Diane Conley, chief of academic affairs for Westerville City Schools, will receive the 2008 Distinguished Educator for Art Education award from the Ohio Art Education Association.

Diane Conley, chief of academic affairs for Westerville City Schools, will receive the 2008 Distinguished Educator for Art Education award from the Ohio Art Education Association.

She will be honored in Toledo at the group's annual convention in November.

Conley was selected on the basis of testimonials from three of her colleagues.

Three Westerville students are among the finalists in the 2008 statewide Laws of Life essay contest.

They are: Katrina Baumann and Hilary Walker, Westerville North High School; and Julia McDaniel, Genoa Middle School.

The essay contest is sponsored by Ohio Partners in Character Education (OPCE), an initiative of the Better Business Bureau's Center for Character Ethics. The statewide contest, in its eighth year, is open to winners of local Laws of Life essay contests for both middle and high school students. A panel of business leaders, educators and community volunteers judged the entries.

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. Forgiveness, compassion, love, fairness, and appreciation are some of the topics this year's finalists wrote about in their essays.

The winners will be announced at an awards banquet on Sept. 25.