16 Students Receive American Legion School Award

American Legion Marple Memorial Post 805 announced its 2011-12 American Legion School Award recipients.

BROOMALL–The American Legion School Award is the highest honor awarded to American youth by The American Legion. According to the American Legion, it is a medal that proclaims to the world these are the kinds of boys and girls that Legionnaires, comrades of men and women who gave their lives in battle, believe worthy of such honor. It is the Legionnaires' desire that wherever these boys and girls may go, and whatever they do, they will always be guided by the highest ideals.

Each year at this time, Legionnaires throughout America present school awards. Post Commander Jerry Sweeley and officers of the American Legion, of Broomall, concluded their annual presentation of school awards on Friday, June 15.

The officers presented the American Legion school awards to 16 students. Twelve students came from six of the local Marple Newtown School District public schools and four students were from the two local parochial schools.

This year, the prestigious American Legion School Award “The Certificate of Distinguished Achievement” and its accompanying medal were awarded to:

and Leighann Robinson


Robert Kauffman and Hannah Hartner


Patrick Adams and Eva Louise Fay

Ryan Riddell and Rebecca Ritchie

Utheri Wagura and Gloria Zacharias


Alden Mathes and Alexandra Hammonds


Robert DiCicco and Megan MacNeal

and Christine Donohue

The awards were presented by officers from Marple Memorial Post 805 and signed by Jerry Sweeley, commander, and Lawrence Snyder, adjutant.

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veteran’s organization. There are over 2.5 million members in 14,000 Posts worldwide. Legionnaires are dedicated to the service of God and Country. They cherish four great principles: justice, freedom, democracy, and loyalty. They are pledged to serve the disabled, the distressed, the widowed, and the orphaned. They are devoted to the cause of service to the community, state, and nation.

This press release was issued by Marple Memorial Post 805. For more information about the post, visit their website at www.legionpost805.org.


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