Hen­der­son High School stu­dent pre­sented with Ser­vice Award

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - COMMUNITY -

Hen­der­son High School se­nior Kyle Hicks was pre­sented with the in­au­gu­ral First Lieu­tenant Travis Man­ion & Cor­po­ral Michael Crescenz Award Sept. 23 dur­ing half­time of the Army-Navy Cup at Talen En­ergy Sta­dium in Ch­ester.

The award is given to two re­gional high school soc­cer play­ers, one male and one female, who ex­hibit the same qual­i­ties as First Lieu­tenant Man­ion and Cor­po­ral Crescenz – men who ex­em­pli­fied self­less ser­vice, lived lives of sub­stance, and gave their lives de­fend­ing the United States.

Hicks was nom­i­nated for the award by Sean Ryan, his soc­cer coach at Hen­der­son High School. “While part of the rea­son I nom­i­nated Kyle was re­lated to the traits he demon­strates on the soc­cer field, I mainly nom­i­nated Kyle on the mer­its of his work with the An­drew L. Hicks, Jr. Foun­da­tion,” said Ryan. The Foun­da­tion hon­ors Kyle’s late brother, An­drew, and was es­tab­lished to fur­ther his pas­sion for ser­vice work in Ch­ester. “Kyle will of­ten spend more time in Ch­ester on the week­ends than he does at his home in West Ch­ester,” added Ryan.

In ad­di­tion to his work with the foun­da­tion, Hicks ex­cels in the class­room as well as on the soc­cer field, where he serves as a role model for his peers and team­mates. He hopes to con­tinue to serve in the fu­ture on an even big­ger scale – he is an of­fi­cial can­di­date for con­sid­er­a­tion at the U.S. Naval Academy, with po­ten­tial en­roll­ment be­gin­ning next fall.

“I am hon­ored to re­ceive an award that is given in mem­ory of such coura­geous Amer­i­cans,” said Hicks. “In ad­di­tion, I am hon­ored to be rec­og­nized for the work that I have done through the foun­da­tion that my fam­ily started in mem­ory of my late brother, An­drew L. Hicks Jr., whose goal was to pro­mote so­cial jus­tice by help­ing un­der-priv­i­leged youth in the city of Ch­ester, PA. Ac­cept­ing the award on the field at Talen En­ergy Sta­dium dur­ing half­time was like none other, and I am truly hon­ored to be rec­og­nized for my ac­com­plish­ments.”

El­iz­a­beth Lentz, a ju­nior at Ox­ford Area High School, was the other re­cip­i­ent of the award. “Out of the many qual­i­fied nom­i­nees, the com­mit­tee feels that El­iz­a­beth and Kyle best ex­em­plify the spirit of Travis and Michael and live by the ‘If Not Me Then Who’ motto,” said Rob Bender, di­rec­tor of Ad­vance­ment at the Travis Man­ion Foun­da­tion. “Their self­less­ness and com­mu­nity ser­vice is ad­mirable and some­thing we hope other young peo­ple aspire to.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Tracey Duk­ert, Dig­i­tal Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Co­or­di­na­tor, West Ch­ester Area School District at 484-266-1170 or tduk­ert@wcasd.net.

At the pre­sen­ta­tion are (from left) Cmdr. Vaas, USN; Col. Tom Man­ion USMC (Ret.), fa­ther of Travis Man­ion; Kyle Hicks; El­iz­a­beth Lentz; Joe Crescenz, brother of Michael Crescenz; and Lt. Col. Croot, USA.

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