If I were to sum up the Better Business Bureau (BBB) in one word, it would be integrity. The BBB is an institution that values honor, ethics, and integrity above all else. I had the opportunity to interview one of their accredited businesses, Heritage Auto Repairs based out of Meridian, Idaho, about the BBB and its impact at Heritage and the surrounding community. During the interview, the owner, Tony Zanders, could not stress enough how the Better Business Bureau provides a platform of integrity. A situational example Mr. Zanders gives, is if someone calls the integrity of Heritage Auto into question, the BBB will investigate the situation and determine whether or not Heritage Auto acted with integrity. It will also come in and validate that Heritage Auto is a business that acts with integrity in accordance with their being a BBB accredited business.

In this day and age, integrity in a business is a requirement and being able to go to the Better Business Bureau to find out whether or not businesses act with integrity is extremely important to the consumer. That is part of why it is so important for the local community. As more and more businesses aspire to become businesses of integrity and hold fast to the standards set by the BBB, our local communities will improve. As they improve everything else will improve too. The community is only as good as the people in it and good people gravitate toward good businesses.

Integrity is a trait that every business should strive toward. As business standards are raised across the board the Better Business Bureau is the one organization you can trust for information about which businesses act with integrity. There are other review sites that claim to do the same thing but the BBB has a record of integrity that nobody else can claim. This record of integrity is the reason the BBB is so important to businesses and communities. It makes sure that all of its businesses stay true to the high moral standards it has set, and as those businesses operate at that standard, people recognize that. People want their businesses to be morally and ethically sound. The Better Business Bureau gives them the security and information necessary to evaluate whether or not they want to support a business. The Better Business Bureau brings all of these elements together to improve businesses and people’s lives through those businesses. As businesses improve, lives improve, as lives improve communities improve. Therefore, the Better Business Bureau improves businesses and communities through its integrity and high moral standards.

Tell us a little about yourself
I was diagnosed with cancer at 13 and underwent a bone-marrow transplant in December of 2015. Since then I have been dealing with some of the adverse effects of the transplant. I enjoy reading and have read more books than many people my age and older. I have always been interested in government and would serve in the military if I was able. I have always considered myself a leader but because I was in the hospital and out of school for a few years I have not had as many opportunities to put it into practice. Overall, I am a conservative christian thinker.
List and explain any awards received related to academic achievement
I have received the Mayors Award to Youth twice for my ability to excel at school despite the challenges I have faced with my health.
Describe at least three school-related extra-curricular activities
As before, because of health issues, I was unable to participate in a lot of extra-curricular activities. Also, my school does not offer very many extra-curricular activities. However, I participated in drama club during junior year and I was on the track team in eighth grade.
Explain at least one leadership role that you have held
In 8th grade we had a final project called the business project in which we were supposed to create a business proposal designed to bring the business we chose to the Treasure Valley. It was a group project set up in such a way as to inspire competition. Each group had a leader that schoolyard picked their group. I was the leader of my group and our group had the best presentation which was judged by three unbiased outside judges. I also had the opportunity to be the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Boy of the Year. I would go to their events and fundraise for them and be the face of their campaign. Another opportunity I had was to be a face of the Make a Wish platform for a little while after my Make a Wish trip. In that capacity, I went to their events and gave a few speeches to help send more kids on Wishes. The last two are not leadership positions of course but I think they are relevant because they show some of the community outreach I have done and some of my better qualities as well.