2013 recipients of Governor's Courage Award

The Associated Press Published:

During Tuesday's State of the State address, Gov. John Kasich announced the following recipients of the 2013 Governor's Courage Award. The award is given to those who have exhibited courageous behavior, improved others' lives and inspired by example.


On July 21, 1969, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, a Wapakoneta native, became the first man to set foot on the moon. He earned his flight certificate at 15 and became a naval aviator, decorated veteran, engineer, test pilot, astronaut and administrator at NASA. Armstrong died Aug. 25, 2012. His sons Rick and Mark accepted the award on his behalf.


Sondra Williams, director of the Autism Research Institute's Youth Division, spent most of her life misdiagnosed before discovering her condition was Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. She was once even institutionalized. Williams has made her mission to educate and council Ohio families about autism. She is a national speaker on the topic and author of the book Reflections of Self.


Faculty and staff of Chardon High School were honored for displaying strength and perseverance after the Feb. 27, 2012, shooting at their school that left three dead and three injured. Superintendent Joseph Bergant, school board members, faculty and staff accepted the award.