(WBRE/WYOU-TV) HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY –Anthony Plumley, of Shohola, has been awarded the $1,000 Senator Clarence Bell Memorial Scholarship. He received the check during the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (A.B.A.T.E.) Motorcyclists Rights Rally at the state capitol on June 3.
Plumley, a Delaware Valley High School graduate who is attending Kutztown University and studying criminal justice, submitted an essay in the organization’s annual scholarship contest, and his writing was chosen as the winning entry.
A member of the Pike County Chapter of A.B.A.T.E., Plumley began attending meetings as a junior member. He noted in his essay that “When I was thirteen years old my mother would drag me off to her boring A.B.A.T.E. meeting.” But he realized after attending those meetings that what he was hearing and seeing would alter his life.
“She would make me sit quietly and just listen. After a few years I was not only listening, I was participating. By the time I was sixteen I couldn’t wait to get my driver’s license because that meant I could get my motorcycle permit. After passing the Motorcycle Safety Program at the age of 17, I was in the wind every chance I got. After sitting through a bunch of those boring meetings I unknowingly learned a lot. Not only did I learn about riding, I learned about the compassion in the motorcycling community around me.”
Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20th, was on hand at the rally and scholarship presentation to congratulate her constituent and honor him.
“A.B.A.T.E. and its members have done so much good in our communities. Fundraisers, aiding veterans groups, supporting these scholarships and promoting rider education and safety are just a few. I am pleased to have a rider from Pike County receive this honor and I commend Anthony and his family for getting him involved and active in the A.B.A.T.E. chapter and statewide advocacy efforts,” Baker said.
Plumley said that “without this organization, I would not be who I am today. I am a wiser, more outgoing person than I anticipated being at this age. Without the help of A.B.A.T.E. I might not be where I am right now.”
(Information from Andrew Seder)
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