6 Pillars Of Character Essays

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Sigma Sigma Sigma Character Essay Winners.  Tri Sigma is the only national student member organization conducting CHARACTER COUNTS at all their campus locations having trained local leaders on the program.  We are very proud of our partnership with this amazing group of women.

2016 Essay Contest Winners

1st Place – Maggie Squyer
“What does it mean to be compassionate and how will compassion change the world? As a little girl, I remember gathering in the guidance counselor’s office at my elementary school for our monthly Student Council meetings and studying the colorful poster on the wall that stated The Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. At the beginning of each meeting we would chant “TRRFCC! That’s what character means to me!” but as an eleven-year-old, I don’t think I knew much about compassion, let alone what the word even meant. In the fall of 2006, that changed.”  Read more…



2016 Alumnae Essay Contest Winners


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Think “true blue“ • Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country



Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements



Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Be diligent • Persevere • Do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act • Be accountable for your words, actions and attitudes • Set a good example for others



Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly



Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need • Be charitable and altruistic



Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer

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