American Legion Auxiliary News
On March 9, 2011, at 7 p.m., the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 561 met with nine members present. There were three new members voted into the unit. Donations were made to Camp Cadet and Hollidaysburg veterans. Five members attended the council meeting held at Shilo Legion Post on March 3.
Before the meeting was called to order a group of ladies got together to judge the Americanism Essay contest entries that ended on March 1. This year’s topic was “How Can I Encourage My Friends to Show Pride In Being an American?” The contest was open to any student in Fulton County school districts grades three to 12 and any junior auxiliary member.
One winning essay from each division was chosen. The winning essay from Class Division I ( grades 3 and 4) was Colby Hunter Whiteside, a third-grade student from Southern Fulton Elementary School. He is the son of Tina and Bradley Whiteside.
Class II Division (grades 5 and 6) winner was Jacob Silver, a sixthth-grade student from Southern Fulton Elementary School. He is the son of Jennifer and Roland Silver. Jacob was the Class I Division winner as a fourth grader two years ago. Class III Division (grades 7 and 8) winner was Lacey Bradshaw, a seventhgrader from Southern Fulton. She is the daughter of Kay and Mark Bradshaw. Lacey was the Class II division winner last year as a sixth grader. Class IV division (grades 9 and 10) winner was Brittney Strawbridge, an eighth-grader from Red Land High School. She is the daughter of Christy and Curt Linkhauer from York Haven. Brittney is also a junior auxiliary member of Unit 561 and was the Class III Division winner last year. There were no entries submitted from Class V Division (grades 11 and 12). These essays were passed onto council level and if selected will go onto state level.
There will be an awards program on May 11 at the American Legion Post 561 in McConnellsburg at 6 p.m. to present each winner with a certificate and a $50 United States Savings Bond from American Legion Auxiliary
Adams, Franklin, Fulton, York County Council Scholarship will be awarded again this year to two high school students entering a two- or four- year college, trade school or business school, following graduation. The award will be in two payments of $500 each. Deadline for this scholarship is April 15, 2011. Applications can be gotten from the school or by calling Carol Singel at 717-485-9142.
Keystone Girls State will be held from June 26 until July 2, 2011, this year. This is a top-notch program that offers valuable government instruction and leadership training while affording an opportunity to form lasting friendships. It is not a camp or vacation, but rather a school of government. The main objective of the program is to educate young women as to the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship. Girls State is a mythical nonpartisan 51st state. Attendees will experience all levels of government from city, county, state and federal government and will be assigned to a mythical political party.
In order to be considered, girls must be citizens of the United States and have completed the junior year in high school by June 2011. In addition, guidelines require that all participants have never been wed and do not have children of their own. She also should be recognized for her leadership abilities, character, good citizenship and scholarship. The program is strenuous physically as well as emotionally. It is very active and will require a lot of walking. Unfortunately, the program is unable to meet any dietary requests. Applications can be gotten by calling Carol Singel at 717-485- 9142. Deadline will be April 15, 2011.
The next auxiliary meeting will be held on April 13 at 7 p.m. All members are welcome.