Anthony Plumley of Shohola awarded Bell Memorial Scholarship

Shohola. Pike County ABATE member writes in his winning essay about the compassion he found in the motorcycle community.

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  • PA Sen. Lisa Baker with scholarship winner Anthony Plumley, Anthony's mother, Lisa Plumley, and stepfather, Rick Maynard (Photo provided)

  • From left: ABATE State Coordinator Tom Bogacki, ABATE State Treasurer Shari Kruger, Anthony Plumley, and PA Sen. Lisa Baker (Photo provided)

“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 ABATE I might not be where I am right now.”
Anthony Plumbley

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 (ABATE) Motorcyclists Rights Rally at the state capitol on June 3.

Plumley is a Delaware Valley High School graduate who is studying criminal justice at Kutztown University. The essay he submitted to ABATE’s annual scholarship contest was picked the winner.

A member of the Pike County Chapter of ABATE, Plumley began attending meetings as a junior member.

“When I was thirteen years old my mother would drag me off to her boring ABATE meeting," he wrote in his essay.

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," he wrote. "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.”

PA Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20, was on hand at the rally and scholarship presentation to congratulate her constituent and honor him.

“ABATE and its members have done so much good in our communities," she said. "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 ABATE chapter and statewide advocacy efforts."

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 ABATE I might not be where I am right now.”

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