Young Marines receive award

Shenandoah Valley Young Marines show off their award they received at the Pentagon. Receiving the award were, from left, Michael Jeziorowski, 11, of Stephens City; Bryan Buck, 12, of Stephens City; Homer Nester, 9, of Winchester; Jarod Corder, back row, 14, of Middletown; Thomas Buck, 11, of Stephens City; and Loressah Clemons, 17, of Inwood, West Virginia. Courtesy photo

The Shenandoah Valley Young Marines, part of a national youth organization for eighth through 12th graders that meets at the Winchester Elks Lodge, won the 2015 Fulcrum Shield Award for Excellence in youth anti-drug education during a ceremony on Oct. 15 in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon.

Receiving the award were Michael Jeziorowski, 11, of Stephens City; Bryan Buck, 12, of Stephens City; Homer Nester, 9, of Winchester; Jarod Corder, 14, of Middletown; Thomas Buck, 11, of Stephens City; and Loressah Clemons, 17, of Inwood, West Virginia.

The award, given annually by the Department of Defense, recognizes military-affiliated youth organizations around the world that have made intensive efforts at spreading anti-drug messages in local communities.

The Shenandoah Valley Young Marines won for their national drug demand-reduction campaign, unveiled in 2014, titled “Closing the Gate on Drugs.” It consists of lessons that help young people learn and practice new skills and strategies for resisting drugs.