Macaroni Kid Shreveport Bossier Student Spotlight: Vivienne Webb

The National WWII Museum Announces 2021Billy Michal Student Leadership Award Recipients

By Mimi Rankin Webb - Publisher, Macaroni Kid Shreveport-Bossier June 15, 2021

Caddo Parish Magnet High School Student Vivienne Webb honored with national award for leadership and volunteerism  

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans has named local student Vivienne Webb of Caddo Parish Magnet High School as a 2021 Billy Michal Student Leadership Award recipient. 

The national honor is awarded annually to one student in every state who has maintained a strong record of volunteerism, demonstrates school and community activism, and helps implement creative solutions to recognized problems. 

Each honoree will be virtually recognized at the Museum’s American Spirit Awards program taking place June 18, 2021.

The leadership award, which the Museum first presented in 2017, was created in honor of Billy Michal, who was a child living in Louisiana during World War II. 

At only six years old, Michal helped his one-room school win a statewide scrap metal-collection contest during the war, proving that every citizen could contribute to victory. 

Michal’s achievement demonstrated the positive impact the American spirit could have on the Home Front war efforts, and he continues to inspire students across America today.

“It’s extremely gratifying to recognize students throughout the nation for the wonderful contributions they make to their local communities,” said Stephen J. Watson, President & CEO at The National WWII Museum. 

“During World War II, our country needed everyone to come together for a common goal of securing freedom and democracy around the world. 

Much like Billy Michal’s contribution over 75 years ago, our student honorees prove that their positive actions, no matter how big or small, can make a difference in their communities. 

We are proud to honor their accomplishments.” 

Vivienne Webb is 15yr old, attends Caddo Magnet High in Shreveport, LA and is in the TAPS/Visual Arts program in school. 

She is active with LaCAN(Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council’s Advocacy Network) as a disabilities rights advocate, the Be Strong representative for her region & has Autism, Anxiety & Epilepsy, none of which slow her down. 

Through her compelling testimony at the Louisiana Capital, Vivienne advocated & helped obtain $2 million in funding for the 2 lowest funded Human Service Districts in the state so they could better serve their communities during the 2019 legislative session. 

She continues to advocate as a member of the developmental disabilities community and hopes to one day serve as a self-advocate on the council herself. 

In spite of her diagnosis, Vivienne always remains focused on bettering the world for everybody in every way that she possibly can.

The National WWII Museum’s American Spirit Awards–presented by Hancock Whitney –is as multiday event consisting of a patron reception, premier gala, and awards luncheon and leadership forum, which is where the Billy Michal students will receive their awards. 

In addition to the Billy Michal winners, the recipients of the Museum’s American Spirit Award, American Spirit Medallion and Silver Service Medallion will be honored throughout the event. 

The 2021 American Spirit Award honorees includeWorld War II veteran Richard Duchossois,world-renownedpresidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., PhD., Military Historian Victor Davis Hanson, PhD., and former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor the Honorable Henry Kissinger. 

Proceeds from the American Spirit Awards will support educational programming at The National WWII Museum, including the ongoing development of classroom materials and professional development opportunities for teachers in schools across the country, as well as online experiences that bring the Museum and its resources to students around the world.

For American Spirit Awards ticket information and additional event details, visit americanspiritawards.orgor call 504-528-1944 ext. 334.

The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that future generations will know the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. 

Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America’s National WWII Museum, it celebrates the American spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifices of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and served on the Home Front. 

For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit

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