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-- Paul Chris Turner '81
Jefferson City, MO

Press Release

October 19, 2010

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RUSSELL(WARRENSBURG, MO) – Derik Robert Brandon Russell, Waverly, MO is a little more at ease about paying for his college education these days.  Russell was one of ten students nationwide awarded the 2010 Samsung American Legion Scholarship in Indianapolis at the National Convention during September.  Each Samsung Scholar receives a $20,000 scholarship to be applied toward their college education at the school of their choice.  The ten students emerged from a list of nearly 100 finalists nationwide.  The American Legion National Committee on Education with participation from the Samsung Corporation selected the recipients based on their academic record, involvement in school and community activities, and financial need.  Eligibility for scholarships requires students to be direct descendants (or legally adopted children) of U.S. wartime veterans who are eligible for American Legion membership.  Russell was eligible for the scholarship by virtue of his participation in The American Legion Boys State of Missouri held in Warrensburg this past June and by his grandfather’s service during the Korean War.  Russell was selected as the Missouri Boys State Samsung finalist from approximately 170 applicants.

Russell is currently a senior at Santa Fe High School and the son of Brandon and Melissa Russell.  He is the grandson of the late Robert Plackemeier who served with the Army during the Korean War.  His participation at Missouri Boys State was made possible through a sponsorship from the American Legion Post 478 - Blackburn.  During the 2010 session of Missouri Boys State, Russell was a citizen of Carnahan City and a member of the Nationalist Party; participated in the Law School; passed the bar examination; and served as an Attorney and as a Delegate to the State Convention, Ward III.  He also opened a business, D&D Legal Aid, and was on the ballot for Municipal Judge.

The Samsung Group, an international electronics company, endowed a scholarship fund of $5 million to be administered by The American Legion, to show appreciation to U.S. veterans who came to the aid of Korea during its struggle against communist forces during the Korean War.  The size and number of scholarships awarded each year is dependent upon the amount of income derived from the fund.  To date, the scholarship has awarded more than $4 million to nearly 1,400 applicants, making it the largest college scholarship the Legion awards.  The full list of 2010 winners includes: 

Mary Asma - Belgium, WI; Cedar Grove-Belgium High School
Molly Cain - Seaford, DE; Seaford High School
Spencer Farley - Lincoln, NE; Lincoln Lutheran High School
Joshua Foerst - Streetsboro, OH; Streetsboro High School
Samantha Lessen - Alexandria, LA; Holy Savior Menard High School
Adam Logeman - St. Cloud, MN Apollo High School
Derik Russell - Waverly, MO; Santa Fe High School
Sean Stanko - Chula Vista, CA; Eastlake High School
Zachary Tally - Spartanburg, SC; Boiling Springs High School
Sarah Vogel - Livonia, NY; Livonia Central School

The American Legion Boys State of Missouri, Inc. is a not-for-profit leadership and citizenship training program for young men who have finished their junior year in high school and have exhibited outstanding character and leadership ability.  Boys State is held in June each year on the campus of University of Central Missouri and is sponsored primarily by The Missouri American Legion with significant help from various businesses, service clubs, individuals, and community organizations.  Learn more about the American Legion Boys State of Missouri at www.moboysstate.org or call 1-877-342-5627.


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