INDIANAPOLIS | A Hammond Boy Scout, Cedar Lake school principal and a state representative from Portage were honored this month by the Indiana Department of the American Legion.
Nicholas Anglin, 17, earned the Legion's Scout of the Year award for exemplifying the true qualities of a Boy Scout. He surpassed six other community-acclaimed Scouts from across the state to take home a $1,000 scholarship and a plaque.
Winning the Legion's Teacher of the Year honors was Brandie Muha, principal at Lincoln Elementary School in Cedar Lake. Muha claimed a $500 grant that will be used to support programs at her school.
She told the veterans organization, "If I can instill in my young students the pride and passion that I see in you, then I have done my job."
State Rep. Chuck Moseley, D-Portage, was among six state lawmakers who received the Legion's award for distinguished public service.
Moseley was singled out for sponsoring a law that enables most military-trained paramedics to obtain an Indiana emergency medical technician license without additional coursework.
"These men and women should be allowed to use the training they've received while serving our country to help find employment once they return home," Moseley said. "By removing government red tape, we are making it easier for them to do what they love and help their communities."
The three-term state representative and Army National Guard veteran also was commended for leading the effort to permanently place the POW-MIA flag in the House and Senate chambers.
"While I am honored to have this sort of recognition, all of this is done to pay proper tribute to thousands of men and women who have selflessly given up their everyday lives to protect and defend our country," Moseley said. "We owe them so much for the sacrifices they have made."