Le­gion aux­il­iaries award es­say win­ners

Record Observer - - Front Page - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

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

McCarthy.

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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PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

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.

PHO­TOS BY MIKE DAVIS

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.

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