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At a recent award ceremony at Sacred Heart School, Abby Steffensmeier and Chase Zawadzki were given the Michael Grant O’Connell Memorial Award. This award was presented in memory of 2nd Lt. Michael Grant O’Connell. O’Connell was killed in action during active duty in 1969 in Vietnam. Every year for over 30 years, two outstanding students from Sacred Heart School have been honored in O’Connell’s memory. The award is presented to students who have Christian-like attitudes, high academic scores and participate in sports and school activities. Pictured (L to R) are, front row: Lila O’Connell, Michael’s mother; Abby Steffensmeier, award recipient; Chase Zawadzki, award recipient; back row: Pat O’Connell, Michael’s brother; Grant Lukens, Michael's nephew; and Tammy Lukens, Michael’s sister.