Legion auxiliaries award essay winners
QUEENSTOWN — Three Queen Anne’s County American Legions presented awards to local students who wrote essays regarding the importance of the nation’s government during its annual ceremony at the Benedict A. Andrew American Legion in Queenstown on Thursday, May 11.
The room was filled with students, parents, teachers and community members who cheered as each winner was called to the front to receive their certificate. The annual American Legion Auxiliary Essay Contest, sponsored by Unit 18 Jeff Davis in Centreville, 278 Kent Island in Kent Island and Unit 296 Benedict A. Andrew in Queenstown, received a total of 125 essays, said Nola Willis of the Queenstown American Legion Auxiliary.
“The essays are so hard to judge because they are really, really good,” Willis said before the program began.
Prior to students being honored, all veterans and teachers in attendance were asked to stand to be recognized and were greeted with loud applause.
The 2017 contest theme was, “How does learning about government and our America help you become a future guardian of the liberties of our country?”
The contest is broken up into three categories: third and fourth grades, Class One; fifth and six grades, Class Two; seventh and eighth grades, Class Three. Willis said the group received hardly any class three submissions and is hoping in the future to get seventh- and eighthgraders more involved.
Jeff Davis American Legion Unit 18 Class One winners are as follows: Lyric McClain, third place; Kennedy Simmons, second place; and Riley Klepper, first place. Class Two winners are: Katie Hershey, third place; Jessi Lewis, second place; and Julia Kries. The only Class Three winner was Faith
Kent Island American Legion Unit 278 Class One winners are as follows: Sara Miles, third place; Aurora Odell, second place; and Eli Kurtz, first place. Class Two winners are: Dalton Mason, third place; Jack Stershic, second place; and Molly Holthaus, first place. The only Class Three winner was Javier Alvarenga.
Benedict A. Andrew American Legion Unit 296 Class One winners are as follows: Erin Sedora, third place; Morgan Quincy, second place; and James Holthaus, first place. Class Two winners are: Owen Hunter, third place; Rachel Crump, second place; and Samuel Miller, first place. No Class Three entries were submitted.
Miller was selected as a Department of Maryland second place winner and won the North Eastern Shore District. Alvarenga received third place in the Department of Maryland contest, and Riley Klepper received third place Department of Maryland recognition as well.
Each of the Department of Maryland winners read their essays to the audience.
“The children did a great job,” Willis said.
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American Legion Jeff Davis Unit 18 Class One Americanism Essay Winners pictured: Lyric McClain, Kennedy Simmons, Riley Klepper and P.J. Dill with the American Legion Auxiliary.
Nola Willis with the Benedict A. Andrew American Legion Post 296 stands with Class One Americanism Essay Contest winners Sara Miles, Aurora Odell and Eli Kurtz at the awards ceremony on Thursday, May 11.
Nola Willis with the American Legion Unit 296 Benedict A. Andrew stands with Class One Americanism Essay Contest winners Erin Sedora, Morgan Quincy and James Holthaus at the awards ceremony on Thursday, May 11.