Richard MacMullen, a junior machine tool technology student, received the Sons of the American Revolution’s (SAR) William J. Yearsley Award at the Founder’s Day ceremony in the Clara Schrenk Memorial Chapel on Feb. 3.
The award, named after William Yearsley 4W1, an SAR member and founder of the award, is presented to a junior who has shown outstanding citizenship and the qualities of industry, self-discipline, personal integrity, reliability, and contributions above the call of duty. He also must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher and have fewer than 28 disciplinary points.
MacMullen is an exemplary Williamson student. He has had a perfect 4.0 GPA every semester and has received no points. He works on the student newspaper and is one of only a few students to be in the group that listens to student appeals, which is a position of great trust. His first year, he received the Swinehart Award as the outstanding freshman machinist.
Part of the reason he chose the machinist trade is so he and his identical twin brother, Dave, a power plant senior, will be able to work together after graduation; it is common for machinists to work in the power industry.
He and his brother worked on boilers together last summer in California at California Boilers and again over the recent Christmas break. This coming summer, he will be working as a project manager at CBG Builders in Washington, D.C.
He lives in Drexel Hill, PA, and attended Monsignor Bonner High School where he played baseball and football. At that time, he realized he wanted to learn a trade and chose Williamson after hearing many good things about the school.
The award was presented by Bill Baker, president of the SAR’s Philadelphia-Continental Chapter, and Steve Kopsick, SAR’s first vice president. Their chapter is one of the largest of 450 chapters in the National Society with about 350 members.
The SAR is the leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the war for independence. As a historical, educational, and patriotic, nonprofit corporation, they seek to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for national symbols, the value of American citizenship, and the unifying force of “e pluribus unum” that was created from the people of many nations — one nation and one people.
The primary requirement for membership is authentic documentation proving direct lineage to a patriot who supported the Revolutionary cause. As direct descendants of the patriots who worked and fought to create our nation, members seek to preserve the principles they established as the very foundation of this great Republic.