By Sheryl Edwards
Special to Frost Illustrated Courtesy of American Legion Post 148
As a salute and honor to veterans, American Legion Post 148 held its Sixth Annual Veterans Day Scholarship Program on Nov. 9, which was hosted by Commander Jesse Booker and ALR Director Bennie Edwards. During the program, they recognized and honored veterans for their service and sacrifices while protecting and serving our great nation. Veterans present at the event briefly shared information about their experience in the military.
Associate Professor Victoria Duke of Indiana Tech Law School, was the keynote speaker at the event. She recited the poem “It Ain’t That Dang Cute… ReRe” and brought a powerful message, which included humor and practical advice on what it takes to be successful in life. She also shared interesting statistics on how education can make a difference in the amount of income a person can expect to earn compared to individuals with no formal education after high school.
The scholarship committee, including members Renee Mojet and Robert Bright, said they were very pleased and excited with the outstanding caliber of applications received this year. Three dynamic senior high students were selected to receive scholarships and they all attend South Side High School. Each of the students has selected had a grade point average of 3.68 or higher and are very active in school activities and community service. During the program each of the students read their personal statement and essay on “What Veterans Day Means to Me.”
The students selected to receive scholarships are:
• Brittni Clopton, who plans to attend Indiana University to major in bio-chemistry;
• Gavin Williams, who has been accepted at Indiana University and plans to major in chemistry and pre-med, and
• Alyssa Wolverton, who plans to attend Tulane University and will major in political science and pre-law.
Commander Booker and ALR Director Edwards congratulated the students and presented each of the scholarship winners with a certificate of achievement and encouraged them to be all they can be. They said the overall program was a success and they are extremely proud to be able to recognize students in our community who are doing so well.
Charles C. Anderson American Legion Post 148 sponsors various scholarships to further the education of our youth, and provides financial assistance to many worthy community projects (YMCA, feed the hungry programs, Youth Fishing Club, MLK Club Inc., weekly exercise classes for the public and members, etc.) and programs initiated by the National American Legion (health fairs for veterans, donations to veterans organizations, etc.).
The American Legion Riders promote and support the programs of the American Legion through service to the community, state and nation. They also provide a social atmosphere for American Legion members interested in motorcycle riding and participating in parades, ceremonies, motorcycle round ups and many other motorcycle events. If you are interested in motorcycle riding and being a member of the American Legion Riders, contact Director Bennie Edwards at (260) 760-6867.
Chair Sheryl Edwards is chair of the American Legion Post 148 Scholarship Committee.