Jackson Youth takes 3rd in American Legion Junior Air Rifle Championship

Richard Clark of Jackson earned third place in the 2018 American Legion 3-Position Junior Air Rifle Championship, Precision held July 24-29 at the USA Shooting range facility located at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Clark is a seasoned competitor who has participated in nearly 40 state, 10 regional, and now 4 national podiums.  This was his first time vying for The American Legion prize. 

Clark fired his first shots at the tender age of three, and began Olympic-style shooting at eight.  Competitions began in the eighth-grade.  His home range is the Jackson County Sportsman Club, the co-sponsors of his trek to the recent competition along with American Legion Post 550 in Onsted.  He begins his study of kinesiology this fall at the University of Kentucky with the hopes of becoming a physical therapist or physician assistant.  Clark will attend on both academic and athletic scholarships from the university, and is on the school’s Rifle Team.

The American Legion Junior Shooting is a gun safety education and marksmanship program that encompasses the basic elements of safety, education, enjoyment and competition.  Shooters use the .177 caliber air rifle.  Competitive shooting is a sport that creates an equal playing field for all.  Males and females can participate, and disabled youth are encouraged to join. 

The American Legion

The American Legion, chartered by Congress in 1919, is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members in 12,875 posts in communities across America. The American Legion, Department of Michigan awards nearly $10,000 in scholarships annually to Michigan youth through programs such as Scouting, Boys State, Girls State, Oratorical Contest, Legion Baseball, and various other scholarship opportunities. These students are also eligible for scholarships up to $20,000 each at the national level with The American Legion.

Farmington Hills student named Michigan Samsung Scholarship finalist

 

Justin D. Baker, a North Farmington High School senior, was named as The American Legion, Department of Michigan Boys State Samsung Scholarship nominee.  Baker attended Michigan Boys State in June along with 250 other incoming Michigan senior high school students to participate in the hands-on civic camp where they learn the democratic process.

The scholarship was established in 1996 by worldwide electronics leader Samsung in order to show appreciation for U.S. veterans who came to Korea’s aid during its struggle against communist forces in the Korean War.  The American Legion administers the fund and to date more than $5.5 million has been awarded to approximately 2,069 applicants.  To be eligible an applicants must be a delegate to an American Legion Boys State program and be a descendant of a war-time era veteran.

Baker’s grandfather was a Korean War veteran.  Baker is an Eagle Scout, a member of the National Honor Society, and has been a member of Farmington’s Mayors Youth Council.  He is also active in his high school’s track program and is a Lifeguard at the Farmington YMCA.  His awards include the Mathematics Department Award and the English Department Award at North Farmington High School.  Baker plans on a career in computer science.

The American Legion Samsung Scholarship winners are selected according to academic record and involvement in school and community service.  Ten National Scholars receive $10,000 each, ten National Runners-Up receive $5,000 each, and the remaining Department Finalists receive $1,250 each guaranteed.  The awards will be presented at The American Legion 100th National Convention taking place in Minneapolis August 24-30. 

The American Legion

The American Legion, chartered by Congress in 1919, is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members in 12,875 posts in communities across America. The American Legion, Department of Michigan awards nearly $10,000 in scholarships annually to Michigan youth through programs such as Scouting, Boys State, Girls State, Oratorical Contest, Legion Baseball, and various other scholarship opportunities. These students are also eligible for scholarships up to $20,000 each at the national level with The American Legion.

Baseball athletes carry skills, sportsmanship and active citizenship to college

American Legion Baseball, Department of Michigan, announced the recipients of two scholarships at its 2018 Class AA State Tournament held July 26-28 in Sault Ste. Marie.  The scholarships are awarded yearly to American Legion Baseball team member applicants for their academic achievements, community involvement, and athletic achievements both in skill and sportsmanship.    

2018 State Commander Brett Holt with the Michigan Diamond Scholarship recipient Andrew Hribar.

Andrew Hribar, a graduating senior from Adrian High School, is the Department of Michigan’s pick to compete for The American Legion All-Academic Team sponsored by Diamond Sports. 

Hribar, who will study sports management at Adrian College, is recognized as a quiet leader who has been active in several sports throughout high school.  He volunteered at Alexander Elementary teaching, reading to, and mentoring kindergarten and first-grade students.  Hribar played Legion Baseball for four years on the Adrian Post 275 team and plans on playing college baseball at Adrian. 

 

Clark Nelson receives the Robert Turner Baseball Scholarship from Bryce and Brenda Turner. Bryce played Legion Baseball, and is the son of Robert Turner.

