March 29, 2012

2012 Scholarship of Honor Presentation Dates

Almost all of the Scholarship of Honor presentation dates have been set!  Please see if there is one in your area:

Joel Gentz: Purdue University, IN--April 20

Sal Giunta: JFK High School, Cedar Rapid, IA—May 1, 6:30 pm

General George S. Patton: Pilsen Czech Republic,-- May 5

Matt Atkinson Community SOH: Green Bay East, WI—May 14, 7:00pm

Danny Dietz: Heritage High School, Littleton CO--May 14, 6:30pm

Joe Welke: Rapid City Stevens High School, SD-- May 14, 7:00pm

James Cathey: Reno High School, NV-- May 16, 7:00pm

Ron Sager: Fox Valley Lutheran High School, WI--May 16, 9:00am

John Bradley: Appleton West High School, WI-- May 16, 6:30pm

Isaiah Hunt: Bayport High School, WI-- May 18, 9:00am

Andrew Brownfield: North High School Akron, OH –May 18, 8:30am

Robert Foley: United States Military Academy, West Point NY-- May 22, 2:30pm

Len Keller: Auburn High School, Rockford IL--May 22nd

Ryan Jerabek: Pulaski High School auditorium, WI-- May 23, 8:30am

Ben Edinger: Green Bay West High School, WI-- May 23, 6:00pm

Brent Vroman: Omro High School, WI May 23, 6:00pm

Kyle Hemauer: Chilton High School, WI-- May 23, 7:00pm

Ken Hess: Reynolds High School, Asheville NC--May 25 7:00pm

Jesse Thiry: Luxemburg-Casco High School, WI-- May 25, 9:00am

Ken Stumpf, Elmer Burr: Menasha High School, WI—May 29, 9:30am

Nichole Frye: Lena High School, WI-- May 30, 7:30pm

Eric McColley: Gettysburg High School, PA-- May 30, 7:00pm

Mike Colalillo: Denfeld High School, MN—May 31, 7:00pm

Tom Hudner: EAA-Airventure, Oshkosh, WI-- July 24, 6:00pm

Nainoa Hoe: 1Lt Nainoa K. Hoe Battle Command Training Center, Schofield Barracks, HI August 28

March 12, 2012

The Coveted Green Jacket!

Every signature represents a chapter in Masters history.  Each champion of the greatest golf tournament played today has been awarded their own coveted Green Jacket.   30 of them have signed this one.

You now have an opportunity to own this piece of history, and at the same time help deserving students fulfill their dreams of a higher education. 

For more details on how you can help continue the dream and at the same time own this piece of American history, please contact Doug LaViolette at 920-655-4098. 

March 7, 2012

Medal of Honor Recipient shares selfless passion at JFK High School

It had been over 40 years since a living Medal of Honor recipient was awarded our nation's highest military honor. SSG Sal Giunta was the first living recipient of the 911 Generation to earn the Medal of Honor for his actions on October 25, 2007.

We are proud to announce the first annual Sal Giunta Scholarship of Honor will be awarded in May. It will be our first scholarship established in Iowa.

The Sal Giunta Scholarship of Honor will be awarded annually at his alma mater, John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The scholarship will honor the soldiers he tried to save, Sgt. Josh Brennan and Spc. Hugo Mendoza. It will continue Sal's legacy and allow Sgt. Brennan and Spc. Mendoza's spirit to live on.

"I think helping people is a noble and honorable thing and I want to be as much a part of it as I can," said Giunta on the Scholarship of Honor being established at JFK High.

Staff Sgt. Giunta is a genuine American hero who was humbled about accepting the Medal of Honor from President Obama in 2010. He is committed to saluting the two fallen warriors who died that day.

Sgt Joshua Brennen graduated high school in 2003 in Ontario. He spent his summers living with his father in McFarland, WI.
This was his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. Sgt. Brennan was awarded the Bronze Star for valor during his first tour of duty. He also received a Purple Heart after being shot in the leg in August 2007. 
SSG Giunta was tight with Sgt. Brennan; they trained together and traveled around Italy, where they were based... "He was athletic, smart, funny, always someone you could count on."

Spc. Hugo Mendoza was an avid churchgoer who dreamed of becoming a firefighter, He graduated from Trevor Browne High School in 1997 and enlisted as an Army Medic in 2005. 

With a big smile and instinctive tendency toward helping those in need, he deployed to Europe and then to the Middle East with his unit, he would make sure to call his mom in Detroit whenever he could.

SSG Giunta comments, "He truly cared about other people more than he did about himself." And, as a bonus: "He knew the best jokes."