Alaska student gets national award for leadership and volunteerism
South Anchorage High School student Riley Cravens is being honored with a national award for her community activism and leadership.
Cravens is the 2019 Billy Michal Student Leadership Award recipient from Alaska.
Every year, the National WWII Museum in New Orleans recognizes one student from every state and the District of Columbia for their community service and ability to come up with creative solutions to problems.
According to a statement from the museum, Cravens is an enthusiastic, dedicated and organized student, who contributed to her fellow students, community and country.
She has served as captain of her swim and cross-country running teams, as well as a volunteer with the Special Olympics and her church. At age 13, she was the vice president of marketing for a Junior Achievement business.
Cravens will be flown to New Orleans for the museum's American Spirit Awards program taking place May 22-23.
According to the museum, the leadership award was created to honor a child named Billy Michal who worked on a scrap paper collection contest for his school during World War II when he was only 6 years old.
Other people being honored at the museum's gala this year include former Vice President Dick Cheney and former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman.
Organizers say the award is not a monetary scholarship.
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