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Tuesday, May 07 2013 11:00 PM

Wendy would have approved of this winner

By The Bakersfield Californian

I have to think Wendy would be proud. On May 2, Dignity Health and the Kegley Institute of Ethics hosted a celebration in which we presented the inaugural Wendy Wayne Youth Award for Exemplary Ethical Behavior.

The recipient, Victoria Scoggan, 16, a student at Kern Valley High, is exactly the kind of person Wendy would have supported, helping her in all her endeavors. And those endeavors are pretty dang impressive. Let me paraphrase Deputy Joseph Garcia, the Kern Valley Sheriff's Activities League coordinator who nominated Victoria: Victoria's true desire is to help others in need, starting with the students at her school. She has directly intervened when she has seen bullying occur, sometimes earning the bully's respect, sometimes being victimized herself. In one case, where a young lady was being bullied by two boys, she successfully stepped in and then spent the rest of the day with the victim. In the process, she learned the young lady had other personal problems and was contemplating suicide. Victoria said she was able to convince her not to do anything drastic and to seek other help.

She really goes the extra mile to let people know how much she appreciates them, and yet she is very humble. She carries a 4.0 GPA and has great hopes for the future, including an academic career that might contribute to finding a cure for cancer.

Please consider other youth like Victoria for the 2014 award! Find nomination details at www.csub.edu/kie.

Christopher Meyers

Kegley Institute of Ethics

Bakersfield

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