Fayette student receives leadership award from National WWII Museum


Rosemary Carruthers, a student at Henry Clay High School (Fayette County), received the Billy Michal Student Leadership Award for Kentucky from the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

The award is given annually to student leaders from each state and the District of Columbia who demonstrate leadership, teamwork, tolerance, creativity and perseverance in their communities. It recognizes Billy Michal, a 6-year-old student from Zimmerman, La., who helped his one-room school win a statewide scrap-metal collection contest during World War II and in so doing understood that every citizen could contribute to victory in the war.

The honorees will be recognized in June at the museum’s American Spirit Awards. They will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session with the American Spirit Awards medallion recipients, meet fellow recipients, explore New Orleans and the museum and meet Michal.

The museum is accepting nominations for the 2020 Billy Michal Student Leadership Award. Nominees must be students in grades 8-12 and should have a strong record of volunteerism, school and/or community activism or implementing creative solutions to recognized problems.

The nomination deadline is Jan. 31. Visit the museum’s website for more information.