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Press photos by Paul CmilAbove: Aziz Atiyeh, winner of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Character Award, stands with his father, Abe, his brother, Ziad, his sister, Azariah, and his mother, Flavian. Press photos by Paul CmilAbove: Aziz Atiyeh, winner of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Character Award, stands with his father, Abe, his brother, Ziad, his sister, Azariah, and his mother, Flavian.
Left: Atiyeh receives his certificate from Mike Tauber, of the West Point Society of the Lehigh Valley. Left: Atiyeh receives his certificate from Mike Tauber, of the West Point Society of the Lehigh Valley.

Whitehall High School student receives Eisenhower award

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in School

Each year, the Lehigh Valley chapter of the West Point Society presents the Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Character Award to an outstanding junior at Whitehall High School.

For 2018, the award goes to Aziz Atiyeh.

Mike Tauber, a Whitehall and West Point graduate, presented the certificate on behalf of the West Point Society.

“This certificate recognizes high school juniors who demonstrated the leadership and character that comes with individual achievement while helping others attain their goals,” Tauber said.

Atiyeh was selected by the faculty and staff of Whitehall High School. Linda MacGill, a high school guidance counselor, described Atiyeh as a student who distinguished himself as a person of excellent character, scholarship, athleticism and patriotism while demonstrating concern for others.

Atiyeh participates in several clubs and activities where he is a standout leader. He is part of the cadre of students who assist freshmen to better acclimate to the high school and their classroom learning. Atiyeh plays on the varsity volleyball team for the high school. He ranks high in his academic achievements and is enrolled in a rigorous curriculum.

“I am proud that he is a representative of Whitehall High School,” MacGill said.

Atiyeh’s name will be added to a plaque with other award winners.

The Whitehall Chorale, under the direction of Edward Hong, opened the ceremony with a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

In addition to Whitehall Chorale, guests included Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett, Principal Nate Davidson and Assistant Principals Heather Hampton, Alicia Knauff and Gabe Dillard. Dr. Barbara Chomik, director of curriculum and education, also attended the event.