LCorp Craig KanyaThe Round Lake Area Exchange Club Hometown Hero Committee is proud to announce U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Craig Kanya Jr. as their September hero. This month’s sponsor is Trustee Judy Armstrong of Round Lake Beach.

Kanya resident of Round Lake Beach and a 2009 Antioch High School graduate, was registered at the Clubs site,, by his father, Craig Kanya of Antioch. Kanya is currently stationed at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, also known as 29 Palms. It is located in California and is the United States Marine Corps’ largest base. He has been in the Marines for over two years and served a tour of duty on the U.S. Essex aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean. His honors include Marine sharp shooter and squadron leader.

According to Hometown Hero Project Chair, Sherry Ridge, Kanya’s “Hanging with the Heroes” care package will be filled with Pretzel M&M’s, jolly ranchers, sweets, a personalized “Hanging with the Heroes” t-shirt, a piece of home and letters from Round Lake Area School District 116 students. His family is very proud of him and his mother, Michelle, shared that he will be deploying to Afghanistan in March and said, “Not something I am looking forward to, but I know that he has chosen to make Americans safety a priority in his life.”

The Club will present a plaque on behalf of the September Hometown Hero to his family at their meeting on September 14 . The meeting is held at Panera Bread in Round Lake Beach, 7:30 a.m.