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State Honoree

Lucas Brommer

Pennsylvania

Lucas Brommer, 18, of Quakertown, Pa., a senior at Quakertown Community Senior High School, organized a community run-walk race that raised $4,600 to create a scholarship fund honoring the memory of a popular local teacher and his wife. When Lucas learned that his fourth-grade teacher had died with his wife in a car accident in 2001, the news “sent a needle through my heart,” he said, and moved him to make a lasting tribute to the couple. “Mr. Wieder was no average teacher,” Lucas said. “He stood out as a role model as he worked countless hours to improve his community with his wife, in addition to his engaging style in the classroom.” After obtaining permission from school officials, he began planning a combination 5-kilometer run and 1-mile walk that could honor the Wieders and fund an annual scholarship in their names. Lucas sought advice from several marketing professionals, and then built a website to attract sponsors. He collected $1,500 in cash and product donations prior to the Wieder Memorial Run, and over $3,000 from the more than 300 men, women and children who participated on the day of the event. The proceeds will pay for college scholarships for Quakertown high school seniors who plan to major in education and are active in their community. Lucas is now working to find teachers and students to help make the Wieder Memorial Run an annual event in his community.