American Legion honors students

— Local students were presented with certificates in recognition of outstanding character traits during a recent program.

American Legion Post No. 57 presented its “American Legion School Award” to a boy and girl from each schools “graduating” class.

Grandview High School recipients are Andreanna Cervantes and Manuel Arias Silva. Honorable mention certificates were presented to Alfonso Granados and Areesa Trevino.

Grandview Middle School recipients were Lauren Vargas and Hector Garcia. Honorable mention certificates were presented to Fernando Medina and Jazzell Tovar.

Thompson School recipients are Luis Vaquera and Liliana Espindola. An honorable mention certificate went to Cooper Kleinow.

McClure School recipients are Sophia Gonzales and Logan Williams.

The school was also presented with a plaque as the top fundraiser for the Post’s Penny-a-Day program, a portion of which is used to fund these awards.

“Because students must possess each of the six traits, it often is not awarded to top academic achievers,” Post Cmdr. Robert Gates said. “We have had several students who were stunned they received the award since they view themselves as invisible in their class.

“It is fun to watch their surprise. We thought one was going to pass out.”

The American Legion School Award consists of a certificate and large gold medallion. It recognizes courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service.

“We tell the honorees to display that medallion the rest of their lives,” Gates said. “It is widely recognized and respected across the U.S.”

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