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Billy Michal Student Leadership Award 2022 Nominations Open

New Orleans, February 11, 2022- The Billy Michal Student Leadership Award is given annually to one student from each state and the District of Columbia who demonstrates the American Spirit in their community.

Nominees must be in grades 8–12 and should have a strong record of volunteerism, school and/or community activism, or implementing creative solutions to recognized problems. Nominators can be teachers, coaches, clergy or community members. All student nominations must be received by Friday, March 18, 2022.

Selected awardees and a parent or chaperone will travel to New Orleans—travel and accommodations provided—to be recognized as part of The National WWII Museum's American Spirit Awards on June 9–10, 2022.


The 2022 Billy Michal Student Leadership Awards

The Billy Michal Student Leadership Award is presented annually to one student from each state and the District of Columbia who demonstrates the American spirit in his or her community. The values of leadership, teamwork, tolerance, creativity, and perseverance can and should be learned and lived by all Americans regardless of age.

When six-year-old Billy Michal from Zimmerman, Louisiana, helped his one-room school win a statewide scrap metal collection contest during World War II, he understood that every citizen—no matter how small—could contribute to our victory in the war. His example, and the actions of millions of other students on the Home Front, reminds us that service to country and community helps create active, engaged citizens. Through this award, the Museum promotes these values to students nationwide and honors those who exemplify them.

The Museum is currently taking nominations from across the country for these awards. Nominees should have a strong record of volunteerism, school and/or community activism, or implementing creative solutions to recognized problems. Selected awardees and a parent or chaperone will travel to New Orleans to be recognized as part of the Museum's American Spirit Awards on June 9–10, 2022. Student leaders will:

  • Be invited to The National WWII Museum in New Orleans and attend the American Spirit Leadership Luncheon and Forum.
  • Participate in a Q&A session with American Spirit Award recipients.
  • Be featured on the Museum’s American Spirit Award website.
  • Receive recognition during the American Spirit Awards Luncheon.
  • Represent their state during the American Spirit Awards.
  • Have their travel and accommodations paid for by The National WWII Museum

Help Us Select This Year's Recipients Do you know a student in 8th to 12th grade from your state who demonstrates the values of leadership, teamwork, tolerance, creativity, and perseverance with a strong record for volunteerism, activism, or implementing creative solutions to recognized problems? Nominate them for the Billy Michal Student Leadership Award.

Click Here for more Info and Nomination Link

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