A Lincoln-Way Central junior and cadet in Air Force Junior ROTC will compete nationally in the Sons of the American Revolution essay contest.
Abigail Knippel won first place for her essay themed “How JROTC has prepared me to be a better citizen” in the Fox Valley chapter level contest as well as the state level contest on April 4.
The Sons of the American Revolution recognizes superior cadets for their leadership, academic performance and patriotism.
In her essay, Knippel wrote, “Leadership is a trait people say we need more of in our society. Whether it is a matter of a stronger leader, a more prepared leader, or a diplomatic leader, no one can argue that leadership is a hot topic in this day and age. Leadership is a quality possessed by those who have been molded by the exceptional leaders who have come before them; a superpower that helps an individual excel in all aspects of life.”
Knippel was awarded a bronze chapter medal and a check for $150 for winning at the chapter level and will be awarded the silver state medal, an engraved ceremonial sabre and a check for $1,000 for winning at the state level. The state awards were presented at a ceremony on May 11 in Springfield.
Should Knippel win at the national level, she would receive a national gold medal, $2,000 and up to $1,000 towards expenses to attend the National Convention presentation in July.