LOCK?HAVEN - William Marshall Crawford American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit No. 131 members held their Americanism awards program on April 15 at the Lock Haven American Legion.
Americanism chairman, Carol Wert Walker, along with Sandi Miller, ALA district president of the Department of Pennsylvania, presented Americanism certificates and awards to eight Americanism essay winners and two eighth grade Americanism award winners.
Each winner was presented with a red poppy, a "Light Of Liberty" comic book and an American flag.
Shown, sitting, are Carl Olshefskie, Wayne Walker, Mike Brunner, Tom Gordon, Kelly Griffith and Jim Fiedler. Second row, from left, are Jonathan Hart, Abbey Wolfe, Kylie Swartz, Victoria Parker, Pam Bridgens, Cooper Confer, Colton McCloskey, Maegan Miller and Carol Wert Walker. Back row, from left, are Kyla Waite, Lana Weaver, Jamie Strunk, Michelle Fickes, Georgia Bates, Rachel Garner, Jolee McCluskey and Dori Schenck. Missing from photo are Marissa Coleman and Rebecca Gugino.
Carl Olshefskie, 16th district commander of the American Legion, Department of Pennsylvania presented the POW/MIA remembrance service award. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Crystol Confer sang the national anthem.
Wert Walker shared the red poppy story and why the poppy has been adopted as a national symbol of sacrifice.
Members of the Jersey Shore honor guard did a presentation on the 13 folds of the American flag and what they represent.
They were Wayne Walker, Mike Brunner, Tom Gordon, Kelly Griffith and Jim Fiedler. Dean Wetzler donated American flags for the Americanism award winners.
Americanism essay contestants read their essays: "How Can I Show My Pride In Being An American?"
Eighth grade Americanism awards, "Light Of Liberty" comic books and American flags were presented to Maegan Miller, daughter of Jay and Nicole Miller and Georgia Bates, daughter of Panda Young.
Americanism essay winners were in Class I: first place - Abbey Wolfe, daughter of Amy and Neil Wolfe, third grade, Mill Hall Elementary School; second place - Colton McCloskey, son of Shannon and Eric McCloskey, fouth grade, of Liberty Curtin Elementary School; third place - Cooper Confer, son of Terry and Joelene Confer fourth grade, Liberty-Curtin Elementary.
Liberty-Curtain Elementary teachers are Michelle Fickes and Lana Weaver, Mill Hall Elementary teacher is Jonathan Hart.
Class II: first place - Victoria Parker, daughter of Peter and Melissa Parker, fifth grade, Liberty Curtain Elementary; second place - Kylie Swartz, daughter of Garrett and Brenda Swartz, fifth grade, Liberty-Curtin Elementary; third place - Kyla Waite, daughter of Jerry and Katrina Waite These, fifth grade, Liberty-Curtin Elementary. Class II students are students of Pam Bridgens, Jamie Strunk and Michelle Fickes.
Class III: first place - Jolee McCluskey, daughter of Joseph and Wendy McCluskey, eighth grade, Central Mountain Middle School. Proctor is her teacher.
Class IV: first place - Rachel Garner, daughter of Ronald and Cindy Garner, ninth grade, Central Mountain High School. Her teacher is Pamela Temons.
Class V: first place - Marissa Coleman, 12th grade, Bucktail Area High School.
All students, who participated in the Americanism essay competition received a certificate and a "Light Of Liberty" comic book.
Students' family members and teachers were invited guests, along with Sandi Miller, ALA department of Pennsylvania district president of Centre, Lycoming and Clinton counties; Clare Mersinger, Centre, Lycoming and Clinton County council president from Coburn; Carl Olshefskie, and members of the Jersey Shore honor guard.
Also present with two Americanism students were two grandparents who had received American Legion Americanism awards more than 60 years ago. One was Rachel Garner's grandfather, William Garner and the other was Maegan Miller's grandmother, Elaine Miller, who displayed her Americanism medal.
Light refreshments were served at the conclusion of the awards program.
ALA Unit No. 131 members who assisted Carol Wert Walker with the program were Althea Watkins, Sharon Coleman, Janice Peese, Shirley Lyons, Dot Thiel, Ruth Bowmaster, Tammy Hawkins, Crystol Confer, Ruby Wagner, Linda Womeldorf, Stephanie Stover, Shu Probst and ALA unit president, Dori Schenck.
ALA Unit No. 131 members will have their Poppy Days May 4, 9, 24 and 25.
The next ALA Unit No. 131 meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 20 at the Lock Haven American Legion.