Top Business Ethics Essays Announced at UTEP

The top finishers of the annual Skov Ethics Competition on Business Ethics were announced during an afternoon ceremony Thursday, May 4, 2017, in the first floor lobby of The University of Texas at El Paso’s Business Administration Building.

Seth Van Matre from Burges High School won the top prize, which included $1,000. He was among the almost 120 high school seniors from 54 El Paso County public and private schools who participated in this annual contest. The question participants needed to answer in this year’s essay was “Why Should Businesses Act Responsibly?”

Other top finishers were Alondra Arias, Silva Health Magnet High School, second place, $500; and Diana Moreno, Silva, third place, $250. Ana Rico, El Paso High School; and Larissa Tavizon, Coronado High School earned honorable mentions and each received $50.

This competition, which launched in 2014, was created to positively influence the ethical climate in the El Paso region, said Fernanda Wagstaff, Ph.D., director UTEP’s Center for Multicultural Management and Ethics (CMME), which is part of the College of Business Administration. The CMME organizes the Skov event, which is sponsored by Robert E. and Jacqueline Skov with additional funding from United Bank of El Paso del Norte.

“Reflecting on their essays makes me appreciate our leaders of tomorrow,” Wagstaff said.

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