The American Legion Arick L. Lore Auxiliary Unit 274 recently held an Americanism Essay Contest, part of their Americanism Program promoting patriotism and responsible citizenship.
Nancy Almaraz, Americanism Essay Contest chair, said “The contest provides an aid to schools in teaching Americanism and good citizenship. We received more than 100 essays from students attending St. Leonard Elementary School and Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School. The essayere hard to judge because they were really good.”
Sunday, April 8, a reception was held to honor the winners. The top three in each category read their essays to a room was filled with students, parents, family, teachers and community members. The winners are listed below. Included is their category, school attended and teacher.
3rd and 4th grades
- Briar Haman, St. Leonard Elementary, Jackie Willey
- Frankie White, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School, Kim Weber
- Jordan Ryme, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School, Kim Weber
5th and 6th grades
- Liam McGowan, St. Leonard Elementary; Jen Smialek
- Taylor Pratt, St. Leonard Elementary; Jen Smialek
- Grace Marcos, St. Leonard Elementary, Jen Smialek
7th and 8th grades
- Breanna Gott, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School, Patti Edwards
- Lauren Weber, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School, Patti Edwards
- Gemma Tamburri, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School, Patti Edwards
Winners received a cash prize, certificate and American flag. Cash prizes were 1st place – $100, 2nd place – $75, 3rd place – $50.
Nancy Alvaraz was excited to announce that all three of the first-place winners had been chosen by the Calvert County American Legions to move on to the district competition. The three students, Briar Haman, Liam McGowan, and Breanna Gott, are invited to a reception April 22 at the American Legion Severn Post 175, Severna Park.
While families and teachers took photos with the students, the group was treated to hot dogs, ice cream and cake.
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.”
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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Joyce Stinnett Baki / Cavert Beacon Reporter