Luke Sumpter, a senior at Papillion La Vista South High School, has won the prestigious Legion of Valor Bronze Cross Award for 2019.
The honor is only awarded to 22 Navy JROTC across the country. The award recognizes both scholastic achievements in military and academic subjects. Sumpter is only one of two Navy students in the region that Nebraska is in (which includes 12 upper midwestern states) to win the award.
ROTC instructor Lt. Col Carl Lewandowski released the following information about Sumpter:
"At 17, Cadet Sumpter is a very accomplished student, with a standard GPA of 4.0. While he has maintained good grades, he also has a significant involvement with the community. He is a member of the Papillion Mayor’s Youth Council, and Health Academy, which trains students as Certified Nursing Assistants, He is also Vice President of the Midlands Hospital Health Occupations Students Association. Cadet Sumpter is involved in the martial arts training 45 students in Tae Kwon Do and has attained the rank of Eagle Scout. In addition to these accomplishments, Cadet Sumpter volunteers at a local nursing home and church (108 volunteer hours throughout high school), is involved in all the JROTC armed and unarmed drill teams, as well as numerous other JROTC activities such as color guard, Navy ball committee, athletic team and academic team. Cadet Sumpter aspires to become a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy in the future."