Harrisburg A&PA Report
Kittanning, Dillsburg PA— Recruiters from Butler and Mechanicsburg Recruiting Stations will be presenting award certificates to the winners of the first-ever “Youth LDRSHIP Essay Contest” next week.
Sgt. Justin Meyers, from Butler Recruiting Station, will be busy presenting to both the first-place and second-place winners Jenn Hockenberry and Shannon Walker, both juniors at the Kittanning Senior High School. The presentation will be held during a class they share together.
Staff Sgt. Artis Goddard, from the Mechanicsburg Recruiting Station, will present the third-place winner John “Jack” Krimmel, a junior from Northern High School, during the school’s end-of-year awards ceremony.
Savings bonds were awarded to Hockenberry ($1,000), Walker ($500) and Krimmel ($300) to use for their post-secondary education.
The “Youth LDRSHIP Essay Contest” was sponsored by the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Keystone Pro Chapter.
Nearly 30 high school juniors and seniors throughout Pennsylvania answered how their high school experiences prepared them for their future goals. To answer the essay question, students had to include at least one of the Army’s Core Values – Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage – in short form LDRSHIP.
Hockenberry wrote the following in her essay about her dedication to help people and succeed in the world: “I’ve learned many important values like responsibility, time management and respect, but the most important thing that I think I have learned is duty and selfless service through my volunteer work.”
Titled “Lessons,” Walker described life as a rollercoaster and wrote: “Despite uncertainty, though, it’s also taught me to turn each corner with a smile.”
In his essay, Krimmel wrote that his high school experiences have led him to pursue a career in music education after he graduates. The Core Values that he chose were loyalty and duty.
Representatives from Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion and SPJ Keystone Pro Chapter judged and administered the contest, which was open to juniors and seniors living in the battalion’s western and central Pennsylvania territory.