The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary
Honor Delaware Youth Award Winners

Left to right: William Nylander, Alexander Arellano, Matthew Etzrodt, Lian O’Connor, Hunder Rivera, McKenzie Melvin, Elana Montejo
Sitting: Cyrus Shanehses and Grace Collins

 Nine Delaware Youths were honored at The American Legion (TAL) and the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Department Convention on July 7th 2016 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.

The Department of Delaware’s Boys State and Girls State Directors, Lyman Brenner and Lisa McCarley introduced the 2016

  • Boys Nation Senators – Alexander Arellano of Middletown High School and Matthew Etzrodt of Archmere Academy
  • Girls Nation Senators – McKenzie Melvin of Caesar Rodney High School and Elana Montejo of Smyrna High School
  • Boys and Girls State Governors – Cyrus Shanehsaz and Grace Collins, both of Caesar Rodney High School
  • Samsung Scholarship winners – William Nylander of Middletown High School and Grace Collins of Caesar Rodney High School
  • Delaware Oratorical Winner and Delaware’s Eagle Scout of the Year – Liam O’Conner also of Caesar Rodney High School
  • The American Legion Baseball Academic Scholarship winner – Hunter Rivera.

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.

Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women patriotic service organization. With a membership of nearly 800,000, local units have a strong presence in more than 9,500 communities nationwide. The ALA’s mission is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad.

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