Every year local high school students gather with area business leaders at the Junior Achievement Business Ethics Luncheon. To attend the luncheon, students must submit an essay that responds to one of four prompts. Staff members from the Asheville Citizen-Times then read the essays and select a winning essay from each prompt category. Judges select winning essays without having any identifying information about the students or their schools.
For the 2017 Junior Achievement Business Luncheon, Asheville School student essays won in three of the four categories. About 100 students from 15 area schools entered the contest.
Seniors Ben Adair, Liz Campbell, and Cordelia Gaupo each wrote winning essays and were honored during the April luncheon. Adair and Campbell were awarded new Lenovo laptops and Gaupo was the inaugural winner of the Morosani Family Scholarship for her efforts.
All of them are part of a new course at Asheville School, Global Issues, taught by Erin Connors and Seth Buddy. "This is the first year we've offered the Global Issues class, and we've taken a broad approach to the issues we've explored," Connors said. "I asked the students to try their hands at the Business Ethics essay because the theme of ethics in the business world related the larger goals of the course — we want the students to think about how they can be ethical leaders and engaged community members in whatever fields they choose or interests they pursue in the future.""I hope our kids feel proud about getting those top spots," Connors said. "I also hope it gives them a boost of confidence as they go off to the next phase in their educations, knowing that they're prepared for the writing that college classes will ask of them."