PLAV Post #16 awards two scholarships


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  • Bridget Sheinert accepts her scholarship award from Rich Labonowski of the The Polish Legion of American Veteran's Post #16.




  • Robert Bierstine accepts the scholarship award for his grandson, Robert Raftary, from Rich Labonowski of the The Polish Legion of American Veteran's Post #16. Raftary, who lives in Peach Tree City, Georgia, was unable to attend the award ceremony.




  • Robert Raftary, the grandson of Robert Bierstine, is one of two students to be awarded $500 scholarships from the Polish Legion of American Veteran's Post #16.



PINE ISLAND — The Polish Legion of American Veteran's Post #16 has awarded $500 scholarships to two students who completed essays explaining "Why Freedom Isn't Free."

Bridget Sheinert
The first scholarship recipient was Bridget Sheinert, daughter of Nancy and Howie Sheinert of Pine Island.

She graduated seventh in her class of 374 from Warwick Valley High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society.

She is recipient of the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce Youth Achievement award, was on the lacrosse team for four years and volunteered to teach elementary students Chinese, one of her studies since the seventh grade.

Bridget will be attending SUNY Stony Brook as a pharmacy major.

Robert Raftary
The second recipient was Robert Raftary, son of Eve and Kenneth Raftary of Peach Tree City, Georgia, and the grandson of Robert and Lorraine Bierstine of Pine Island.

Robert, an honor roll student, graduated 154 in a class of 399 from McIntosh High School where he was a member of the Environmental club, SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving) and the Inclusion club (an antibullying club).

He will be studying virology at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

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