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Spearfish students receive National Good Deed, Young Hero awards

December 3, 2018

SPEARFISH — This fall, the Spearfish Unit 164 of the American Legion Auxiliary presented National Good Deed Awards and Young Hero Awards to 22 Spearfish students.

These awards are one of the American Legion Auxiliary Children and Youth program, Auxiliary President Micheline Nelson explained. Each unit may submit names and descriptions of children good deeds in the school or community. The submissions are reviewed at the state level before they are forwarded to the national American Legion Auxiliary Children and Youth Chairman.

“Over the summer, we received the certificates for each student,” Nelson said.

The first awards were presented at Creekside Elementary at the end of October. The students in Carlene Burke’s fourth-grade class received an award for their T-shirt fundraiser for homeless veterans; Kenzie Lawlar, who went to the David M. Dorsett Healthcare Center to give presents to veterans; students in Brianna Schmidt’s and Diane Wendt’s third-grade classes who collected items for veterans at the Cornerstone Rescue Mission. In addition, Jobie Manke and Emmarie Smoot received Young Hero Awards.

At the end of November, 12 awards were presented at a middle school assembly. The Spearfish Middle School Student Council, Sydnee Lawlar, Gracie Larson, Lily Simek, Maddy Reece, Brianna Dietrich, Aly Wilde, Callie Wince, Elizabeth VanOsdohl, and ninth-graders Natalie Dean, Karstin DuPont, and Jaydah Wickenhagen, received awards.

The last group of young awardees will receive their awards after the holidays. “Volunteering at the Special Olympics, serving meals to the Legion members at their monthly meeting, collecting toiletries and warm clothes for the homeless veterans, and visiting the veterans at the David M. Dorsett Healthcare Center, and distributing gifts for Christmas, were some of the good deeds recognized,” Nelson said.

Created in 2002 by the National Children and Youth Committee, these awards are presented annually throughout the year to recognize the heroism and helpfulness of youths under age 18. In the past three years, more than 250 Youth Hero and Good Deed awards have been presented to deserving youth.

More information about the awards is available at alaforveterans.org/Awards/Youth-Hero-Good-Deed-Awards/.

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