2017 Young Heroes Award

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its TD Bank 2017 Young Heroes Award on Thursday, August 10.

The annual TD Bank Young Heroes Award recognizes young people who have championed liberty through their actions to enact positive change in their schools and communities. Loraine Ballard Morrill, Director of News and Community Affairs for Clear Channel Media, served as the emcee, as she has for several years. The keynote speaker was Raquel Ruiz, Former Member of the group Youth to Youth, which won the Young Heroes Award in 2010. Museum CEO Gwen Borowsky was joined by TD Bank Representatives in presenting the awards. Tom Shoemaker, Commercial Market President, TD Bank, provided the sponsor remarks. The student selected for the top prize, the President’s Honor Award, was Bradley Ferguson from Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, NJ. Bradley received a $2,000 award for his ingenious way of honoring veterans and combating poverty at the same time by refurbishing a local American Legion Post, including creating a large, sustainable Victory Garden to help feed those in need in his community.

Photography by Shira Yudkoff.

The National Liberty Museum is proud to announce the 2017 Young Heroes Award winners

Congratulations to the 2017 Winners! You can learn their stories by clicking on their names below. Their plaques are also featured in a Museum exhibit, which will be on display for an entire year.

Sophia Andrews
Wellspring Christian Academy
Bear, Delaware

Briana Berger
F.W. Buchholz High School
Gainesville, Florida

Alayshia Bridges
South Philadelphia High School
Philadelphia, PA

Sheryl Chen
Staten Island Technical High School
Brooklyn, NY

Bradley Ferguson
Mainland Regional High School
Linwood, NJ

Hats for Haiti Girls
Hailey Miller, Gavriella  Adelman, Sage Bowmen,
Eva Grant, Jessie Liao, Ashley Meraz-Guevara,
Avery Sill, Julia Menschik, Sophia Fendo

Penn Wynne Elementary
Wynnewood, PA

Hareena Houston
Wilmington Friends School
Wilmington, DE

Cailey Karshmer
Cherry Creek High School
Greenwood Village, Colorado

Arnav Kaushik
Souderton Charter School Collaborative
Souderton, PA

Lena Kugelman
Northampton Area High School
Northampton, PA

Johnny Means
Delaware Military Academy
Wilmington, DE

KC Miller
Westtown School
West Chester, PA

Olivia Sandom
Julia Masterman High School
Philadelphia, PA

Now accepting nominations for our 2018 Teacher as Hero Awards

This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley. The public is invited to submit nominations. The winners are announced in March and receive their awards at a ceremony in early May. Learn more and nominate someone today

A Book Chat on the 2018
featured book, Another Brooklyn

Through the lens of civic engagement, the program director of One Book, One Philadelphia will lead a book chat on Another Brooklyn, connecting the novel to America’s heritage of freedom and finding one’s own voice in our country’s story.
Learn more and register to join us.

Awards of Valor

This annual awards program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service. Learn more

Lecture by the Foreign Policy Research Institute

In the next session of our ongoing lecture series by FPRI, our guest is Samuel Helfont, a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East. He will discuss his new book, Compulsion in Religion: Saddam Hussein, Islam, and the Roots of Insurgencies, which investigates the religious insurgencies which erupted in Iraq following the American-led invasion in 2003. This lecture will be held on April 11 at 6:30pm. Learn more and register day.