VFW Post 1337 Honors Elk Grove High School Educator

Mount Prospect American Legion Post 1337 Cmdr. The Durovs present Stephanie Kezios with the Post & Distinct VFW Teacher of the Year award.

At the Mount Prospect American Legion Post 1337 monthly meeting on January 3, Stephanie Kezios received the Post & Distinct VFW Teacher of the Year award.

According to post officials, Kezios has awakened the patriotic spirit of thousands of students at Elk Grove High School. Since 2014, she has organized the annual Veterans Day Assembly which brings together all students, faculty and staff in a school-wide effort.

Each year, it harnesses the energy of more than 2,000 high school students to understand and recognize the contributions of veterans across the country.

Each year’s assembly includes keynote speakers ranging from flag rank officers and Gold Star families to a World War II veteran who was a member of Easy Company, 506th PIR (“Band of Brothers”).

The 2021 Veterans Day Assembly at EGHS offered something special. She organized the exhibition “Portrait of a soldier”. For four days before the Veterans Day assembly, students viewed portraits of the 330 Illinois military personnel who died from September 11, 2001, to the fall of Afghanistan.

In their social studies classes afterwards, the students discussed the exhibit and their impressions of these fallen heroes. As a crowning achievement, the Veterans Day keynote speaker was Patrick Quinn, Governor of Illinois from 2009 to 2015 and founder of the Portrait of a Soldier Project. Students heard his thoughts on the importance of valuing the sacrifice of these fallen heroes now and in the future.

Post officials pointed out that Kezios had energized the hearts of students and the community in the areas of patriotism, Americanism, and commitment to veterans, and the impact of his continued efforts had changed. the lives of thousands of students and many veterans.

She will now move on to the VFW Department of Illinois (state) competition.

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Jeremy S. McLain