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At namesake school, students cheer Alan Page's presidential honor


November 20, 2018

Wide-eyed students at Justice Page Middle School in Minneapolis packed the school's auditorium Monday, clapping and cheering loudly as retired Justice Alan Page — their school's namesake and a Minnesota icon — appeared wearing his signature bow tie and a gleaming medal around his neck.

It was a unique teachable moment for the 850 students who had gathered for a school ceremony celebrating Page. He'd just returned from Washington, D.C., to share with them his Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the nation reserves for a civilian. On Friday, the retired state Supreme Court justice and Minnesota Vikings Hall of Famer was presented with the award by President Donald Trump. Page earned it for his career accomplishments and charitable work through the Page Education Foundation, which has given out more than $15 million in scholarships to nearly 7,000 Minnesota students of color in the past 30 years.


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