Being nice seems like a pretty ordinary task, but unfortunately bullying is an issue all-too-common in area schools.
That’s why each year, Bordas & Bordas recognizes area students with their Anti-Bullying Fighting for Justice Award.
Seventeen students from high schools in Ohio, Marshall, and Belmont Counties were recognized Monday for their kindness.
Each year, the community can nominate these young people for the Bordas & Bordas Anti-Bullying Fighting for Justice Awards.
To win doesn’t take any special talent.
“God gives a lot of people the ability to do different things, whether it be play sports, excel in the classroom, but anybody can be nice, that’s up to them and we really wanted to recognize the students who were choosing to do that,” Managing Partner Jamie Bordas said.
Monday’s honorees were recognized for treating their peers equally, respecting differences between their classmates, and standing up for those who are discriminated against.
“I think one of the most important things you can do in life is be nice to people because there is nothing better than making someone’s day a little better with even just the smallest gestures,” said Gabbie Semancik, who will graduate from St. Clairsville on Friday.
“It’s nice to know that you’re kind and that you can start a chain reaction by just one simple act of kindness,” said Grace Myers, a recent graduate of Wheeling Park High School.
Each of the winners receives $500 cash, and four tickets to a Pirates game in the Bordas’ suite.
But for some, the prize means a little more than money.
“It’s a great honor, it kind of got me thinking a career path as well, just what to do further in life,” said Cross Wilkinson, another recent Wheeling Park High School graduate.
Jamie Bordas says presenting the awards is one of his favorite things he gets to do every year, he and his dad go through the submissions together.
“When you see students who are going out of their way to maybe do that for someone else that’s maybe having a bad day, or someone else that doesn’t quite fit in as well as others, or quite as easily, then you certainly want to recognize those people. And we hope that these kids will continue to do that whether they go into college, or the military or work force or throughout their lives,” Bordas said.
The 2018 award recipients include:
- Braydon Reynolds, Barnesville
- Harlie Louden, Beallsville
- Scott Mehlman, Bellaire
- Vetra Foster, Bridgeport
- James Henry Patrick Davis, Cameron
- Elena Polinski, John Marshall
- Sydney West, Linsly
- Austin Bassa, Martins Ferry
- Cameron Savage, Shadyside
- Kaitlyn Weaver, Shadyside
- Gabrielle Semancik, St. Clairsville
- Erin Savage, St. John Central
- Haley Porter, Union Local
- Patrick Brown, Wheeling Central
- Christopher Costain, Wheeling Central
- Grace Myers, Wheeling Park
- Cross Wilkinson, Wheeling Park