Miranda Cox, center, placed eighth in a educational essay contest hosted by Thomson Reuters and BestPrep. She was recognized at a BestPrep Educational Forum on Oct. 24. She is shown with former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, at right, and Rick King, executive vice president and chief information officer at Thomson Reuters.
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Miranda Cox, center, placed eighth in a educational essay contest hosted by Thomson Reuters and BestPrep. She was recognized at a BestPrep Educational Forum on Oct. 24. She is shown with former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, at right, and Rick King, executive vice president and chief information officer at Thomson Reuters. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Miranda Cox of Mabel-Canton Secondary School was honored at BestPrep’s Educational Forum on Oct. 24, as a winner of a statewide essay competition based on former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and NFL Hall of Famer Alan Page’s keynote address, “Tomorrow’s Leaders… Why Character Matters.”

Thomson Reuters and BestPrep co-sponsor the essay competition. Cox, who placed eighth, was present with other top 20 students who were recognized from more than 400 essay submissions. These essay winners were invited to a private reception with Page at the educational forum in St. Paul.  The students could meet Page and participate in a question and answer session with him.

The students’ essays reflected on the role of character development in their education by considering the Martin Luther King quote “Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” Students responded to the question prompts of “Why is it important for students to develop their character alongside academics?” and “How has your educational journey and life experiences developed your character?”

When asked about the role of character development in her education, Cox wrote “Character is essentially at the core of an individual and is one's legacy — how one is really remembered. Therefore, it is of utmost importance for an individual to have a sense of their own character to develop it as it fully encompasses him or herself.”

Essays were read and judged by a panel of business and education volunteers for quality and creativity. “Our judges were thoroughly impressed with the quality of the essays,” said Bob Kaitz, president and CEO of BestPrep. “The ideas and insights the students shared offer much hope for the future of Minnesota and the world.”

The awards presentation was part of BestPrep’s Educational Forum, which featured a dinner address from Page for nearly 700 business professionals and an on-stage dialogue between Page and Ecolab Chairman and CEO Doug Baker, emceed by WCCO anchor Jason DeRusha.

Proceeds from the educational forum will benefit BestPrep’s educational programs. 

BestPrep’s mission is to prepare students with business, career and financial literacy skills through hands-on experiences that inspire success in work and life.