By STEVE STANEC
American Legion Post 7 Commander
The American Legion, the Nation’s largest wartime Veterans organization, chartered by Congress in 1919, believes America’s youth should be praised when they demonstrate strong qualities of character and good citizenship.
Since 1926, the Legion has recognized students who exemplify six qualities that define character: courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service.
The School Award Medal is the highest honor awarded American Youth by the American Legion. Awards are limited to the graduating classes because the candidates’ positions are on the threshold of entrance upon a more extensive period of education, or upon entrance into the wage-earning world.
This Award proclaims to the world that these individuals are the kind of person that the American Legion Veterans, the comrades of men and women who gave their lives in battle, believe worthy of such honor.
From the recommendations of each respective school, the American Legion and Auxiliary were privileged to honor the following students.
American Legion Post 7 School Medal Award Winners: Alliance High School, Cade Stephenson; St. Agnes Academy, Sonny Gonzalez; Imannuel Evangelical Lutheran School, Christian Soriano; and Alliance Middle School, Carver Hauptman.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 7 School Award Winners: Alliance High School, Rachel Baker; St. Agnes Academy, Kenna Montes; Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran School, Dezyrae Hausmann; and Alliance Middle School, Annaka Digman.
American Legion Post 7 Honorable Mentions: Alliance High School, Zachary Placek; St. Agnes Academy, John Kollers; Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran School, Ian Gomez; and Alliance Middle School, Abraham Gomez.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 7 Honorable Mentions: Alliance High School, Darian Wilson; St. Agnes Academy, Delaney Childers; and Alliance Middle School, Harsimran “Simmi” Kaur.