COAST CITIES — The San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB) has announced that Del Mar resident Melodyanne Cheng, a senior at Torrey Pines High School, has been awarded a $1,000 cash scholarship from the BBB after writing a 400-word essay on the importance of ethics and integrity in the community.Cheng was one of five high school students honored at the BBB’s recent 2012 Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics award, which honored local companies for ethical business practices. A volunteer at an elementary school as a tutor and at Scripps Memorial Hospital, Cheng wants to major in biochemistry in college, and later pursue a career as a scientist. Her essay talked about her family’s unfortunate experience with a mortgage company that was later investigated by federal law enforcement authorities for possible embezzlement.
The BBB said a total of 258 essays from students attending 87 different high schools in San Diego County were evaluated by the judges. Sycuan Casino was the presenting sponsor of this year’s BBB scholarship program.
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