Legion tells winners in fifth grade essay contest

Pictured are from left) Post 11 commander Jim Andrew, Eli Mohr, Cody Stephenson, Kaylee Stalder and essay contest coordinator Barb Labate

American Legion Post 11 held a brief assembly at Greene County Intermediate School Dec. 22 to announce that Eli Mohr is the first place winner in this year’s essay contest for fifth graders. He received $30 and his essay will be forwarded to district level competition.

Cody Stephenson was second and received $20. Kaylee Stalder was third and received $10.

The students were asked to write an essay no longer than 300 words on the topic “What the Flag Means to Me.” According to American Legion member Barb Labate, coordinator of the local contest, the purpose is to help students learn more about our country’s flag, gain a greater appreciation of the flag, and learn about flag etiquette and respect for the flag.

The students watched a DVD titled “For Which It Stands” prior to writing.

Post commander Jim Andrew thanked the 76 students who participated, their teachers, and principal Miranda Van Cleave.

The essays were all read and judged by a three-person committee composed of Legion members and community members.


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