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Bronxville Student Blanco Receives Achievement Award

Bronxville High School senior Rebecca Blanco was recently presented with the Robert P. Hess Memorial Order of St. Philip Achievement Award.
Bronxville High School senior Rebecca Blanco was recently presented with the Robert P. Hess Memorial Order of St. Philip Achievement Award. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Rebecca Blanco, a Bronxville High School senior, was recently presented with the Robert P. Hess Memorial Order of St. Philip Achievement Award.

She received this honor during the baccalaureate service at Village Lutheran Church.

The award is given in memory of Hess, who was the minister of music at the church from 1987-95. While he was serving in this capacity, he organized a program involving crucifers and torchbearers and called it The Order of St. Philip.

Hess passed away due to violence in 1995, and the award was created in the hopes that his Christian ideals might live on.

“Honoring a young person who demonstrates leadership and commitment to excellence in worship is such a beautiful way to remember Bob Hess,” the Rev. Robert Hartwell said. “Rebecca is a wonderful role model, and we are proud of her dedicated effort.”

Village Lutheran Church is at 172 White Plains Road.

For more information about the church and its programs, call 337-0207 or visit the website at www.VLC-NY.org.

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