Each year a senior demonstrating the characteristics of Americanism is selected to be awarded the American Legion Americanism Award. Americanism is love of America; loyalty to her institutions as the best yet devised by people to secure life, liberty, individual dignity, and happiness; and the willingness to defend our country and Flag against all enemies, foreign and domestic. It is a vital, active, living force. Americanism means peace, strength, the will and the courage to live as free men in a free land. It means a friendly hand to people everywhere who respects our institutions and our thinking. It is not a word; it is a cause, a way of life – the best way of life ever known – a challenge and a hope in this world. Americanism is an ideal of loyal patriotism, religious tolerance, righteous freedom, fearless courage, honest integrity, abiding faith in the commanding destiny of the United States, and a fathomless love for the principles that led our forefathers to found this country. It is complete and unqualified loyalty to the ideals of government as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. It is respect for, and ready obedience to, duly constituted authority and the laws of the land. It is freedom without license, religion without bigotry, charity without bias, and a desire to secure the blessings of liberty for our nation and for our posterity. Morgan Stillwagon is the Whitewater High School recipient of this year’s American Legion Americanism Award. In her nomination, Morgan was described as a loyal friend and someone who cares deeply for everyone around her and looks out for the little guy. She is dedicated to her studies and became a three-sport athlete in her senior year in addition to taking a leadership role on the robotics team. Morgan has a true desire to serve and is considering pursuing a career in firefighting. On June 5, during materials drop-off for the seniors, Morgan was presented with an American flag that had flown over the state capitol. Congratulations, Morgan!