Lo­cal le­gion aux­il­iaries an­nounce es­say win­ners

The Kent Island Bay Times - - News - 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

PHO­TOS BY MIKE DAVIS

Nola Wil­lis with the Bene­dict A. Andrew Amer­i­can Le­gion Unit 296 presents Owen Hunter, Rachel Crump and Sa­muel Miller awards for their work in the Amer­i­can­ism Es­say Con­test on Thurs­day, May 11, at an awards ban­quet.

Faye Hick­man, Amer­i­can Le­gion Unit 278 Kent Is­land Aux­il­iary pres­i­dent, presents Dal­ton Ma­son, Jack Ster­shic and Molly Holthaus with awards for their work in the Amer­i­can­ism Es­say Con­test 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.

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.

Javier Al­varenga, right, stands with Amer­i­can Le­gion Unit 278 Aux­il­iary Pres­i­dent Faye Hick­man af­ter re­ceiv­ing first place for his es­say in the Amer­i­can­ism Es­say Con­test on Thurs­day, May 11.

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