Gerald R. Ford High School Essay Challenge, 2015
Top 20 Finalists
Integrity is mysterious. It is an abstract noun, not a physical object seen with the eyes, nor a tangible item held in the hands. No mass. No shape. No life. Despite all this, integrity is a real, undeniable force which unfolds in the silence of our minds. Gently and quietly, it prods us to do what is right — to uphold truth. In Webster's dictionary, integrity is described using three, concise words: sincerity, honesty, and uprightness. Following this definition, one comes face-to-face with a question; a mystery imploring to be answered. How can an individual demonstrate integrity in a world where many believe that the end often justifies the means?
Imagine being a professional baseball player. You have just agreed to a contract of four million dollars. A week later as you review your contract, you realize instead of receiving four million dollars a year, your contract states that you will obtain $4.5 million. What would you do? Would you keep the extra 500,000 dollars or return it?
Sports are a large part of both high school and our country today. Fans wear exotic outfits, create amusing chants, and spend all kinds of money just to watch the teams they love. Athletes have the opportunity of not only entertaining the fans but also teaching lessons about life through their actions on the field and off the field.
Jason Taylor Stenquist
Kelsey Van't Zelfde
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