Palmer Trinity student athlete earns coveted Black Lion award

General James E. Shelton presents Palmer Trinity senior Sean Ramras with the Black Lion Award.

Palmer Trinity School senior athlete Sean Ramras received the coveted Black Lion Award, a national award that recognizes high school football players who are not only skilled players, but team players, as well. The presentation was made on Friday, Dec. 2.

The Black Lion Award is given in memory of Major Don Holleder, a former West Point All-America who died in combat in Vietnam on Oct. 17, 1967, and the men of the Black Lions — the 28th Infantry Regiment — who died with him that day.

The award is given to a high school athlete who, like Don Holleder, personifies team play — exemplifying such characteristics as leadership, courage, devotion to duty, self-sacrifice and, above all, an unselfish concern for the team ahead of himself.

The Black Lion Award is given with the approval of the 28th Infantry Association, and with the permission and approval of Major Holleder’s family. General James E. Shelton, Commander of the 28th Infantry, and Steve Goodman, a Vietnam Veteran — both men who served in Vietnam with Major Holleder — presented Ramras with the Black Lion Award at Palmer Trinity School’s 2011 Fall Sports Awards on the Palmer Trinity School campus.

Sean Ramras has lettered in varsity football for the past four years. He has earned letters in wrestling and track, and helped lead the Falcons to their best record yet during the 2011 football season.

The son of Dave and Darlene Ramras, Sean is an excellent student and a Palmer Trinity School Silver Knight nominee for Music. He will graduate from PTS at the end of this year, and plans to pursue a career in medicine.

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