Clark Nelson, a graduating senior from Clinton High School, is this year’s recipient of the Robert Turner Baseball Scholarship. Nelson has been a member of the Adrian Post 275 team for two years. 

In addition to a high school sports career in three sports, he is a Special Olympics volunteer and also mentored a special needs elementary student each week.  Nelson will attend Jackson College, where he plans to major in finance and continue to play baseball. 

The Turner scholarship is named after Robert (Bob) Turner, who was born in 1922 in Woodsfield, Ohio, and moved to Crystal Mountain in 1935.  Turner served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II from 1942-1946.  He received a Good Conduct Medal, Pacific Star, and an Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal.  In the mid-1970s his oldest son Bryce played Michigan American Legion Baseball.  Turner supported the team by attending many of the games and was a life-long fan of baseball.  The

scholarship was established in honor of his life and memory and is meant to support and invest in young players as they seek to fulfill their dreams in the years ahead. 

There are 35 American Legion Baseball teams in Michigan, serving more than 500 players.  The American Legion, Department of Michigan awards nearly $10,000 in scholarships annually to Michigan youth through programs such as Scouting, Boys State, Girls State, Oratorical Contest, Legion Baseball, and various other scholarship opportunities. These students are also eligible for scholarships up to $20,000 each at the national level with The American Legion.

Three Trooper School students awarded Michigan American Legion scholarships

Three students were awarded scholarships from The American Legion, Department of Michigan, for their outstanding performances at the Student Trooper program held this week at the Michigan State Police Academy. 

Jade Richardson of East Tawas is the Outstanding Trooper of the Year and receives a $1,000 college scholarship. Devon Guth earned the Marksmanship award and the Student Trooper Class Orator Award, and will take home $1,000 total in scholarships.  He is from Weidman.  The Student Trooper Academic Award and a $500 scholarship goes to Levi Stevens of Davison.

Nearly 40 high school students from across the state graduated Friday, July 20, from the Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program set up by The American Legion so that students interested in a law enforcement career can have first-hand experience on the discipline it takes to become a Michigan State Trooper. 

In addition to daily physical exercise and inspections the students, ages 16-18, are given hands-on introduction and training in the areas of survival techniques, defensive tactics, firearms safety, precision driving, law enforcement technology, accident and criminal investigation and more. Michigan State Police Troopers impart discipline, leadership and teamwork skills throughout the classroom instruction and activities. 

The Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program was established in 1985 and takes place in more than 20 states.  The program provides first-hand experiences and insight into the operations of law enforcement agencies. The program also affords these highly motivated young people an opportunity to consider law enforcement as a potential career choice.  Several current Michigan State Troopers attended Trooper School as high school students.

Students get a taste of Trooper life

Nearly 40 high school students from across the state are spending the week at the Michigan State Police Academy in Lansing to experience the training and discipline it takes to become a Michigan State Trooper.  The American Legion, Department of Michigan, sponsors the week-long event taking place this year from July 15-20. 

In addition to daily physical exercise and inspections the students, ages 16-18, are given hands-on introduction and training in the areas of survival techniques, defensive tactics, firearms safety, precision driving, law enforcement technology, accident and criminal investigation and more. Michigan State Police Troopers impart discipline, leadership and teamwork skills throughout the classroom instruction and activities. 

The Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program was established in 1985 and takes place in more than 20 states.  The program provides first-hand experiences and insight into the operations of law enforcement agencies. The program also affords these highly motivated young people an opportunity to consider law enforcement as a potential career choice.  Several current Michigan State Troopers attended Trooper School as high school students. 

Scholarships are awarded to four students at graduation which takes place at the academy Friday, July 20, at 11:30 a.m.  The Outstanding Trooper of the Year receives $1,000, and $500 each is given to the Student Marksman, Student Class Orator, and the Student Academic award recipient.  The American Legion, Department of Michigan awards nearly $10,000 in scholarships annually to Michigan youth through programs such as Scouting, Boys State, Girls State, Oratorical Contest, Legion Baseball, and various other scholarship opportunities. These students are also eligible for scholarships up to $20,000 each at the national level with The American Legion.

Two high school students chosen to represent Michigan at Boys Nation in Washington, D.C.

