Gothenburg Native Recognized As Better Business Bureau Student Of Integrity

Gothenburg Native Recognized As Better Business Bureau Student Of Integrity

Better Business Bureau (BBB) is pleased to announce the 2020 BBB Scott Mecham Student of Integrity Award Winners and the 2020 Winners of BBB’s Student Video Contest from Metro Lincoln and Greater Nebraska.

BBB Student of Integrity Awards

These awards are designed to promote ethics and integrity among young people so they may be motivated to continue incorporating moral values into every aspect of their lives. Public, private and homeschooled high school seniors from BBB’s service area were invited to participate.

Twelve graduating students who have demonstrated outstanding community service, leadership and personal integrity annually receive $2,000 scholarships from BBB’s Education Foundation for their post-secondary education expenses at any accredited institution. There are three award winners from metro Lincoln/Greater Nebraska three from Metro Omaha/Southwest Iowa; three from South Dakota; and three from The Kansas Plains. They were chosen by independent panels of judges in Lincoln, NE, Sioux Falls, SD, Omaha, NE, and Wichita, KS. Judging was based mainly on the content of a required essay about a situation the students were personally involved in that tested their ethical philosophy. School and community references and activities were also used by the judges in making their final decisions.

2020 BBB Students of Integrity from Metro Lincoln and Greater NE

Lilly Noel is a graduate of Twin Oaks Christian Academy, Lincoln, Nebraska. In the fall, she will attend the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in its Honors Program. She plans to double major in Business Management and Spanish with a minor in Global Leadership. She hopes to study abroad, participate in internships and gain new educational experience that she will be able to apply to her future career.

Kaitlyn Otto is from Adams, NE, and she graduated from Freeman High School. Kaitlyn will be attending the University of Nebraska at Kearney where she will study pre-nursing for two years. Then she plans to attend the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) where she hopes to attain a degree in Nursing.

Jaelynn Hemphill graduated from Gothenburg Secondary School, Gothenburg, NE. At Chadron State College, Jaelynn will pursue a pre-nursing degree for two years and then attend the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) where she has already been accepted through the Rural Health Opportunities Program.

“These ‘Students of Integrity’ personify all of the best aspects of ethical behavior and fine character in their personal choices and actions. They serve as role models for others to emulate,” said BBB President and CEO Jim Hegarty. “Unlike many other scholarships, grades, financial need and ethnicity are not factors in selecting the recipients. Lilly, Kaitlyn, and Jaelynn are receiving these scholarships because of their commitment to honesty and accountability inside and outside of the classroom. The Better Business Bureau and its Foundation are proud to honor these amazing young adults with this award!”

BBB Video Contest

This contest provides an opportunity for high school students to creatively learn the values of BBB – trust, honesty, reliability, and objectiveness – helping them discover how these ideals can be applied in their everyday lives. Contestants gain valuable marketing experience because they are also challenged to get the most views on the contest’s website by promoting their videos that are posted on

Students could enter individually or form teams of two to four people. The creator(s) of the winning video received $500 cash, and a $2,000 donation for video equipment will be given to their school. In addition, $250 cash was awarded to the second place video, and $1,000 for video equipment will be given to their school. Winners were determined by how well their entries adhere to BBB’s brand, express the themes “Start With Trust” or “Ask BBB,” the production quality and how many times their videos were viewed on the contest’s website.

2020 BBB Video Contest Winners from Metro Lincoln and Greater NE

The winners of the contest were selected by members of BBB’s Community Programming Committee. The winning video was created by Diego Sterkel who attends Sterling High School in Sterling, Nebraska. The name of his video is “Tricky.” “It’s a guide on how easy it is to get tricked.” The second place prize was awarded to Joshua Hoff-Boring, Ty Hahn, Grayson Seay and Skylar Witte. They attend Johnson-Brock High School in Johnson, Nebraska. Their video is “The Sheriff of BBB.” Its theme is “Looking for loyalty in this lawless land? Find someone you can trust at”

All of the videos submitted by students from Metro Lincoln and Greater Nebraska, and the schools they attend can be viewed at “BBB’s Education Foundation is pleased to award prizes to these students. I am also delighted to see so much creativity and understanding about the BBB’s role in the marketplace by students from across Nebraska,” stated Hegarty.

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