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Joshua Rhodebeck from Lake Norman High School is a winner in the Annual Washington Crossing Foundation National Scholarship Competition. The prestigious awards are granted to high school seniors for the best all-around presentations including an explanation of why they are planning careers in government service. The Foundation noted that Rhodebeck is among the most-talented and accomplished of the country's young leaders and that it is these young men and women who are dedicating themselves to public service. The Foundation, whose headquarters is in Bristol, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, awarded $83,500 in 2019.

Rhodebeck is a member of the National Honor Society and President of the Crosby Scholars. He is a two-time North Carolina High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete. He is varsity team captain for the wrestling and cross-country Teams.

H was awarded the Wrestling Team Academic Excellence Award, Jim McNeil Leadership Award and was NC AAU State Champion. He has served his community through ReStore, Lake Norman Hospice and Palmetto Animal Services.

Aspiring to follow in his grandfather's journey from the Philippines to the United States through the Navy, Josh has attended the West Point Summer Leaders Experience, the Coast Guard Academy Mission, the United States Naval Academy candidate visit, and has passed the Candidate Fitness Assessment. He will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.

The Washington Crossing Foundation has awarded more than $1,600,000 in scholarships since its inception. Scholarships were inaugurated in 1969 and honor the more than 60 years of dedicated service to the nation by the late author-historian Ann Hawkes Hutton.

The Foundation believes that if the country is to continue to progress, it must have thoroughly-trained, dedicated young men and women to carry on the government's work in future years. Its scholarship program seeks to find, identify, and encourage young people with the same sense of dedication and service demonstrated by George Washington and his soldiers who, under the most adverse of conditions, crossed the Delaware on Christmas Night in 1776 to win the Battle of Trenton that turned the tide of the American Revolution.

Information about the Foundation membership and the Foundation's scholarship program is available at www.gwcf.org .

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