Tristan Zeh Student Leadership Award

WHS Senior Tristan Zeh Selected as Billy Michal Student Leadership Award Recipient
Posted on 02/24/2020
Tristan ZehWashington High School senior Tristan Zeh has been selected as an award recipient for the Billy Michal Student Leadership Award.

The Billy Michal Student Leadership Award, given annually to one student from each state who demonstrates the American Spirit in his or her community. The values of leadership, teamwork, tolerance, creativity and perseverance can and should be learned and lived by all Americans regardless of age.

Zeh was chosen to represent Missouri. He was nominated by WHS teacher Kerri Flynn for his work as the student representative on the School District of Washington’s Board of Education.

Nominees of the award have a strong record of volunteerism, school and/or community activism, or implementing creative solutions to recognized problems.

Selected awardees will be flown (along with a chaperone) to New Orleans to participate in the Museum’s American Spirit Awards celebration on June 11 and 12.

In New Orleans, the group of award winners will:

*Tour The National WWII Museum, including behind-the-scenes explorations of the Museum’s exhibits and collections.

*Meet, befriend and share ideas with their co-awardees from across the country.

*Meet with American Spirit Award recipients for a Q&A session.

*Take a tour of the historic French Quarter.

*Be featured on the Museum’s American Spirit Award website.

*Attend a special banquet where they will receive their award.

When six-year-old Billy Michal from Zimmerman, Louisiana, helped his one-room school win a statewide scrap paper collection contest during World War II, he understood that every citizen—no matter how small—could contribute to our victory in the war. His example, and the actions of millions of other students on the Home Front, reminds us that service to country and community helps create active, engaged citizens.

Through this award, the Museum promotes these values to students nationwide and honors those who exemplify them.

Zeh is involved with a number of activities at WHS, including National Honor Society, Key Club, Renaissance, Track, Cross Country, Wrestling and was part of the Missouri Scholars Academy at the University of Missouri. He is the son of Steve and Megan Zeh.

Tristan Zeh
Tristan Zeh