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Americanism Essay In Louisiana



Annually, the Louisiana Veterans of Wars (VFW) have 4 Americanism contests for Elementary grade levels (K-6) to help instill Patriotism in our youth.  Our Homer Williams VFW Post 8720 received a total of 845 entries in these contests from 7 local schools.

Category 1  - Coloring of a Pre-Printed American Flag is an art contest for kindergarten students.  We received 227 entries from 6 schools.  Top 3 winners are:

1st Place WinnerChristopher Nava, Woodlake Elementary School

2nd Place Winner Bella Sharp, Lee Road Jr. High School

3rd Place Winner    Ava Frerman, Woodlake Elementary School


Category 2  - Drawing of the American Flag is an art contest for 1st & 2nd grade students.  We received 343 entries from 4 schools.  Winners are:

1st Place Winner     Ibrahim Algasabi, Cedarwood School – 2nd Grade

2nd Place Winner     Callie Marie Adams, Lee Road Jr. High School – 2nd Grade

3rd Place Winner     Emily Ovella, Cedarwood School – 2nd Grade


Category 3  - Drawing a Historical Event is the art contest for 3rd & 4th graders.  We received 189 entries from 4 schools.  Winners are:

1st Place Winner     Olivia Quiroz, Our Lady of the Lake School – 4th Grade 

2nd Place Winner    Idelle Elizabeth Burgess, Lee Road Jr. High School – 4th Grade

3rd Place Winner     Mackenzie Connaughton, Our Lady of the Lake School – 3rd Grade


Olivia has also won at the District level.  The state winners are being announced January 25th at our Mid-Winter conference.

Category 4  - The fourth contest is an Essay contest for 5th & 6th graders.  This year’s theme was “How I HonorVeterans.”  We received 86 entries from 3 schools.  And the winners are:

1st Place Winner Trevor Fortier, Our Lady of the Lake School – 5th Grade

2nd Place Winner    Emma Mikell, Northlake Christian School - 5th Grade

3rd Place Winner    Johnny Bergeron, Our Lady of the Lake School – 6th Grade


Trevor also won at the District level and we are awaiting the announcement of the State winners.

Five winners in the Elks Orange Coast District Americanism Essay Contest were sponsored by the Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge. Lake Forest Residents Sydney Harvard from Lake Forest Elementary and Allyson Fost from Rancho Canada Elementary won in the fifth- and sixth-grade division. Mission Viejo residents Megan Cunningham, Deion Pagaduan and Allison Zundel from La Paz Intermediate School took home the seventh- and eighth-grade division. The students will now advance to the state competition to compete against winners from all 19 districts within the California-Hawaii Elks Association. One boy and one girl will be named the state winner and be invited to read their essay at the state convention in Fresno in May.


Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge has honored south Orange County law enforcement and firefighters for their work during the past year. Lodge officer Roger Yarnell chaired the appreciation awards dinner for more than 150 of them. Awards were presented to California Highway Patrol Officer Phil Apodaca, reserve firefighter Jeff Overman and Cpt. Dave Rose of the Orange County Fire Authority Battalion 4; reserve firefighter Scott Mermel and firefighter Tom Forrester of OCFA Battalion 6; reserve firefighter Scott Oldfield and engineer Bob Feldtz of OCFA Battalion 7; and reserve firefighter Zach Wuchner and engineer/paramedic Chip Gillmore of the Laguna Beach Fire Department.

Award recipients from police services include: Deputy Eric Brown from Aliso Viejo, Deputy Shannon Meier from Laguna Hills, Deputy Clinton Byrd from Laguna Niguel, Deputy John Frey from Laguna Woods, Deputy II Christine Chang from Lake Forest, Deputy Rob Franz from Mission Viejo, Deputy Alan Villanueva from Rancho Santa Margarita; and officers David Gensemer and Jesse Schmidt and Sergeant John Falk from Laguna Beach.

Honored guests included: Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens, Highway Patrol Cpt. Sandra Houston, and Orange County Fire Authority Division Chiefs Mike Boyle and Rick Robinson.


Ladera Ranch Education Foundation, which supports all public schools in Ladera Ranch in addition to Tesoro and San Juan Hills High Schools, is having its major fundraiser event on March 19. The nonprofit hopes to raise more than $50,000 from the Groovy Gala dinner, dance and silent auction, said Jeri Rizzi, who is the foundation representative at Chaparral Elementary in Ladera Ranch. Ladera resident Jeff Blugrind will emcee the event at the Norman P. Murray Community Center in Mission Viejo. Meals are donated by Baja Surf Tacos, Bistro K, BeachFire, The Hot Lunch Lady and Roma D’ Italia. Tickets cost $60 at www.LREFGala.com.


The San Juan Hills High School Grad Night Committee has launched its second annual opportunity drawing. Tickets for $100 are on sale for the drawing of one new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, courtesy of Capistrano Volkswagen. The drawing will be held on June 1 and a maximum of 500 tickets will be sold. To purchase tickets, visit www.SanJuanHillsGradNight.com.


Support the Capistrano Unified School District by buying a $50 raffle ticket for the seventh annual Keys to the Future event, sponsored by the CARE Foundation. One driver will take home a new Toyota Prius donated by Capistrano Toyota. Tickets can be purchased at www.care-4education.org. The keys to the Prius will be awarded at a special event from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 29 at Capistrano Toyota, 33395 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano.

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