Democracy in action provides students with experience
and education about the structure and operation of state and federal government

JULY 2, 2018 (LANSING, MICHIGAN) – Luke Froncheck, from Delton High School, and Dante J. Silva, from Northville High School, were elected to attend The American Legion Boys Nation program in Washington, D.C., that will take place July 20-28.  The two high school seniors were selected from more than 250 delegates from across the state who attended Michigan Boys State at Grand Valley State University in June.  The program activity provides young men with the opportunity to learn firsthand about what it means to be engaged in their community and participate in a democratic process. The American Legion has been administering the non-partisan Boys State program nationally since 1935 and this is the 80th year that Michigan youth have gathered for this important civic activity.  Boys Nation began in 1946.

Froncheck and Silva will arrive in our nation’s capital as “Senators” along with two delegates from each of 48 other states.  Boys State is billed as “A week that shapes a lifetime,” with Boys Nation offering an expanded experience to selected students.  The young lawmakers learn the proper method of handling bills according to U.S. Senate rules.  The week of government training also includes lectures, forums and visits to federal agencies, national shrines, institutions, memorials and historical sites. On Capitol Hill, Boys Nation senators meet with elected officials from their home states and meet the President of the United States.

The iconic photo of a young future President Bill Clinton shaking hands with then President John F. Kennedy highlights the power of Boys State and Boys Nation.  A number of graduates have been elected to public office or serve in prominent positions in business, the news industry, professional athletics, and the arts.  Alan Keyes, Richard Cheney, Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Brokaw, Steven Osusami, Michael Jordan, and Jon Bon Jovi are all Boys State graduates.

About The American Legion
The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members in 12,875 posts in communities across America. Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

Ann Arbor student awarded The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year for Michigan

Lawrence Eiden, Michigan’s 2018 American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year.

Lawrence Eiden, a graduate of Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, was recently awarded The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year in Michigan. Eiden began his Scouting career in 2005 as a Cub Scout at the age of 6.  He continued as a Cub Scout for four years, a Boy Scout for eight years, and was also part of a Venturing Crew for 2 of those years.  He became an Eagle Scout in 2014.  His numerous badges and awards include the prestigious Order of the Arrow and the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement, something less than 300 Scouts have earned in the history of Scouting.   Eiden, 18, was a member of Boys Scout Troop 27 in Ann Arbor.  As part of the award, he received a $1,000 educational scholarship.

Eiden’s Eagle Scout Project benefited homeless veterans in the Ann Arbor, Detroit and Toledo areas by producing and distributing emergency winter survival packages through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Ann Arbor.  He met with veterans from several American Legion and VFW posts while organizing and funding his project.  In addition to his Eagle Scout Project Eiden developed and managed a trail maintenance and conservation project for the Potawatomi Trail, and led a conservation project to survey the population of honey bees in Eberwhite Park.    

The American Legion’s support for Boy Scouts of America began at the Legion’s first national convention in 1919.   A century later, there are more than 2,500 American Legion posts nationwide that sponsor Scout units.  In Michigan, there are 70 Scout units sponsored by American Legion posts that serve nearly 2,000 youths between the ages of six and 18. 

Scouting Chairman Clyde Sinclair, the 2018 American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year for Michigan Lawrence Eiden, and 2018 State Commander Brett Holt.

The American Legion, Department of Michigan awards nearly $10,000 in scholarships annually to Michigan youth through programs such as Scouting, Boys State, Girls State, Oratorical Contest, Legion Baseball, and various other scholarship opportunities. These students are also eligible for scholarships up to $20,000 each at the national level with The American Legion. 

About The American Legion

The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members in 12,875 posts in communities across America. Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

Larry Quick of Harper Creek named Teacher of the Year

JULY 9, 2018 (LANSING, MICHIGAN) – Harper Creek Community School teacher Larry Quick received one of five Teacher of the Year awards June 22 from The American Legion at its 100th Annual Convention in Kalamazoo.  More than 80 teachers were nominated for the award that recognizes educators who stand out in Competence, Community Involvement, and School Involvement in programs that include Patriotism, Americanism, and Community Service.  

Quick is a lifelong resident of the Battle Creek area and attended Harper Creek Community Schools.  He has been a high school special education and physical education teacher for the district for the past 23 years.  In addition to mentoring the underrepresented students, he includes his students on field trips that serve to expand their horizons.  The Military Hall of Fame at Harper Creek High School, a project of Quick’s, displays the names of Harper Creek graduates who serve or have served in the military.  He leads classroom lessons on fallen veterans Pat Tillman and Harper Creek graduate SSgt. Michael A. Dickinson, II, and has worked to raise funds for Post 257 and scholarships.  

