2010-05-20 / Features

Legion Auxiliary Holds Awards Ceremony

By Carol Singel

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 561 held its awards ceremony at the American Legion in Mc- Connellsburg on May 12.

The first awards were for the eighth-grade Girl Merit Award. This award is based on honor, scholarship, service, Americanism, leadership, and courage. Lara Cromer, from Forbes Road High School, received the first award. She is the daughter of Tammie and Tim Cromer. Sara Beth Winegardner, from McConnellsburg High School, also received this award. She is the daughter of Ricki and Darin Winegardner. Each girl received a gold-on-silver pin and a cased certificate. There were no other entries submitted.

The Americanism Essay Contest awards were also presented. The winning essay from Class Division I ( grades three and four) went to Macey Ward, a fourthgrade student from Southern Fulton Elementary School. She is the daughter of Joy and Eugene Ward.

Class II Division (grades five and six) winner was Lacey Bradshaw, a sixthgrade student from Southern Fulton Elementary School. She is the daughter of Kay and Mark Bradshaw.

Class lll Division (grades seven and eight) winner was Brittney Strawbridge, an eighth grader from Crossroads Middle School. She is the daughter of Christy and Curt Linkhauer from York Haven. Brittney is also a junior auxiliary member of Unit 561. There were no entries for Class Division lV (grades nine and ten). Class V Division (grades 11 & 12) winner was Annette Hull, an 11th-grader at Mercersburg Academy. She is the daughter of Carolyn and Joe Hull. Annette also received this award when she was in third grade at Southern Fulton Elementary School. Each winner received a certificate and a $50 United States Savings Bond from the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 561.

There were three awards presented for the Poppy Poster Contest. First place went to Taylor Lake, a sixthgrader at McConnellsburg. She is the daughter of William Lake Jr. and granddaughter of William Lake Sr. and Charlette Lake. Second place went to Larissa Mae Englert, a sixth grader at Forbes Road. She is the granddaughter of Alice and Nelson Walker. Third place went to Tierra McMullen, a sixth-grader at McConnellsburg. She is the daughter of Tonya and Shawn Pensinger and Tim McMullen. Each student received a monetary prize.

The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Pennsylvania, will hold its 65th session of Keystone Girls State from June 20 to 26, 2010, at Shippensburg University. This is an outstanding opportunity for young women interested in school council, political science, government, law and leadership. There are two young ladies that will be attending from Fulton County, Annette Hull and Morgan Mills.

Morgan Mills is the daughter of Cathy and Walter Mills and a student at Southern Fulton High School. The cost of the program is paid by the auxiliary, and each girl will receive spending money for the week.

A meeting was held after the program. May is Poppy Month. All donations collected this month for poppies will go to Veterans programs. Anyone wishing to donate flowers for Memorial Day to decorate Veterans graves, please have them at the legion before 9 a.m. Monday, May 31.

Donations were made to Camp Cadet, Fulton County Library Summer Reading Program, Justin Hudson, McConnellsburg Class of 2010, Relay For Life and St. Judes Hospital. Packages containing Girl Scout cookies, among other things, were sent overseas to our service members.

The auxiliary unit sends big thank-you out to everyone that bought and donated Girl Scout cookies to be sent overseas, to Girl Scout troops 80456, 80898, 80337, 80879, 80336, 80405, from Mc- Connellsburg, Forbes Road and Southern Fulton areas that gathered the cookies, and Girl Scout Troop 80337 for the monetary donation to help offset the cost of shipping the packages. Thanks to all that helped make this project a huge success.

The next meeting is scheduled for June 9 at 7 p.m. This will be election of officers. All members are welcome to attend.

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