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Three attend Freedoms Foundation leadership conference at Valley Forge

The 2015 scholarship winners sponsored by the Mary Ball Washington Chapter of the Freedoms Foundation returned last week from the annual Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference at Valley Forge, Pa.

The recipients of this year’s scholarships were Joe Anderson of Middlesex High School who won the Ruby Lee Norris Memorial Scholarship. He is the son of Tammy Rogers of Topping and James L. Rogers. Northumberland High was represented by two recipients, Olivia Vogel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Vogel of Callao, and Kenneth (Trey) Rioland III, son of Reverend and Mrs. Ken Rioland of Heathsville.

Students toured the Valley Forge National Park adjacent to the Freedoms Foundation campus where they entered the reconstructed huts in which the soldiers lived during the brutally cold winter of 1777-78. They also went inside the original stone house used by Washington and his aides during that winter encampment. As an added stop, they went into the George Washington Memorial Chapel given by a private individual during the early part of the 20th century in thanksgiving for the life of George Washington.

For information about the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, visit its website at For local information, contact chapter president Clark Waring at 758-3432.

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posted 04.01.2015

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