
1st
 
5th
 
St. Mary’s Catholic
 
Logan Swallow
2nd
 
5th
 
Selma Elementary
 
Gabriel Proctor
3rd
 
5th
 
Heritage Hall Christian
Middle – Division ll
Max Nettrouer
1st
 
6th
 
Cowan Elementary
 
Chloe Davis
2nd
 
6th
 
Delta Middle
 
Kassidy Koch
3rd
 
6th
 
Higher Ground Academy
High -Division lll
Emmy Rawson
1st
 
11th
 
Muncie Central
 
Nathan Hahn
2nd
 
10th
 
Delta High
 
Macy Whitehair
3rd
 
9th
 
Delta High
Personal Integrity
Bob Ball
 
 
 
 
 
 
Todd Castor
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sheila DeCaroli
 
 
 
 
 
 
Richard Shirey
 
 
 
 
 
Teachers Honored
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elementary
Debbie Christopher
 
 
 
 
Royerton Elementary
Middle
Mark McKee
 
 
 
 
Heritage Hall Christian
High School
Victoria Marcus
 
 
 
 
Southside High

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.

Nathan Hahn
Nathan Hahn
Max Nettrouer
Max Nettrouter
Kassidly Koch
Kassidy Koch
Gabriel Proctor
Gabriel Proctor
Emmy Rawson
Emmy Rawson
Chloe Davis
Chloe Davis
Nora Bauer
Nora Bauer
Logan Swallow
Logan Swallow
Victoria Marcus
Teacher Award
Victoria Marcus
Todd Castor
Personal Integrity Award
Todd Castor
Sheila DeCaroli
Personal Integrity Award
Sheila DeCaroli
Richard Shirey
Personal Integrity Award
Richard Shirey
Mark McKee
Teacher Award
Mark McKee
Macy Whitehair
Macy Whitehair
Debbie Christopher
Teacher Award
Debbie Christopher
Bob Ball
Personal Integrity Award
Bob Ball