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Jefferson City, MO

Press Release

July 2014
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Anthony Azzun, Citizen in 2014(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Anthony Dewayne Azzun, Bolivar, MO was selected as one of the approximately 98 national finalists for the Samsung American Legion National Scholarship at the annual Missouri American Legion State Convention held July 10-13 in Jefferson City.  Azzun was selected by the state scholarship committee of the Missouri American Legion from approximately 103 applicants.  Azzun will compete nationally for one of nine Samsung American Legion scholarships expected to total $20,000 each which will be awarded by The American Legion this fall.  By virtue of his selection as a national finalist, Azzun will receive a $1,100 scholarship, if not selected as a national winner.

Azzun was selected based on his school and community involvement, academic standing, financial need, and leadership skills.  Azzun will be a senior at Bolivar High School this fall and currently intends to major in music.  He intends to continue his education with the goal of obtaining a doctorate degree in music and becoming a professor at a university.  He believes preparing music teachers for elementary and high school education is an important step in enriching the lives of America’s youth.

At high school, he is a member of the National Honor Society;  Academic Team; Band; Choir; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Foreign Language Club; Future Business Leaders of America; and Student Council.  He is also a member of the Cross Country, Tennis and Track teams.  Azzun has earned both academic and athletic letters, is on the honor roll, and earned the National Science Merit Award.  In addition, he has won numerous district, regional, and state awards through his musical talents and excellence in business math (FBLA contest).  While Azzun has earned multiple FCCLA STAR Event medals, he also received the FCCLA State “Leader to Watch” Award.  He has or will serve as the Captain of the Academic Team; Vice President of the Choir Council; Vice President of FCCLA; Vice President of FBLA; and Student Body President and was a participant in the Legislative Shadowing Program.

Outside of school, Azzun participates in the Community Choir and the Southern Hills Baptist Church.  He has also served his community and school as a volunteer through the A+ Program; Citizens Memorial Healthcare Junior Volunteer Program; Salvation Army; Vacation Bible School Program; Freshmen Mentoring Program; Teacher’s Aide Class; and Share Your Christmas Program.  The support he has received from others has inspired him to volunteer as much as possible in order to give back to his community.  Azzun said “I hope to continue finding new and creative ways to help other people for the rest of my life.”

Azzun enjoys long distance running; reading various genres of literature; learning random songs for vocal and piano; journaling; tutoring other students; and helping other students prepare for music contests by playing the piano for them.

He is the grandson of Vickie and Harold Condren and Albert Van Baker who served with the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Eligible applicants attended The American Legion Boys State of Missouri or The American Legion Auxiliary Missouri Girls State in Warrensburg this past June and were descendants of war veterans.   Boys State and Girls State are leadership and citizenship training programs sponsored by the Missouri American Legion and the Missouri American Legion Auxiliary respectively.  The American Legion Post 138 - Bolivar provided Azzun the opportunity to participate in the 2014 session of Missouri Boys State through their generous sponsorship.

The scholarships are funded from earnings on a $5 million Samsung Corporation endowment.  The electronics firm joined with The American Legion in 1995 to offer scholarships to direct descendants of honorably discharged wartime veterans as a way “to show appreciation to U.S. veterans who came to Korea’s aid during its struggle against communist forces in the Korean War”.  

For more information about The American Legion Boys State of Missouri program, call 1-877-DIAL-MBS (1-877-342-5627) or visit www.moboysstate.org.


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