Word! Integrity is such a dynamic one, how do you describe it? With multiple definitions is how you do. Photo by Rey Frank.

Students of the Month: Integrity…Story by Rey Frank

As of recent, the students of the month for February were announced. Coleman Vaughn, Christian Alcaraz, Davan Gilmore, Jenna Wade, and Ryjan Newton were awarded for having the trait of integrity. Yet, what exactly defines integrity?  The majority of online sources will state it as something similar to “the quality or state of being honest and having strong moral principles” (Cambridge).

Students of Integrity… Four out of the five students of the month are seen next to the iconic FBCS mural. Photo by Rey Frank.
Students of Integrity… Four out of the five students of the month are seen next to the iconic FBCS mural. Photo by Rey Frank.

While this is true, it only describes a portion of what it means to have integrity.  After interviewing students of the month Coleman and Davan, the larger meaning of this word was uncovered.

According to Coleman, the quality describes “somebody who is strong and can stand up to different things or stand up for certain things.”  Thus, a more accurate description of integrity includes when you are also actively defending the moral standards you stand by. When I interviewed Davan, she mentioned another important component of this trait. Davan explains that when you have integrity, you are willing to stand up for yourself. Quoting her, “integrity means to never let others push you down or to let something or anyone hold you back from doing one’s best.”

Because students with integrity have the strength to fight for justice, they are also willing to accept when they are in the wrong. They are compelled to seek fairness in both good and bad circumstances, which makes them very down-to-earth. Rooted in the power of morality, a person with integrity does not cheat their

Word! Integrity is such a dynamic one, how do you describe it? With multiple definitions is how you do. Photo by Rey Frank.
Word! Integrity is such a dynamic one, how do you describe it? With multiple definitions is how you do. Photo by Rey Frank.

way to success, but fights for it. In fact, Coleman, Jenna, and Ryjan were all nominated on the account of owning up to their actions.

Their honesty has helped them get recognized in their academic lives, but they have also seen it positively affect their personal lives. For Davan, she has seen it improve her conversation skills, as well as in raising her confidence. This brings us to the human interaction element of integrity. Within this largely expanding definition, we should note how important it is to have integrity when communicating with other people. The impact it has in a conversation can be momentous, as it can help you form a respectable and sincere personage.

In summary, we have delved into combining all the various definitions of integrity and found that its definition is: the quality or state of being honest and having strong moral principles, which you defend in addition to standing up for yourself. It defines a trait of someone who seeks justice served, regardless of whether or not it is in favor of them. Thus, they use integrity when they are communicating with others, as they see the value in not creating hasty complications.  Here at FBCS, we have seen six students excel at being all of the above. They are honest, understanding, and brave, and we congratulate and applaud them on their remarkable behavior.

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