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Lily Barna: Standing Out Among Her Peers

This June, a very special young woman joins society as a Lakeridge High School graduate. From being elected student body president, tutoring fellow students, participating in the Model United Nations four years in a row and raising money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Lily Barna truly stands out among her peers.

Now, Lily wears another feather in her community cap: The Better Business Bureau awarded this Lake Oswego teen Oregon’s Student of Integrity Scholarship. A 500-word essay earned Lily a $1,000 scholarship to help continue her educational and philanthropic efforts.

The focus of Lily’s winning essay was Kyra’s Bake Shop, a gluten-free community staple. Lily wrote she first met owner Kyra while fundraising for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. The pair have raised donations on several occasions for different organizations, but Lily says what makes this particular bakery stand out to her is its transparency and trustworthiness.

“Trust is at the foreground of their business: trust is what keeps people like me, and all the people in Lake Oswego, coming back,” Lily wrote.

Kyra’s Bake Shop holds an A+ rating with BBB and has a great reputation within the community. Lily even notes that while she is not gluten-free, she still enjoys eating at Kyra’s because, “their food is so tasty you don’t have to be.”

Better Business Bureau regularly recognizes businesses that show integrity and trust; however, it is heartwarming to see that young consumers can identify these businesses as well.

“The BBB works with businesses to help make my life, and fellow consumers’ lives, better,” Lily concludes. “The BBB and Trust helps to provide transparency that is so integral to forming a positive relationship between businesses like Kyra’s, and people, just like me.”

Read more about Lily and Kyra’s Bake Shop here.

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Written by Courtney Green

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