Clayson Choate received first place in the 7th grade division of the Better Business Bureau’s Laws of Life Essay Contest with his essay entitled, “Believe in Miracles”. Clayson was one of 13 finalists selected out of 3,152 essay submissions.The finalists were honored,Tuesday night, at a banquet held at Beaumont’s Event Center. Choate was awarded $100, received a crystal trophy, gift cards from area businesses, and a candy basket. Clayson’s teacher, Heggie Coulter, received a check for $50.

Clayson Choate laws of lifeOrangefield Junior High was also honored at the banquet. The school received a plaque and a check for $150 earning 2nd place for the number of essays submitted by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

The Better Business Bureau launched the “Laws of Life” program as a means of promoting character development for Southeast Texas youth. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for young people to reflect on and write about the guiding principles in which they should strive to live.