This years LCGOP Veterans Day essay contest scholarship was underwritten by a generous donation from the family of Roy S. Akin, in whose honor this years scholarship was given. A special thanks to them for helping make this years essay contest successful.
Pvt. Roy S. Akin (1896-1981)
Private Roy S. Akin was born in St. Joseph, MO on April 7th, 1896. He was the son of Clara and William Akin. He entered the service on June 6th, 1917 after the United States had entered WWI against the Central Powers. He served as a part of the 4th Calvary Regiment, referred to as Texas Troop 4, U.S. Regulars. The 4th Calvary Regiment's lineage is traced back to the mid 19th century.
After his family split up when he was 13-years old, Roy jumped a train and rode the rails to the Midwest searching for his family. Unable to locate his family, Roy traveled from the west coast and back, eventually meeting the love of his life Mollie Reich in Lincoln, NE. He married Mollie Reich and together they had 5 children, who they primarily raised on Dudley St. in Lincoln.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who made it out to our Veterans Pancake Breakfast yesterday (Nov. 7th). It was a great time of fellowship and reflection on the sacrifices of so many of our veterans. This event couldn't of been possible if it wasn't for the help of our sponsors and volunteers. Thank you all very much for investing your time and finances towards this worth while endeavor.
Lancaster County Students were asked to choose a friend, or family member who has served in the U.S. military and reflect on impact that this service member had upon the author or community.
We received some outstanding essays this year, which made choosing a winner difficult.
Congratulations to the winner of the $1,000 Roy S. Akin Memorial Scholarship, Ryley Thomas!
Below is a picture of Ryley Thomas and a picture of her with Councilwoman Cyndi Lamm, (with her granddaughter) and County Commissioner Roma Amundson.
Ryley is a Senior at Lincoln East High School. She learned of this scholarship through the Counseling Center's bulletin at Lincoln East High School, where she is involved in Student Council and the School Yearbook. Ryley plans to attend college next year, most likely at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Her plan is to eventually pursue studies in environmental law.
Our Veterans Pancake Breakfast couldn't of been possible if it wasn't for the help of our sponsors and volunteers. Thank you all very much for investing your time and finances towards this worth while endeavor.
Village Inn (66th & O)
Cornhusker Republican Women
Heartland Republican Women
Roma Amundson, County Commissioner
Lanny Boswell, Lincoln Public School Board
Connie Duncan, Lincoln Public School Board
City Councilwoman Cyndi & Tim Lamm
Greg & Faye Osborn, NRD
Doug & Kathleen Dolezel
Lancaster County Republican Party