American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary
Honor Delaware Youth Award Winners


      Left to right:
      Vyshnavi Kosigishroff, Cullen Kisner, Jennifer Beck, Aaron Spock, and Michael Devine
      Sitting: Natalie Nwanekwu and Shreyas Parab Not in Photo: Steven Ferrandino and Joel Turk

Ten Delaware Youths were honored at the American Legion (TAL) and the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Department Convention on July 13th 2017 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. The Department of Delaware’s Boys State and Girls State Directors, Lyman Brenner and Lisa McCarley introduced the 2017 Boys Nation Senators – Michael Devine of Archmere High School and Steven Ferrandino of Caesar Rodney high School; Girls Nation Senators – Jennifer Beck of Middletown High School and Vshnavi Kosigishroff of Newark Charter School; Boys and Girls State Governors – Shreyas Parab of Archmere Academy and Natalie Nwanekwu of Newark Charter School; Samsung Scholarship winners – Connor Wagaman of Concord High School and Cullen Kisner of Caesar Rodney High School; Delaware Oratorical Winner – Shreyas Parab of Archmere Academy; Delaware’s Eagle Scout of the Year – Aaron Spock of Brandywine High School: and the American Legion Baseball Academic Scholarship winner – Joel Turk of Charter School of Wilmington.

For nearly a century, The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and The Sons of The American Legion have worked, side by side, promoting patriotism and national security while supporting youth and advocating for veterans and active-duty military. The American Legion Family believe education is vital to democracy, and that investing time and money to educate our youth is literally an investment in America’s future. Our Educational Programs involve fostering learning for children in our own communities, with our main focus on the children of military and veterans.

Delaware Boys State and Girls State are programs designed to teach high school juniors responsible citizenship and love for God and Country. During this amazing week, students are immersed in learning about the political process from dedicated volunteers, making sure the programs’ nonpartisan governmental, patriotic and civic objectives are carried out. The Legion Oratorical Scholarship Program is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States by high school students. Other objectives of these Legion Family Programs are to develop leaders. All Legion Family Youth Programs stress leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.

For God and country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.

Lisa McCarley
Delaware Girl State Director