(Le Mars) — Fifth graders from Le Mars Community schools participated in a contest sponsored by the Wasmer Post #241 American Legion of Le Mars.
Students were asked to write an essay as to what the American flag means to me. Legion members indicated that many of the submitted essays were well written with emotional meaning. The top three students from Kluckholn Elementary were: Third place – Emily DeRaad. Second place from Kluckholn was awarded to Maddie Washburn, and taking top honors was Grace Durr. Franklin Elementary School’s top three essay winners included: Third place – Xavier Torres, Haley Kirchner placed second, and Khloe Mullally had first place. At Clark Elementary, Cooper Pick was third, Xuang Deng was second, and Chase McNaughton took top honors. All of the winners received a certificate, plus first place winners were awarded $50, second place winners
received $30, and the third place winners were given $20. The overall first place winner was Chase McNaughton. His essay will be sent to the district level for further judging. Chase also received another $50 for being named the overall winner of the contest. Gehlen Catholic did not participate in the essay contest this year.
Kluckholn Essay Winners:
Post Commander Dan Plueger stands with the Kluckholn Elementary winners of the essay contest. Standing with Dan Plueger are: 1st Place – Grace Durr, 2nd Place – Maddie Washburn, and 3rd Place – Emily DeRaad.
Franklin Essay Winners:
Franklin flag essay winners include: 1st Place – Khloe Mullally, 2nd Place – Haley Kirchner, and 3rd Place – Xavier Torres.
Clark Flag Essay Winners:
The winners of the essay contest at Clark Elementary include: 1st Place – Chase McNaughton, 2nd Place – Xuang Deng, and 3rd Place – Cooper Pick.