May Merit Award - INTEGRITY

What is integrity?

  • Being honest, trustworthy, and incorruptible
  • Maintaining steadfast adherence to a strict code of moral, ethical, or artistic values
  • Being consistently truthful and fair
  • Following your convictions, rather than reacting in the heat of the moment
  • Demonstrating that you can be counted on and trusted
  • Being truthful and sincere

What does integrity look like/sound like?

  • Thinking about the best option or solution to a problem and discussing different opinions until a solution is found
  • Telling the truth, even if it means admitting a mistake or knowing that it may not be accepted by others
  • Having the courage to do the right thing, even if it may mean losing a friend, a job, or the acceptance of a peer group
  • Acting and speaking in ways that reflect your own values 
  • Keeping a promise
  • Not making promises that can't be kept
  • Accepting the consequences when a mistake is made
  • Not abusing a position of power for your own interests

Quotations


"Strive to be first: first to nod, first to smile, first to compliment, and first to forgive." (Unknown)

"Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day." (Sally Koch)

"Though we all have the fear and the seeds of anger within us, we must learn not to water those seeds and instead nourish our positive qualities-those of compassion, understanding, and loving kindness." (Thich Nhat Hanh)