Local legion auxiliaries announce 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
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.