The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Announces Annual Award Recipients

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The 2011 George Washington Honor Medal Award Recipients List has Been Released, and Features 15 Winners from the State of Utah

The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, a 62 year-old non-profit dedicated to promoting the principles of a democratic society, has announced its 2011 George Washington Honor Medal recipients, a list that features 15 Utah residents.

The Medal recognizes those who draw public attention through their words and deeds to America’s rich heritage and unique freedoms. Over 400 entries were submitted in 2011, with only 125 ultimately selected for the award.

“The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge is proud to recognize organizations and individuals who go above and beyond as they serve in their communities,” says Blanch Linton, awards chairman for the Utah Chapter of the Foundation. “The Utah chapter is especially proud to honor so many residents of our state this year. We know that Utahans take their country and their civic duties very seriously, and this is further confirmation of that fact.”

The 2011 George Washington Medal winners in Utah are:

  •     John T. Kesler, Salt Lake Community Activist
  •     David Williams, Founder of 2ft Prosthetics
  •     Frank Thomas, Patriotic Artist
  •     Christina Balderas of Canyon Rim Community Connection
  •     Eric James Koenig, Active Military Essay Winner
  •     Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Public Communications Winner
  •     Hope of America, Freedom Festival, Provo, Utah
  •     Linda Porter, Reading Elementary
  •     Emily Anderson, Granite Park Middle School
  •     Cherstin Davis, Youth Essay Winner
  •     Matthew David Judd, Youth Essay Winner
  •     Alex Leonard, Youth Essay Winner
  •     Abigail Lyons, Youth Essay Winner
  •     Lauren Olsen, Youth Essay Winner
  •     Sarah Peck, Youth Essay Winner

“This year’s recipients are each civic heroes in their own right,” says Linton. “We hope that the visibility of their efforts will inspire others to step out and take action in their communities.”

To learn more about the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, visit the organization’s web page at To read about the Foundation’s national award program, or to nominate an individual, organization, or event for an award, visit

About Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge
Founded in 1949 as a non-profit education organization, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge is dedicated to helping students, teachers, and citizens gain a greater awareness and appreciation of the principles of a free and democratic society. With the support of their national volunteer chapters, they present educational and awards programs to foster engaged citizenship, through the exploration of civics, U.S. history, student entrepreneurship, youth leadership, and constitutional rights and responsibilities. Their purpose is to educate and inspire citizens of all ages and encourage them to make a positive contribution in their communities.

Press Contact:
Blanch Linton
School Improvement Network

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