Pape, a junior in high school, will be recognized for heroic efforts in 2008 and 2009 during a variety of ceremonies Friday, March 25 in the nation’s capital.
Locally, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman will make a proclamation on March 25, declaring it “Jack Pape Day” in the state.
The American Spirit Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate extraordinary skill, professionalism, and a spirit of excellence in a challenging situation. Past recipients include Chesley B. Sullenberger of “Miracle on the Hudson” fame.
Pape will also be recognized at special school assembly on March 29 at Mount Michael Benedictine School in Elkhorn. The assembly will begin at 10:10 a.m. will be open to media.
The award is given by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and the Society of America’s living Medal of Honor recipients.
Pape will be recognized for helping to provide first aid to Scouts injured during the tornado that struck Little Sioux Scout Ranch in 2008 and for administering CPR to a young boy who had stopped breathing while at a hotel swimming pool in 2009.
“When I first heard about the American Spirit Award, I was really surprised to be nominated,” Pape said. “It seemed like kind of a big deal. I'm just a normal teenager. I was scared when I was faced with these situations but I didn’t think about it. I just did what needed to be done. There wasn't really any other option.”