American Legion Riders of Post 233 announce two local Ayers Scholarship winners

Press release from the American Legion Post 233

Loganville GA, July, 23, 2020 – The American Legion Riders of Loganville Post 233 announce the winners for the 2020 Cpl. Jonathan Ayers Memorial Scholarship. This year’s essay competition asked students to write their thoughts on whether the United States should consider a period of mandatory military service following High School.

Joshua Walker graduated from Walnut Grove High School as a member of the class of 2020. He will be attending the University of Georgia this fall studying International Affairs, Economics, and foreign languages. Josh is also interested in law school and wants to one day work for either the U.S. Department of State or the United Nations.

Clara Mitchell Is an honor graduate from Walnut Grove High School, class of 2020. Clara will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall, and she plans to pursue a degree in Biology with an area of emphasis in Marine Biology. She enjoys spending her free time reading, drawing, hiking, swimming, kayaking, and spending time with friends.


Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers 24, of Snellville, GA was 1 of 9 heroes who fell in the heat of battle while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Cpl. Ayers died of wounds suffered when their outpost was attacked by small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13, 2008. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy.

The American Legion Riders of Loganville Post 233 are proud to provide the Cpl. Jonathan Ayers Memorial Scholarship. This annual scholarship is endowed from monies raised by the Legion Riders of the Loganville post and will benefit a deserving student or students from Walton or Gwinnett Counties with a $1000.00 scholarship. The contest will be open to any high school senior who is attending a public, private, parochial, or home school in Walton or Gwinnett counties and who is pursuing higher education in an accredited college, university, or trade school. Award will be based on an essay contest focused on applied freedoms in America.

More information on the scholarship is available at

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