Henderson High School student presented with Service Award
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.”
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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.