Anacostia High School student honored with national award for leadership and volunteerism
The National WWII Museum in New Orleans has named local student Andre Davis of Anacostia High School as a 2018 Billy Michal Student Leadership Award recipient. The national honor is awarded annually to one student in every state who has maintained a strong record of volunteerism, demonstrates school and community activism, and helps implement creative solutions to recognized problems. Each honoree will be flown to New Orleans to participate in the Museum’s American Spirit Awards program taking place June 7 and 8.
The leadership award, which the Museum first presented in 2017, was created in honor of Billy Michal, who was a child living in Louisiana during World War II. At only six years old, Michal helped his one-room school win a statewide scrap paper-collection contest during the war, proving that every citizen could contribute to victory. Michal’s achievement demonstrated the positive impact the American spirit could have on the Home Front war efforts, and he continues to inspire students across America today.
“It’s extremely gratifying to recognize students throughout the nation for the wonderful contributions they make to their local communities,” said Stephen J. Watson, President & CEO at The National WWII Museum. “During World War II, our country needed everyone to come together for a common goal of securing freedom and democracy around the world. Much like Billy Michal’s contribution over 70 years ago, our student honorees prove that their positive actions, no matter how big or small, can make a difference in their communities. We are proud to honor their accomplishments.”
Andre is active with helping other peers in his community and has worked with his local Concerned Black Med, Inc D.C. chapter, tutoring area youth. He has also served as a tutor with Reach Incorporated helping children excel in their reading and math skills. Andre also shares his love of athletics with others and has managed both the girls and boys varsity basketball teams at his high school. He plans to major in sports medicine and business at South Carolina State University in the fall.
The National WWII Museum’s American Spirit Awards – presented by Hancock Whitney – is as multiday event consisting of a patron reception, premier gala, and awards luncheon and leadership forum, which is where the Billy Michal students will receive their awards. In addition to the Billy Michal winners, the recipients of the Museum’s American Spirit Award, American Spirit Medallion and Silver Service Medallion will be honored throughout the event. The 2018 American Spirit Award honorees include Senator John McCain, actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise and WWII veteran Maurice “Hank” Greenberg.
Proceeds from the American Spirit Awards will support educational programming at The National WWII Museum, including the ongoing development of classroom materials and professional development opportunities for teachers in schools across the country, as well as online experiences that bring the Museum and its resources to students around the world.
For American Spirit Awards ticket information and additional event details, visit americanspiritawards.org or call 504-528-1944 ext. 334.
For the third consecutive year, Giant Food will be the title sponsor of the annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle, Washington D.C.’s tastiest summer festival, taking place on Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th. The award-winning festival benefiting the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and Capital Area Food Bank is one of the largest and most popular food and music festivals in the country, welcoming over 100,000 fans annually.
The two-day event, located at the iconic National Mall on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 3rd and 7th Streets, will offer attendees live music, tasty barbecue food, cooking demonstrations and competitions, celebrity appearances, representatives from local professional sports teams and a variety of unique exhibits and special attractions.
“We are thrilled to be returning as the title sponsor for this year’s Annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle,” said Gordon Reid, President of Giant Food. “Our local communities and barbecue fans from all over look forward to this annual celebration to kick-off summer and we anticipate another successful weekend that will help raise money for USO-Metro and supply plenty of food to the Capital Area Food Bank.”
The Taste of Giant Sampling Pavilion and Giant Local Flavors Tent will offer free BBQ and grilled food samples throughout the weekend. Countless popular BBQ restaurants from across the country will also be in attendance serving up a variety of options. The celebrated Giant National Barbecue Championship Cooking Contest will feature barbecue legends competing side-by-side with other chefs and teams from around the country. Attendees can also sample and vote for top military chefs cooking off in the Military Chef Contest.
Musical highlights across the three stages this year include The Plain White T’s, Back Yard Band “BYB”, Experience Unlimited “EU” featuring Sugar Bear, reggae with See-I, international jazz recording artist Marcus Johnson and many more. This year’s special attractions will include Johnsonville’s Big Taste “World’s Largest” Grill, the Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, the Mr. Peanut Tour, the Comcast Techno Pavilion and more.
Tickets to the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle will be sold at the entrance gate and are currently on sale online. All Giant Food stores are also offering a buy one, get one free admission coupon. Children 12 years old-or-under can enter for free when accompanied by an adult. To learn more about Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle and to purchase tickets, visit http://bbqindc.com.