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Teens receive national scholarship for youth conference.

 

Through the sponsorship of the Robert H. Burns, American Legion Family Post 16 of Covington, Paige Duracher a senior who attends Mandeville High School; and Megan Bartley a senior who attends Covington High School are two of 60 students nationwide who were recently awarded a $400 National Scholarship to attend the American Legion Auxiliary’s “Americanism Youth Conference.”  They were chosen by National Headquarters on the basis of their individual student profile and essay entitled “America – Land of the Free Because of the Brave.”  They will serve as Louisiana’s delegates during this conference.  The conference will be held from March 13th through March 16th by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Penn.  Freedoms Foundation is a three-day program that lets students interact with experts on current issues of citizenship, tour Philadelphia and Valley Forge historic sites, and participate in seminars designed to develop leadership skills and deepen the participant’s understanding of the value of community service. 

 

Paige is an eight (8) year member of the Robert H. Burns, American Legion Junior Auxiliary Unit 16, attended the La. Girls State 2007 session and was elected to the City Council of Ascension City, Amite Parish.  Paige is an active member of Mandeville High School’s SADD, Pride, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, FCA, and Invisible Children organizations; and was the recipient of the Coach’s Award for four (4) years in a row for her outstanding performance in Cross Country.  Megan is a four (4) year member of the Robert H. Burns, American Legion Junior Auxiliary Unit 16 and served as Honorary Junior Auxiliary President 2006 – 2007, attended the La. Girls State 2007 session and was elected to the House of Representatives from Tangipahoa City, Tchefuncte Parish.  Megan is an active member of Covington High School’s HOSA and Foreign Language organizations; and Past President of Venture Crew 110.

 

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Photo:  Post 16 and Unit 16 presented the Delegates with financial assistance for their journey.  Left to right:  Unit 16 President Evie McNeese, Louisiana Delegates Duracher and Bartley, and Post 16 Commander Terry Sharp.

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