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NRMS Student Receives Shepherd Scholarship

NRMS Student Receives Shepherd Scholarship

North Royalton Middle School administered an essay scholarship contest to all eighth graders to honor the memory of Sgt. John Shepherd, who lived nearly 118 years, making him most likely the longest-lived veteran of the American Revolution. Shepherd came to North Royalton in 1817 with his daughter, Margaret Engle, and they were one of the first settlers in the area.

The goal was to foster an interest in American History and North Royalton history among this age group. The chosen winner, Julia Falcioni, received a scholarship at the April 10 Board of Education meeting for the school's annual three-day trip to Washington, D.C. in May. While in the nation's capital, students enjoy a tour of key monuments and governmental institutions by Educational Discovery Tours. The scholarship program is headed by Charles Phebus, who is the fourth great-grandson of John Shepherd.

"We are thankful for this opportunity because it has a positive impact on the students at NRMS, while keeping Mr. Shepherd's legacy alive and well," said the school's principal, Jeffrey Cicerchi.

The middle school is a short walking distance from the cemetery where Mr. Shepherd's remains are located. Mr. Phebus discovered his ancestor's grave in North Royalton after many years of genealogical research. Mr. Phebus has conducted two major events in North Royalton to honor John Shepherd and the American Soldier, the first year event saw the first ever trip to Ohio by the Traveling Liberty Bell from Texas. Sgt. Shepherd fought in Washington's army not only during the Revolution, but also was with Washington at Braddock's Defeat of 1755. He was truly "with Washington all the way."

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