Lindsey Adams BBB Student of Integrity
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Big Walnut High School senior Lindsey Adams has been recognized by the Better Business Bureau Center for Character Ethics of Central Ohio as a BBB Student of Integrity.
Each year 265 schools within the BBB’s Central Ohio region’s 21-county service area may nominate one upper class student who personifies high character through leadership, personal integrity and academic accomplishment.
Ten students are selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship and an award, which is presented at a luncheon held at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. Lindsey Adams was one of the 10.
“It’s humbling to be selected for such a prestigious award,” Adams said. “I’m honored the selection committee chose me from such an esteemed group of students from around Central Ohio.”
Candidate selection was a rigorous process, Adams said. First, she was recommended for the award by Big Walnut High School English teacher and Student Council Advisor Angie Stooksbury, then she had to write about community service and leadership, submit an academic summary and write a critical essay.
“Mrs. Stooksbury wrote an amazing recommendation,” Adams said. “The Better Business Bureau identifies 20 traits they value, I picked Respect for my critical essay.”
In her essay on Respect, Adams wrote about Facebook friending.
“I am not sure becoming Facebook friends is necessarily a good substitute for the rich and rewarding process of bonding with people in the real world,” Adams wrote. “Real friends, and real relationships, that is where the real riches are. One of the hardest parts about being a teenager is discovering who your true friends are. It is hard sometimes to take a moment to listen, or to really get to know the person next to you.”
Stooksbury said when she thinks of a person of integrity, someone who goes above and beyond, she thinks of Lindsey Adams.
“Lindsey bends over backwards,” Stooksbury said. “There are a lot of different groups at the high school, but I can’t think of one person, student or teacher, who would not say Lindsey Adams is a person of integrity. Lindsey is one of those young people that quietly makes things happen.”
Lindsey Adams is President of Student Council, President of the Senior Class, President of the Leo Club and President of German Club. She is a member of the German Honor Society (Delta Epsilon Phi), the Math Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta),and the Social Studies Honor Society. In the past she has been involved in volleyball, basketball and cross-country.
Adams said she is undecided where she wants to go to college, the University of Chicago is high on the list, but she does want to study economics and pursue a career in the political arena, possibly in election law, campaign strategy and government policy formation.
In the 10 years since the inception of BBB Center for Character Ethics of Central Ohio Student of Integrity program 650 entries have been submitted. From that pool 95 scholarships have been awarded. Lindsey Adams is the first Big Walnut student to receive the honor.