For the second year in a row, the law firm of Bordas & Bordas will award $7,500 to local high school seniors who stand up to others, as part of the firms anti-bullying campaign.
The “Fighting for Justice” award honors a senior student from 15 high schools in Ohio, Marshall and Belmont counties. Selected students or “anti-bully ambassadors,” will receive $500, recognition and a congratulatory reception in their honor.
Jim Bordas, founding partner of the firm, said he strives to honor those who go above and beyond by defending others.
“We want to recognize students who do the right thing even when it is difficult and sometimes unpopular,” Bordas said. “That includes treating everyone as equals, respecting differences in others and standing up for individuals who are discriminated against.”
According to the 2014 study by UCLA, 20% of U.S. students in grades nine through twelve reportedly have experienced bullying or are feeling bullied. That same study found that about 71% of teens have witnessed a bullying crime take place while at school, but only 20-30% of students who are bullied report it.
Teachers, peers, coaches or community members are eligible to submit nominations. Nomination forms have been supplied to high schools in the three participating counties. Community members can download a nomination form from the bordaslaw.com or by requesting a nomination form from firstname.lastname@example.org.