On Sunday afternoon, April 12, the American Legion Auxiliary Arick L Lore Unit 274 hosted the Americanism Essay Awards for students in grades 3-8th at the post home. There were over 172 participants and nine winners were
The winners were invited along with their family members and friends to a reception, where each of the winners read their essays to the audience. The topic this year was “What Freedom Means to My Family”. The essays were well thought out on the subject and in some instances “eye opening” coming from these
Kay Seidenspinner, Chairperson for Americanism for Auxiliary Unit 274 was the moderator and introduced each of the winners, who then read their essay aloud, and at the end was presented with a certificate. The winners received a $50 check and a $50 honorarium in the student’s name was made to Children of Warriors National President’s Scholarship Fund.
The students were divided into classes, Class I was grades 3 & 4, needed to write 150-250 words, Class 2 was
grades 5 & 6, needed to write 250-300 words, and Class III was grades 7 & 8, and needed to write 350-400 words.
The Americanism Essay Contest Winners for 2015 Grades 3 & 4 were, 3rd place Evan Wojciechowski from St. Leonard Elementary, 2nd place Abigail Noftsier from St. Leonard Elementary, and 1st place Mia Meredith from St. Leonard Elementary. From grades 5 & 6, 3rd place went to Joe Oster of Our Lady Star of the Sea, 2nd place was awarded to Abigail Stampfly of St. Leonard Elementary, and 1st place to August Zimmerman of St. Leonard Elementary.
In the final category was grades 7 & 8 with 3rd place awarded to Liam Stack of Our Lady Star of the Sea, 2nd place to
Abigail Halterman of our Lady Star of the Sea, and 1st place to Shane McKenzie of Our lady Star of the Sea. All of the 1st place winners will move on with their essays to the Department of Maryland in competition with other units.
Kay thanked all the participants as well as the teachers for helping the students. Calvert County Commissioner Tom Hejl said “What a wonderful event the Lusby Legion Post puts on. Asking children to write what freedom means to them brought about some poignant responses. And they did not disappoint; their essays were thoughtful, passionate, composed and heartwarming. These children were true Americans and their parents should be extremely proud. I was humbled to listen to their essays and grateful to know we have patriotic leaders for our future.”
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon