Madison County Federation honors student essay contest winners

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STAR STUDENTS: Presenting and receiving this year’s John Broyer/Jack Greer Memorial scholarships from the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor are (from left) Federation President B. Dean Webb, Joseph L. Strohmeyer of Edwardsville and Adrienne M. DeGonia of Lebanon and essay contest head Paul Schaeffer (UFCW 881). Each student received a $1,500 scholarship. – Labor Tribune photo
STAR STUDENTS: Presenting and receiving this year’s John Broyer/Jack Greer Memorial scholarships from the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor are (from left) Federation President B. Dean Webb, Joseph L. Strohmeyer of Edwardsville and Adrienne M. DeGonia of Lebanon and essay contest head Paul Schaeffer (UFCW 881). Each student received a $1,500 scholarship.
– Labor Tribune photo

East Alton, IL – The Greater Madison County Federation of Labor on June 26 presented $1,500 scholarships to the two winners of this year’s annual John Broyer/Jack Greer Memorial Scholarship essay contest. This year’s topic was “How the Labor Movement influenced the economic growth of Madison County.”

This year’s winners were:

• Joseph L. Strohmeyer, a student at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, and a member of UFCW Local 881, working at Dierberg's. He is the son of Geri Strohmeyer.

• Adrienne M. DeGonia, a student at Loyola University in Chicago, and the daughter of Felicia and Patrick DeGonia, who is a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 360.

The awards are named for John Broyer, who was a labor professor at SIUE, and Jack Greer, a pipefitter at Granite City Steel, who worked together to start the program.

The scholarships are funded by local businesses.

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