Elizabeth Reichard, daughter of Karen and Samuel Reichard of Lehighton, was selected to receive the American Legion Auxiliary's Past President's Health and Medical Science Scholarship, awarded by the Four County Scholarship Committee, comprised of Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton counties.

It is a $1,000 scholarship.

Reichard plans to attend Cedar Crest College for a career in genetic engineering. She was ranked 12th in her class at Lehighton Area High School, where she is a National Honor Society member and is the organization's secretary for 2012-13.

She attended Girls State in June 2012.

In 2007, she was nominated and attend the Jr. National Young Leadership Conference. She attended President Barack Obama's inauguration while participating in the conference.

In addition, Reichard was a member of the debate team in ninth grade, golf team in 11th grade and 12th grade; and is a member of the Red Cross, where she helps set up for blood donations. She is a member of the Stage and Drama Club in 11th and 12 grades.

She is also a Safe Ambassador, Downtown Initiative since 10th grade, and has helped with functions at Bowmanstown Emmanuel U.C.C. and Mahoning Fire Co. and Family Career and Community Leaders of America and Students for the Advancements of Global Entrepreneurship while in ninth grade. She was elected for the Safe School Ambassadors Program, which is an anti-bullying program in which selected students are trained how to properly handle and intervene with bullying among school students.

She also helps at bingo in the local high rise to raise funds for Polycystic Kidney Disease, where she made headbands, bracelets and key chains, which were sold at the walk for Polycystic Disease.

Reichard was sponsored for the scholarship by Shoemaker-Haydt Unit 314 Legion Auxiliary.