When the Laws of Life state awards banquet at Villa Milano concluded on April 25, two Genoa Middle School students walked away with cash prizes.
Seventh grader Madison Seabury and eighth grader Megan Haller were honored at the gathering, at which keynote speaker Clarence Mingo, Franklin County auditor, spoke about the importance of character.
Seabury won the $150 award for Best Female Essay, Middle School Division, for her paper that addressed the adage, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."
Haller was awarded $100 for her essay that addressed this year's theme, Tact.
The Gifted Education Department at Westerville City Schools coordinated the Laws of Life essay contest for middle school students in the district.
The Laws of Life was started by Sir John Templeton in 1987. The state contest in Ohio is sponsored by the Better Business Bureau through Ohio Partners in Character Education. OPCE is a non-profit organization affiliated with the BBB Education Foundation Center for Character Ethics dedicated to promoting and facilitating the development and implementation of character education programs in Ohio schools and communities.