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Hagerstown American Legion Auxiliary unit names essay contest winners

April 16, 2008

Morris Frock American Legion Auxiliary Unit 42 recently held its annual birthday banquet and honored the 2008 Americanism Essay winners.

The event was held at the Post Home on Northern Avenue.

Each April, members gather to celebrate the birthday of the American Legion Auxiliary. Post 42 was pleased to present a cake to the Unit in honor of the occasion.

Evelyn Meany, Americanism chairperson, introduced this year's Unit essay winners in the various categories, and each student presented his or her essay to the group. The subject of the essays this year was "America - Home of the Brave, Land that I Love."

Winners in each category:

Grade three-four: first place, Natalie Miller. Natalie also placed second at the Western Maryland District competition for her essay. Second place, Dana Lutz; third place, Joey LeBon. These students represented grade four from Paramount Elementary.

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Grade five/six: first place, Zoe Schreiber; second place, Taylor Coombs. These two students also hail from Paramount Elementary and are in the fifth grade.

The topic for the high school level of the competition was "America - Land of the Free Because of the Brave."

Kassie Caudell, a sophomore at Smithsburg High School, was honored for her essay which won the Maryland state competition. Kassie was privileged to represent Maryland at the 28th annual Americanism Youth Conference at Valley Forge in March.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to the many students who participated in the 2008 contest. Each winner was awarded a savings bond and an American flag.

Connie Shaffer, Unit 42's president, was presented with an Honorary Auxiliary Life Membership. Shaffer has been an active member of Unit 42 for many years, and the award recognizes her outstanding service and dedication throughout those years.

The Unit meets the first Tuesday of each month from September through June at the Post Home at 405 Northern Ave. in Hagerstown. A light meal is served at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 7.

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