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Sharpsburg second-grader named Miss Poppy

May 17, 2009

Jayden Miller, 7-year-old daughter of Stacey Miller of Sharpsburg and Winston Disney of Hagerstow, has been named Miss Poppy 2009.

She presented Sharpsburg Mayor Hal Spielman a poppy prior to the town meeting May 4.

Planned to coincide with the Memorial Day holiday, the annual poppy campaign of Antietam Unit 236 of the American Legion pays tribute to veterans who have died in the last 85 years and honors the millions of Americans who have served their country for more than eight decades. Darlene Eichelberger is chairman of this year's event and encourages everyone to wear a poppy and support a veteran.

Jayden is a junior member of the Ladies Auxiliary.

She attends second grade at Sharpsburg Elementary School. She is a member of Shawnee Girl Scout Council, Sharpsburg Brownie Troop 387.

Jayden enjoys spending time with her family and friends, including her big brother, Jordan Miller, a ninth-grader at Boonsboro High School and her Bischon-Poo puppy, Ginger Cookie.

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After a bout with pneumonia in January 2004 at the age of 2 1/2, Jayden experienced kidney failure, causing her to spend 74 days at University of Maryland Medical Center. Jayden returned home, remaining on dialysis 10 hours a day until July 8, 2006, when she was the recipient of a kidney transplant at D.C. Children's National Medical Center.

Jayden is the granddaughter of Paula McMurry and Lee Miller and the great-granddaughter of Laura Stockslager and the late Ira "Paul" Stockslager.

Paul Stockslager served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1948, attaining the rank of corporal while serving in Panama. Prior to his death in January 2006, Paul was a member of Antietam Post 236.

Jayden's great-great uncle, Robert "Bob" Stockslager was a navigator in the U.S. Air Force for 12 years, reaching the rank of captain prior to his discharge. Bob was a life member of Antietam Post 236, serving as post commander from 1956 to 1957. Bob passed away in 1977.

Four generations of Jayden's family are members of Antietam Post 236, including her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

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