American Legion Arick L. Lore Auxiliary Unit 274 announces winners of 2019 Americanism Essay Contest
Promoting patriotism and responsible citizenship is one of the tenets of the American Legion Auxiliary. Annually the organization holds an Americanism Essay contest asking students in grades 3 through 8 to write a short speech on the subject. This year students were asked to answer the question “How can we address and prevent veteran homelessness in our communities?”
Students from Southern Middle School, St. Leonard Elementary School and Our Lady Star of the Sea responded with more than 100 essays detailing their ideas to work with veterans that are homeless. Ideas included providing shelters, classes, clothing and classes. The students also offered ideas to work with communities providing information on why working with the veterans is so important.
Nancy Almaraz, Americanism Essay Contest chair, said “This contest offers teachers an aid to teach Americanism and good citizenship. More than 100 essays were received from the students. We were very excited with the response. The essays were hard to judge because they were really good.”
A reception was held at the American Legion Arick L. Lore Post 274 to honor the winners on Sunday, March 31. The top three students in each category read their essays to a room filled with parents, family, teachers and community members.
Winners are listed below by grade, with the name of their school and teacher.
3rd and 4th grades
- 1st Place – Kalab Smith, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School, Kim Weber
- 2nd Place – Madison Hughes, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School, Kim Weber
- 3rd Place – Luke Annulis, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School, Kim Weber
5th and 6th grades
- 1st Place – Tessa Harrington, St. Leonard Elementary, Anne Webster
- 2nd Place – Franki White, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School, Sharon Chaseldine
- 3rd Place – Kaylee Jarman, St. Leonard Elementary, Anne Webster
7th and 8th grades
- 1st Place – Margaret Muldoon, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School, Jennifer Thompson
- 2nd Place – Evan Wojciechowski, Southern Middle School, Staretta Benjamin
- 3rd Place – Annalyse Stump, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School, Jennifer Thompson
Winners received a cash prize, certificate and American flag. Cash prizes were 1st place – $100, 2nd place – $75, 3rd place – $50.
Nancy Almaraz announced that Kalab Smith, a student at Our Lady Star of the Sea, had been chosen to move on to the district competition.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 274 President Kathryn Rivers said, “The American Essay Contest is important because it gives our youth a voice to be heard. Every citizen has a duty to be involved in their community regardless of their age. It is our duty as adults to encourage our youth to know their thoughts and beliefs are important. They are our future.”
While families and teachers took photos with the students, the group was treated to ice cream and cake. The cake was a tribute to the American Legion’s 100th Anniversary.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veteran organization focusing on service to veterans, active duty military, their families and the community. There are more than 2 million members, located in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. The Legion has worked to provide hundreds of benefits for veterans, produce programs for children and youth and influence social change in America.
To learn more about the American Legion Auxiliary, please visit www.alaforveterans.org.
For more information on the American Legion Auxilary Arick L. Lore Unit 274 visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/alapost274.
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