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Heritage Academy honors first responders at 9/11 service

September 26, 2011
  • Kathleen Kidd, National Honor Society president, welcomes local first responders at a reception before a 9/11 tribute program at Heritage Academy on Sept. 9. They are, from left, Lt. Tom Woodward, Maryland State Police, and Maj. Bob Leatherman and Capt. Pete Lazich from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
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HAGERSTOWN — Heritage Academy’s chapter of the National Honor Society and the student government association organized a 9/11 tribute service that was held Sept. 9.  

The service was led by Kathleen Kidd, president of the NHS. Senior class president Jessica Gaylor and class secretary Callie Butts placed a wreath at the front of the chapel in honor of those who lost their lives 10 years ago.  

Sophomore Becky Brewer sang “Statue of Liberty,” which in the first verse recognizes the freedom of American citizens, and in the second verse reminds Christians of the freedom they have because of Christ’s death on the cross.

Seniors Darian Bercaw, Stephen Brewer, Jacob Kelley and junior Adam Long sang a medley paying tribute to the four branches of the U.S. military.

As they sang, slides were shown of members of each branch of the military, including pictures of Heritage alumni who still have siblings at the school.  

Students in grades four to 12 joined in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America.”

Mikayla Hamrick, a sixth-grader, read her essay, “Building Back our Country.”  

John Fitz, the grandfather of Heritage students James and Allison Robinson, played taps, while student government representative Abbey Jackson read the names of some of those who died Sept. 11.  

A PowerPoint presentation was shown, specifically honoring the first responders of that day.

Members of the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police were in attendance and recognized for their service to the local community.  

Dewitt Powell, Heritage principal, said, “It is important that our next generation learn to develop leadership. This is why we are training our students in leadership. The program for 9/11 was totally run by student leaders. The next generation of first responders must learn this valuable trait.”

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