Summit High School senior Steven Smolyn, third from right, is presented with the 2011 American Character Award by William Rapp, Commander of the American Legion Lindsey-Street Post #322. They are joined by, from left, Adam Kohlhof, Post #322 Adjutant; Miles MacMahon, Post #322 Awards Committee chair; Summit High School Principal Paul Sears, and Jim Woods, chair of the Summit High School Social Studies Department. The American Legion Post #322 chose Steven as the recipient of the award following an application and interview process.

The American Character Award, which is represented by a $1000 scholarship, recognizes a student’s academic accomplishments, participation in school sports, and outstanding volunteer efforts. The award also honors the memory of graduates of Summit High School who gave their lives in armed conflicts to defend America and to maintain opportunities for productive careers and lives of public service.

This photo was taken in front of the Summit High School memorial display, which honors graduates of the school who lost their lives while serving in the military. A certificate explaining the significance of the award and showing Steven as this year’s recipient will be added to the exhibit on the memorial wall.