Pictured in front, Shelly Driskill, Stone; second row, Chloe Cecil, College Lane, Tristan Madril, College Lane, Dyllin Gallegos, College Lane; third row standing, Dia Salazar, Taylor, Jonathan Salgado, Stone, Kaytlen Bishop, Stone, Sherry Longoria, Southern Heights, Hugo Armendariz, Jefferson, Brittany Aguina, Southern Heights, Austin Silvis, Mills, Abigail Milligan, Broadmoor; back row, Meagan Travis, Highland, Kristen Salas, Highland, Austyn Kidd, Highland, Morgan Lynskey, Highland, and Taylor Harper, Broadmoor. (Not pictured April Astorga, Highland, and Andrew Barbaree, Highland)
Of the 195 essays submitted for judging, 20 winners were selected in the American Legion Auxiliary's Americanism Essay Contest.
Writing on the subject of "How Can I Show My Patriotism in My Community," winners from individual classes were selected along with overall winners in three categories.
Shelly Driskill, a Stone third grader, was the overall winner in Level I competition; College Lane sixth-grader Chloe Cecil was the Level II winner and Morgan Lynskey, a Highland eighth-grader, was the overall winner in Level III.
Class winners, who read their essays during a Thursday night awards ceremony at the American Legion, were recognized with a prize and certificate. In addition, Driskill and Cecil won $25 each while Lynskey won $50. The students’ essays will be submitted to the state Americanism Essay Contest where they have the opportunity to advance to regional and national competition.