Each year the National WWII Museum in New Orleans recognizes one student in every state who has maintained a strong record of volunteerism, demonstrates school and community activism, and helps implement creative solutions to recognized problems with the Billy Michal Student Leadership Award.
Tyler Brackin, of Rainier Jr./Sr. High School, is the 2019 Oregon recipient.
Tryler has been invited to join the other honorees who are flown to New Orleans to participate in the Museum’s American Spirit Awards program taking place May 22-23.
The leadership award, which the Museum first presented in 2017, was created in honor of Billy Michal, who was a child living in Louisiana during World War II.
At only six years old, Michal helped his one-room school win a statewide scrap metal-collection contest during the war, proving that every citizen could contribute to victory. Michal’s achievement demonstrated the positive impact the American spirit could have on the Home Front war efforts, and he continues to inspire students across America today.
“It’s extremely gratifying to recognize students throughout the nation for the wonderful contributions they make to their local communities,” The National WWII Museum President and CEO Stephen J. Watson said. “During World War II, our country needed everyone to come together for a common goal of securing freedom and democracy around the world. Much like Billy Michal’s contribution over 70 years ago, our student honorees prove that their positive actions, no matter how big or small, can make a difference in their communities. We are proud to honor their accomplishments.”
Tyler Brackin is a 2019 graduating senior of Rainier Jr./Sr. High School. Tyler loves to learn about history and to speak with people that have lived the history he is learning about. Tyler has been involved in the history programs at Rainier Jr./Sr. High School serving as the president of the History Club for the past two years.
Tyler has also been involved in the History Bowl, Quiz Bowl and Rho Kappa and served as the President of these clubs also. Along with the history programs at Rainier Jr./Sr. High School, Tyler has been part of the Theater Club serving as a crew member and Technical and Public Relations Director.
Tyler is also involved in the FFA chapter at Rainier serving as the 2019 Reporter and competing in the Job Interview and Ag Business career development events. Tyler has also been involved with the community, whether it was volunteering at the St. Frederic Harvest Festival, the mEGGa Egg Hunt, Warren Grange Fried Bread Booth, or working at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Plant Sale, Tyler enjoys being involved with his community.
One of Tyler's goals is to design and build a Veteran's and First Responder's Memorial and Monument in Rainier. He spent
part of last summer writing a grant for financial support and meeting with officials about the building of the monument. After graduation, Tyler is planning to attend Linfield College to pursue a major in History and Law, Rights and Justice with a minor in Education. Tyler plans to pursue a career either as a High School History Teacher, College History Professor, or an Advocate for abused children, the elderly and Immigrants. Tyler's goal is to give a voice to those who do not have a voice.
The National WWII Museum’s American Spirit Awards – presented by Hancock Whitney – is as multiday event consisting of a patron reception, premier gala, and awards luncheon and leadership forum, which is where the Billy Michal students will receive their awards. In addition to the Billy Michal winners, the recipients of the Museum’s American Spirit Award, American Spirit Medallion and Silver Service Medallion will be honored throughout the event. The 2019 American Spirit Award honorees include Vice President Richard Cheney and Senator Joseph Lieberman.
Proceeds from the American Spirit Awards will support educational programming at The National WWII Museum, including the ongoing development of classroom materials and professional development opportunities for teachers in schools across the country, as well as online experiences that bring the Museum and its resources to students around the world.
For American Spirit Awards ticket information and additional event details, visit americanspiritawards.org or call 504-528-1944 ext. 334.
The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that future generations will know the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.
Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America’s National WWII Museum, it celebrates the American spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifices of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and served on the Home Front.
The 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards ranks the Museum No. 8 in the world and No. 3 in the nation.
For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit nationalww2museum.org.