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

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.

Chevrolet supports first responders. Learn more.

SPACELAB EXHIBIT

SPACELAB is a one-of-a-kind showcase of glass art that explores the great unknown – outer space. This collection of artwork examines human relationships with the universe, including space travel; extraterrestrial beings and intergalactic discoveries; the vastness and mystery of space; and much more. Learn more.

Interstellar Stitch Workshop with Escape Threads

In conjunction with NLM's SPACELAB Exhibit, on Thursday evening, August 23, Philadelphia-based artist Danielle Conyers of Escape Threads will lead an embroidery workshop to create a one-of-a-kind, hand-sewn pulsar map on a wood hoop canvas. No previous stitching knowledge is necessary. Learn more and register today.

FPRI to host a conversation about Russia

The Foreign Policy Research Institute, a think tank that brings the insights of scholarship to America’s foreign policies, kicks off its 2018 fall/winter series of events at the NLM on Thursday, September 6 with a conversation on the Putin regime and political murder in Russia. Learn more and register today.