“Larry bleeds Red, White and Blue,” said Rob Ridgeway, Harper Creek Community School superintendent.

Five teachers are awarded annually by The American Legion, Department of Michigan, one in each of its five zones.  The other teachers recognized are Carla Young of Garden City Public Schools, George Lasecki of Sandusky Community Schools, Scott Doederlein of Gaylord Community Schools, and Cathy Hill of Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools. Each teacher is awarded a $500 grant for an education project of their choice.

In addition to recognizing the 2017-18 Firefighter of the Year, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Eagle Scout of the Year, and the Oratorical Contest winner, Legionnaires voted in 2018-19 Department Commander Steve Striggow and other department officers.  Medal of Honor recipient and keynote speaker Jim McCloughan was also named the Legionnaire of the Year.  

The American Legion
The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members in 12,875 posts in communities across America. Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

Carla Young of Garden City named American Legion Teacher of the Year

JULY 9, 2018 (LANSING, MICHIGAN) – Garden City school teacher Carla Young received one of five Teacher of the Year awards June 22 from The American Legion at its 100th Annual Convention in Kalamazoo.  More than 80 teachers were nominated for the award that recognizes educators who stand out in Competence, Community Involvement, and School Involvement in programs that include Patriotism, Americanism, and Community  Service.  

Young teaches at Farmington 5-6 Campus and has been with Garden City Public Schools for more than 19 years.  She works with students to create and send greeting cards to service members, coordinates the annual Flag Folding Ceremony at Farmington as well as has her class members enter The American Legion’s annual Poppy Poster contest.  Veterans at Ann Arbor VA Medical Center enjoy baked goods courtesy of Young’s class.  The Otto Miller, Jr., Post 396 promotes the award locally.

Five teachers are awarded annually by The American Legion, Department of Michigan, one in each of its five zones.  The other teachers recognized are Larry Quick of Lansing Community Schools, George Lasecki of Sandusky Community Schools, Scott Doederlein of Gaylord Community Schools, and Cathy Hill of Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools.  Each teacher is awarded a $500 grant for an education project of their choice.

In addition to recognizing the 2017-18 Firefighter of the Year, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Eagle Scout of the Year, and the Oratorical Contest winner, Legionnaires voted in 2018-19 Department Commander Steve Striggow and other department officers.  Medal of Honor recipient and keynote speaker Jim McCloughan was also named the Legionnaire of the Year.  

The American Legion
The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members in 12,875 posts in communities across America. Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

2018 American Legion Michigan Law Officer of the Year

Lawerence Burwell, Law & Order Subcommittee Chair; Sgt. David Gillem, 2018 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year; and Department of Michigan Commander Brett Holt.

JULY 11, 2018 (LANSING, MICHIGAN) – Sergeant David Gillem of Grand Rapids has been named The American Legion, Department of Michigan, 2017-18 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  The 18-year veteran of the Grand Rapids Police Department received the award at the organization’s 100th Annual Department Convention in Kalamazoo on June 22.

The Legion recognized Gillem for his distinguished public service career.  He was named GRPD’s Vice Unit Supervisor in 2017 and has been a Hostage Negotiator since 2007.  Gillem has received numerous awards for his efforts in both long-term cases and crisis situations.  Several successful outcomes in hostage situations are the result of his negotiating expertise.  His investigative skills, diligent analysis of data,  and keen ability to read situations and respond with great sensitivity and decisiveness has resulted in the saving of lives and making neighborhoods safer for the citizens and visitors of Grand Rapids.  

“Sgt. Gillem is a loyal and sharply-focused professional police officer who has made the City of Grand Rapids a safer community and thus has improved the quality of life for many of its citizens and visitors,” according to Captain Curt VanderKooi, Commander of the Investigative Division, GRPD.

Gillem earned a bachelor’s degree in Counseling from Southeastern University in 1995.  He was a police officer with the Holland Police Department for four years before joining the GRPD in 2000.

In addition to a long list of specialized training and numerous awards and recognition, Gillem has served in the community as a volunteer for several organizations including Degage Homeless Ministry and as a soccer coach.

The American Legion also recognized the 2017-18 Firefighter of the Year, five individuals as Teacher of the Year, Eagle Scout of the Year, and the Oratorical Contest winner.  Legionnaires also voted in 2018-19 Department Commander Steve Striggow and other department officers.  Medal of Honor recipient and keynote speaker Jim McCloughan was also named the Legionnaire of the Year.  

The American Legion
The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members in 12,875 posts in communities across America. Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.